Mobile Reports in Power BI

Prathy Kamasani shares some thoughts on what makes for a good Power BI mobile report:

Steadily more users are getting interested in Power BI mobile reports, especially when you design reports for executives; they are more interested in mobile view, of course, they do want to explore the detail data but not always.  Until recently, I was someone who doesn’t pay much attention to mobile reporting unless the user explicitly asks for one. So, when I don’t create a layout for mobile when the user opens the report using Mobile App, it automatically opens the report in landscape mode. Which is fine but it’s not designed for that purpose, it misses the sleek look.

Creating a mobile report is pretty easy in Power BI but creating a good one is not that easy. In this blog post, I want to show how I approach mobile reports in Power BI.

For me, the key is glanceability. People looking at a mobile report typically don’t have fine-grained control mechanisms like a mouse—it’s thumbs on a phone screen (or maybe fingers on a tablet if you’re lucky). This means you don’t want fine-grained controls. Instead, lay things out as simply as possible and don’t make people click on tiny sections of the screen.

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