Associate flows with apps
From the Power Automate portal, you can associate automated and scheduled flows with apps in Power Apps and with Dynamics 365 apps. You can then manage flows and apps together and more easily keep track of dependencies. If the associated app is missing in any environment, the flow alerts you about the missing dependency. This feature also ensures that apps are always up to date.
This feature can provide relief to makers who often struggle to keep track of which flows are used by which apps. Without the association, flows can break if the corresponding app isn't present in the environment. The result can be frustration and delays.
Add an association
To make an association between a flow and an app, follow these steps. For consistency and continuity, the association is then preserved as the flow is deployed in other environments. In this way, it helps reduce errors and speed up the development process.
Sign in to Power Automate.
On the left navigation pane, select My flows.
Find and select the flow that you want to associate with an app.
On the Associated Apps tile in the lower right, select Edit.
On the Associated Apps page, select Add association.
By default, the Power Apps tab is selected and shows the apps in Power Apps that use the same data sources as the flow. To find Dynamics 365 apps, select the Dynamics 365 tab.
If you can't find your app, go to Why can't I find my app in the list of apps? in the "FAQ" section of this article.
Select one or more apps, and then select Save.
To view the associated apps, go back to the flow details.
Remove an association
To remove an association between a flow and an app, follow these steps.
- Sign in to Power Automate.
- On the Associated Apps tile in the lower right, select Edit.
- Select the app that you want to delete.
- When a trash can symbol appears next to the app name, select it.
- On the Remove app association page, select Remove.
Why can't I find my app in the list of apps?
Your app might not be listed for one of the following reasons:
- You don't have access to the app.
- The app isn't installed in the environment.
- The app doesn't use the same data sources as the flow.
I associated 10 apps. So why are only four apps shown on the flow details page?
The Associated Apps tile on the flow details page shows only the top four apps. To view the whole list, select Edit. All apps then appear on the Associated Apps page.
I'm deploying the flow into production. Will I have to associate again after the flow is in production?
You need to make the association only once in the lower environments. The association is then preserved as the flow is deployed in other environments.
Why is the status of my app association shown as failed?
The Associated Apps page shows the status of your apps.
The Association failed status might be caused by one of the following reasons:
- The app is removed from the environment.
- The app is edited and no longer uses the same data sources as the flow.
- You no longer have access to the app.
My flow has a Power Apps trigger. So why is the Associated Apps tile blank?
This is a known issue. If a flow has a Power Apps trigger, the apps that use that flow aren't automatically shown. We plan to implement the functionality soon.
I have a Power Apps per app license. How can I ensure that the in-context flows run?
A Power Apps per app license allows for a limited set of Power Automate capabilities. If the flow is supporting an app in Power Apps, associate the flow with the app. After the association is made, users who have a Power Apps per app license can use the flow.
I'm an admin and want to associate flows and apps in bulk. Is there an admin command?
Use the PowerShell command in How can I associate in context flows to Power Apps/Dynamics365 apps in the Frequently asked questions about Power Automate licensing article.