All AppSheet features are accessible to use while building free prototype apps. We encourage you to try them and build the ideal apps for your needs.
In fact, you can stay on the Free plan forever if your apps are for personal (non-business) use and you are the only app user.
When you are ready to deploy your apps to other people, you must enroll in a paid subscription plan.
Step 1: Do you need a Secure plan or a Public plan?
Choose a Secure plan (Starter, Core or Enterprise Subscription) if:
You need to restrict app access to particular people.
OR... Your app uses confidential data.
OR... You need to customize the behavior of the app based on the specific user.
OR... Your app uses Private Tables.
OR... You need to maintain an audit trail of which users access your app.
A Secure plan is appropriate for apps used by members of a team or employees of a company, especially if the apps use employee, group, company, or customer data that you do not want to share publicly.
Choose the public Publisher Pro plan if:
You do not need to restrict app access to particular people.
AND... Your app uses absolutely no confidential data.
AND... You do not need to customize the behavior of the app based on the specific user.
The Publisher Pro plan is appropriate for apps used at a public event, a public survey, a city guide, or a restaurant menu. The goal is usually for the apps to be used by as many people as possible without restricting access to any specific subset of users.
Step 2: What kind of secure plan do you need?
Choose between the Starter, Core or Enterprise Subscription plans. These plans differ based on their features and their supported data sources as shown on the pricing page.
You can determine the right plan by simply using the features you want and letting the system detect the minimum required plan. Do this by going to the "Account" > "App Info" pane.
Step 3: How many secure plan licenses do you need?
Select the number of user licenses by summing up the number of unique app users across all your deployed apps. For example, if you are deploying one app to 10 employees and another app to a different set of 5 employees, purchase 15 licenses. On the other hand, if your company has 10 employees, you can purchase 10 licenses and build any number of apps for them.
Make certain that you set the "Require user authentication" option on the "Security" > "Require Sign-In" pane for each of your applications. If you fail to do this, we are reduced to counting every device that launches the app as a separate "guest" user.
If you chose the public Publisher Pro plan:
Purchase one app license for each deployed app. For example, if your account has one deployed app, purchase one app license. If your account has three deployed apps, purchase three app licenses.