Acceleration, App, Compass, Connection, and Location signals in PowerApps

Returns information about the app's environment, such as where the user is located in the world and which screen is displayed.

Description and syntax

All signals return a record of information. You can use and store this information as a record, or you can extract individual properties by using the . operator.


The Acceleration and Compass functions return accurate values in a native player such as on iOS or Android, but those functions return zero values as you create or modify an app in the browser.


The Acceleration signal returns the device's acceleration in three dimensions relative to the device's screen. Acceleration is measured in g units of 9.81 m/second2 or 32.2 ft/second2 (the acceleration that the Earth imparts to objects at its surface due to gravity).

Property Description
Acceleration.X Right and left. Right is a positive number.
Acceleration.Y Forward and back. Forward is a positive number.
Acceleration.Z Up and down. Up is a positive number.


The App signal returns information about the running app.

Property Description
App.ActiveScreen Screen that's displayed. Returns a screen object, which you can use to reference properties of the screen or compare to another screen to determine which screen is displayed. By using the Back or Navigate function, you can change the displayed screen.

The App object also has a behavior formula that you can set.

Property Description
OnStart The behavior of the app when the user starts it. This property is commonly used to retrieve and cache data into collections with the Collect function, set up variables with the Set function, and navigate to an initial screen with the Navigate function. This formula is evaluated before the first screen appears. No screen is loaded, so you can't set context variables with the UpdateContext function. However, you can pass context variables with the Navigate function.

The App object appears at the top of the hierarchical list of controls in the left navigation pane, and you can select this object like a control on a screen. After you select the object, you can view and edit one of its properties if you select that property in the drop-down list to the left of the formula bar.

After you change the OnStart property, you can test it by hovering over the App object in the left navigation pane, selecting the ellipsis (...) that appears, and then selecting Run OnStart. Unlike when the app is loaded for the first time, existing collections and variables will already be set. Use the ClearCollect function instead of the Collect function to start with empty collections.

App item context menu with Run OnStart


The Compass signal returns the compass heading of the top of the screen. The heading is based on magnetic north.

Property Description
Compass.Heading Heading in degrees. Returns a number 0 to 360, and 0 is north.


The Connection signal returns the information about the network connection. When on a metered connection, you may want to limit how much data you send or receive over the network.

Property Description
Connection.Connected Returns a Boolean true or false value that indicates whether the device is connected to a network.
Connection.Metered Returns a Boolean true or false value that indicates whether the connection is metered.


The Location signal returns the location of the device based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other device information, such as cell-tower communications and IP address.

When a user accesses the location information for the first time, the device may prompt that user to allow access to this information.

As the location changes, dependencies on the location will continuously recalculate, which will consume power from the device's battery. To conserve battery life, you can use the Enable and Disable functions to turn location updates on and off. Location is automatically turned off if the displayed screen doesn't depend on location information.

Property Description
Location.Altitude Returns a number that indicates the altitude, measured in feet, above sea level.
Location.Latitude Returns a number, from -90 to 90, that indicates the latitude, as measured in degrees from the equator. A positive number indicates a location that's north of the equator.
Location.Longitude Returns a number, from 0 to 180, that indicates the longitude, as measured in degrees west from Greenwich, England.


In a baseball field, a pitcher throws a phone from the pitcher's mound to a catcher at home plate. The phone is lying flat with respect to the ground, the top of the screen is pointed at the catcher, and the pitcher adds no spin. At this location, the phone has cellular network service that's metered but no WiFi. The PlayBall screen is displayed.

Formula Description Result
Location.Latitude Returns the latitude of the current location. The field is located at map coordinates 47.591 N, 122.333 W. 47.591

The latitude will change continuously as the ball moves between the pitcher and the catcher.
Location.Longitude Returns the longitude of the current location. 122.333

The longitude will change continuously as the ball moves between the pitcher and the catcher.
Location Returns the latitude and longitude of the current location, as a record. { Latitude: 47.591, Longitude: 122.333 }
Compass.Heading Returns the compass heading of the top of the screen. At this field, home plate is roughly southwest from the pitcher's mound. 230.25
Acceleration.X Returns the acceleration of the device side to side. The pitcher is throwing the phone straight ahead with respect to the screen's top, so the device isn't accelerating side to side. 0
Acceleration.Y Returns the acceleration of the device front to back. The pitcher initially gives the device a large acceleration when throwing the device, going from 0 to 90 miles per hour (132 feet per second) in half a second. After the device is in the air, ignoring air friction, the device doesn't accelerate further. The device decelerates when the catcher catches it, bringing it to a stop. 8.2, while the pitcher throws the device.

0, while the device is in the air.

-8.2, as the catcher catches the device.
Acceleration.Z Returns the acceleration of the device top to bottom. While in the air, the device experiences the effects of gravity. 0, before the pitcher throws the device.

1, while the device is in the air.

0, after the catcher catches the device.
Acceleration Returns the acceleration as a record. { X: 0, Y: 264, Z: 0 } as the pitcher throws the device.
Connection.Connected Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether the device is connected to a network true
Connection.Metered Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether the connection is metered true
App.ActiveScreen = PlayBall Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether PlayBall is displayed. true
App.ActiveScreen.Fill Returns the background color for the displayed screen. Color.Green