On creating a development build of the Expo client

I finally reached the point in development where it was time to add custom native code to a project and try out Expo’s development builds feature. I followed a YouTube video and the official Expo docs to make a build for my project, but was confused when the build finished and there was no “install” button to click on the Web UI.

Turns out I accidentally made a build using the production profile instead of an installable one:

eas build

(this defaults to the production profile, which is for submitting to the app store, not for installing)

For an installable dev build, try:

eas build --profile development 






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