Implementing in-app subscriptions in iOS & Android with no backend servers

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More recently I have been experimenting with different monetization strategies for the apps so users can unlock features or just leave a tip. For the longest time I kept things simple with a “non-consumable” one-time purchase. Over the holiday break I decided to take things a step further and dip my toes into the world of subscriptions. By James Montemagno.

One of my goals of this was to not use any backend servers or accounts at all as I didn’t want to add additional costs to management. That leads to even more complexity, but for me it was worth it, so let’s get into it!

The article provides details on the following:

  • Setting up subscriptions
  • Purchasing subscriptions
  • Handling subscription renewals and cancellations
  • Verifying & restoring a subscription
  • Receipt validation
  • Testing subscriptions
  • In-App Subscriptions SaaS

In-app subscriptions are pretty neat as they offer a lot of flexibility over a single IAP or up-front app purchase. If you have great features and want to help your long-term development it is a great option to generate revenue. Nice one!

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