Because it is a well-designed no-code platform, AppSheet is relatively easy to learn. If you’re like me, though, that still means a lot of trial and error. Copying sample apps to play with or experimenting by making your own little app to try out an idea is a great way to learn but it can leave you with a “My Apps” page that starts to seem like a “My Collection of Junk” page. The solution, of course, is to erase those old apps that you no longer need . . . but there’s a hitch. Just deleting the apps in AppSheet can leave a different collection of junk in the cloud.
I don’t have any experience working with other cloud services but in this little tip I’ll explain how to cleanly erase apps and their associated files from Google drive.
STEP 1: Click onf “View Source” inside the app you want to delete
STEP 2: The previous step will take you to the associated Google spreadsheet. It will open up in a separate tab, making it easy to return to the AppSheet editor when you need to. In the associated Google spreadsheet, find the location and then copy the text:
STEP 3: Open up Google Drive and then find the folder (if there is one in this case) for your spreadsheet and associated files:
STEP 4: Back in the AppSheet editor, delete the app:
STEP 5: Finally, delete the associated files that you located in Google drive in STEP 3. Note that AppSheet has left them in place.
That’s it! Not exactly rocket science but I didn’t know how to do it until recently. Hence, I was beginning to feel that my “My Apps” page was in need of a visit from Mari Kondo. Speaking of Mari Kondo, I understand that her test for whether or not an AppSheet app should be deleted is Does it spark joy?
Finally, I’d like to suggest a possible topic of discussion. Don’t you think it would be nice if the AppSheet editor could give us the option of deleting associated files too? Or, is it a matter of permissions and simple impossible? Now that AppSheet is part of Google, I would think that it should be possible at least if one is using Google drive.