Scan barcodes in the real world to go directly to filtered BI information in the Power BI mobile app.
Say a colleague has tagged a barcode field in a report Power BI Desktop and shared the report with you.
When you scan a product barcode with the scanner in the Power BI app on your iPhone, you see the report (or list of reports) with that barcode. You can open that report on your iPhone, filtered to that barcode.
In the Power BI mobile app open the main navigation menu in the upper left.
Scroll down to Scanner and select it.
If your camera is not enabled, you need to approve the Power BI app to use the camera. This is a one-time approval.
Point the scanner at a barcode on a product.
You see a list of reports associated with that barcode.
Tap the report name to open it on your iPhone, automatically filtered to that barcode.
While looking at a report filtered by a barcode on your iPhone, you may want to filter the same report by a different barcode.
Either way, tap the icon to open a small menu with a floating scanner.
Here are some messages you may see when you scan a barcode on a product.
The report you choose to filter is based on a data model that does not include this barcode value. For example, the product "mineral water" isn't included in the report.
The barcode value you scanned exists in your model but all/Some of the visuals on your report don’t contain this value and therefore filtering will return an empty state. Try looking into other report pages or edit your reports in Power BI desktop to contain this value
This means you don’t have any barcode-enabled reports. The barcode scanner can only filter reports that have a column marked as Barcode.
Make sure you or the report owner has tagged a column as Barcode in Power BI Desktop. Learn more about tagging a barcode field in Power BI Desktop
The report you chose to filter is based on a data model that doesn't include this barcode value. For example, the product "mineral water" isn't included in the report. You can scan a different product, choose a different report (if more than one report is available), or view the report unfiltered.