Quickstart: Explore dashboards and reports in the Power BI mobile apps

In this quickstart, you take a quick tour of the Power BI Mobile app and explore a sample dashboard and report. The Power BI app for iOS is shown, but you can easily follow along on other devices.

Applies to:

iPhone iPad Android Windows devices
iPhone iPad Android Windows


Power BI mobile app support for phones using Windows 10 Mobile has been discontinued as of March 16, 2021. Learn more

A dashboard is a portal to your company's life cycle and processes. It is an overview, a single place to monitor the current state of the business. Reports are interactive views of your data, with visuals representing different findings and insights from that data.

Report in landscape mode


  • Sign up for Power BI: If you're not signed up for Power BI, sign up for a free trial before you begin.
  • Install the Power BI app for your device: Download the Power BI mobile app** from the App store (iOS) or Google play (Android).
  • Download the Retail Analysis Sample: The first step in this quickstart is to download the Retail Analysis Sample in the Power BI service. Learn how to download a sample into your Power BI account to get started. Be sure to choose the Retail Analysis Sample.

Once you've completed the prerequisites and downloaded the Retail Analysis Sample to your Power BI account, you are ready to begin this quick tour.

View a dashboard on your mobile device

  1. On your device, open the Power BI app and sign in with your Power BI account credentials, the same ones you used in the Power BI service in the browser.

  2. Now, tap the Workspaces icon workspaces icon, choose My Workspaces, and then tap the Retail Analysis Sample to open it.

    Dashboards in My Workspace

    Power BI dashboards look a little different on your mobile device than they do on the Power BI service. All the tiles appear the same width, and they're arranged one after another from top to bottom.

  3. Scroll down and tap the "This Year's Sales, Last Year's Sales" filled line chart.

    Tap a tile to go to focus mode

    It opens in focus mode.

  4. In focus mode, tap Apr in the chart. The values for April appear at the top of the chart.

    Tile in focus mode

  5. Tap the Report icon Report icon at the bottom of the screen (on Android devices this may be at the top of the screen). The report related to this tile opens in landscape mode.

    Report in landscape mode

  6. Tap the yellow "040 - Juniors" bubble in the bubble chart. Note how it highlights related values in the other charts.

    Highlight values in a report

  7. Swipe up to see a toolbar across the bottom, and tap More options (...).

    Screenshot shows the location of the More options control in the lower right corner.

  8. Scroll down the list and select Annotate.

    Tap the pencil

  9. On the annotate toolbar, tap the smiley-face icon and then tap the report page where you'd like to add some smiley faces.

    Annotate the page

  10. Now tap Share in the upper-right corner.

  11. Choose the way you'd like to share the report.

    New email message with snapshot and link

    You can share this snapshot with anyone, in or out of your organization. If they're in your organization and have their own Power BI account, they'll be able to open the Retail Analysis Sample report, too.

Clean up resources

After you finish this quickstart, you can delete the Retail Analysis Sample dashboard, report, and semantic model, if you wish.

  1. Open the Power BI service (Power BI service) and sign in.

  2. In the navigation pane, select My Workspace.

  3. Select the dashboards tab and then click the trash can.

    Select the Delete icon

    Now click the reports tab and do the same.

  4. Now select the semantic models tab, click More options (...), and choose Delete.

    Select the Delete semantic models

In this quickstart, you explored a sample dashboard and report on your mobile device. Read more about working in the Power BI service.