Opening app through Expo Go profile just gets the "default" release channel of my app

Hi to everyone reading! Hope you can help me dealing with this distribution issue.

I ve building binaries without setting up a release channel (then “default” channel). I open and test my app in Expo Go accessing through the profile tab button and selecting the one in my published projects. Everything OK till this point.

Now I am switching to a staging channel and building a new binary. Once it is completed, when I chose the published project in the profile tab, I still see the last version with the default channel.

How can I take the last build completed from my expo profile???

Thanks in advance!

I’ve got the same problem!!! My Expo Go App only display default releases (e.g. expo publish without specifying --release-channel) and does NOT pick up anything that have a release-channel specified.

However, all releases are properly listed when I run expo publish:history, I just can’t install or access anything other than default.

Why is it? Is it an Expo bug or is it intended? Or is there something we did wrong or settings we missed?

I have the latest Expo Go & Expo SDK v40

my app.json file:

  "expo": {
    "name": "xxx Mobile App",
    "slug": "xxx-mobile",
    "version": "0.0.2",
    "orientation": "portrait",
    "icon": "./assets/icon.png",
    "entryPoint": "./node_modules/expo/AppEntry.js",
    "splash": {
      "image": "./assets/splash.png",
      "resizeMode": "contain",
      "backgroundColor": "#ffffff"
    "updates": {
      "enabled": true,
      "checkAutomatically": "ON_ERROR_RECOVERY",
      "fallbackToCacheTimeout": 0
    "assetBundlePatterns": [
    "ios": {
      "bundleIdentifier": "",
      "supportsTablet": true
    "android": {
      "package": "",
      "permissions": [
    "web": {
      "favicon": "./assets/favicon.png"
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Someone here having the same:

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no one else has this problem or they did but settled for diff solution to bypass it???

if you want to open the specific release channel in Expo Go. you can access the project page with certain release channel like below:<project_name>?release-channel=<channel_name>
and then get the QR code and use it to open the release channel you want.
hope it helps !


yaaa, that’s what i did in the end, works like a charm!!

thanks for the reply!