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Introducing Power BI mobile app’s new look (preview)

Power BI Mobile provides the tools users need to stay connected to their data, wherever business takes them. But, as organizations grow, we understand that it’s increasingly difficult for Power BI users to discover and manage the content that matters to them on the go.  It’s important for us that our users are able to find exactly what they need quickly and easily when they’re using the Power BI mobile app to view and interact with their content.

Today, we’re excited to announce the public preview of the “new look” now available on Power BI Mobile. We’ve refreshed our app and introduced new experiences, adding a home page that provides quick access to your commonly used content and includes your organization brand theme, and new navigation bars that give you an easy way of navigating through the app. With the new and refreshed experiences, it’s now quicker and easier to find what you need, when you need it.

Since we’re previewing the new look, you’ll need to opt in and turn it on in the mobile app. Once you do that, the app will display several new features:

  • Home page
  • Organization branding
  • Navigation bar

Sounds exciting? Continue reading the rest of the blog to learn more about the new experience.

Can’t wait? You can turn on the new look from the app banner or side panel to start enjoying the new home and navigation options.

Home page

Here’s an example of how the new home page shows on the mobile app:

At the top, the app will show your organization’s branding, so it will have same look and feel as your Power BI service which match your corporate theme.
The organization brand elements are defined by your Power BI admin in the Power BI service, and will show up in your Power BI Mobile app as well.

In addition, the home page provides two tabs:

Quick access: Here you’ll have an easy and quick way to view and find your most commonly accessed items in Power BI. You’ll be able to view the content cards that provide easy access to that content, in addition to metadata for the content itself, such as its last refresh time.

You can look for your items in the Frequents section, where you’ll see a list of items ordered by the number of times you viewed them.  You can use the Recents list to view the items that you’ve recently accessed.

Activity (coming soon): here you’ll get a feed with events happening in your Power BI account that are relevant to you. The feed ensures you can stay up to date with the latest comments and activities.
This feature is not yet available, and we’ll be sharing more details once it’s released.

New navigation

We re-built app navigation, implementing standard mobile navigation experience to make it easier to find your way in the Power BI mobile app.

Now, instead of using the top left “Hamburger” menu, you have a bottom navigation bar, providing you with an easy way to swap between pages and use your preferred way to find your content.

From the top bar you can access the notification center and search for Power BI content. If you want to connect (or switch) to Report Server or access the app setting page, just tap on your account avatar.

Opt-in throughout the preview

We recognize that it can take time to adopt a new user interface.  To address this, during the preview period the new look experience will require you to turn it on explicitly. There are several ways you can opt-in to the new look preview. You can turn it on from the introduction banner. Or, if you closed the banner, you can opt in from the side panel or from the app settings.

The preview period allows us to get your input and feedback on our new design, learn from it and improve. During this period, we will add new capabilities and might adjust the experience, based on your feedback. Therefore, we’d love to hear from you. You can vote on new feature ideas, leave a comment below, or leave a comment in the Power BI Mobile forum.

Next Steps:

    • Try it now and share your feedback with us.

Get the Power BI mobile app from the App store and Google play.