Take a tour of the Azure IoT Central UI

This article introduces you to Azure IoT Central UI. You can use the UI to create, manage, and use an IoT Central application and its connected devices.

IoT Central homepage

The IoT Central homepage page is the place to learn more about the latest news and features available on IoT Central, create new applications, and see and launch your existing applications.

IoT Central homepage

Create an application

In the Build section you can browse the list of industry-relevant IoT Central templates, or start from scratch using a Custom app template.

IoT Central build page

To learn more, see the Create an Azure IoT Central application quickstart.

Launch your application

You launch your IoT Central application by navigating to the URL you chose during app creation. You can also see a list of all the applications you have access to in the IoT Central app manager.

IoT Central app manager

Once you're inside your IoT application, use the left pane to access various features. You can expand or collapse the left pane by selecting the three-lined icon on top of the pane:

Note

The items you see in the left pane depend on your user role. Learn more about managing users and roles.

left pane

Dashboard displays all application and personal dashboards.

Devices lets you manage all your devices.

Device groups lets you view and create collections of devices specified by a query. Device groups are used through the application to perform bulk operations.

Rules lets you create and edit rules to monitor your devices. Rules are evaluated based on device data and trigger customizable actions.

Analytics exposes rich capabilities to analyze historical trends and correlate various telemetries from your devices.

Jobs lets you manage your devices at scale by running bulk operations.

Device templates lets you create and manage the characteristics of devices that connect to your application.

Data export lets you configure a continuous export to external services such as storage and queues.

Administration lets you manage your application's settings, customization, billing, users, and roles.

My apps lets you jump back to the IoT Central app manager.

Search, help, theme, and support

The top menu appears on every page:

IoT Central Toolbar

  • To search for devices, enter a Search value.
  • To change the UI language or theme, choose the Settings icon. Learn more about managing your application preferences
  • To get help and support, choose the Help drop-down for a list of resources. You can get information about your application from the About your app link. In an application on the free pricing plan, the support resources include access to live chat.
  • To sign out of the application, choose the Account icon.

You can choose between a light theme or a dark theme for the UI:

Note

The option to choose between light and dark themes isn't available if your administrator has configured a custom theme for the application.

Screenshot of IoT Central Choose a Theme.

Dashboard

Screenshot of IoT Central Dashboard.

Devices

Screenshot of Devices Page.

This page shows the devices in your IoT Central application grouped by device template.

  • A device template defines a type of device that can connect to your application.
  • A device represents either a real or simulated device in your application.

Device groups

Device Group page

This page lets you create and view device groups in your IoT Central application. You can use device groups to do bulk operations in your application or to analyze data. To learn more, see the Use device groups in your Azure IoT Central application article.

Rules

Screenshot of Rules Page.

This page lets you view and create rules based on device data. When a rule fires, it can trigger one or more actions such as sending an email or invoking a webhook. To learn, see the Configuring rules tutorial.

Analytics

Screenshot of Analytics page.

Analytics exposes rich capabilities to analyze historical trends and correlate various telemetries from your devices. To learn more, see the Create analytics for your Azure IoT Central application article.

Jobs

Jobs Page

This page lets you view and create jobs that can be used for bulk device management operations on your devices. You can update device properties, settings, and execute commands against device groups. To learn more, see the Run a job article.

Device templates

Screenshot of Device Templates.

The device templates page is where you can view and create device templates in the application. To learn more, see the Define a new device type in your Azure IoT Central application tutorial.

Data export

Data Export

Data export enables you to set up streams of data to external systems. To learn more, see the Export your data in Azure IoT Central article.

Administration

Screenshot of IoT Administration.

The administration page allows you to configure and customize your IoT Central application. Here you can change your application name, URL, theming, manage users and roles, create API tokens, and export your application. To learn more, see the Administer your Azure IoT Central application article.

Next steps

Now that you have an overview of Azure IoT Central and are familiar with the layout of the UI, the suggested next step is to complete the Create an Azure IoT Central application quickstart.