App Descriptions are the easiest place to localize
The simplest and most effective way to begin localizing your iPhone app for the App Store is through your App Description and Keywords. Why? Because it doesn’t require reworking any code or hassling with testing or layout. You’ll simple edit some info in iTunes Connect, copying and pasting translations of your app description and keywords â€” even screenshots if you like. At Babble-on, we not only localize appsÂ but for many game developers and other devs considering localization for the first time we begin with app descriptions. (We’ll even help you improve your app description in EnglishÂ first if you like!)
Adding a Localized App Description
We localize apps every day and, at the request of developers, we’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial to show you just how to add a localized version of your app description. Check it out in our Tutorials section:
Keywords: Discoverability made easy
It’s worth mentioning that the App Description is not the only way to improve downloads in the international App Stores. You already know how important keywords are for users discovering your app. The same applies to the international versions of the App Store. ThisÂ metadata,Â properly localized, is precisely what Apple will use to help users in other countries toÂ discoverÂ your app. Keywords are very precise, so don’t rely on Google Translate!
Editable and Unlocked
One note of warning about Apple’s latest App Store rules. Metadata, including App Store descriptions, keywords, and screenshots are now in aÂ Locked state once a version of your app is Ready for Sale in the App Store. That means that you can edit anÂ existing localization of an app description at any time, but you won’t be able toÂ add a new language until you submit a new Version of your app for App Review.
Next time you release a bug fix update, make the move to localized app descriptions!