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Getting started with Android Instant Apps

Ready to begin converting your installed app to an instant app? This article takes you through the steps you need to complete in order to convert your existing APK to an instant app.

Step 1: Develop a use case for your instant app

Focus on a core user experience that completes a specific action and optimizes a key business metric besides app installs. Then, review the user experience guidelines for Android Instant Apps.

Step 2: Prepare your app for conversion

Prepare your app for conversion to an instant app.

Step 3: Set up your development environment

Install the Instant Apps SDK and then set up your development environment and test devices.

Step 4: Build a simple instant app

Follow the guide to create your first instant app.

You can also learn about refactoring a simple Android Studio project to become an instant app by completing the Instant Apps Codelab.

Step 5: Plan the structure of your instant app

Before restructuring your app as an instant app, you must decide on how you want to structure your app and then plan your restructuring efforts. This process differs for each app, depending on the complexity and design of your app. For more information about restructuring your Android Studio project to build an instant app, see Project structure.

Step 6: Build and run your instant app

If you run into difficulties, review the troubleshooting guide. You may also want to review the FAQs page for common issues.

Step 7: Test and distribute your instant app

When you're ready to test and distribute your instant app, you can configure releases through the Google Play Console. For more information, see Distribute your instant app.

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