How to Demo your Mobile App
In the fast-paced world of mobile app development, showing off your app to team members or even clients or investors is crucial for success. A mobile app demo is a presentation of your app’s features and functionality, often displayed in the form of a live or interactive prototype. This allows your audience to get a feel for your app and make informed decisions based on its performance.
In this article, we will explore various options for creating mobile app demos and explain how to easily upload and share your app using Appetize – the perfect solution for running mobile apps in the browser.
First off - How would you like to demo your app?
When showing your app to others, there are quite a few ways.
Some questions you might want to ask yourself are:
Is your app already completed and ready to be given to users?
Would you like to be able to put the app in the hands of your end users?
Are you looking to show your app during a presentation?
Will you be present during the demonstration of your app?
In some cases, it makes more sense to just record a quick video of your mobile app. When you are not there for the demo, it can help to add a voice and to create a video walkthrough. There are many platforms out there that do this very well such as Tella.tv or Loom.
If you’d like to create a demo of an app that doesn’t exist, many developers choose to create one with a tool like Figma or Adobe XD. These tools are best for mobile apps that are still in the prototyping stage.
However, both of these will lack interactivity and fail to provide a true sense of how the app performs in real-time. There’s nothing quite like getting the real experience. This is where Appetize online mobile emulators come in, offering a seamless way to demo your mobile app in the browser, ensuring a smooth and engaging experience.
Uploading Your App to Appetize
To get started with Appetize, follow these simple steps to upload your app and make it accessible through the browser:
Sign up for an Appetize account: Head over to Appetize and create a free account or log in if you already have one. With a free account, you’ll have access to basic features, while premium plans offer more advanced capabilities.
Prepare your app’s files: Ensure that your app is built in a format compatible with Appetize. For iOS, you’ll need an .app file, while Android requires an .apk file. If you get stuck, just go to the Appetize documentation.
|On iOS you will need to find the .app file
|On Android you will need to build an APK file
3. Upload your app: Navigate to the “Upload” section of your Appetize dashboard. Click “Choose File” and select your app’s file from your computer. Once the file is uploaded, you’ll receive an email notification with a link to your app’s browser-based demo.
Congratulations! You can now share Your Mobile App Demo
Now that your app is available on Appetize, sharing it with your teammates, clients, or investors is a breeze. To share the demo, simply:
Locate your app’s unique link: Once your app is uploaded, you’ll find its unique URL in the email you received or on your Appetize dashboard.
Share the link: Copy the URL and send it to anyone via email, instant messaging, or any other communication channel you prefer. As long as they have a browser, they’ll be able to access the demo by clicking on the link. No need to download or install the app on their devices!
Using Your App Demo for Screen Sharing or Presentations
Now that you have the app loaded up, you can also use it for Screen sharing or presentations. Because it’s all browser based, you can even integrate Appetize’s browser-based demos into some online presentation platforms like Gamma.app. Just make sure you add the right query parameters to the iframe such as scale=auto and centered=both so it aligns nicely.
Now that you have everything set up, it’s time to share your screen!
Open your app’s demo URL: Navigate to the unique link you received after uploading your app to Appetize.
Share your screen: Using your preferred screen-sharing tool (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet), share your browser window displaying the Appetize demo with your audience.
Interact with the app: Demonstrate your app’s features and functionality by interacting with the live demo, just as you would on a physical device. Your audience will be able to see your app in action as you navigate through its various screens and features.
Your app in the browser
With Appetize, creating and sharing a demo of your mobile app has never been easier. You can run native and hybrid mobile apps directly in the browser so you can WOW your audience without the need for them to download or install anything on their devices.
Try it out today and see the difference it can make!