Get started with the Power BI app for Windows


The Power BI Windows app will be retired on December 31st, 2023. As of that date, the app will no longer be available for download from the Microsoft apps store, and no further product updates for it will be released. Please use the Power BI service to view your Power BI content on Windows devices.

This change only applies to the Power BI Windows app. It does not affect the Power BI Desktop app.

The Power BI app for Windows brings Power BI to your Windows device. You get up-to-date, touch-enabled access to your business information. You can interact with all the Power BI reports, dashboards, and apps that are available to you in the Power BI service - both those that you've created yourself as well as those that have been created by others and shared with you. All this from the Power BI app for Windows.

Screenshot of new look for Power BI windows app.

First things first

Sign up for the Power BI service on the web

If you haven't signed up yet, go to the Power BI service. Sign up for your own account to create and store dashboards and reports, and bring your data together. Then, sign in to Power BI from your Windows device to see your own dashboards from anywhere.

  1. In the Power BI service, tap Sign up to create a Power BI account.
  2. Start creating your own dashboards and reports.

Get started with the Power BI app

  1. On the Start screen of your Windows device, open the Power BI app.

    Power BI app icon

  2. To view your Power BI dashboards and reports, tap Power BI. Sign in with the same credentials as your Power BI account on the web.

    To view your Reporting Services KPIs, tap SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services. Sign in with your SQL Server Reporting Services credentials.

    Connect dialog box

  3. Tap Start exploring to view your own dashboards.

Find your content in the Power BI app for Windows

Your dashboards and reports are stored in different locations in the Power BI app for Windows, depending on where they came from. You can get to them from the left-hand navigation bar, or from the home page, which shows you your recommended content, and also provides tabs that get you to lists of your recents, favorites, apps, shared with me, and workspaces. Read more about finding your content in the Power BI apps for mobile devices.. In addition, you can use the search to find anything you have in the app.

Power BI nav pane

Search for dashboards, reports, and apps

Click the magnifying glass icon at the top right of the app to find your dashboards, reports, and apps quickly. In the search pane that opens, start typing the name of what your looking for. Matching results will appear as you type. You can filter the results by selecting one of the tabs.

Search icon

View your Power BI and Reporting Services favorites

Tap Favorites on the left-hand navigation pane to view your favorite Power BI and Reporting Services content on the Favorites page. When you make a report, dashboard, or app a favorite in the Power BI app for Windows, you can access it from all of your devices, including the Power BI service in your browser.

View favorites

Read more about favorites in the Power BI apps for mobile devices..

Try the Power BI and Reporting Services samples

Even without signing up, you can play with the Power BI and Reporting Services samples. After you download the app, you can view the samples or get started. Go back to the samples whenever you want from the dashboards home page.

To see the samples, tap the global navigation button in the upper-left corner and then select Samples.

Global navigation button

Six sample dashboards are available for Power BI, and two folders containing KPIs are available for Reporting Services.

Screenshot of samples and folders on samples page.

Power BI samples

Pick a role to start exploring one of the sample dashboards Power BI. You can view and interact with the Power BI dashboard samples, but you can't open the reports behind the dashboards, share the samples with others, or make them your favorites.

Reporting Services samples

Open the Retail Reports or Sales Reports folder to explore their KPIs.

Screenshot of a report, showing  KPIs.

Other tasks

Here are some other things you can do in the Power BI app for Windows devices with reports, dashboards, and apps in Power BI, and with Reporting Services KPIs in the Reporting Services web portal.

Power BI content

Reporting Services KPIs

Next steps