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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Install the Power BI for iOS app

Download the iOS app from the Apple App Store to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

These versions support the Power BI for iOS app:

  • iPad with iOS 10 or later.
  • iPhone 5 and above, with iOS 10 or later.
  • iPod Touch with iOS 10 or later.

Download samples

The first step is to download the Retail Analysis and Opportunity Analysis samples in the Power BI service.

Get the Retail Analysis sample

  1. Open the Power BI service (app.powerbi.com) and sign in.

  2. In the nav pane, select Workspaces, My Workspace.

  3. In the lower-left corner select Get data.

  4. On the Get Data page, select the Samples icon.

  5. Select the Retail Analysis Sample.

    Retail Analysis Sample

  6. Select Connect.

    Retail Analysis Sample

  7. Power BI imports the content pack and adds a new dashboard, report, and dataset to your current workspace.

    Retail Analysis Sample

Get the Opportunity Analysis sample

  • Go through the same steps as you did for the Retail Analysis sample, but in Step 4, select the Opportunity Analysis sample.

    Retail Analysis Sample

OK, you're ready to view the samples on your iOS device.

Try asking questions on your iPhone or iPad

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, Tap the global navigation button Global navigation button > Workspaces > 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 .

    Sales by item

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

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

    The chart opens in focus mode in the app.

  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 .

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

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

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 .

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

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.

    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