View on-premises report server reports and KPIs in the Power BI mobile apps

Applies to:

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

The Power BI mobile apps deliver live, touch-enabled mobile access to your on-premises business information in Power BI Report Server and SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (SSRS).

Report Server home in the mobile apps

First things first

The mobile apps are where you view Power BI content, not where you create it.

Then in the Power BI mobile apps, connect to up to five report servers to view the Power BI reports and KPIs, organized in folders or collected as favorites.

Explore samples in the mobile apps without a server connection

Even if you don't have access to a Reporting Services web portal, you can still explore the features of Reporting Services mobile reports and KPIs.

  1. Tap the global navigation button Global navigation button in the upper-left corner, then tap the gear icon in the upper right Gear icon.
  2. Tap Reporting Services samples, then browse to interact with the sample KPIs and mobile reports.

    Reporting Services samples

Connect to an on-premises server

You can view on-premises Power BI reports, Reporting Services mobile reports, and KPIs in the Power BI mobile apps.

  1. On your mobile device, open the Power BI app.
  2. If you haven't signed in to Power BI yet, tap Report Server.

    Sign in to a report server

    If you've already signed in to the Power BI app, tap the global navigation button Global navigation button, then tap the gear icon Gear icon in the upper-right.

  3. Tap Connect to server.

    Connect to server

  4. Fill in the server address and your user name and password. Use this format for the server address:

    http://<servername>/reports

    OR

    https://<servername>/reports

    Note

    Include http or https in front of the connection string.

    COnnect to server dialog box

  5. (Optional) Under Advanced options, you can give the server a friendly name, if you'd like.
  6. Now you see the server in the left navigation bar--in this example, called "power bi report server."

    Report server in the left navigation pane

View Power BI reports and KPIs in the Power BI app

Power BI reports, Reporting Services mobile reports, and KPIs are displayed in the same folders they're in on the Reporting Services web portal.

  • Tap a Power BI report Power BI report icon. It opens in landscape mode, and you can interact with it in the Power BI app.

    Power BI report

  • In Power BI Desktop, report owners can optimize a report for the Power BI mobile apps. On your mobile phone, optimized reports have a special icon, Optimized Power BI report icon, and layout.

    Power BI report optimized for mobile

  • Tap a KPI to see it in focus mode.

    KPI in focus mode

View your favorite KPIs and reports

You can mark KPIs and reports as favorites on the web portal, and then view them in one convenient folder on your mobile device, along with your Power BI favorite dashboards.

  • Tap Favorites.

    Favorites in the left navigation pane

    Your favorite KPIs and reports from the web portal are all on this page, along with Power BI dashboards in the Power BI service:

    Power BI reports and dashboard in the Favorites page

Remove a connection to a report server

  1. At the bottom of the left navigation bar, tap Settings.
  2. Tap the server name you don't want to be connected to.
  3. Tap Remove Server.

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