Create a Microsoft Dataverse database

A Microsoft Dataverse database stores flows created in Power Automate.


For the preview release, you may need to create a Dataverse database before using Power Automate for desktop with your work or school account. This must be done only once in a tenant.

If you are an administrator or if you would like to provide information to the administrator to create a Dataverse database, see Add a Microsoft Dataverse database.

Create a Microsoft Dataverse database in Power Automate for desktop

Administrators can create a Microsoft Dataverse database in Power Automate.

If you're using a free work or school account, the provisioning will start automatically after logging in with your account. If the connected account is a premium account, select Create database to create a Microsoft Dataverse database.

Screenshot of the setting up dataverse screen.

Add a Microsoft Dataverse database as a Microsoft Teams user

You can use the approvals experience in Teams to automatically add a Dataverse database that Power Automate can use to store flows. This only needs to be done once per tenant and non-admins can perform this task.

Follow these steps to create an approval from the Approvals app in Teams.

  1. Sign into Microsoft Teams.

  2. Select More added apps (...).

    Screenshot of the More added apps option in Microsoft Teams.

  3. Search for approvals, and then select the Approvals app.

  4. Select New approval request on the top right of the app.

    Screenshot of the New approval request button.

  5. Provide a name for your request. For example, My first request.

  6. Specify yourself in the Approvers list.

    Screenshot of the fields to provide approvers.

  7. Select Send.

    This starts the process for adding a Dataverse database and may take a few minutes to complete. Once created, you will receive a notification in Teams with a request for approval.

    Screenshot of the sent request for approval.

  8. Approve this request.

    Your Dataverse database is now added to the default environment.

  9. Restart Power Automate for desktop (exit from the system tray icon).

    Screenshot of the Power Automate icon in the system tray.

You can now create desktop flows with Power Automate.

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