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I am getting this message when I want to add a app:

Sorry, apps are turned off. If you know who runs the server, tell them to enable apps.

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You need to setup the app domain

this is a good tut but very lengthy

also this:

In order to install an App from the App Store you must setup an isolated App Domain, this is because Apps from the store deploy to their own app domain and run under a separate process from your SharePoint sites. If your SharePoint site uses the DNS alias you could have * as your app domain.

How to: Set up an on-premises development environment for apps for SharePoint

another resolution to that error from technet:

1) Browse to Tenant Administration Site of the HH mode Site collection

2) Create App Catalog for Tenant by clicking on Manage App Catalog

Note – Every Tenant Admin will require a App Catalog(Make sure Self site creation is enabled in order for App Catalog to get created)

3) $Sub = Get-SPSiteSubscription http://hhmodeSite (This CMDlet will help in fetching the subscription ID of the HH mode site collection)

Set-SPAppSiteSubscriptionName -Name "Name for Subscription" -SiteSubscription $Sub

We need to run the above command in order to set the unique name for domain under which these apps will run.More details can be found under

hope it helps :)

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This URL might also help – Amit Maheshwari Nov 27 '13 at 13:23

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