Our dashboard is pretty awesome. You can make changes to the editor and then see your app update in real time on the emulator. However, it’s just not quite the same experience as playing with your app on the device it’s meant for — your phone!

That’s why we have two preview solutions for you: Preview on Phone and the Previewer App.

Preview on Phone

The Preview on Phone option lets you view a web version of your app on your phone’s browser.

Just click “Preview on Phone” on the emulator.

And then enter in your phone number with the area code. You should receive a text momentarily with a link to preview your app. This will not work if you are using a non-US phone number. In this case, we suggest you use our Previewer App.

Previewer App

The Previewer App is available on both the Apple App*** and Google Play*** Stores. To use it, you have to download it and then put in your login credentials, so there’s a few more steps to it than the Preview on Phone option.

However, the Previewer App is better for giving you a more native app experience. With the web-based app that you receive with Preview on Phone, there are going to be functionalities that will not work or show up. On the Previewer App, it will behave just as if it were already published on the app stores.

We have an article all about the benefits of using the Previewer App, that you can read over here.

We hope you find these solutions helpful! As always, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@buildfire.com*** if you have any further questions.

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