Has the behavior for opening apps while offline changed?
We have some offline-capable apps for employees in fairly remote areas. They have been unable to open these apps without a data connection of some kind.
I did some testing on a PC this morning and it seems that the only way to open these apps without a data connection is to have previously opened PowerApps with a data connection and never fully close out of it. That is to say, use the right-click to make the Exit button appear in the upper left hand corner and use that to exit an app but never close PowerApps itself. Using this method, the list of apps shows all the apps we have made. If PowerApps is closed and reopened while no data connection is present, the list of apps is blank.
Testing on an iOS device in airplane mode, as long as I had the most recently updated version of the app on the device, it would give an error the first try but opened the app as expected the second time. If I did not have the most recently updated version of the app it would not work at all.
Is there a way to open an app on PC while completely offline other than leaving a previously connected PowerApps session up?
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@seadudeI completely agree. Our use case is for field workers who often have no cell service at all. Frankly, living in the state of Wyoming (US) it isn't difficult to find areas that don't have cell service or have spotty coverage.
While the apps we developed have all the offline capabilities we need built in, because the apps require a data connection to launch all that investment was meaningless. It is pretty disappointing and has actually added to our user's workload as they now have to do their work in the app after they return from the field. One solution some of our employees have tried is to just leave an app open all tbe time on their computers, which does okay until PowerApps has an update or they need to use a different PowerApp.
Hopefully they are able to prioritize this issue! At any rate, I appreciate you and @Anonymous helping to keep this topic alive.
If possible could I please get an update on this topic,
If previosly opened apps are not going to be available when you open Powerapps Studio offline would it be possible to please update the article that you referenced @v-micsh-msft, (Implementing Offline Capability in your App) to say so.
I have checked today and for me:
Android 3.18061.12 does show apps when opened offline
Windows 10 Powerapps Studio 3.18054.18 does not show apps when opened offline
Any help/clarification would be much appreciated, thanks
At a wedding this weekend that happened to be out of range for cellular service, I decided to test the offline experience of some PowerApps on my phone (not during the ceremony; I have some couth! ). One app hasn't been changed in a couple months and one was just released the week before. I get on all our apps about once a week just to see if I notice anything that needs fixing or if I have any ideas for improvement, so they should always be current on my device.
I was a bit chagrined to find that none of my PowerApps would open from the shortcuts or the app itself, finding instead that they did not load correctly and needed to be redownloaded. One of those I had just used the day before, showing some of my work to family, so I know it was downloaded to my device.
Is anyone having success with an offline scenario in PowerApps? If so, I would really like to learn how to get a stable offline experience for our users.
Hi @wyotim. I've never been able to open PowerApps offline on my iPhone, so not sure.
@seadudeI am marking your reply as the solution due to the fact that I am pretty sure it is the best solution I am going to find. It seems to me that for all it offers, PowerApps doesn't have an offline mode but instead an "if you happen to go offline while using an app" mode. It is a bummer but I guess it isn't realistic to expect from the platform. As you said, it does introduce a large measure of complexity.
@wyotim...I don't find that to be a solution at all. I am in the same boat where I have users collecting data all day while offline so it is simply not feasible or reasonable to ask our users to load the app. while online then keep the app running constantly on a mobile device which will most likely sleep after 30 seconds. If there is no interest in fixing this then I cannot use PowerApps.
The problem does not seem to arise for a period (don't know how long) after being online. There are no error messages when PowerApps suddenly stops loading any of my saved offline applications. This will become a support nightmare when I get calls from my users that their PowerApps applications will not load while they are out in the field trying to collect data. It doesn't seem to matter if I reboot my device, once PowerApps decides to stop loading the applications I am stuck until I can get online again.
@wyotim Your right - it just doesnt work.
Advertising ofline capability is misleading though, as it stands you can invest a large amount of time building something that is pretty much useless (as we have done).
Probably the most anoying thing is that when we started creating our apps it worked fine.
If any of the PowerApps Admins read this - please, please fix it.