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In my previous post, I showed how to go offline in Power Apps. This post focuses on what happens when you want to close the app and ensure your data is kept. I’ll show you how to use the Import and Export controls to export a file out and import that dataset into an additional app or the same app when you get back online.
My last post showed how you can add records while offline by using collections and then add them into our database/data source once we are back online. Connections has pros and cons; one pro is that it’s easy to implement but the con is if you do a hard shut down of the app on your phone, that collection is lost.
You can use the Import and Export controls in Power Apps to get around this. These controls will let you export a dataset out of Power Apps, using collections or a data source, and import into either the same application or a different one. One use case for this is if I know I’m going to be offline for an extended period and I want to save the state of where I am currently. Another use case is to use this to communicate between applications (export out of one and import into another).
So, we can use this to pull back different states of data or you could go out to the middle of nowhere, go offline with your phone with your app closed, do what you need to do with your data and save that file to your phone and then import it back in whenever you’re ready.
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SQL Server MVP and founder of Pragmatic Works. Brian has been working with SQL Server as a DBA and business intelligence professional since 1998. He has written more than 15 books on the topic and has spoken at dozens of conferences.
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