We have created a custom connector, which do the following:-

  1. Get all the accounts from external system.
  2. Get the account details by passing the Ids returned from step one.

Then inside the Power App >> we need to loop through the returned account info , and do the following:-

  1. If the account ID already exists inside a SharePoint list >> to update the account info.
  2. If the account ID is new >> to add the account info inside SharePoint list.

This can be done, if the user will manually triggers calling the custom connector, by clicking a button for example. but i need to create a power Apps which will allow the user to do the following:-

  1. The user will specify the Refresh rate in minutes. for example to do a call to the custom connector each 150 minutes.
  2. Then power Apps will call the custom connector each 150 minutes without nay user intervention >> and updates the SharePoint list accordingly

so is this something we can build using Power Apps? In other word to build something similar to Scheduled Flow inside Power Automate?


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UPDATE: I was trying to understand the question, turned out that what you're looking for is whether it's possible to create a scheduler/timer inside Power Apps that mimics Power Automate Scheduler Flow, where the user can close the app but the scheduler/timer keeps running in the background.

The straight answer is NO, because it is by design.

Power Apps is designed as the foreground application, the opposite of the background application, that (of course) runs only when the user opens the app and is destroyed when they close it.

When you put a Timer in the Power Apps with interval, the scheduler works as long as the app is running. A similar case is when you build a Windows Desktop app, a web application based on JavaScript, and then you put a timer in it.

In JavaScript, you use setTimeout function. In the Windows Desktop app, you use Timer. The same case for Power Apps, you also have Timer too.

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This is where Power Automate comes into the picture. It works as the background application, the same case for Windows Service, where you can trigger based on:

  1. a scheduler that runs forever (or as per scheduled) after it started regardless user closes the app or not.
  2. based on a trigger, not only from Power Apps, but also when a record is created or modified.

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Hope the explanation is clear enough.

  • i did not get your point why i need more than one Power Automate flows? Also how i can force Power Apps to keep running so it will call the flows according to the schdule?
    – John John
    Feb 26, 2022 at 20:00
  • Essentially all 4 flows runs together no matter what. In instance for the flow with scheduler of 90 minutes, the condition inside to check whether the Environment Variable is equal to 90 or not. If yes, then call the child flow where it updates Account ID. If not, it'll pass out and end just like that. You need that many flows, because scheduler flow can't run on conditional timing. Feb 26, 2022 at 20:07
  • i am not sure i got your point ... inside Power Automate we can define a scheduled flow and define when it should run in the background.. so can we do the same using Power Apps?
    – John John
    Feb 26, 2022 at 20:22
  • Power Apps is just the UI to help users set the option whether they want to run at which intervals to update the Account ID. The logic is actually inside Power Automate. So, there's no logic/code where you trigger the flow from Power Apps. Unless, if my understanding of your requirement is different with yours. Feb 26, 2022 at 20:29
  • is there a way inside Power Apps to create a form which allow users to schedule tasks.. this is my question. either to schedule calls to power automate or schedule a call to code inside Power Apps itself...i hope you got my point.. thanks
    – John John
    Feb 26, 2022 at 21:17

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