Building standalone app with ExpoKit

I just want to clarify some things I don’t understand

To build, let’s say, an .apk file I need to do the following:

  1. exp publish
  2. Generate Signed APK in Android Studio

My question is why I need to exp publish? As far as I understood when user opens my app for the first time, my JS bundle will be downloaded to their phone, but what if user does not have an internet connection? It seems app will never start.
Is there a way to avoid downloading js bundle? ← you can see here how to bundle assets for offline load for the first boot of your app. Your app’s source code is already bundled too.

@nikki so my workaround will be setting updates.enabled to false and then detaching again?

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