Impersonation step missing in SharePoint 2013 Workflow

Here we will discuss the issue “Impersonation step missing in SharePoint 2013 Workflow”. Impersonation step is the concept of SharePoint 2010 and the workflow action was available in SharePoint designer 2010.

But this action is not available in SharePoint 2013 workflow platform.

A SharePoint designer workflow runs under the permission of the user who started the workflow. But in some steps, the workflow may require the user to have some more permission. If elevated permissions are not used in those steps then the workflow will not work with access denied error. In those cases in SharePoint 2010 “Impersonation step” was helpful. But in SharePoint 2013 a similar step is available known as “App Step”. Any actions placed inside an App Step will have Read/Write permissions to all Items in the site, such as site lists.

Let us say we have a requirement like below:

I have two document libraries and if a user uploads one document to one library, I want the document to be copied to my second document library. But as per my requirement, I can not provide contribute access to anyone except few people into my second document library. But you need to contribute access to copy item.

In the above kind of requirement, we can use the app step and we can add the copy document activity inside the App Step.

If you are not able to see the “App Step” inside SharePoint 2013 designer workflow then make sure the below feature is activated like below:

  • Workflows can use app permissions

Read Activate Workflows can use app permissions Feature programmatically using C#.Net .net managed object model code.

Impersonation step missing in SharePoint 2013 Workflow

Impersonation step missing in SharePoint 2013 Workflow

If it is not activated, activate it and then open SharePoint 2013 designer. You should be able to see the app step in the SharePoint designer workflow.

You may like following SharePoint designer workflow tutorials:

Hope this SharePoint workflow tutorial helps to solve Impersonation step missing in SharePoint 2013 Workflow issue.

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Bhawana Rathore

Hello Everyone!! I am Bhawana a SharePoint MVP and having about 8+ years of SharePoint experience as well as in .Net technologies . I have worked in all the versions of SharePoint from wss to Office 365. I have good exposure in Customization and Migration using Nintex, Metalogix tools . Now exploring more in SharePoint 2016 :) Hope here I can contribute and share my knowledge to the fullest. As I believe "There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance"