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I have setup an approval process and set record editability to Administrator or Current Approver.

When I submit a record for approval will it be automatically be shared with the approver? What if the assigned approver doesn't have access to the record? Can the approver still edit the record?

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The assigned approver requires edit access to the record to edit it. The approval assignment will not 'upgrade' the authorizations of the approver from e.g. read-only to edit.

From the docs (https://help.salesforce.com/apex/HTViewHelpDoc?id=approvals_creating_approval_processes.htm#Approver):

The assigned approver must also have edit access to the record through both their permissions and the organization-wide sharing defaults for the given object.

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