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Mobile Layout Basics for Power BI Reports
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Jul 26, 2023 1:00 PM

Mobile Layout Basics for Power BI Reports

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In this episode of her Report Design Series, Allison shows how to format a Power BI report for ideal viewing on a mobile device. She shows how to do this

In her Report Design Series, Allison discusses the fundamentals of formatting a Power BI report for optimal mobile device viewing. The process can be done both in the Power BI Service and Desktop.

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Mobile-Optimized Power BI Reports

As of 11/23/2022, Power BI users can now enhance their reports with mobile-optimized views. Although Power BI mobile apps allow viewing of any report page, reports initially designed for computer use can be challenging to read on mobile devices.

Mobile Authoring Features

Power BI provides several features to optimize reports for mobile use:

  • Mobile Layout View: A phone emulator canvas for creating mobile-optimized reports by dragging and dropping visuals.
  • Formatting Pane (Preview): A tool for accurately adjusting the format settings of your report visuals.
  • Optimized Visuals and Slicers: These can be tailored for better usability on smaller, mobile screens.

By leveraging these mobile authoring capabilities, users can select, rearrange, and reformat the visuals that are most relevant for mobile viewers, thus producing report pages that are not only appealing and focused, but also user-friendly on mobile devices.

Mobile View Display

Mobile-optimized report views are only displayed when using the Power BI mobile apps for iOS and Android. In contrast, when viewed through a web browser, reports will always be shown in the standard, non-optimized view.

Furthermore, when a mobile-optimized view of a report page is available, it is automatically shown when the mobile device is held in portrait orientation. Users can view the non-optimized version, similar to how it would look on a computer, by simply rotating their phone to a landscape orientation. Reports with mobile-optimized pages are marked with a distinct icon in the Power BI mobile apps. 

To learn more about Power BI's mobile authoring capabilities and creating mobile-optimized reports, refer to the Power BI documentation's Mobile Layout View section.


Deep Dive into Power BI Reports for Mobile Layout

It is essential to understand the importance of properly formatting Power BI reports for mobile viewing. Optimal formatting ensures that the report is easily navigable, readable and that no information is missed or misinterpreted by the mobile user. The flexible formatting approach that Power BI provides, through both its Service and Desktop versions, makes it a popular choice for data handling and visualization in today's mobile-centric world.

Learn about Mobile Layout Basics for Power BI Reports

To properly format a Power BI report for viewing on a mobile device, one must consider the basics of mobile layout. In this episode of her Report Design Series, Allison explains how to do this in both the Power BI Service and the Power BI Desktop. Additionally, she provides viewers with a code, "Allison30", to receive an extra 30% off when purchasing On-Demand Learning classes from Pragmatic Works. As a next step, one should look into the free Community Plan available from Pragmatic Works On-Demand Learning as well as their Boot Camps and Hackathons.

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About mobile-optimized Power BI reports
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How to Access Mobile Layout View in Power BI
Navigate to "Edit" at the top of your report; Select "Mobile Layout"; Flip back to layout and hit "Save". Additional Tips.
Power BI Desktop: New Mobile Layout Features
Jun 1, 2022 — Power BI Desktop not only allows you to design reports and dashboards in a desktop layout view, but also in mobile.
Power BI Mobile Reporting Tips and Techniques
This brief tutorial highlights the Power BI mobile reporting feature. ... So inside the view ribbon here in Power BI, we can find the Phone Layout option.
A better way to Mobile -
Sep 23, 2021 — To create a mobile centric view Power BI desktop follow these steps: Click on the View ribbon. Click on the button labeled Mobile layout.


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