cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
StevenF19
Helper II
Helper II

Forcing App Updates

Hello,

 

Am I missing something or is there no way to force app updates? We've got users who haven't updated their powerapps version in over 2 months and it's been a huge issue trying to teach some of our not tech-savvy users how to completely close out of Powerapps, reopen our app, and hit the update banner. We're now receiving incomplete data because apps are out of date.

 

Does anyone have a solution for this? I feel like we're missing something because this should be pretty basic functionality.

26 REPLIES 26
JasonWS
Solution Supplier
Solution Supplier

Two years later and this is still a problem. To add even further strife to the situation, the notification banner for the update is half-covered by the notch in the last few years of iOS phones. iOS keeps the PowerApps app in memory for quite some time, so it shouldn't be down to the user's responsibility to force-close the app, relaunch the PowerApp within the app, then click the "update" banner.

 

If a user never force-closes the app and instead switches back to it via the phone/device's task-manager, then they will never know there is a new version.

See my approach and tell me if it works for your applications. 

Dan_Platt
Frequent Visitor

Is there a way to request that Microsoft includes this feature in PowerApps? Agreed with a previous statement - this should be pretty basic functionality. I'd prefer not to use a workaround. 

GarethPrisk
Resident Rockstar
Resident Rockstar

@mdevaney and I solved this elegantly for a customer. He wrote a blog post about it: https://www.matthewdevaney.com/force-app-updates-in-power-apps/

 

Hope this helps anyone who may need to solve for this issue.

While a clever solution, I don't think this is really solving the problem, it's instead working around it. I think Microsoft needs to expose the latest version number of an app inside the app, the latest solution version for apps within a solution, as well as the currently running version of both.

 

Regarding your solution, it doesn't look like you are accounting for an already running app, instead, it's only checking on launch. Perhaps a five or ten minute timer on each screen that routinely checks the version, so when a new version is published, the user will be forced to the Incorrect Version screen?

DeeTronSEAM
Kudo Collector
Kudo Collector

I agree with @JasonWS .  It's always good to have the option of a workaround, but for an enterprise-grade product, PApps needs to have a better degree of centralized management.  I'm not saying it's the highest item on the request list, nor even within the sub-section regarding IT-team's oversight of the Power Platform for an organization. 

 

IMO, the first stage is providing the same sort of thing many of us are doing via similar workarounds....i.e. having visibility within the app about potential deltas between the various versions (e.g. last published version of the app, currently running version, environment runtime version).  Having that functionality being "baked in" means less code overhead.

 

Second, a way for the app to force the actual update, not just pester the end-user to restart.  Those in-app update demands/dialogs invariably get our support desk answering a few calls from our users who we've scared the beejezzus out of so that they are properly cautious regarding potential malware. We end up telling them it's ok but that time and "intrusion" to the end-user is a waste, me thinks.

 

Perhaps tthe "version & update" enhancement would be exclusive to more formally packaged apps (e.g. solutions?) so that "Citizen Developers" writing and maintaining limited-deployment apps, e.g. department or project teams, don't have to care, but those of us needing to keep hundreds or thousands of end-users seeing the same thing would have a more standard and ready way to insist only one version of the app is running across our organization at any point in time.

 

I'm not sure what that fully looks like, but, Microsoft, put me down for enhancements in this area when priorities allow, please.

 

Kudos, to Prisk and Devaney for yet another nicely written up HowTo.  Once again it reminds me how dependent the success of the Power Platform has been thanks to the community.  @mdevaney is one of those pillars of the community...and has many a clever Cat-in-the-Hat tricks.  🙂

bhaller91
New Member

Has there been any true solution to this issue yet??
We are experiencing the same issue within our Tenant... I thought for sure it was something buried within my MdM I was overlooking somehow, but am convinced that is not the case anymore...

We are experiencing (at least on a demo iPad for testing), the issue doesnt seem to occur over Wi-Fi but while on mobile data - has anyone else shared this experience?

Helpful resources

Announcements

Celebrating the May Super User of the Month: Laurens Martens

  @LaurensM  is an exceptional contributor to the Power Platform Community. Super Users like Laurens inspire others through their example, encouragement, and active participation. We are excited to celebrated Laurens as our Super User of the Month for May 2024.   Consistent Engagement:  He consistently engages with the community by answering forum questions, sharing insights, and providing solutions. Laurens dedication helps other users find answers and overcome challenges.   Community Expertise: As a Super User, Laurens plays a crucial role in maintaining a knowledge sharing environment. Always ensuring a positive experience for everyone.   Leadership: He shares valuable insights on community growth, engagement, and future trends. Their contributions help shape the Power Platform Community.   Congratulations, Laurens Martens, for your outstanding work! Keep inspiring others and making a difference in the community!   Keep up the fantastic work!        

Check out the Copilot Studio Cookbook today!

We are excited to announce our new Copilot Cookbook Gallery in the Copilot Studio Community. We can't wait for you to share your expertise and your experience!    Join us for an amazing opportunity where you'll be one of the first to contribute to the Copilot Cookbook—your ultimate guide to mastering Microsoft Copilot. Whether you're seeking inspiration or grappling with a challenge while crafting apps, you probably already know that Copilot Cookbook is your reliable assistant, offering a wealth of tips and tricks at your fingertips--and we want you to add your expertise. What can you "cook" up?   Click this link to get started: https://aka.ms/CS_Copilot_Cookbook_Gallery   Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to be one of the first in the Community to share your app creation journey with Copilot. We'll be announcing a Cookbook Challenge very soon and want to make sure you one of the first "cooks" in the kitchen.   Don't miss your moment--start submitting in the Copilot Cookbook Gallery today!     Thank you,  Engagement Team

Announcing Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery

We are excited to share that the all-new Copilot Cookbook Gallery for Power Apps is now available in the Power Apps Community, full of tips and tricks on how to best use Microsoft Copilot as you develop and create in Power Apps. The new Copilot Cookbook is your go-to resource when you need inspiration--or when you're stuck--and aren't sure how to best partner with Copilot while creating apps.   Whether you're looking for the best prompts or just want to know about responsible AI use, visit Copilot Cookbook for regular updates you can rely on--while also serving up some of your greatest tips and tricks for the Community. Check Out the new Copilot Cookbook for Power Apps today: Copilot Cookbook - Power Platform Community.  We can't wait to see what you "cook" up!      

Tuesday Tip | How to Report Spam in Our Community

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   As our community family expands each week, we revisit our essential tools, tips, and tricks to ensure you’re well-versed in the community’s pulse. Keep an eye on the News & Announcements for your weekly Tuesday Tips—you never know what you may learn!   Today's Tip: How to Report Spam in Our Community We strive to maintain a professional and helpful community, and part of that effort involves keeping our platform free of spam. If you encounter a post that you believe is spam, please follow these steps to report it: Locate the Post: Find the post in question within the community.Kebab Menu: Click on the "Kebab" menu | 3 Dots, on the top right of the post.Report Inappropriate Content: Select "Report Inappropriate Content" from the menu.Submit Report: Fill out any necessary details on the form and submit your report.   Our community team will review the report and take appropriate action to ensure our community remains a valuable resource for everyone.   Thank you for helping us keep the community clean and useful!

Community Roundup: A Look Back at Our Last 10 Tuesday Tips

As we continue to grow and learn together, it's important to reflect on the valuable insights we've shared. For today's #TuesdayTip, we're excited to take a moment to look back at the last 10 tips we've shared in case you missed any or want to revisit them. Thanks for your incredible support for this series--we're so glad it was able to help so many of you navigate your community experience!   Getting Started in the Community An overview of everything you need to know about navigating the community on one page!  Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Community Ranks and YOU Have you ever wondered how your fellow community members ascend the ranks within our community? We explain everything about ranks and how to achieve points so you can climb up in the rankings! Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Powering Up Your Community Profile Your Community User Profile is how the Community knows you--so it's essential that it works the way you need it to! From changing your username to updating contact information, this Knowledge Base Article is your best resource for powering up your profile. Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Community Blogs--A Great Place to Start There's so much you'll discover in the Community Blogs, and we hope you'll check them out today!  Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Unlocking Community Achievements and Earning Badges Across the Communities, you'll see badges on users profile that recognize and reward their engagement and contributions. Check out some details on Community badges--and find out more in the detailed link at the end of the article! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Blogging in the Community Interested in blogging? Everything you need to know on writing blogs in our four communities! Get started blogging across the Power Platform communities today! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Subscriptions & Notifications We don't want you to miss a thing in the community! Read all about how to subscribe to sections of our forums and how to setup your notifications! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Getting Started with Private Messages & Macros Do you want to enhance your communication in the Community and streamline your interactions? One of the best ways to do this is to ensure you are using Private Messaging--and the ever-handy macros that are available to you as a Community member! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Community User Groups Learn everything about being part of, starting, or leading a User Group in the Power Platform Community. Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Update Your Community Profile Today! Keep your community profile up to date which is essential for staying connected and engaged with the community. Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Thank you for being an integral part of our journey.   Here's to many more Tuesday Tips as we pave the way for a brighter, more connected future! As always, watch the News & Announcements for the next set of tips, coming soon!

Hear what's next for the Power Up Program

Hear from Principal Program Manager, Dimpi Gandhi, to discover the latest enhancements to the Microsoft #PowerUpProgram, including a new accelerated video-based curriculum crafted with the expertise of Microsoft MVPs, Rory Neary and Charlie Phipps-Bennett. If you’d like to hear what’s coming next, click the link below to sign up today! https://aka.ms/PowerUp  

Users online (3,955)