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Issue Export App due to deleted Flow

Support community,


I am running into an issue when trying to export an app. I had four flows I was testing within it, which I've deleted 3 of. I searched the entire app to make sure there is no listing of the deleted apps.


When I try and export, I receive an error message saying a flow was deleted and cannot.


What do I do? Do I have to build the app from scratch again? Help!

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Hi juanpeligroso,


I assume that you are using PowerApps studio for Windows to create and modify the app.

After you deleted 3 of flows, I assume that you also removed the 3 flows from the app. With these changes, you saved the app successfully.

Then on, please click the Open button to open the app on player(Preview) to see if the changes has been synced to the app on web.

If not, edit the app on Web with some dumb changes such as place the button to a different place. Then save the dumb change and publish it as the latest version.

Then try again to export the app, you won’t get the error message.

Please try it on your side and let me know if it will work for you.

Best regards,
Mabel Mao

Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
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Thanks for the response.


I tried doing just that however still receiving the same issue.


I attempt to check the entire program to see if the flows existed anywhere but did not see any mention, could there be a possibility they are still there? Is there an easy way to find them? 


Here's what my web screen still shows for details.


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Hello @Anonymous 

Did you found a solution for this problem ? i'm facing the same issue. 

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Currently facing the same issue myself. A resolution would be nice as I am attempting to export to a client's environment. Not sure if if I should start from scratch again to get rid of this issue or not....

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Sorry PowerApps Community, I've been a bit busy and haven't had a chance to respond.


UNFORTUNATELY, I've had to recreate these all from scratch. I deleted all flows and any specific controls which were tied to the flows though to no avail.


You're going to have to recreate them - though my advice on best practices (what I've done) is to create two seperate apps in your environment (one WITH flows and one WITHOUT, make all updates and changes to your app WITHOUT flows then save as a NEW app and re-add your flows) and export a master copy WITHOUT flows.


Cumbersome, however I've noticed this issue to be persistent since I even first posted about it.

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Sorry PowerApps Community, I've been a bit busy and haven't had a chance to respond.


UNFORTUNATELY, I've had to recreate these all from scratch. I deleted all flows and any specific controls which were tied to the flows though to no avail.


You're going to have to recreate them - though my advice on best practices (what I've done) is to create two seperate apps in your environment (one WITH flows and one WITHOUT, make all updates and changes to your app WITHOUT flows then save as a NEW app and re-add your flows) and export a master copy WITHOUT flows.


Cumbersome, however I've noticed this issue to be persistent since I even first posted about it - my gut tells me there is some syncing or caching issue that causes existing portions of previous versions of your app to remain in the Microsoft cloud.


Microsoft needs to work on their Azure Cloud, I've often thought if there could be a way to run this in an AWS environment instead (I've personally had much better luck with AWS over Microsoft or VMWare).

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Thank you so much for your response.


Bummer it can't be fixed, but at least I know to quit searching for a solution and to bite the bullet now. 


Your solution to use two different apps is pretty genius, I will definitely consider that as our standard moving forward.


Thank you again for your response Juan!

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Hi @Anonymous,


There's a one workout I found for this.


I too had the same issue as yours, but in my case I was using the PowerApps Web Studio and my PowerApps was missing only 1 MS Flow (Power Automate) which I deleted on purpose since it was not been used anymore inside my PowerApps. 
As you have done I re-checked my whole app and couldn't find out from where does the PowerApps still calls for the deleted flow.
Then I found under 'Data Sources' the previously generated 'flow connection' to the deleted flow was still present. I removed it from there, and then saved the PowerApps, published and tried to Export. BOOM.. it worked, export is working and now accessible.


So simply go check under your 'Data Source', your deleted flow might still be referenced under the 'Data Sources'. Remove it. Save and Publish the app. Then the export can be performed.


Hope you find this answer useful, sorry I couldn't add any screenshots to guide you since I have already made the change and didn't thought of getting screenshots.



Upvote if you find this answer useful, please do leave any comments, critics and suggestions I would be more than happy to accept and review them.


I face same issue.


I removed all the powerapps references, still the export failed with same error.


But after publishing version of an app with only valid flow references and all invalid flow removed, the export worked. So I assume the export somewhere reference the published version and was erroring because of some flow in published version.

 @cheerboom  Wish I could up vote this more than once.  Thank-you! 

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