How To Unlock The Free Springboard Plan

by on June 17, 2020

Unlocking the Free Springboard Plan

With the release of Version 6, Backendless is changing the way our free plan works. Starting with Version 6 of Backendless, you gain access to a new plan called “Springboard”.

A fully free Backendless plan, Springboard is available to all users but now it must be “earned” by going through Backendless Missions. If you want to skip ahead, you can take a shortcut by unlocking the Springboard Plan through the Backendless Marketplace.

When you create a new Backendless app, you will automatically be enrolled in a free 30 day trial of our Cloud 99 Plan. Once that trial ends, you will need to switch to a paid plan unless you complete all of the Missions required to unlock the new Springboard Plan or if you take the shortcut through the Marketplace, the Springboard plan would also be available.

Apps currently enrolled in the Free Plan that existed prior to the V6 release will also have access to the Springboard Plan. However, the old free plan will still be available for those apps as long as the apps stay on the plan.

The rules for unlocking the new Springboard Plan in Version 6 are as follows:

  • You cannot simply switch to the Springboard Plan unless the plan has been “unlocked”. To unlock the plan, you must reach the “Free Plan Milestone” in Backendless Missions.
  • Once you reach the Free Plan milestone or unlock the plan through the Marketplace shortcut, that plan is unlocked forever for one specific app. 
  • If you create a new app within Backendless and would like to switch that app to the Springboard plan, you can do so by converting your BBs to Backendless Marketplace credit which can then be used to purchase the “Springboard Plan shortcut”.

Springboard Plan Shortcut

Many Backendless developers will have multiple projects that they are working on at a given time. Often, in fact, you may choose to have multiple versions of your same app: one for development, and one that’s deployed that users interact with. (We made it even easier to take this approach to development with the introduction of App-to-App Deployment.)

If you want to have more than one Backendless app on the Springboard plan, you may not want to go through the missions again. That’s why we made it so you can “purchase” the Springboard Plan through the Backendless Marketplace. The purchase can be made either using Backendless Bucks (BBs) or with a credit card.

Simply log in to the app you want to convert to the free Springboard Plan and navigate to the Backend section -> Manage -> Billing. There, you can select the Springboard Plan (if it is already unlocked via Missions) or pay the BB cost to unlock the plan immediately. You may then switch to that plan at any time.

Additionally, on the Billing page, you will have the option to convert your BBs to credit. This credit can be used to pay for your monthly billing charges, purchase add-ons, or purchase swag from the Backendless Shop.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via our support forum or by email.

Check out everything else that’s been released in Version 6 so far.

Thank you, and as always, Happy Coding!

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