You distribute apps by sharing an installation link. Users who have not yet downloaded AppSheet's mobile app from the app store will be prompted to do so before they can install apps created with AppSheet onto their devices.
There are a few ways to distribute apps.
Sharing apps via the Editor
When you're ready to launch your app, click the 'Share' button at the left of the Editor.
You'll be taken to a page where you can add email addresses with whom you would like to share your app. An email with the install link will then be sent to those email addresses.
Other ways to distribute apps
Upon creation of an app, you (the creator) immediately receive an email with the installation link. You can also distribute your apps via this email, in a variety of ways:
- You could forward that email to other users.
- You could copy the link onto a website to share.
- You could post it to Twitter and ask your followers to install the app.
- You could send the link via an SMS message.
You get the idea!
At anytime, you can always go back to the Editor and click 'Share/Install'.
In-app share button
All AppSheet apps have a share button. The button changes functionality based on the current view visible in the app. If the current view is a slideshow view the share button will share the details shown. Otherwise the button will share details on how to install the app.
The share button can be disabled with the "Disable app sharing by users" option in the UX > Options part of the editor.
Homescreen shortcut installation on Android
On Android devices, you or your users can install app shortcuts from AppSheet's app gallery without needing to use the installation link. If you have downloaded the AppSheet app from the app store, and then open the app gallery, click into the app you want on your homescreen. You will be able to install apps from there to your homescreen in just one step.
Simply click the hamburger menu at the top left and then click "Add Shortcut". The current app's icon should then appear on the homescreen.
If you'd like your users to use this method, just make sure you've shared the app with them. They will see your app in the "Shared" tab and can follow the above instructions.