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How to Sign Android APKs with Apache Cordova: A Brief Guide. In order to submit an app to the Google Play Store, you need to sign the apk no matter what development framework you're using. In this article, we'll learn how to sign an apk using Cordova. We'll assume that we have already made all the necessary Cordova installations and added an android platform for our project. The keystore file needs to be created at root level and this is the place where we will store all the parameters needed for signing.