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Setting up your Apple Developer Account




Step 1: Identify your company's Legal Signatory.

Be sure to provide us with the details of a legal signatory for your company. This could be a director or someone who has been granted signing authority.


Even if the Apple developer account will not be monitored or administered by this person, Apple requires that the account be linked to this person's details.


Your organisation’s website must be publicly available and the domain name must be associated with the name of your organisation.


You will need an email address that uses your organisation's domain name i.e. yourname@yourcompany.co.za


Provide a CIPC document, or any document that provides details of the category of your organisation.


Provide an official business document that includes:

  • the company's physical address

  • the company telephone number

  • the full name of your legal signatory

  • the job title of your legal signatory

  • the mobile/cellphone number of your legal signatory


Step 2: Obtain a D-U-N-S number.

To enroll an Apple Developer account for your business, your company must have or obtain a D-U-N-S Number so that Apple can verify your company's identity and legal entity status.

These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers.

They are free in most jurisdictions. 

  1. If you are a South African company, you can request a DUNS number from TransUnion. Other African countries can request from DNB SAME.

  2. Ensure the details submitted are accurate as changes may take weeks to be actioned and to reflect on the global system.

  3. TransUnion should take 2-5 days to respond with a DUNS number.

  4. Once the DUNS number has been received, it may take at least 15 business days for the number to be available on their global system from which Apple will retrieve it for their verification purposes.

Expected duration: ±20 days


Step 3: Create your Apple ID.

  • Ensure you are using the First Name, Last Name and Contact Number of the approved legal signatory of the business.

  • The Apple ID will need to be connected to a phone number on an iOS device that can receive phone calls (i.e. Two-Factor-Authentication) which can be used to receive One Time Pins.


Step 4: Enroll for the Apple Developer Program.

  1. After Step 2 is completed, the DUNS number should be available on their global system from which Apple can retrieve it for their verification purposes.

  2. With your Apple ID, log in to App Store Connect and Enroll for the Apple Developer Program as an Organisation.

  3. When completing the requested information, ensure you are using the same information as you have in your DUNS request and Apple ID application.

  4. If the application is successfully submitted, Apple will send an automated response to the email address associated with the account.

  5. Apple will phone the approved legal signatory within 1-2 business days. If you miss this call, Apple will ask you to provide them with a few time-slots in which they can contact you.

  6. Once the approved legal signatory has been contacted, an email will be sent within the next 1-2 days providing a link to complete the annual Apple Developer payment of $99.

  7. Once payment has been made, an automated response will be received indicating that the payment will be approved in 1-2 business days.

  8. When payment is approved, an email will be received congratulating the applicant on your successful approval into the Apple Developer Program.

  9. Our developers' email addresses will need to be granted Admin access to the Developer account.

Expected duration: ±7 business days


Step 5: Receive a test app to review.

  1. After our developers have been granted Admin access to your Developer account, it may take 5 business days to build your app.

  2. After the app has been built, to make it available to you to test via TestFlight takes at least 24 hours (or 1 day) for testers to receive a link to access the app.

Expected duration: ±7 business days


Step 6: First submission to the Apple App Store.

  1. From the time you provide the go-ahead to submit your app, our developers require 2 business days to prepare for submission.

  2. Note that your Terms of Service documents must be uploaded to your app prior to submission, or the app will be rejected.

  3. When the app is submitted, it will be reviewed by an individual at Apple. This process can take 3-5 business days.

Expected duration: ±7 business days



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