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Anonymous
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Force the entire power app to refresh

 

Every time I make a change to the Power App applications for my organization (not changes to the datasources, but the actual app) my users do not receive the updates, even if they close and re-open the application. Instead they have to slide the 3 buttons on the left side of the screen and hit the powerapps refresh button and then relaunch the application. Most users arent aware of the 3 buttons on the left, and this "workflow" is not very intuitative. Forcing the users to uninstall and reinstall is even worse of a work around.

 

Is there any way to force the app to do a full-refresh like there is for refreshing datasources (ie refresh(datasource) ).... maybe something like "RefreshApplication()"?

 

 

Related to these posts: 
* https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/How-do-I-force-an-update-of-my-PowerApp/td-p/...
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/App-screen-doesn-t-refresh-even-after-refresh...
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/Apps-are-not-getting-deleted-from-the-Mobile-...
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/Deleted-apps-still-appear-on-mobile-app/m-p/3...

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JRaasumaa
Level 10

Re: Force the entire power app to refresh


@Anonymous wrote:

 

Every time I make a change to the Power App applications for my organization (not changes to the datasources, but the actual app) my users do not receive the updates, even if they close and re-open the application. Instead they have to slide the 3 buttons on the left side of the screen and hit the powerapps refresh button and then relaunch the application. Most users arent aware of the 3 buttons on the left, and this "workflow" is not very intuitative. Forcing the users to uninstall and reinstall is even worse of a work around.

 

Is there any way to force the app to do a full-refresh like there is for refreshing datasources (ie refresh(datasource) ).... maybe something like "RefreshApplication()"?

 

 

Related to these posts: 
* https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/How-do-I-force-an-update-of-my-PowerApp/td-p/34759
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/App-screen-doesn-t-refresh-even-after-refresh-datasource/td-p/30567
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/Apps-are-not-getting-deleted-from-the-Mobile-Player/m-p/33387
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/General-Discussion/Deleted-apps-still-appear-on-mobile-app/m-p/31469


 

What you are experiencing is the same issue we have, it's an absolutey pain to refresh and force PowerApps to get a new copy of the app instead of using it's local cached version.

 

I have yet to find a workaround to the issue of getting the app to refresh except by manual user intervention. 

 

 

That being said, I have come up with a way to force users to run that manual refresh in order to use the app. The first "Home" page our users see has all the controls locked down by a lookup and comparison to a stored SQL "version" number. (The users App has a forced text value stored on the home page.) If the SQL value is updated it makes any app on the wrong "version" unable to click the Home page controls. 

 

It's incredibly simple but allows us to control forcing a user to close and refresh to do work in the app and basically resolves the issue of someone using a wrong version and messing things up.

 

 

Anonymous
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Re: Force the entire power app to refresh

Yeah that is still a pretty sub obtimal work-around for "software updates" to the end user.

 

Please vote for my feature request - https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/PowerApps-Ideas/New-function-RefreshApplication-to-force-entire-...

JRaasumaa
Level 10

Re: Force the entire power app to refresh


@Anonymous wrote:

Yeah that is still a pretty sub obtimal work-around for "software updates" to the end user.

 

Please vote for my feature request - https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/PowerApps-Ideas/New-function-RefreshApplication-to-force-entire-app-to-reload/idi-p/117583


 

It's actually a fantastic work-around to avoid messing up any tables due to an older version of the software being out there. It's also resolved exactly what you are up against albeit with a manual user process until PowerApps comes up with a way to force version control. Hopefully something comes out soon to resolve the issue but it's unlikely.

 

I voted for your suggested change, thanks!

Kamna
Level: Powered On

Re: Force the entire power app to refresh

Can you share the steps to acheive below?

 

That being said, I have come up with a way to force users to run that manual refresh in order to use the app. The first "Home" page our users see has all the controls locked down by a lookup and comparison to a stored SQL "version" number. (The users App has a forced text value stored on the home page.) If the SQL value is updated it makes any app on the wrong "version" unable to click the Home page controls. 

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