Apps in Power BI

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What is a Power BI app?

An app is a Power BI content type that combines related dashboards and reports, all in one place. An app can have one or more dashboards and one or more reports, all bundled together. Apps are created by Power BI designers who distribute and share the apps with consumers like you.

Your apps are organized in the Apps content list. Just select Apps to display your apps. Hover over an app to see the last updated date and the owner.

Apps in Power BI

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The use of the apps feature require a Power BI Pro license.

App designers and app consumers

Depending on your role, you may be someone who creates apps (designer) for your own use or to share with colleagues. Or, you may be someone who receives and downloads apps (consumer) created by others. This article is for app consumers.

Advantages of apps

Apps are an easy way to share different types of content at one time. App designers create the dashboards and reports and bundle them together into an app. The designers then share or publish the app to a location where you, the consumer, can access it. Because related dashboards and reports are bundled together, it's easier for you to find and install in both the Power BI service (https://powerbi.com) and on your mobile device. After you install an app, you don't have to remember the names of a lot of different dashboards or reports because they're all together in one app, in your browser or on your mobile device.

With apps, whenever the app author releases updates, you automatically see the changes. The author also controls how often the data is scheduled to refresh, so you don't need to worry about keeping it up to date.

Get a new app

You can get apps in a few different ways. Some of the ways are listed below. But for detailed step-by-step instructions for getting and exploring an app, see Open and interact with an app.

  • The app designer can install the app automatically in your Power BI account, and the next time you open Power BI, you'll see the new app in your Apps content list.
  • The app designer can email you a direct link to an app. Selecting the link opens the app in Power BI.
  • In Power BI on your mobile device, you can only install an app from a direct link, and not from AppSource. If the app author installs the app automatically, you'll see it in your list of apps.
  • You can search for apps in AppSource. AppSource contains apps published by report designers both inside and outside of your company. For example, you may find an app on AppSource for a service that you already use, such as Google Analytics, GitHub, or Microsoft Dynamics. You'll also find apps that are samples you can use to learn Power BI.

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