How to Enable API Access in Salesforce

Julie Contino |
 Learn Salesforce |
 Jan 31, 2022

In this video, we’ll show you how to access the Salesforce API for certain user profiles. The API Enabled setting in Salesforce allows that user or users to access data from external applications – an example of this is Outlook for Salesforce. The API Enabled setting also allows users to access data from external applications from within Salesforce.

If a user profile does not need access to external applications whether inside or outside of Salesforce, then you likely won’t need the API Enabled setting turned on. But if you do need to turn on this setting, here’s where you would find it:

1. Navigate to the Setup menu.
2. In the left-hand menu, select Profile.
3. Select Edit next to the profile you want to enable API access for.
4. Under Administrative Permissions, check API Enabled.
5. Select Save.

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