Superwall: Distant Paywall Configuration on iOS

Subscriptions are a good way to monetize your app. By exhibiting a paywall, you may convert your free customers into paying subscribers who assist fund that Ferrari you’ve had your eye on. As such, making a high-converting paywall is extraordinarily vital. However engaging in that’s annoyingly tough. It sometimes requires numerous hours of iterating on design, messaging, placement, pricing and options to get it good. Even then, the job is rarely completed and even the highest-grossing apps nonetheless check totally different paywalls to maximise income.

Thankfully, Superwall has come to the rescue. It’s created an SDK to allow you to remotely configure each facet of your paywall and shortly discover the perfect model.

On this tutorial, you’ll construct an app that generates motivational health club quotes behind a paywall that’s remotely configured on Superwall. Alongside the way in which, you’ll study:

  • The best way to combine and use Superwall to remotely configure your paywall.
  • What Occasions, Campaigns and Guidelines are.
  • The best way to create an A/B check.
  • The best way to measure paywall efficiency.

Getting Began

Obtain the starter venture by clicking the Obtain Supplies button on the prime or backside of the tutorial.

As soon as downloaded, open GymMotivation.xcodeproj from the starter folder and go searching. You’ll discover the venture offers the interface for a welcome display and a motivational quote generator.

Construct and run. You’ll see a welcome web page with a button on the backside of the display:

Faucet the Get Impressed button to navigate to the motivational health club quote generator:

Motivation Gym Quote Generator

Refresh the quote by tapping the refresh arrow within the prime proper.

With motivational quotes like these, somebody utilizing your app may simply develop into the subsequent Arnold Schwarzenegger. Why give this content material away when individuals may very well be paying good cash for it?

In Xcode, you’ll see a StoreKit testing configuration referred to as Merchandise.storekit containing three auto-renewable subscriptions that every have per week’s free trial. StoreKitService.swift offers some code to assist implement in-app subscriptions.

Your activity is so as to add a remotely configured paywall that makes use of these merchandise to provide entry to those quotes.

Exploring the Dashboard

With out additional ado, sign up for a free account on Superwall’s web site.

After signing up and getting into your app particulars, you’ll see the dashboard:

The Superwall dashboard.

This has many makes use of, together with:

  • Creating new paywalls.
  • Analyzing, enhancing and controlling present paywalls.
  • Viewing paywall metrics.
  • Defining situations for when to indicate paywalls to customers.
  • Viewing customers and their person journey via your app and paywall.
  • Localizing your paywalls.

Within the Paywalls part, you’ll see there’s an instance paywall already created for you:

An example paywall in the Superwall dashboard.

It is a helpful start line. Click on the Instance Paywall and also you’ll see an interface with preconfigured information:

The paywall editor

The left-hand facet splits into two tabs: common and format.

Basic Tab

On this tab you configure the next:

You’ll be able to specify as much as three merchandise in your paywall. In your app, the SDK will pull actual, localized product information from the App Retailer based mostly in your product ids. Nonetheless, within the editor, Superwall will use instance product information that you simply present as a preview. In case your app is on the App Retailer, Superwall will extract its bundle identifier and pre-fill product values once you create a product on Superwall. If you happen to’re utilizing RevenueCat to deal with your in-app subscriptions, you may set your RevenueCat API key right here or in settings. It’ll routinely load your product identifiers from any product connected to an providing. Alternatively, you may manually fill in product information.


These settings decide how the paywall shows and the way it behaves.

Fonts, Sizing, Spacing, Colours and Superior

Right here you alter international design settings of the paywall.

Format Tab

Click on the Format tab within the prime left. You’ll see a primary overview of the construction of the paywall:

The Layout tab of the Paywall Editor.

You utilize this tab if you wish to change the format of your paywall design by including/eradicating parts. That is an extremely highly effective function that permits you to assemble any paywall design you need.

Have a mess around by clicking and dragging some parts and see the way it modifications the format of the paywall preview within the heart of the web page. Any modifications you make save regionally however will not be revealed till you hit the Save button. Once you’re able to proceed, click on Unpublished, and click on Revert to return to the unique paywall design.

Paywall Preview Part

Within the heart of the web page you’ll see the interactive paywall preview with selectors on the prime to vary the localization and the system kind:

The paywall preview section

Mouse-over the title factor on the paywall and also you’ll see a blue border seem round it:

A highlighted element on a paywall.

All parts on the paywall are configurable. Click on the title factor and also you’ll see a configuration interface seem within the right-hand sidebar.

Paywall element configuration sidebar.

Factor Configuration Part

By switching between the Default and the Free Trial tab on the prime, you may swap between the configuration of the factor when there’s a free trial out there vs when there isn’t. The SDK chooses the factor’s free trial state when it detects a free trial in any of the merchandise on the paywall and the person hasn’t already used a free trial inside that product’s subscription group.

The free trial configuration inherits from the default configuration.

With textual content parts like this, you may insert variables. These reference product information, person properties and system properties that the SDK subtitutes. Click on + Add Variable to see a listing of the whole lot you may add:

Variables that you can add to your text elements.

AI Powered Recommendations

This part provides you clever different solutions in your textual content factor powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3. If you happen to’re working out of concepts together with your paywall copy, then that is your good friend!

Click on Conduct

You’ll be able to select what occurs when somebody clicks on a component. This contains: opening URLs, deep hyperlinks, closing the paywall, restoring, buying, or customized actions.

The remainder of the sidebar focuses on customizing the design of the factor.

You’ve now bought a really feel for tips on how to configure a paywall on the dashboard.

Understanding Campaigns

How do you establish when to indicate configured paywalls to customers? And to which group of customers? That’s the place Campaigns are available.

A marketing campaign permits you to outline situations for when to indicate paywalls to customers. They tie collectively three ideas:

  1. Occasions: Analytical occasions you register in your app.
  2. Guidelines: Logic that determines when to indicate a paywall.
  3. Paywalls.

You’ll be able to consider a marketing campaign as follows: When registering these occasions, consider these guidelines and present these paywalls.

Head again to the dashboard and scroll right down to the part named Campaigns and click on Instance Marketing campaign:

The Campaigns section


On the prime of the web page is the place you add your occasions. On this marketing campaign, there’s already one there referred to as campaign_trigger:

Events for the Example Campaign

Afterward, your app will register this occasion through the SDK. You’ll be able to identify an occasion virtually something you want.

Superwall automatically tracks events and a few of these can current paywalls. Particularly:

  • app_install: On configuration of the SDK for the primary time.
  • app_launch: On app launch from a chilly begin.
  • session_start: On app open both from a chilly begin or after at the very least 30 seconds because the app left the foreground.
  • deepLink_open: When opening a deep hyperlink within the app.
  • transaction_fail: When a transaction fails.
  • transaction_abandon: When a person abandons a transaction.
  • paywall_decline: When a person declines a paywall.


Additional down the web page you’ll see a rule set to true:

A campaign rule

As that is true, all customers will match the rule. Click on the rule to deliver up the Rule Editor:

The Rule Editor

Utilizing this, you may create extra complicated guidelines by filtering by person, system and occasion parameters supplied through the SDK. You too can add a restrict to how typically they need to match.

Guidelines get evaluated so as and as soon as a person matches a rule, no different guidelines get evaluated. If a person doesn’t match a rule, they aren’t proven a paywall.

Listed here are some instance guidelines you may use:

  • if person.days_logged >= 3 then, present 6 occasions each 2 weeks.
  • == "jazz" or == "classical"
  • params.end result comprises "substring"


Beneath every rule is a gaggle of paywalls. You’ll see one paywall assigned to 100% of customers. In actual fact, that’s the instance paywall that you simply noticed earlier:

A group of paywalls that belong to a rule.

Beneath every paywall title is the quantity of customers presently assigned to that paywall. Paywalls assignments are sticky, which suggests customers will all the time see the identical paywall assigned to them for a given rule. An arrow seems subsequent to it which you’ll click on in case you’d prefer to reset the project for these customers:

Amount of people assigned to a paywall

If you happen to wished to, you may add a number of paywalls to this rule and assign every paywall to a sure proportion of customers. If as a substitute of 100% of customers, you assigned solely 50% of customers to the paywall, the remaining 50% wouldn’t see a paywall, which means they’re in a holdout group. All these options make it attainable to run A/B tests to find out the simplest paywall, which you’ll do afterward.

This above is a quite simple arrange, nevertheless, superior setups are attainable. Try the Superwall docs for more information.

You’ve now bought a really feel for the way the dashboard works. The following step is to combine the SDK into your app and set off your first paywall!

Integrating the Superwall SDK

Including the Superwall iOS SDK

To indicate the paywall in your app, you first want so as to add the Superwall iOS SDK referred to as SuperwallKit to your venture as a Swift Package deal.

In Xcode, choose File ▸ Add Packages…, then paste the SuperwallKit package deal URL into the search bar.

Set the Dependency Rule to Up To Subsequent Main Model and specify 3.0.0 because the decrease sure. Then, click on Add Package deal:

Adding the Superwall Swift package

Initializing the SDK

Subsequent, you want to initialize the SDK when the app launches. Open AppMain.swift and add the next to the highest of the file:

import SuperwallKit

Then, add the next to configure Superwall on init():

init() {
  Superwall.configure(apiKey: "YOUR_API_KEY")

Open the Superwall dashboard, click on the Settings tab within the sidebar, choose Keys and replica the Public API Key:

Again in AppMain.swift, exchange YOUR_API_KEY together with your Public API key.

Construct and run your app. You received’t discover any visible modifications. However in case you head to the Superwall dashboard, you’ll discover the primary two gadgets checked off within the quickstart guidelines. You’ve efficiently configured the Superwall SDK:

Completion of two items on the onboarding checklist

Presenting the Paywall

The best place to indicate the paywall in your app is when the person presses the Get Impressed button. When that occurs, you’ll must register the occasion campaign_trigger.

On the coronary heart of Superwall is register(occasion:params:handler:function). This lets you register an occasion to entry a function that will or will not be behind a paywall later in time. It additionally permits you to select whether or not the person can entry the function even when they don’t make a purchase order.

It takes the next parameters:

  • occasion: The identify of the occasion you want to register.
  • params: Non-obligatory parameters which you could discuss with in your paywall and the foundations you outline in your marketing campaign.
  • handler: An non-compulsory handler whose features present standing updates for a paywall.
  • function: An non-compulsory completion block containing a function that you simply want to put behind a paywall.

The calling of the function block is dependent upon whether or not the paywall is gated or non-gated:

  • Gated: Solely calls the function block if the person is already paying or if they start paying.
  • Non-Gated: Calls the function block when the paywall dismisses no matter whether or not they paid or not.Gating is remotely configurable within the paywall editor.

    It’s really helpful to register all core performance in your app in an effort to remotely configure which options you need to gate with out an app replace.

    Including Register to Your App

    Open WelcomeView.swift. In continueButton(), exchange:

    path.append(Vacation spot.motivationView)


    Superwall.shared.register(occasion: "campaign_trigger") {
      path.append(Vacation spot.motivationView)

    That’s all you want!

    Construct and run your app. Faucet the Get Impressed button and see your paywall introduced!

    A presented paywall.

    Head to the dashboard and also you’ll see the subsequent few steps checked off within the onboarding checklist:
    Three elements in onboarding list checked off.

    You now have working logic in your app to indicate a paywall. Sadly, it nonetheless very a lot appears like a template and the Buy Major button to buy merchandise doesn’t work!

    Shut the paywall by tapping the proper button within the prime proper of the paywall. You’ll discover it navigates straight to your valuable quotes after the paywall closes. That’s as a result of the paywall is non-gated and subsequently prompts the function block although you haven’t paid. In your app, you want to make this gated. Ain’t no one getting free quotes!

    Customizing Your Paywall

Making Your Paywall Gated

Open the Paywall Editor for the Instance Paywall on the Superwall dashboard.

Within the Basic tab, scroll right down to Settings and alter Characteristic Gating to Gated:

Changing the feature gating

Click on the Save button within the prime proper.

Now construct and run your app. Faucet the Get Impressed button to launch your paywall after which shut it once more by tapping on the proper button within the prime proper. When the paywall closes, it received’t navigate to your quotes!

Including Merchandise to Your Paywall

Again within the Paywall Editor, create your first product by clicking the + Create Product button within the Merchandise part:

The create product button

Within the popup, set the Product Identifier to gm_2099_1y, Trial to 1 week, Value to 20.99 and Interval to Yr:

Adding a product.

Save the paywall, then construct and run your app.

Current the paywall and faucet the Buy Major button. You’ll see it presents the acquisition sheet so that you can buy the product:

Purchasing a product.

Faucet Subscribe and buy the product. After buying the paywall will dismiss and also you’ll navigate via to the MotivationView. Delete the app to reset your subscription standing for the needs of this tutorial.

That is now a totally functioning paywall! Open the Superwall dashboard to verify all onboarding steps checked off:

All onboarding items checked off

All that’s left is to change the paywall’s design to be higher suited in your app.

Adjusting Paywall Design

Open the Paywall Editor and click on the Format tab.

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll solely hold a number of sections and delete the others that we don’t need. In a production-ready paywall, you’ll need to experiment with the size of your paywall. Often, longer paywalls carry out higher. It’s because buying is an emotional choice so that you’ll need to give your customers sufficient info to steer them that your product is deserving of a small portion of their kids’s inheritance.

Click on the trash can icon subsequent to the Part factor beneath the Subheading factor within the Major Content material checklist:

Deleting a section

Click on Delete within the popup that seems. Repeat these steps and delete the subsequent two Sections beneath Subheading. Lastly, scroll down and delete the final Part within the Major Content material checklist. You must find yourself with 4 sections and a navbar:

The first part of the updated paywall.

The second part of the updated paywall.

Within the navbar, click on the left button, and set its Show to None:

Hiding the left button.

Repeat this for the Title navbar factor. Set the textual content of the proper button to Exit.

Choose the picture factor and click on the Add button. Select the picture named paywall-image.png out of your tutorial supplies. Then change High Padding to 40px:

Uploading an image

Exchange the major heading textual content with:

Unlock Professional

Exchange its subtitle textual content with:

with a {{ major.trialPeriodText }} free trial

This references the trial interval of your major product throughout the textual content.

Set the bullet factors’ heading’s Show to None. Then for every bullet level title, cover it’s subtext in the identical method.

Exchange every bullet level textual content such that your checklist appears like this:

  • Limitless quotes
  • Limitless motivation
  • Most quantity of positive aspects
  • Cancel anytime in seconds

Then exchange the title above the evaluation part with:

Extremely rated

For the acquisition button, exchange the textual content with Proceed in its default state and Strive now in its free trial state.

Exchange the major chosen description with:

Solely {{ major.value }} per {{ major.interval }}

Click on the Save button, then construct and run your app to see your new paywall in motion! It ought to appear to be this:

A screenshot of an edited paywall

A screenshot of an edited paywall

Testing Paywall Variants

Say you’ve launched your app on the App Retailer however have a sense the title isn’t actually promoting the product. You’d like to check a paywall with totally different copy and see if it makes extra gross sales. With Superwall, you may run a number of paywalls on the similar time.

Open the Superwall dashboard. Below Paywalls, hover over your paywall’s identify and click on copy:

The paywall copy button

Click on Duplicate to redirect to the paywall editor for the duplicate paywall.

Click on the title within the paywall Unlock Professional and exchange it with:

Unlock your full potential. Go Professional.

Then, click on the title of the paywall to vary it from Instance Paywall (copy) to:

Instance Paywall | Title Change

Click on Save and head again to the dashboard. Below Campaigns, click on Instance Marketing campaign and add a brand new paywall variant to your rule by clicking + Add Paywall:

Adding a new paywall variant

Choose your paywall Instance Paywall | Title Change from the drop down and click on Create:

Choosing a paywall variant.

Then, above your newly added paywall, click on 0% of customers, set each paywall values to 50 and click on the verify mark to verify your new site visitors distribution:

Adjusting paywall traffic

You now have an A/B check working two paywalls on the similar time, with a 50/50 site visitors cut up between them. Your unique paywall is the management and the brand new one is a variation or variant.

Analyzing Paywall Efficiency

How are you aware which is the profitable paywall in an A/B check? What do you have to do after you could have a transparent winner? What efficiency indicators do you have to measure? All crucial questions!

After information begins coming in in your paywalls, you may view metrics beneath every marketing campaign rule like this:

A table of data below a rule.

These default to information retrieved within the final 24 hours however you may change this to any time vary within the prime proper nook of the marketing campaign web page:

Dropdown to change the date for campaign metrics.

You should utilize this information to investigate your paywalls’ efficiency.

An organization referred to as CXL have created a calculator that may enable you take your outcomes from Superwall and work out whether or not they’re statistically vital. Open their calculator:

AB+ Test Calculator by CXL

For instance, let’s say you’ve been working a check with the above paywalls for 30 days. Within the marketing campaign, you’ve seen that there have been 300 opens for every paywall because you arrange the check. It seems you’ve had 20 conversions, or purchases, from the management and 40 conversions from the variation. All you want to do is enter this information into the AB+ Check Calculator.

Within the Check length enter discipline, enter 30.

On the AB+ check calculator web site, enter 300 within the Customers or classes fields for each the management and variation. Then enter 20 and 40 within the Conversions fields for the management and the variation respectively.

The AB+ Test Calculator filled out with example data.

If you happen to had extra paywall variations you may add one other by clicking Add Variant. Depart Step 3 of the calculator as it’s. That is the place you’d alter the arrogance degree of your experiment in case you wished to:

Step 3 in the AB+ Test Calculator.

Lastly, the outcomes can be routinely calculated for you utilizing Bayesian statistics. This solutions the query “How seemingly is it that the variation(s) can be higher than the management?”, or vice versa. It outputs two graphs. The primary provides the chance of every paywall variation being the winner and the second signifies the chance of a paywall’s conversion fee:

Graphs showing the probability of each paywall variation being the winner and the likelihood of a paywall's conversion rate.

As you may see, the variation has a 100% likelihood of being the winner in comparison with the management.

Open the marketing campaign on the Superwall dashboard and take away the dropping paywall by clicking the x within the nook:

Removing a paywall variant from a campaign.

Verify the removing of the paywall:

Confirming the removal of a paywall variant

This may make it reset the paywall project for customers assigned to that paywall. Then, set 100% of site visitors to the brand new paywall:

Setting 100% of traffic to a paywall.

Given the instance information above, you may see that you simply’ve doubled your revenue simply from working an experiment. However it’s not over! After this, you’d need to attempt a brand new experiment akin to altering the positioning, design, or pricing of the paywall.

The place to Go From Right here?

You’ll be able to obtain the entire venture by clicking the Obtain Supplies button on the prime or backside of this tutorial.

This venture scraped the floor of what you are able to do with Superwall. There’s nonetheless lots to study, together with:

  • Figuring out customers.
  • Assigning person properties.
  • In-app paywall previews.
  • Localizing paywalls.
  • Sport controller assist.
  • Third-party analytics.
  • Customized paywall buttons.
  • Customized paywall presentation
  • Utilizing deeplinks to indicate paywalls

If you wish to study extra about Superwall’s capabilities, take a look at its documentation.

To study extra about configuring in-app subscriptions, take a look at In-App Purchase Tutorial: Auto Renewable Subscriptions.

I hope you loved this tutorial. When you have any questions or feedback, be part of the dialogue beneath.

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