Thank you for your reply. I did work it out eventually, after more trial and error. i do think copywriters could help demystify these processes to manage expectations better and minimise surprises, barriers and use of time at this crucial stage.
I realised I need to follow these un-forewarned steps for 10 people to give feedback on the free account:
- When sharing the app, you must whitelist up to 10 email addresses for first readers who will be giving you feedback on your app.
- The first reader will be asked to download Appsheet. (it is very important we can pre-warn them and say it is to see my prototype, not to sign them up).
- The link to view the app can be shared, so long as the first reader’s email has been whitelisted on the share page on the app they are previewing.
In other words, if I send the link via Whatsapp or copy from my browser or from the share icon in the app gallery, that they will be able to access it after downloading Appsheet if their email has been whitelisted inside the app editor.
It took me hours and loads of failure to learn those, which could have been simple pre-warned before sharing.
Hope that provides a little new user feedback. Expectation management saves time and really helps. it will be make or break for many less patient people than me.