Find the default region for your organization

The region where your data is stored is important because it can affect the interactions you have with the Power BI service. For example, Power BI stores reports, connection information, data models, and the data inside those models in the service.

Note

This video might use earlier versions of Power BI Desktop or the Power BI service.

The first user in your organization to sign up for Power BI or Microsoft 365 chooses the country or region for the business identity. Azure Active Directory (AAD), the shared identity and access management service for the cloud, creates a tenant in the data center region closest to the selected country or region. AAD is a multi-tenant service, and each organization is represented as an individual tenant in the data center.

The region you select during sign-up determines where data is stored. This region will be the same location for all users in your organization, no matter where they are. Ideally, the selected region will be in the same geographical area as most of your users. For more information about signing up for Power BI and choosing the data region, see Get a Power BI service subscription for your organization.

Important

After sign-up you can't change the default data region yourself. For information about how to request a support-driven data region migration, see Move between regions.

Note

Customers that have purchased Power BI Premium capacity can specify a data region for each capacity. The region for the capacity can be different than the default region. Learn more about how to configure this scenario in Multi-Geo support for Power BI Premium.

How to find the default region for your organization

To find the default data region for your organization, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Power BI.

  2. Select Help & Support (?) > About Power BI.

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  3. Look for the value next to Your data is stored in. The location shown is the default region where your data is stored. You may also be using capacities in different regions for your workspaces.

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