Hello everyone! We have some cool features to announce this month for the Power BI mobile apps, including the preview for phone-optimized reports, new UI functionality, and new navigation capabilities.

 

Optimize your phone experience with customizable reports – now in preview (All platforms)

We are excited to announce our preview of customizable reports for phones. Much like with our previous feature, phone optimization for dashboards, you can now create report views that are optimized for your phone. Along with this custom view, we have introduced a number of features to enhance and optimize the experience of using reports on phones. See our special blog about Phone reports for more details.

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Improved app navigation (All platforms)

Many Power BI users regularly view multiple dashboards and reports, and need to quickly navigate between them. To improve the navigation experience, we've added breadcrumbs to the top bar of our apps. Seeing these breadcrumb menus is especially useful when you open an item from a link, notification, search, or any other redirection, as now you can just click on any part of the menu to jump to that section. As part of this change we also moved the iOS actions to the bottom bar

Click on the title of any dashboard report or tile in focus mode to see its hierarchical path. For example, clicking on a tile title in focus mode will show the whole path of this tile in the format of: My Workspace or group name  - > Dashboard name - > Tile name. Seeing these breadcrumb menus is especially useful when you open an item from a link, notification, search, or any other redirection, as now you can just click on any part of the menu to jump to that section.

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Intune MAM (iOS)

With this release, the iOS app supports Microsoft Intune MAM (MDM-less) capabilities. Organizations can use MAM to control and manage specific apps such as Power BI, and help prevent data leaks without requiring employees to enroll their device with IT. More details can be found in the dedicated blog.

 

QR for report pages (Android)

Now in the Power BI service you can create a QR code to link to a specific page in a report, rather than to the entire report. The QR generation for a report remains the same. When scanning the QR code using your Android or iOS phone, you will be directed to a specific report page.

 

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Added manual tile refresh to Windows

With this update, you can manually trigger a refresh of your dashboard tiles using your Power BI Mobile app for Windows 10. For tiles based on Direct Query, this will retrieve the latest data from the data set. Learn more about this capability, which we introduced for iOS in our previous release.

 

Improvements to data driven alerts

We are happy to bring the data driven alerts capability to the Power BI Mobile app for iPads. Now you can use your iPad to set alerts for KPI, gauge, and card tiles! We also improved the formatting of the data driven alerts, so that the number you set as your threshold will display in a standard numeric abbreviation, such as using “2M” instead of “2,000,000.”

 

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That’s all for this update! We hope that you enjoy these new and improved mobile features, and continue sending us valuable feedback about our product. Please don’t forget to  vote for other features that you would like to see included in Power BI Mobile in the future.