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How to Make an App

Everything you need to know to create an app.

Overview
 

You’ve got a business problem you’re trying to solve and you think that the best solution might involve making a mobile app. Now what?

We’ve pulled together a number of resources that will help you make your first app, regardless of the app making platform you choose (we like to think that our platform is the best but leave the final decision up to you). First off: Should you make the app yourself or hire someone else to do it? Once you’ve considered that specific question, you’ll need to choose an app maker platform and we have some criteria that might be useful. Finally, we’ll walk you through how to make an app and customize it.

If you’re a new app creator about to embark on your first custom app, this page is for you!

Before You Begin
 
Ask yourself the following questions before you think about chooseing an app maker and making an app. If you want to build a consumer app, you need to be a developer or hire a developer. We suggest considering the following code-centric app development platforms: XCodeAndroid Studio or Xamarin. But if you are not a developer and want to make an app for your organization, you should look at app maker platforms. Read more here.
 
 
 
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How to Choose an App Maker Platform

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Infrastructure & Data Source

Not all platforms offer a high level of flexibility and interoperability that enable you to integrate your existing software and hardware. Understand where your data is and choose the app maker platform that works best for you. Read more here.
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Ease of Use & Support

This is extremely important for novice users! Do a 10-minute test and see how easy it is to make an app with the features you want. And make sure you check what kinds of support—documentation, community, email,etc.—the app maker platform provides. Read more here.
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Richness & Scalability

Many app makers allow you to make apps without coding, but with limited features unless you code. In addition, some databases restrict the amount of information you can access. Understand your needs and make your decision accordingly. Read more here.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Make Your First App
 
Make an app in three simple steps straight from your data. Go here for more details. 
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1. Connect

Connect to your favorite cloud—whether your data is stored in  spreadsheets, databases or cloud. Check out what data sources AppSheet support here.

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2. Customize

Every use case is unique. Every app is custom. Easily add rich features that matter to you. Check out some of our most popular features here.

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3. Deploy

Publish apps in minutes and share them with your team. Use the apps on phones, tablets, or web browsers. Check out what devices AppSheet supports here.

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Anatomy of an App

Learn all about how to structure your app. What do you want it to look like? How will your menus work? What views will you make available? Find out more here.
 

App Design 101

Once you have your first app up and running, it's time to configure your data and UX, refine your app's behavior and security, and manage users. App Design 101 has more details about How to Think about Building Apps.

Free Sample Apps

AppSheet provides more than 40 free sample apps in Inspection, Field Service, Property Management, Sales, Inventory Management, HR, and Project Management. Customize any of them and make them your own.
 

Community

AppSheet's Google+ User Community has more than 8,000 members. Work with this community to exchange ideas, solve issues, and discuss AppSheet's no-code app maker platform.