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Paterson
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Download App in PowerApps for Offline usage?

Hello everyone. Just a quick question.

Does PowerApps support in any way a "pre-download" of apps that I want to work with offline so that even if I close PowerApps, I can still access it? I do know that it reloads the app list everytime you go offline, but today it just happened that one app was pre-loaded, so that picked my curiosity.. (We're talking about Android App on mobile, just to be sure.)

 

Thank you in advance!

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LRVinNC
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I just did a test on my account.  Connected to the network all my apps were loaded in PowerApps Mobile App.  I shut off both my Wifi and my Cellular so I had no network connection.  I returned to the PowerApps Mobile App and it showed I had NO apps.  I verified I was still connected to the same account.  I then turned the Wifi back on and returned to PowerApps Mobile and the apps appeared again as soon as I refreshed the app.  (I only signed on once when I began the test).  I turned them both off again, and when I went to PowerApps Mobile they were still displayed and I could select on the app, but it immediately showed no internet and when I selected an app was "opening" indefinitely.  I will note that the app I was opening was not set up for offline use.  

 

So, if you were already connected and the Mobile App was already running, you would see and be able to access the apps already loaded in the list.  If you launched the Mobile App after going offline, it appears the list would be empty it and will not see the app. 

 

 

LRVinNC

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LRVinNC
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PowerApps don't run as individual apps, but rather as applications within the PowerApps Mobile App. So, no, you can't "download" the app for offline use per se.  But by setting up the app to  test for an online connection, and using LoadData and SaveData, you can enable an app to function one way when offline (saving data locally) and another when online (storing in long-term data storage).

 

LRVinNC

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Paterson
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Hello LRVinNC. Thank you for your answer. Although it's not quite what I'm looking for, so I'll try to rephrase it!

Does PowerApps *need* to check for network everytime it launches? Meaning: Can I launch PowerApps while offline before accessing my app? I've read somewhere that you couldn't, but that post was from 2018... And yesterday when I was testing offline usage, my app was already pre-loaded in the app list when I launched PowerApps, so I found it odd...

LRVinNC
Super User
Super User

I just did a test on my account.  Connected to the network all my apps were loaded in PowerApps Mobile App.  I shut off both my Wifi and my Cellular so I had no network connection.  I returned to the PowerApps Mobile App and it showed I had NO apps.  I verified I was still connected to the same account.  I then turned the Wifi back on and returned to PowerApps Mobile and the apps appeared again as soon as I refreshed the app.  (I only signed on once when I began the test).  I turned them both off again, and when I went to PowerApps Mobile they were still displayed and I could select on the app, but it immediately showed no internet and when I selected an app was "opening" indefinitely.  I will note that the app I was opening was not set up for offline use.  

 

So, if you were already connected and the Mobile App was already running, you would see and be able to access the apps already loaded in the list.  If you launched the Mobile App after going offline, it appears the list would be empty it and will not see the app. 

 

 

LRVinNC

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Paterson
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I guess that's it. Thank you!

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