When you create a Power BI report in Power BI Desktop, you can also create a version of that report optimized for viewing in the Power BI app on a phone.

Then, when you open a Power BI report on a phone, Power BI automatically detects if the report has been optimized for phones. If a phone-optimized report exists, the Power BI phone app automatically opens the optimized report.

If a phone-optimized report doesn’t exist, you can still open the report in the non-optimized landscape view by changing the phone’s orientation.

Even in a phone-optimized report, if you change your phone to landscape, the report will open in the non-optimized view with the original report layout.

If only some pages are optimized, you see a message in portrait view, indicating the report is available in landscape.

all the other features of Power BI reports still work in phone-optimized reports. Read more about what you can do in:

View other pages in the report

  • View other pages in the report by swiping from the side or tapping the pages icon .

Cross-highlight visuals

Cross highlighting visuals in phone reports works the same as it does in the Power BI service and in reports on phones in landscape view: When you select data in one visual, it highlights related data in the other visuals on that page.

Read more about filtering and highlighting in Power BI.

Select visuals

In phone reports when you select a visual, the phone report highlights that visual and focuses on it, neutralizing canvas gestures.

With the visual selected, you can do things like scroll within the visual. To de-select a visual, just touch anywhere outside the visual area.

Open visuals in focus mode

Phone reports offer a focus mode, so you can focus on a single visual to get a bigger view of the visual and explore the visual and the report.

  • In a phone report, tap the ellipsis (...) in the upper-right corner of a visual > Expand to focus mode.

What you do in focus mode carries over to the report canvas and vice versa, for a seamless exploration experience. For example, if you highlight a value in a visual, then return to the whole report, the report as a whole will be filtered to the value you highlighted in the visual.

Some actions are only possible in focus mode, due to screen size constraints:

  • Drill down into the information displayed in a visual. Read more about drilling down and up in a phone report, below.
  • Sort the values in the visual.
  • Revert: Clear exploration steps you've taken on a visual and revert to the definition set when the report was created.

    To clear all exploration from a visual, tap the ellipsis (...) > Revert.

    Revert is available at the report level, clear all exploration from all visuals, or at the visual level, clearing all exploration from the specific visual selected.

Drill down in a visual

If hierarchy levels are defined in a visual, you can drill down into the detailed information displayed in a visual, then back up. You add drill-down to a visual either in the Power BI service or in Power BI Desktop. Read more about adding drill-down.

  1. In a report on a phone, tap the ellipsis (...) in the upper-right corner > Expand to focus mode.

    In this example, the bars show the values for states.

  2. Tap the explore icon in the lower-left.

  3. Tap Show next level or Expand to next level.

    Now the bars show the values for cities.

  4. If you tap the arrow in the upper-left corner, you return to the phone report with the values still expanded to the lower level.

  5. To go back up to the original level, tap the ellipsis (...) again > Revert.

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