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Using a Connected App for Salesforce Integrations

As your business grows, you may need to integrate with other applications or services to streamline your workflows and maximize efficiency. This is where connected apps come in. In this post, we'll explore how to use a connected app for a third-party integration in Salesforce.

What is a connected app?

A connected app is a type of application that allows third-party software to integrate with Salesforce. It provides a secure way for external applications to access data within Salesforce, such as leads, accounts, and custom objects. Connected apps can be created and managed through the Salesforce App Manager.

Setting up a connected app

To set up a connected app, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Salesforce account.

  2. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen and select "Setup."

  3. In the left-hand menu, under "Platform Tools," select "Apps" and then click on "App Manager."

  4. Click on the "New Connected App" button.

  5. Enter a name for your app and fill in the required fields.

  6. Under "API (Enable OAuth Settings)," check the box next to "Enable OAuth Settings."

  7. In the "Callback URL" field, enter the URL of the third-party application you want to integrate with.

  8. Under "Selected OAuth Scopes," select the permissions that the third-party app will have.

  9. Click "Save" to create your connected app.

Integrating a third-party app with Salesforce

Once your connected app is set up, you can integrate it with a third-party application. The process for this will vary depending on the application you are using, but in general, you will need to do the following:

  1. Obtain your Salesforce Connected App ID and Secret. These can be found in the "Connected App" settings for your app in Salesforce.

  2. Provide the third-party application with your Connected App ID and Secret.

  3. Follow the instructions provided by the third-party application for setting up the integration. This will likely involve entering your Connected App ID and Secret into the third-party application and configuring the integration settings.

Once the integration is set up, you can start using the third-party application to interact with data in Salesforce. For example, if you are using a marketing automation tool, you can use it to create and manage leads in Salesforce.


Using a connected app for a third-party integration in Salesforce can help streamline your workflows and maximize efficiency. By setting up a connected app and integrating it with a third-party application, you can provide secure access to your Salesforce data and enable your team to work more efficiently. With these steps in mind, you can start taking advantage of the power of connected apps today.


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