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Helper II

Power Apps - Power BI Better together - Write Back From BI

Objective: To have Task Status Application along with analytics on it.


We wanted to develop a small and thin application to manger daily tasks by various teams. We want to have UI entry using the Mobile app and Even from BI Report. We are going to use Power App and Power BI for this


Power App: Power Apps is a suite of apps, services, connectors, and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs.


Power BI: Power BI is a business analytics solution that lets you visualize your data and share insights across your organization or embed them in your app or website.



  1. You need to have logins at power bi and power app. I have already registered my official email id for both power bi and power app
  2. Google Sheet having a table structure. We created a Task sheet in the root folder. With only one row for this development.
















Let us start the development…..

Power App: Login to

Create a new connection

Power App has a connector Google sheets. We have created a connection of google Sheets and selected the Task Sheet.

We create the UI with a canvas app from a blank option. It created a working app.



Added logo. And tested it by creating a new record using the run option

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Modified the create UI, wanted to show the only tasks. Done some cleanup.



Cleaned up Detailed UI.



App is ready.


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Let us start the analytics part of it.

In the case of power bi, there is no direct(seeded) Google Sheet connector. So, we created a shared link with the option  “Share with anyone with having this link”.


We got a link like<ID>/edit?usp=sharing

And modified it, like this to make it work<ID>/export?format=xlsx&id=<ID>

Added the Google sheet using the web option. Selected the sheet having Tasks.

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Create a couple of charts.

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Power BI the Latest version has an option to add Power App. Added that. As I already logged in to Power BI, I got access to the Apps. There is a “Choose App” Option, Using that selected the app and opened it

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Add a new record and refreshed the app and records are visible. As we are in port mode refresh is required. For Direct query mode, there is an option in the power app to get the power bi page refreshed.


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Create an app in Powerapps is pretty easy. Power Apps provide a lot of options to customize the app. Integration with Power BI is pretty easy. It gives flexibility to the BI application to Write Back. Especially helpful when you want to revise target or budgets and write then back to applications.


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