If you want to work on your Power Apps skills but are stuck as you do not have your own Dev environment where you can practice then below are the steps which will help you create a “Developer” environment using “Power Apps Community Plan” where you can practice.

This environment is only for building your skills or for building Business Apps for AppSource. Do not use this as your “Dev” environment – that should be your “Sandbox” environment

Setup a free trial Azure Account

Create a new Azure account by navigating to this link. Click “Start Free” button and enter any of your Microsoft Live Id (Hotmail, Outlook, etc.). Enter your billing details. The billing details are just to ensure that your a real person – as this is a free trial account you won’t incur any charges for 12 months (at the time of writing).

Create Azure Tenant

Once you created your Azure account or you login to your existing Azure account. We need to create an Azure Active Directory. Follow the steps mentioned under section called “Create a new tenant for your organization

Create a username

After you created the Active Directory, navigate to the Active Directory properties. Go to “Users”, here you will find option to create new user and it will have email corresponding to your tenant. For example if you named your tenant as “mytenant” then your email address will me “myself@mytenant.com”.

Get Power Apps free developer plan

Using this new email address signup for free Power Apps Community Plan or sometimes also referred to as Developer Plan.

Which features are included in the PowerApps Community Plan?

With the individual environment, you get following functionality:

FunctionalitiesEnvironment for individual use
Key features 
Create and run appsYes. You can create unlimited apps
Share apps*No
Use the Common Data ServiceYes
Model your data using the Common Data ServiceYes
Enterprise-grade administration of the environment and user policiesYes
Connect to Office 365, Dynamics 365 and other connectorsYes
Connect to cloud-based services like Azure SQL, Dropbox, Twitter and many moreYes
Use premium connectors like Salesforce, DB2 and many moreYes
Access on‐premises data using an on-premises gatewayYes
Create custom connectors to connect to your own systemsYes. You can create unlimited custom connectors
Common Data Service 
Create and run applications on the Common Data ServiceYes
Model your data in the Common Data ServiceYes
Create database in the Common Data ServiceYes
Add co-workers as environment makers and adminsNo
Add co-workers to the database rolesNo
Supports data policies established by the Office 365 administratorYes
Establish data policies for the individual environmentYes

*You can’t share an app, flow, connection, etc. with any other users of your tenant. You also can’t add any other user as environment admin, maker or to the database roles from the admin center.

Flow runs/month750
Database Size200 MB
File Storage

If you have any questions then please post a comment below.

Hope this helps. Keeping PowerApp’ing.

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