Scan a Power BI QR code from your mobile device

Applies to:

iPhone iPads Android phone Android tablet
iPhones iPads Android phones Android tablets

QR codes in Power BI can connect any item in the real world directly to related BI information — no navigation or search needed.

Say a colleague has created a QR code in the Power BI service for a report or for a tile in a dashboard, shared the dashboard or report with you, and placed the QR code in a key location — for example, in an email or on a specific item.

You can scan the QR code for immediate access to the relevant tile or report, right from your phone, using either the scanner in the Power BI app, or any other scanner installed on your phone.

If your colleague hasn't shared the dashboard or report with you, you can request access directly from the mobile app.

Scan a Power BI QR code on your iPhone with the Power BI scanner

  1. On the navigation bar, tap More options (...) and then tap Scanner.

    Screenshot of the More options on the navigation pane, showing the scanner selection.

  2. If your camera is not enabled, you need to approve the Power BI app to use the camera. This is a one-time approval.

  3. Point the scanner at the Power BI QR code.

    Screenshot of a news print, showing the scanner pointing to a Power B I Q R code.

  4. The tile or report appears to hover over the background in augmented reality.

    Screenshot of a report, showing it hovering over the news print.

  5. Tap the report or the tile to open it in focus mode, or go back to the scanner.

Scan a QR code from an external scanner on your iPhone

  1. From any scanner installed on your phone, point the scanner to the relevant Power BI QR code for immediate access to the tile or report.
  2. If you don't have the Power BI app installed, you are redirected to the Apple App Store to download it on your iPhone.

Scan a Power BI QR code on your Android device with the Power BI scanner

  1. On the navigation bar, tap More options (...) and then tap Scanner.

    Screenshot of the More options on the navigation pane, showing the scanner selection.

  2. If your camera is not enabled, you need to approve the Power BI app to use the camera. This is a one-time approval.

  3. Point the scanner at the Power BI QR code.

    Screenshot of the Q R Scanner, showing the scanner pointing to a Power B I Q R code.

  4. The tile or report opens automatically in Power BI.

    Screenshot of the Opportunity Count report, showing a column chart by month and sales stage.

Scan a QR code from an external scanner on your Android device

  1. From any scanner installed on your Android device, point the scanner to the relevant Power BI QR code for immediate access to the tile or report.
  2. If you don't have the Power BI app installed, you are redirected to Google Play to download it.

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