Can I update/publish updates to an existing app without upload to store?

#1

Can I update/publish updates to an existing app without upload to store?

By this flow:
https://docs.expo.io/versions/latest/introduction/project-lifecycle/

After building an APK, I have to upload the app to google play.
Can I build an APK and install on my devices, then publish and get the update?
if yes it also possible to check for update programmatically and update if there a new version?

#2

Hey @lioric,

Yes, you can publish OTA updates via expo publish to make pure JS changes to your app without having to upload to the app store. There are some limitations though.

You can check for updates by adding a listener or using the provided methods to the Updates module. You can read about these here.

I’d strongly recommend reading and searching our documentation before asking questions as all of these answers can be found in them. Doing so will allow you to get your answers faster and get back to building your project rather than having to wait for someone! It’s a great practice to get in the habit of.

Cheers,

Adam