The PhoneGap Developer App is a great tool for testing PhoneGap and Cordova apps quickly with no platform SDK setup required on your machine. You just download the PhoneGap App from the app store, run a PhoneGap CLI command from your machine to serve up the application you want to test on any iOS, Android or Win Phone device and sync to it from the app running on the device. It also includes live reloading so you can see any changes to your app immediately reflected on your device while running it.
If you’re using the Ionic framework for your mobile development, you may not be aware that you can still use the PhoneGap Developer app to test your apps built with Ionic on different devices as well with a couple quick tips. You will need to use the PhoneGap CLI to serve your application rather than the Ionic CLI for this case and create an empty
.cordova folder in the root of your Ionic project. The PhoneGap CLI currently looks for the existence of a
.cordova folder, so it will only properly connect if it’s there until this dependency is removed. It should be removed in the near future but for now I wanted to give this tip on how to make it work.