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Allow testing unpublished apps

Should support the ability to test a PowerApp from a mobile device without publishing.


Using the in-browser app preview is not sufficient for testing some functionality - for example the 'Add Attachment' card for SharePoint lists functions differently on a phone to PC.


Likewise a keyboard and mouse does not accurately reflect the usability/accesibility experience on a mobile device.

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Regular Visitor

This would be great. Perhaps with a toggle in the PowerApps mobile app to show unpublished or a separate version of the app which only shows draft versions. Being able to control which users can access unpublished versions would allow for a dev team and their selected users to perform user acceptance tests.

Regular Visitor

I agree. From a business perspective, the ability to fully test versions of apps on devices prior to publishing would greatly increase the confidence of businesses to adopt PowerApps. Would it be possible to allow publishing to a Test/Stage version, rather than straight to Live, and allow sharing of the Test/Stage version to seperate users?

Not applicable

This would be a godsend! There has to be a staging area where one can test the updates. 

New Member

This would be great.  Cannot test changes to barcode scanner in app because of this.   Just allow exporting package of a non-published version.  Another option is, when you go into details, and see the different Versions, allow developers to select the Version, and then Export Package from there.  We can then import as a new app.


One workaround (not tested, but should work) - In your App details, note the Version that's Published LIve.  Now, publish the current version, then export package.  Then go back to your app details, select the prior version that was Live, restore it, and publish.  This will revert you back to the prior published version.  Now, import the package you exported as a new app.


yeah, it's a bit of workaround, and your dev one is live for a few minutes, but only way I can think of doing it.

Regular Visitor

Testing is definitely an issue.  Just being able to force play a version by adding it to the URL  would be extremely useful.

Advocate I

That would be great!