A Second Set of Hands: Access Hands-on Labs Instructions From Your Phone

Now you can follow our hands-on lab instructions even easier. Use your phone as a second screen and avoid switching back and forth between tabs. 

There’s no doubt about it, customers love our hands-on labs! Our industry-leading labs give you practical experience in real cloud accounts on AWS, Azure, GCP, Docker, Kubernetes, and more. We provide step-by-step instructions to guide you through real-world scenarios, so you can learn the production-level experience you need to succeed in the cloud. 

While we’ve heard great feedback about our hands-on labs since launching them back in 2013, we understand it can be challenging if you don’t have two computer screens to use — one for the labs instructions that you’re following, and one for writing your code. Previously, if you didn’t have two screens available, you’d have to switch back and forth between tabs on your computer to complete your labs successfully. 

That’s why we’ve now made it possible to access the instructions directly from your phone!

Now, when you start a lab from the web platform, you’ll immediately receive a push notification to your phone when you’re logged into the app. By simply tapping on that notification, you’ll be able to access the exact lab you’re on from the Cloud Academy mobile app. There, you can easily follow the step-by-step lab instructions using your smartphone as a second screen. 

If you don’t have the Cloud Academy mobile app installed yet, you can download it using the “send to your phone” button that you’ll find at the top of the screen here.

How to get the Cloud Academy Lab Companion App

This is a magic link, meaning that the link will automatically download the mobile app for you, log you in (without the need to insert your credentials), and bring you to the active lab you’re on — easy peasy!

Following the lab instructions from your smartphone should make your hands-on lab experience a lot more seamless. Now you can focus on what you’re building in the cloud, without having to change tabs every time you need to look at the instructions. 

We’re always seeking customer feedback, as it directly impacts our product roadmap! We’d like to know what you think about this feature. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send an email to support@cloudacademy.com.

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