Making .NET backend API call from Swift frontend

Hi everyone,

I am building a Swift mobile app. For the login and authentication I am using auth0. I’ve been able to configure this correctly. When logging in, I get forwarded back to the app and the idToken shows all the relevant user data.

The problem I can’t wrap my head around is that I am unable to call my backend. I keep getting 401 unauthorized from my dotnet 7 backend which I configured to have authentication via jwtbearer in my program.cs

I have both an API( for the backend) and an application (for the swift app) in my auth0 dashboard.

For some reason, if I copy paste the access token in (the one I am getting back from auth0 in the swift app), it is also encrypted. I am a bit lost and not sure how to proceed. To summarize:

  • I want to authenticate users in my swift app. (account login and creation)
  • After authenticating, I want to use the access token I got back to make API calls to my backend

Why does the backend not see the received access token as valid?
All the examples I can find in the docs only handle login and logout in the swift app, not calling a backend.
I’ve been struggling with this for an entire day already. I really hope you can help.


services.AddAuthentication(options =>
    options.DefaultAuthenticateScheme = JwtBearerDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
    options.DefaultChallengeScheme = JwtBearerDefaults.AuthenticationScheme;
}).AddJwtBearer(options =>
    options.Authority = "{my authority}";
    options.Audience = "{my audience}";


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
	<string>{my audience}</string>
	<string>{my client ID}</string>
	<string>{my domain}</string>

Backend API call in my Swift app

    func addHouse(address: CreateAddress) async throws {
        var accessToken = ""
        do {
            let credentials = try await AuthManager.shared.credentialsManager.credentials()
            accessToken = credentials.accessToken
        } catch {
            print("Failed with: \(error)")

        guard let url = URL(string: "\(baseURL)") else {
            print("Missing URL")

        var urlRequest = URLRequest(url: url)
        urlRequest.httpMethod = "POST"
        urlRequest.addValue("application/json", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
        urlRequest.setValue("Bearer \(accessToken)", forHTTPHeaderField: "Authorization")

        let parameters: [String: Any] = [
            "street": address.street,
            "number": address.number,
            "zipCode": address.zipCode,
        let jsonData = try parameters, options: [])
        urlRequest.httpBody = jsonData

        let (data, response) = try await urlRequest)

        guard (response as? HTTPURLResponse)?.statusCode == 201 else {

        let decoder = JSONDecoder()
        decoder.dateDecodingStrategy = .iso8601
        DispatchQueue.main.async {
            do {
       = try decoder.decode(House.self, from: data)
            } catch {
                print("error when decoding house")

Hey @kiana.truyens.kt,
Welcome to the Auth0 Community! :wave:

To try to determine where the problem lies, I would suggest making a separate investigation for the Swift app and the API.

For example, you can make an HTTP request to your API using curl, Postman, or another HTTP client to see if the issue is on the API side.
You can get a test access token from the API configuration panel in your Auth0 dashboard.
Go to the Test tab of your API configuration page and click the Copy button, as highlighted in the following screenshot:

Also, make sure that the audience you specify in both your Swift app and the API is exactly the same as you registered it in your Auth0 dashboard, including any trailing slashes.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks for helping on this one Andrea!

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