Q&A virtual analyst in iOS apps - Power BI

The easiest way to learn about your data is to ask questions about it in your own words. In this article, you ask questions and view featured insights about sample data with the Q&A virtual analyst in the Microsoft Power BI mobile app on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Applies to:

iPhone iPad
iPhones iPads

The Q&A virtual analyst is a conversational BI experience that accesses underlying Q&A data in the Power BI service (https://powerbi.com). It suggests data insights, and you can type or speak your own questions.

Top sales Q&A virtual analyst

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Prerequisites

  • Install the Power BI for iOS app: Download the iOS app to your iPhone or iPad. These versions support the Power BI app for iOS:
    • iPad with iOS 11 or later.
    • iPhone 5 and above, with iOS 11 or later.
  • Download the Retail Analysis and Opportunity Analysis Samples: The first step in this quickstart is to download the Retail Analysis and Opportunity Analysis samples in the Power BI service. Learn how to download a sample into your Power BI account to get started. Be sure to choose the Retail Analysis Sample and the Opportunity Analysis Sample.

Once you've completed the prerequisites you are ready to try the Q&A virtual analyst.

Try asking questions on your iPhone or iPad

  1. On the bottom navigation bar on your iPhone or iPad, tap the Workspaces button workspaces button, go to My Workspace, and open the Retail Analysis Sample dashboard.

  2. Tap the Q&A virtual analyst icon Q&A virtual analyst icon from the action menu at the bottom of the page (at the top of the page on an iPad). The Q&A virtual analyst offers some suggestions to get started.

  3. Type show, tap sales from the suggestion list > Send Send icon.

    Show sales

  4. Tap by from the keywords, then tap item from the suggestion list > Send Send icon.

    Sales by item

  5. Tap as from the keywords, tap the column chart icon , then tap Send Send icon.

  6. Long-tap the resulting chart, then tap Expand.

    Screenshot of a column chart, showing a pointer to Expand.

    The chart opens in focus mode in the app.

    Screenshot of a column chart, showing the focus mode of the chart.

  7. Tap the arrow in the upper-left corner to go back to the Q&A virtual analyst chat window.

  8. Tap the X at the right of the text box to delete the text and start over.

  9. Try a new question: Tap top from the keywords, tap sale by avg $/unit ly > Send Send icon.

    Screenshot of a question, showing the top sale by average amount per unit.

  10. Choose by from the keywords, tap time from the suggestion list at the top > Send Send icon.

    Screenshot of a chart, showing the top sale by average amount per unit by time.

  11. Type as, pick the line chart icon from the suggestion list > Send Send icon.

    Screenshot of a column and line chart, showing a pointer from the column to line chart

Try saying your questions

You can now ask questions about your data in the Power BI mobile app by speaking instead of typing.

  1. Tap the Q&A virtual analyst icon Q&A virtual analyst icon from the action menu at the bottom of the page (at the top of the page on an iPad).

  2. Tap the microphone icon Microphone icon.

    Screenshot of a question, showing the microphone is active.

  3. When the microphone icon is active, start speaking. For example, say "average unit price by time", then tap Send Send icon.

    Screenshot of a question, showing the speech is completed.

Questions about privacy when using speech-to-text?

See the Speech Recognition section of What's New in iOS in the Apple iOS Developer Guides.

Help and feedback

  • Need help? Just say "Hi" or "Help", and you'll get assistance with starting a new question.

  • Care to provide feedback on the results? Long-tap a chart or other result, then tap the smiley or frowny face.

    Screenshot of a column chart, showing a feedback with a pointer to a smiley face.

    Your feedback is anonymous, and helps us improve our answers to questions.

Enhance your Q&A virtual analyst results

You can improve the results you and your customers get when they use the Q&A virtual analyst on a dataset, either by asking more targeted questions or by enhancing the dataset.

How to ask questions

How to enhance the dataset

Next steps