How do I preview Figma on my phone?

If you want to preview your Figma designs on your phone, you can do so using either the Figma Standalone App or by accessing the prototype URL on your mobile browser. Before we get into the previewing methods, let's first understand what a Figma prototype is:

What is a Figma Prototype?

Figma is a powerful collaborative design tool used by designers to create interfaces, mockups, and interactive designs. A Figma prototype is an interactive version of your design that allows you to simulate user interactions, such as tapping buttons, navigating between screens, and demonstrating the flow of your app or website.

Preview Methods

Now let's look at the two methods for previewing Figma designs on your phone:

  1. Using the Figma Standalone App: Figma provides a dedicated app for mobile devices, which allows you to view and interact with your prototypes seamlessly. Here's how to do it:
    1. Open the app store on your phone (App Store for iOS or Google Play Store for Android).
    2. Search for "Figma" in the app store search bar.
    3. Download and install the Figma app on your phone.
    4. Log in to your Figma account in the app.
    5. Once logged in, you'll be able to see all your projects, including prototypes.
    6. Select the prototype you want to preview, and it will load for you to interact with on your mobile device.
  2. Using the Prototype URL: If you prefer not to download the standalone app, you can use this method:
    1. Open the Figma web app on your computer and log in to your account.
    2. Open the Figma project that contains the prototype you want to preview.
    3. In the top right corner, click on the "Share" button.
    4. Choose the prototype you want to share from the dropdown menu.
    5. Click on the "Copy Link" button to copy the prototype URL to your clipboard.
    6. Send the copied URL to your mobile device (e.g., via email, messaging apps, or notes).
    7. Open the URL in your mobile browser.
    8. The prototype will load, and you can now interact with it on your phone.

Now that you know how to preview Figma prototypes on your phone, you can easily test and demonstrate your interactive designs while on the go.

July 31, 2023

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