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Does Visual Workflow Affect API Usage

Do actions within visual workflow count towards your org API usage? 

We have a complex flow with numerous sub-flows. Rather than pass numerous variables between each and run the risk of omitting a variable by mistake, we just pass the Contact Id to sub-flow and do a fresh record look-up at the beginning of each sub flow to pick up variable values. However, do the record lookups, updates, inserts count towards API usage? 

PratikPratik (Salesforce Developers) 

Visual workflow will also takes govenot limits into consideration.

You can refer to:

Thanks Pratik. I had already read this documentation. However, I was still left unclear of what, within using visual workflow will count as an API request, if anything.