Applies to:

iPhone   iPad  
iPhones iPads

The easiest way to learn about your data in to ask questions about it in your own words. You can already do that in the Power BI service at by typing a question in the Q&A box at the top of a dashboard. Now in the Microsoft Power BI app for iOS on iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices, you can type or say your questions. In this tutorial, you can ask questions with sample data.

Download the Retail Analysis sample

If you haven't already downloaded the Retail Analysis sample on the Power BI server, that's the first step.

  • In your workspace on the Power BI service (, select Get Data > Samples > Retail Analysis Sample > Connect.
  • Or click this link to add the sample to your workspace. If you don't have an account or you're not signed in, follow the prompts.

Try asking questions on your iPhone or iPad

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Power BI app and navigate to the Retail Analysis Sample dashboard.
  2. Tap the Q&A icon from the action menu at the bottom of the page (at the top of the page on an iPad).
  3. Tap show from the keywords at the bottom of the screen, tap sales from the suggestion list > Send .

  4. Tap by from the keywords, then tap item from the suggestion list > Send .

  5. Tap as from the keywords, tap the column chart icon , then tap Send .

  6. Long-tap the resulting chart, then tap Expand.

    The chart opens in focus mode in the app.

  7. Tap the arrow in the upper-left corner to go back to the Q&A chat window.

  8. Tap the X at the right of the text box to delete the text and start over.

  9. Try a new question: Tap top from the keywords, tap sale by avg $/unit ly > Send .

  10. Choose by from the keywords, tap time from the suggestion list at the top > Send .

  11. Type as, pick the line chart icon from the suggestion list > Send .

Try saying your questions

You can now ask questions about your data in the Power BI mobile app by speaking instead of typing.

  1. Tap the Q&A icon from the action menu at the bottom of the page (at the top of the page on an iPad).

  2. Tap the microphone icon .

  3. When the microphone icon is active, start speaking. For example, say "average unit price by time", then tap Send .

Questions about privacy when using speech-to-text?

See the Speech Recognition section of What's New in iOS in the Apple iOS Developer Guides.

Help and feedback

  • Need help? Just say "Hi" or "Help", and you'll get assistance with starting a new question.

  • Care to provide feedback on the results? Long-tap a chart or other result, then tap the smiley or frowny face.

    Your feedback is anonymous, and helps us improve our answers to questions.

Enhance your Q&A results

You can improve the results you and your customers get when they use Q&A on a dataset, either by asking more targeted questions or by enhancing the dataset.

How to ask questions

How to enhance the dataset

See also