Demoing a CommCare Application

If you are giving a presentation it can be easier to present CommCare using on your computer than on a mobile device with a live deployment.  This is also sometimes useful for testing your application. The easiest way to do this is using the App Preview on CommCareHQ

CommCare App Preview

From the form builder on CommCareHQ, you can access the , which emulates how your CommCare application would appear on a typical Android device, by clicking on the far right side panel. Once opened, you can toggle between “phone” and “tablet” displays by clicking the ‘device’ icon located on the bottom right.

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Click the “refresh” button on the bottom center to ensure that the App Preview reflects all of the changes that have been made to the application in the form builder.

In the you can use the to login as different mobile users to demonstrate how the form access and user experience might differ depending on which of your users is accessing the app (see ).

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In the “Settings” of the App Preview, you can change the application language (if the application has multiple languages) and the format in which the questions are displayed (one question per screen, or the full form per screen).


The App Preview can be navigated just like a CommCare application, including case management. Data collected in the App Preview will be saved as [Web User] data and will not appear as Project Data when preparing exports or reports. 

For CommCareHQ Users with enabled (available on Advanced subscriptions), applications can also be demoed and tested there.

Android Screenshare Software

There are some limitations when using the App Preview compared to the CommCare Android app, such as capturing multimedia, so some users may prefer to demo from an Android device. Examples include WonderShare and TenorShare. Please note that these tools may require purchase.