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PowerBIIntegration in Power Apps - Does Not Work For Existing Apps

When adding a Power Apps visual and dragging some columns into it, I am then trying to add an existing app.


If I select the app, Edge then opens up and displays the app and the PowerBIIntegration object is visible in the tree view. However there is no data there (there definitely is data in the Power BI model). I can try a couple of tests:


  • Add a gallery and set PowerBIIntegration.Data as the Items property
  • Add a button and set it's OnSelect to ClearCollect(Test, PowerBIIntegration.Data)

Neither produces any result (the test collection is empty, no rows or columns).


If I go abck to my visual and choose Create New, it created a new Power App (mobile dimensions) and the data displays in the gallery that is created.


I'm aware that I could edit the msapp file but I have a complex app that has multiple screens and needs to be displayed multiple times in the PBI report, so recreating it from scratch is not an option. Has anyone encountered this or has a work-around? I just need the integration to work as advertised.

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Any resolution here? same issue

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Hi @FAY2020 

I found some offical blogs and I hope they could help you.


Power Apps visual for Power BI

Power BI integration with Power Apps


Power BI Integration with PowerApps V2


Best Regards,

Rico Zhou


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So from the Microsoft documentation (first link):


But from the second link:

"An existing app works only if it were previously created from the Power BI service. If you want to use existing app, you may need to make some changes to get the data integration part work properly, PowerBIIntegration is key for data integration between Power BI and PowerApps. "


The official docs only mention that using an app not created in Power BI will prevent the use of Refresh() on the connection, but the second blog seems to suggest apps created outside of Power BI will not integrate at all. Can you clarify what is correct?

@v-rzhou-msft do you have any update on this? It's potentially an issue with the official documentation. I'd also like to know if I've been going the wrong route on integrating apps as this could save a lot of time and frustration.

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