”I have an app for that” – Self-contained mobile apps announced!

We can’t get enough of the new developments for the Power Platform. And more and more organisations are also seeing the benefits of using the Power Platform. More and more employees are learning to use Power Automate and Power Apps Canvas Apps. With Microsoft’s No code /Low code platform you can develop valuable applications very quickly. And the user-friendliness of this only increases with the latest development. In this blog you can read all about it.


To currently use a Power App on your mobile phone or tablet, you must first install the Power Apps app on your mobile device. when you open it you then have to log in with your username and password and possibly also once via MFA (Multi Factor Authentication). From there you navigate to all applications that have been made available to you within your organisation. So, you have one place for all applications, but you have to look for it. And the business applications always open with the same Power Apps icon on your mobile device.


Microsoft has announced that it will soon be possible to export a Power App as an APK (Android Package File). You can install it on your Android phone or distribute it from Microsoft Intune to the employees who have an Android phone. The app can no longer only be found in the general Power Apps app, but also directly on the phone as a separate app. The application gets its own icon, its own welcome screen and of course its own name.

With Intune you not only distribute applications to specific users, you can also set how the data should be secured per application. This means that with very sensitive information, such as personnel information, you can, for example, enforce additional encryption on the device. It is also possible to require that you always have to log in with MFA, such as facial recognition, when you open that app. This way, the app and the data are extra secure.


An extra advantage is that you can also offer the application more beautifully to external users, as a branded app. Perhaps more important is the user’s experience. “I have an app for that” works easier for the average person if, for example, they immediately think of that red icon for a certain functionality. And you also have a 1 press on the icon in that app. In combination with the pay-per-use model, you can also offer the applications to certain target groups much more easily. After all, they do not need pre-licensing. We find that combination very powerful.

This functionality became available in Preview for a limited group on December 1, 2021, and will be available to everyone in spring 2022. How long it will take before this development is available on iOS is still unknown. In any case, it is a very nice development that makes for easier to use applications, which are also easier to share to groups of people who have no knowledge of Power Apps. Do you want to know more about this? Then sign up for this webinar.

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