One of the most important aspects of building a guide is testing it on your device! With our Preview feature, you can see a draft of your guide. This will help you fine-tune your guide so it is perfect for your end-users when you are ready to publish.
Please Note: There are three very important things to keep in mind about Preview mode.
- If you are using a private guide that is passphrase-protected, the Preview code is not the same as your published guide's passphrase. Please do NOT share your Preview code with anyone outside of your guide building & testing team. If any end-users try to download a PREVIEW of your guide, they will not have access to much of your content or features.
- The Preview version of your guide does not update in real-time. If you look at Preview on your phone, make changes in Builder, and then look at the Preview on your phone again, you will NOT see those changes come through yet. Remove the existing Preview from your phone, generate a new one in Builder, and use the code to download a fresh Preview with your latest changes.
- Some features do not work in Preview. The guide's internet connection is partially disabled, so components like Interact, Photo Album, social media, and other similar features will not work in Preview mode. When you publish your guide and it is fully live, these features will work!
FAQ: You may see a "Bad Request" error when accessing a Preview on an Android device. This just means your phone is trying to connect to the Internet, but the app has disabled some of the Internet-required features in the guide. This is by design, so don't worry! When you download the fully published version of your guide, you will no longer see the "bad request" error.
How to generate a Preview
In the guide-building screen, look for a "Preview on your device" button at the bottom-left corner.
Click this "Preview on your device" button, and Builder will generate your Preview code.
When it's ready, Builder will give you the guide's Preview code as well as the Preview QR code. Remember: this is just for testing! Please do NOT share these with any end-users.
You are now ready to Preview your guide in the Guidebook app!
- Tap "Enter passphrase"
- Put in the Preview code
- Tap to download & open the Preview version of your guide
Only one Preview can be downloaded per minute.
Please note that previews do not update automatically with the changes you make on the Guidebook Builder. If you make any changes on Guidebook Builder and would like to view them, you must first delete your old Preview and download a new one.
If you have any questions about Preview mode, please contact Support!