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How to Recover a Deleted App in Microsoft Power Apps Using MS Powershell

Power App recover deleted app

If you have ever accidentally deleted an app in Microsoft Power Apps, you know how frustrating it can be. Thankfully, there is a way to recover your app using MS Powershell. This blog post will walk you through the steps necessary to recover your deleted app.

Let’s get started!

It has happened to me as well, and my first thought is, wait, there must be a recycle bin or a way to recover the power app. A quick Google search shows no way to undelete a power app using the Power App Dashboard. Powershell is required.

I have found some guides on using Powershell to recover a deleted power app. Unfortunately, most instructions were missing some steps, so I decided to write a blog post about it, including all the necessary steps.

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Power app recover deleted app - Powershell ISE
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Follow four easy steps to undelete your Power App.

Step One: Install PowerShell Cmdlets for Power Apps


A prerequisite is to install the PowerShell Cmdlets for Power Apps first

Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -MinimumVersion 2.8.5.201 -Force -scope CurrentUser
Install-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.Administration.PowerShell -Scope CurrentUser –Force
Install-Module -Name Microsoft.PowerApps.PowerShell -Scope CurrentUser -AllowClobber –Force
Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned –Force 

Execute each line separately and reply with ‘Yes to All.’ This can take a few moments. The last command sets the ExecutionPolicy


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Step Two: Login to Power Apps environment


After installing the cmdlets, we may log into our Power Apps environment in PowerShell.

Here’s the command to authenticate to a Power Apps. It is the usual Microsoft login prompt for Office 365. It will launch a new window where you have to enter the credentials. Remember, you need to have admin rights for the Power Apps environment.

Add-PowerAppsAccount

Step Three: Getting a list of deleted Power Apps


To get a list of recoverable Power Apps, use the following command.

Get-AdminDeletedPowerAppsList -EnvironmentName Default-b693953a-95e6-42ab-83a0-58745720bf90

How do I know my environment name? Log in to your Power App Admin Center Dashboard with the browser. In the URL address, you can see your environment name.

Power App recover deleted app - environment name
Power App URL – environment name

It displays the GUID AppNames of all the app(s) that can be recovered.

Power App appname GUID
Power Apps Appname GUID

Step Four: Recover the deleted Power App

Get-AdminRecoverDeletedPowerApp -EnvironmentName Default-b693953a-95e6-42ab-83a0-95705720bf90 -AppName  0b3ac42a-e5f4-4945-aba2-798e0d1ee9ff

The above command will undelete the Power app.

Power App recover delted app - Powershell command
Power App recover deleted app

If you get the result code 200, then your app was recovered successfully.

Go back to your Azure Power App dashboard and you will see the app again. Hooray!!

Power App Dashboard
Power App Dashboard

‘Restored_with current date’ was added to the name of your app. To rename the app to its original name, click the three dots next to the app name, settings, pencil icon.

Rename a Power App
Rename the Power App

Does Power Apps have a recycle bin?

No, there is no recycle bin available. If you delete the app, the only way to recover it is using MS Powershell.

What is the retention time to undelete a Power app?

It is 28 days, according to Microsoft. After that, there is no way to recover it with MS Powershell.


Conclusion

This blog post shows you how to recover a deleted app in Microsoft Power Apps using MS Powershell. I have included all the necessary steps, so you can quickly recover your deleted app.

Did it work? Please let me know in the comment section below? I would love to get some feedback from you.

Thanks for reading!


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