Run canvas apps and model-driven apps on a mobile device

When you create an app, or someone shares an app with you—either a canvas app or model-driven app—you can run that app on iOS and Android devices by using the Power Apps mobile app. If you're on a Windows device, you can only run canvas apps; model-driven apps aren't supported on the Power App mobile app for Windows devices. In this topic, you'll learn how to get started and run a canvas app and a model-driven app on your mobile device.

To learn how to use model-driven apps running on the Power Apps mobile app, see User Guide for model-driven apps running on the Power Apps mobile app.

Important

Model-driven apps for Dynamics 365 Sales, Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Dynamics 365 Field Service, Dynamics 365 Marketing, and Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation don't run in the Power Apps mobile app. Instead, you use the Dynamics 365 for phones and tablets app. More information: User Guide for Dynamics 365 for phones and tablets

Power Apps mobile

Legend:

  1. Model-driven apps
  2. Canvas apps

Install Power Apps mobile

To follow this procedure, if you're not signed up for Power Apps, sign up for free before you begin, and then download Power Apps from the App Store or Google Play onto an iPhone, iPad, or Android device running a supported operating system. Also, make sure you have access to a canvas app that you created or that someone else created and shared with you.

Open Power Apps, and sign in

Open Power Apps on your mobile device, and sign in by using your Azure Active Directory credentials.

Sign in to Power Apps

If you have the Microsoft Authenticator app installed on your mobile device, simply enter your username when prompted, and then approve the notification sent to your device.

Find the app

When you sign in to the app, the My apps filter is set by default. If you don't find the app you're looking for, you can open the Power Apps menu, and then select a different filter.

App filters

The following filters are available:

  • All apps : Displays all canvas apps and model-driven apps to which you have access, including apps you created and apps that others shared with you.

  • My apps: For canvas apps, this displays canvas apps that you've opened, apps that you're the owner of, and apps that you can edit. For model-driven apps, this displays all model-driven apps that you have access to.

  • Sample apps (canvas apps only): Displays sample canvas apps from Microsoft that showcase real application scenarios with fictitious data to help you explore design possibilities.

  • Favorites (canvas apps only): Displays canvas apps that you've marked by selecting the ellipsis (...) on the app tile, and then selecting Favorite. To remove an app from this list, select the ellipsis (...) on the app tile, and then select Unfavorite.

    Mark as Favorite

  • Featured apps (canvas apps only): Displays canvas apps that your admin has marked as featured apps.

Sort apps

After you filter your apps, you can sort the filtered list by the date the apps were most recently opened or modified, or alphabetically by name. These preferences are retained when you close and reopen apps. You can sort both canvas apps and model-driven apps.

Sort menu

Search apps

If you know the name of the app you want to run, you can select the search icon at the top, and then type part of its name in the search box. You can search for both canvas apps and model-driven apps.

Search for apps

If you filtered your apps, the filtered list will be searched.

Refresh the list of apps

Select the refresh icon Refresh icon to refresh the list of apps. This will refresh the lists of both the canvas apps and model-driven apps.

Pin an app to the home screen

You can pin both canvas apps and model-driven apps to the home screen of your device for quick access. Select the ellipsis (...) on the app tile, select Pin to Home, and then follow the instructions that appear.

Pin an app

Note

For iOS devices that have multiple browsers installed use Safari when pinning an app to Home.

See non-production apps

By default, only production model-driven apps are shown in the list of apps.

To see model-driven apps from non-production environments, select the Settings menu Settings icon, and then turn on Show non-production apps. Follow the instructions that appear.

Non-production apps toggle

Run an app

To run an app on a mobile device, select the app tile. If someone else created an app and shared it with you in an email, you can run the app by selecting the link in the email.

Run a canvas app

If this is the first time you're running canvas app by using the Power Apps mobile app, a screen shows the swipe gestures.

Close a canvas app

Use your finger to swipe from the left edge of the app to the right to close an app. On Android devices, you can also press the Back button and then confirm that you intended to close the app.

Close an app

Pinch and zoom in on a canvas app

Pinch to zoom

If an app requires a connection to a data source or permission to use the device's capabilities (such as the camera or location services), you must give consent before you can use the app. Typically, you're prompted only the first time you run the app.

Give consent

Run a model-driven app

The following image shows an example of a mode-driven app screen after you've signed in. To learn how to use model-driven apps running on the Power Apps mobile app, see User Guide for model-driven apps running on the Power Apps mobile app.

Model-driven app home page

If an app requires a connection to a data source or permission to use the device's capabilities (such as the camera or location services), you must give consent before you can use the app. Typically, you're prompted only the first time you use the app.

Give consent

Close a model-drive app

Select the site map Site map icon, and then select Apps.

Close a model-driven app