Get started with the Power BI mobile app on an iPad

The Microsoft Power BI for iOS on the iPad delivers the mobile BI experience for Power BI, Power BI Report Server, and Reporting Services. View and interact with your company dashboards on premises and in the cloud from anywhere, with live, touch-enabled mobile access. Explore the data in dashboards, and share with your colleagues in email or text messages.

Power BI dashboard in the iPad app

You create Power BI reports in Power BI Desktop, and publish them:

Then in the Power BI app for the iPad, you interact with your dashboards and reports, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

Find out what's new in the Power Bi mobile apps.

Download the iOS app for the iPad

Download the iPad app from the Apple App Store.

Note

Your iPad needs to be running at least iOS 9.0.

Sign up for the Power BI service

Go to Power BI (https://powerbi.com) to sign up for the service, if you haven't already. It's free.

Get started with the Power BI app

  1. In the iPad, open the Power BI app.
  2. To view your Power BI dashboards and reports, tap Power BI. Sign in with the same credentials as your Power BI account on the web.

    To view your Reporting Services mobile reports and KPIs, tap SQL Server Reporting Services. Sign in with your SQL Server Reporting Services credentials.

    Sign in to Power BI

    When you're in the app, just tap the global navigation button Global navigation button in the upper-left corner to go between the two services.

Try the Power BI and Reporting Services samples

Even without signing up, you can play with the Power BI and Reporting Services samples. After you download the app, you can view the samples or get started. Go back to the samples whenever you want from the dashboards home page.

Power BI samples

You can view and interact with the Power BI dashboard samples, but there are a few things you can't do with them. You can't open the reports behind the dashboards, share the samples with others, or make them your favorites.

  1. Tap the global navigation button Global navigation button in the upper-left corner, then tap the Settings icon Settings icon.
  2. Tap Power BI samples, then pick a role and explore the sample dashboard for that role.

    Power BI samples

    Note

    Not all features are available in the samples. For example, you can't view the sample reports that underlie the dashboards.

Reporting Services mobile report samples

  1. Tap the global navigation button Global navigation button in the upper-left corner, then tap the Settings icon Settings icon.
  2. Tap Reporting Services samples, then open either the Retail Reports or the Sales Reports folder to explore their KPIs and mobile reports.

    Reporting Services samples

Find your content in the Power BI mobile apps

Your dashboards and reports are stored in different locations in the Power BI mobile apps, depending on where they came from. Read about finding your content in the mobile apps. Plus you can always search for anything you have in the Power BI mobile apps.

Left navigation pane

Search for a dashboard or report

  • Tap the magnifying glass in the upper-right corner Search icon, then type the term to find.

    Search results

    By default it searches all dashboards and reports, but you can search just one or the other.

View your favorite dashboards, KPIs, and reports

On the Favorites page in the mobile apps, you see all of your favorite Power BI dashboards, together with Power BI Report Server and Reporting Services KPIs and reports. When you make a dashboard a favorite in the Power BI mobile app, you can access it from all of your devices, including the Power BI service in your browser.

  • Tap Favorites.

    Favorites in the left navigation pane

    Your Power BI favorites and your favorites from the report server web portal are all on this page.

    Favorites page

Read more about favorites in the Power BI mobile apps.

Enterprise support for the Power BI mobile apps

Organizations can use Microsoft Intune to manage devices and applications, including the Power BI mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Microsoft Intune lets organizations control items like requiring an access pin, controlling how data is handled by the application, and even encrypting application data when the app isn't in use.

Note

If you use the Power BI mobile app on your iPad and your organization has configured Microsoft Intune MAM, then background data refresh is turned off. The next time you enter the app, Power BI refreshes the data from the Power BI service on the web.

Read more about configuring Power BI mobile apps with Microsoft Intune.

Next steps

Here are some other things you can do in the iPad app with dashboards and reports in Power BI, and reports and KPIs in the Power BI Report Server or Reporting Services web portal.

Power BI dashboards and reports

Reports and KPIs on the report server web portals

See also