About licensing and license management

Organizations can obtain licenses by either licensing Microsoft Power Apps or Microsoft Power Automate specifically or by it being included in the license of another Microsoft cloud service offering. For example, both Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 provide entitlements for Power Apps and Power Automate. As with most Microsoft licensing, you can mix and match for users as appropriate giving some additional entitlements.

In the rest of this section we will highlight some of the key implications and scenarios related to licensing, but it is not the product licensing documentation, you should consult that for any of the latest details. Pricing and specific plan details for Power Apps and Power Automate can be found in the licensing guide.

Use of connectors

Power Apps and Power Automate use connectors to interact with services. Connectors can be standard, premium or custom. To use premium connectors users must be licensed with Standalone Power Apps or Power Automate licenses.

Trial Plans

Trial plans are available for both Power Apps and Power Automate. Free trials last 30 days for Power Apps and 90 days for Power Automate plans. Users can self-service sign up for these trials in your organization. This can be done by explicitly visiting the pricing pages or by being prompted when they attempt an action in the apps that require additional licensing.

For Power Automate, an unlicensed user that signs in to flow.microsoft.com will be setup with the free Power Automate plan. If later they try to perform an action like sharing a flow, they will be prompted to sign up for a trial. In this example, if the user accepted the offer for trial they would be signed up for a Power Automate trial. This trial would not show up under the user licenses in the Microsoft 365 Portal, however you would be able to see it in the Power Apps license report discussed later in this security section.

For Power Apps, if a user signs up for a Power Apps trial they will get a Power Apps per user trial if needed for any of the actions they take such as creating an environment.

As the administrator, you will likely be assisting users that had started in a trial and either want to continue experimenting or are ready to get a regular license to keep working with the app they are building. If you are moving to a regular license for a user, it would also be a good time to work with them to see if their app should stay where it was built or should be moved according to the environment strategy you adopt. For those not ready to get a full license but want to keep experimenting you could help them get setup on the community plan and help them move their application and flow assets into their new developer environment.

Power Apps Community Plan

In addition to the trial plans, there is also a free Power Apps Community Plan. This is a special plan that allows individual self-service sign up and it provides an individual environment that the user can use to build apps and flows. These environments will show up on the administrator’s list of environments and will list the type of environment as “Developer”. The environments are for individual use, so there is no ability to share with other users. Users in your organization can self-service signup for this plan even if they have Power Apps and Power Automate license entitlements via another licensing plan. Signup for the community plan can be found here https://powerapps.microsoft.com/communityplan/ and more details on its features here /powerapps/maker/dev-community-plan

What users are licensed

You can always look at individual user licensing in the Microsoft 365 admin center by drilling into specific users.

You can also use the following PowerShell command to export assigned user licenses.

Get-AdminPowerAppLicenses -OutputFilePath '<licenses.csv>'

Exports all the assigned user licenses (Power Apps and Power Automate) in your tenant into a tabular view .csv file. The exported file contains both self-service sign up internal trial plans as well as plans that are sourced from Azure Active Directory. The internal trial plans are not visible to admins in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

The export can take a while for tenants with a large number of Power Platform users.