Install and use apps with dashboards and reports in Power BI

In Power BI, apps bring related dashboards and reports together, all in one place. People in your organization can create and distribute apps with key business information. External services you may already use, such as Google Analytics and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, also offer Power BI apps.

Apps in Power BI

Apps are easy to find and install in the Power BI service (https://powerbi.com) and on your mobile device. After you install an app, you don't have to remember the names of a lot of different dashboards because they're all together in the app, in your browser or on your mobile device.

With apps, whenever the app author releases updates, you automatically see the changes. The author also controls how often the data is scheduled to refresh, so you don't need to worry about keeping it up to date.

Planning to author an app? See Create and publish apps n Power BI for more information.

Get a new app

You can get apps in a few different ways. The app author can install the app automatically in your Power BI account or send you a direct link to an app, or you can search for it in AppSource, where you see all the apps that you can access. In Power BI on your mobile device, you can only install it from a direct link, and not from AppSource. If the app author installs the app automatically, you'll see it in your list of apps.

The easiest way to install a new app yourself is to get a direct link from the app author. Power BI creates an installation link, which the author can send to you.

On your computer

When you click the link in email the Power BI service (https://powerbi.com) opens in a browser. You confirm you want to install the app and it opens to the app landing page.

App landing page in the Power BI service

On your iOS or Android mobile device

When you click the link in email on your mobile device, the app installs automatically and opens the app content list.

App content list on mobile device

Get the app from Microsoft AppSource

You can also find and install any apps that you have access to from Microsoft AppSource.

  1. Select Apps Apps in the left navigation pane > Get apps.

    The Get apps icon

  2. In AppSource under My organization, you can search to narrow the results and find the app you're looking for.

    In AppSource under My organization

  3. Select Get it now to add it to your Apps page.

Interact with the dashboards and reports in the app

Now you can explore the data in the dashboards and reports in the app. You have access to all the standard Power BI interactions such as filtering, highlighting, sorting, and drilling down. Read about interacting with reports in Power BI.

You can't save changes you make, but you can always export the data to Excel from a table or other visual in a report.

Export data from a Power BI visual

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