How To Add a Paywall To an App

Adding a paywall to an app is made simple with the help of readymade software. Businesses can use in-app paywall software, learn more now.

By Claudio Pires
Updated on July 25, 2022
How To Add a Paywall To an App

Adding a paywall to an app is made simple with the help of readymade software. Businesses can use in-app paywall software: for instance, Apphud, a paywall infrastructure service that helps you add a paywall to any app.

How To Add a Paywall To an App

Here is how you can add a paywall to an Android app:

  • Open the Play Console and head on to Manage > Products. Next, Subscriptions.
  • Create a new subscription by entering the required details – name, description, and benefits.
  • Enter pricing details.
  • Define settings for your in-app paywall.
  • Click Save and Activate.

Here is how you can add a paywall to an iOS app:

  • Head on to your App Store Connect account and go to the My Apps section.
  • Click on the app you want to add an in-app paywall to.
  • Select Features > + button.
  • Next, add the in-app purchase product.
  • Click Create.
  • Enter a reference name and product ID.
  • Set the price, duration, and other details. 
  • Click Save.

What Is An In-App Paywall?

An in-app paywall acts as a wall that prohibits users from accessing content for free. The paywall asks users to pay for the content before allowing them to access app services. For instance, if it’s a newspaper reading app, an in-app paywall will not allow you to read the daily news for free once you have crossed a specific article threshold. 

An in-apps will restrict the user and require them to get past the paywall by subscribing to the service. This subscription could be a weekly, monthly, or yearly subscription. The user has to pay a certain amount to get further access to the articles/content. Therefore, the business is able to generate income through subscriptions.

How Does an In-App Paywall Work?

An in-app paywall works through a subscription model. Some businesses use hard paywalls, while others use soft ones.

A hard paywall blocks all the app content, and users will have to purchase access. A soft paywall is more relaxed and blocks only specific content. Some content is kept free, while the high-quality content is kept behind a paywall. 

Businesses must make sure the content that goes behind the paywall is worth it. So, the exclusive content should be valuable enough for the user to pay. 

Once you’ve decided which type of paywall to use, it’s time to set the subscription prices and the types of plans. You also need to add payment methods for the in-app pay wall to work. It should be well encrypted, and users should have the ability to make payments through various modes like e-wallets, debit and credit cards, bank transfers, and internet banking. 

Things To Know Before Setting Up Your Paywall

Businesses need to analyze their audience before going forward with an in-app pay wall. In addition, you may witness a fall in in-app usage if your audience is unwilling to enjoy your content with additional payment. 

Taking such things into consideration, here are some of the things to know before setting up a paywall.

Know what your audience wants

Knowing what your audience wants can play a huge role in setting an in-app paywall. Are your readers engrossed enough to pay for the content? This also depends on many other factors like the audience’s disposable income and the customer behavior of your audience. 

Doing proper research will help you make the right decisions when setting a paywall, like fixing the monthly or weekly subscription price. 

Make content worth paying for

You can’t add a paywall to mediocre content and then expect your audience to pay for it. If you try this, they might ditch your service for your competitor. 

The traffic may decrease

Be prepared to see a sudden decrease in in-app traffic. Even big brands like Financial Times and others that add a paywall initially saw a decline in traffic. Have patience and wait for your audience to come back. This is possible when the perks that lie on the other side of the paywall are consistent and of high quality.

Claudio Pires

Claudio Pires is the co-founder of Visualmodo, a renowned company in web development and design. With over 15 years of experience, Claudio has honed his skills in content creation, web development support, and senior web designer. A trilingual expert fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, he brings a global perspective to his work. Beyond his professional endeavors, Claudio is an active YouTuber, sharing his insights and expertise with a broader audience. Based in Brazil, Claudio continues to push the boundaries of web design and digital content, making him a pivotal figure in the industry.