Dashboard Design for Mobile Power BI

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In this blog post of Mobile friendly Power BI report development series I would explain how to design dashboards for mobile devices. Fortunately this has come right at the time of the recent update on Power BI service with ability to design dashboard page specifically for mobile device. The dashboard design for mobile does work with all mobile sizes and shapes as long as it is one of the supporting mobile operating systems; IOS, Windows Phone, and Android. If you have worked with Mobile report publisher of SSRS 2016 you will see very similar experience here. If you are interested to learn more about Power BI, read Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star.

Change Dashboard View

With the latest update of Power BI service, you can now change the view of Dashboard for mobile device. For using this feature you should login to Power BI, and then on a selected dashboard click on ellipsis button on the top right hand side of the dashboard (below your account’s profile photo), then choose Phone under Edit View.

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The default view is Web view, and when you change it to Phone view you will see a message about switching to phone version.

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Don’t worry about this message, you won’t loose any configuration on your web version of dashboard. In fact your dashboard would have two different views; Web view, and Phone view. After entering to Phone view you will see a phone view with tiles of dashboard added to it automatically.

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As you can see this is a view of smart phone, and the good thing about it is that this is size independent. so works with all phone sizes. You can change size or order of a tile as you want with drag and drop or moving their borders to resize it.

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This feature is a great step forward for mobile dashboards, because previously dashboards only designed for web, and they automatically set for phone view. Now we have the ability to design exactly what we want to show. We can event unpin some of tiles from phone view’s dashboard. unpinned tiles will stay in the Tiles pane in the right hand side, and you can add them to the dashboard whenever you like.

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As you can see in above screenshot now you can arrange the view to have two or more (if you can fit in the screen of phone) tiles in same horizontal position. This is great view specially when you have only numbers to show, and uses whole width of the phone rather than having blank spaces around.

You can reset the view anytime you want and design a new dashboard from the beginning

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View Reports on Mobile Device

The reports view on mobile devices still needs some more tips and tricks to work with. If you like to learn more how to design reports which are mobile friendly read my blog post here.

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Reza Rad
Reza Rad is a Microsoft Regional Director, an Author, Trainer, Speaker and Consultant. He has a BSc in Computer engineering; he has more than 20 years’ experience in data analysis, BI, databases, programming, and development mostly on Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for eight continuous years (from 2011 till now) for his dedication in Microsoft BI. Reza is an active blogger and co-founder of RADACAD. Reza is also co-founder and co-organizer of Difinity conference in New Zealand.
His articles on different aspects of technologies, especially on MS BI, can be found on his blog: http://www.radacad.com/blog.
He wrote some books on MS SQL BI and also is writing some others, He was also an active member on online technical forums such as MSDN and Experts-Exchange, and was a moderator of MSDN SQL Server forums, and is an MCP, MCSE, and MCITP of BI. He is the leader of the New Zealand Business Intelligence users group. He is also the author of very popular book Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star, which is free with more than 1700 pages of content and the Power BI Pro Architecture published by Apress.
He is an International Speaker in Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Business Applications Summit, Data Insight Summit, PASS Summit, SQL Saturday and SQL user groups. And He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
Reza’s passion is to help you find the best data solution, he is Data enthusiast.

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