update record element in salesforce flow

UPDATE RECORD ELEMENT In Salesforce Flow

Hi folks, in this post I’m going to discuss how to update records using the UPDATE RECORD element in Salesforce flows.

Before we start with the topic, if you are new to Salesforce and want to know more about Salesforce flows and flow builders you can check out What is Salesforce Flow Builder and basic Building Blocks of Flow Builder

In this example, we are going to use a Screen flow to update records.

Drag the Screen element to the canvas which will present the user with a screen to select a record to update.

The screen element is used to collect information from the user and is only available in a screen flow.

We will use this screen to capture the already populated values of a record

As you can see above, using the screen element we are creating an Account record having an Account Name field.

drag components to the screen flow

Now to update the record we will drag the UPDATE RECORD element to the canvas.

edit label and api name in update record element salesforce flow

We have two ways to find the records to update :

1. Use the IDs and all field values from a record or record collection

  • It is similar to the way we update any record using the Salesforce UI and then saves the changes

2. Specify conditions to identify records, and set fields individually

  • Here you can filter records to be updated based on a specific condition

Method is generally used when you need to update the same field value for a collection of records.

As we have individual fields to update on the record, we will use method 2

Filter records based on record Id. Create a new resource in order to fetch the Account object records.

Always remember to check the “available for input” checkbox to capture data from the records detail page.

create a variable to store the data in salesforce flow

Select the fields to update in the record.

add conditions in update record element salesforce flow

Add the screen flow to the detail page of Account records.

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BUSINESS SCENARIO: The user at SalesforceGeek wants to update the following fields on Account object records

i).  Account Name

ii).  Account Description

iii). Number of Employees

For more details about the UPDATE RECORDS element check out the video

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