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Turn shopify store into mobile app

Shopify is one of the popular eCommerce platforms with a 23 percent market share in the U.S. Being highly flexible and easy to use, Shopify has over 6000 apps available on the Shopify App Store to customize the user experience

Building an app for your Shopify store helps you boost your revenue and helps you easily reach your target audience. Having an app helps your Shopify store build a brand identity and boosts your marketing efforts with improved customer rapport.

Why Is a Mobile App Important?

Offering the best user experience and simple checkout is convincing enough to have a mobile app for your eCommerce business. More reasons are given below:

Marketing Tool

Mobile apps work as a great marketing tool and help your business get ahead of competitors.

Increase Brand Presence

While using apps, the users frequently notice the brand logo, images, etc. that apps include. When the customers install your app and visualize your brand logo consistently, they can effortlessly identify your brand name. Therefore, it improves your brand presence.

Customer Loyalty

 A good amount of interaction with customers is required for improving brand loyalty.  It lets entrepreneurs directly interact with their customers. This is highly important for cultivating customer loyalty.

Improve Accessibility

It prompts customers to access the app to get more information regarding new offers and they purchase the products if they find a deal is suitable for them.

Shopify App for my store

Your Shopify mobile app will be in real-time sync with your Shopify store so that you can keep a track of your stock and products. Appmaker, as your Shopify app builder, can actively reduce your cart abandonment. With push notifications, prompt your customers to make purchases with your Shopify store’s mobile app. With a Shopify iOS or Android app, engage your customers with customized offers, promotions, and deals, thereby fostering customer loyalty.

RTL support 

By enabling RTL support, you can extend your service to a set of new audiences without changing the look and feel of your mobile store.

Wishlist

Having a wishlist helps the customers to come back to a product later. This will help the business by keeping the customer’s interest in place even if they navigate away from product pages.

Multi-Language support 

Appmaker helps you build your Shopify app with multi-language support and lets you apply any number of languages to the app. By doing so, you can acquire customers from various countries and thus you grow globally.

App analytics

Creating your Shopify store into Native Android & iOS apps with Appmaker will help you obtain insightful analytics. Our deeper analytics help you come up with decisions tracking and measuring the usage patterns to build the user experience.

How to turn your shopify store into an app

There are so many Shopify store-building services out there for each and every one of your business needs. Whether you want to add customer reviews, improve email marketing, publish your products to Facebook, or get in-depth analytics, there’s definitely an app for that. Hence it is difficult to choose the right one that suits your needs. 

Look out for these things while converting your Shopify website to an app:

Ease of Use: No tool in the world is worth investing in if you can’t (or don’t have the time) to use it. Make sure your Shopify app is dummy-proof and can be easily used by you or your team.

Efficiency: Whatever app you select is presumably trying to solve one of your marketing or sales problems. Make sure your app does this in the most efficient way possible.

Affordability: A universal consideration for investing in any tool is pricing. You’ll want to weigh the cost of the app against the potential rewards (many of these tools can pay for themselves when used properly!).

Support: Lastly, you’ll want to make sure the app is regularly updated and has a support team in place. That way, you’re never left feeling “stuck” as you troubleshoot any pesky tech problems.

Key Requirements to have a Shopify based mobile application

  • You must have a running website on the Shopify platform
  • You need to have a valid account on google play store and apple app store
  • Application must use Real-time API so that order synchronization must be there

Note: Apple Still does not support hybrid or web apps in the app store. Hence, it is highly advisable to have a native mobile app. Native apps are critical for user experience as well as for performance

Creating a native Android / iOS app for your Shopify store

Sample Shopify store

Give your customers an incredible mobile app experience by seamlessly converting your Shopify store into a Native Mobile Application with Appmaker. Appmaker helps you build a Shopify iOS or android app with no coding requirements.

Given below is the step by step instructions on how to build a Shopify app:

Installing the app

  1. Go to your Shopify store and access your Shopify dashboard 
  2. Head over to Apps, and click Apps
  1. Click on Explore apps on the top right corner. You will be driven to the Shopify App Store. 
  1. Type Appmaker in the search bar and press Enter. This takes you to the Appmaker Landing Page. Appmaker provides a 14-day free trial to explore the app without any card commitments
  1. Once you are on the Appmaker landing page; click Add App and you will be taken to an authorization page.
  1. Review and grant the basic permissions for Appmaker to function at its best. 
  2. Once reviewed, click on Add Sales Channel. Now you have added Appmaker into your Shopify store. 

Appmaker Dashboard

On the left side panel, under the online store, you can see Appmaker added as a new channel. Click on Appmaker.xyz and access the Appmaker dashboard. The main page of the Appmaker dashboard will allow you to access all the information and control options that you need to create your app. 

You can access both Android and iOS previews here, once the app is created, you can preview it using multiple options that allow you to visually experience the app on a mobile-size screen.

Customizing your Shopify store

On the left side of your Appmaker dashboard, you’ll be able to see different options through which you can customize and control the look and feel of your app. 

By default, you will have two sub-categories under the Customize app button:

In-app pages

In-app pages

In-app pages allow you to create multiple custom pages that can be interlinked as your business demands. You can creatively use in-app pages to add collections of products, promotion pages, bestseller pages, and so on.

The menu option just below the In-app pages allows you to organize the menu as you need:

Creating an In-App page

The menu bar on the left side of your screen contains a lot of options including the In-App pages under the Customize App 

  1. Click Customize App and select In-App Pages
  2.  Click Add new page, the new page appears. Name the page, for example, Home, Categories, Products and so on.
  3. Click the Save button on the right side to save the changes

Your In-App page is created, and now you have to add new content to your In-App page. For this Appmaker provides a set of blocks to choose from according to your needs. 

Editing the homepage

Homepage, also known as the Landing page, adds up a lot to the first impression of your app. Taking the standard homepage design into account, Appmaker has some built-in widgets and features which you can add or remove to your home page. 

  1. Click Add new page, the new page appears. Name the page, for example, Home, Categories, Products and so on.
  2. Click on Add Block. All the available blocks will appear in the drop-down list. You can choose any blocks without following any particular order
  3. Select the block of your choice from the list. Rearrange the blocks by using the up and down arrows that appear on the side
  4. Click the Save button on the right side to save the changes

There are many blocks available to be added in the Home Page such as Grid, Slider, Product Scroller, or a Text block (Appmaker-HTML), etc. You can also add other available blocks and link your Home-Page to other In-App pages under Settings. 

Once you have customized the app you need to save the changes.

 Updating your Shopify App

The Update App section gives you the options to change the following:

General Settings:

General settings offer the option to change the app name, upload icons, such as app icon, splash icon, or the login page logo. 

Style:

This section helps you to fulfill your branding requirements by editing the colors for bar colors and button colors. This decides the color scheme and style of your app. For a basic or starter app, it is recommended to keep the website branding itself. 

Misc section

Set up your Firebase configuration in this section. 

Settings

Settings contain options for grocery mode which is particularly useful for grocery apps and we also have an option for language switcher.

Language

You can decide the languages you need the app to be in. If you want to add languages you can just search for the language and add it. 

Once done click on the Update App, the app gets refreshed and builts again with the changes you have made.

It takes some time for the app to load.

Checking the Overview of your Shopify App

Once the update is done, click on the Preview option, you can access both Android and iOS previews here.

There are two options to preview:

  1.  Download the APK file from the dashboard and install it on your device to see how it works. This option is only available to Android users. 
  2. The second option allows you to upload the downloaded file to appetize.io which will help you preview the app in your browser itself. 

Mobile app testing is a must at the end of app creation. Try all the features and pages that you have added before you finish. 

To learn more about creating a mobile app for your Shopify store, watch this detailed video.

Here’s a preview of the Shopify app homepage.

App Preview

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I don’t have coding skills, can I still create an app for my Shopify website?

Appmaker’s simple mobile app building platform will help you convert, customize and publish your Shopify with zero coding skills.

  1. Will my app be in real-time sync with my Shopify store?

Your Shopify mobile app will be in real-time sync with your Shopify store. This helps you keep a track of your stock and products.

  1. What are the basic requirements for creating a Shopify app store?
  • You must have a running website on the Shopify platform
  • You need to have a valid account on google play store and apple app store
  1. Can I customize the app layout and colors according to my store’s branding?

Yes, you can customize the app’s color scheme and style of your app to fulfill your branding requirements.

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