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shera276 Regular Visitor
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How do I create PowerBI reports for mobile apps (i.e. tablet)?

Hi - I've been doing research on creating Report Server reports for the mobile app and I'd like to confirm a couple of things:

 

  1. Must I be on my company network to be able to view reports in a mobile app? Or just a 360 account? Our users would like to demo reports to clients offsite at the client.
  2. From what I read, I simply publish the normal report via desktop (report server) and just open the report using a mobile app.  No optimization needed in desktop to view the report in the mobile app (tablet). Is that right? I know there is a View -> Phone layout option but this is more for a tablet.
  3. In Report Server, you can download the Mobile Report Publisher.  Is there an advantage publishing reports using the Mobile Report Publisher vs the regular way?
  4. Can I open a PowerBI report I created in the past (just a regular powerBI desktop report that can be viewed on the Report Server web portal) in Mobile Report Publisher and optimize it for tablet use there? Or must I completely start from scratch and recreate the report?

 

Apologies, I'm having trouble with the powerbi app otherwise I would have tested some of the above myself.

 

Thanks!

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Jon-Heide Established Member
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Re: How do I create PowerBI reports for mobile apps (i.e. tablet)?

1. Mobile clients either need to be joined to the company domain OR you can configure Web Application Proxy to expose it to the internet

2. Correct, it will just work, however you may want to design a mobile optimized layout for better readability

3. Mobile Report Publisher is for designing Mobile Reports. PowerBI desktop is for designing PowerBI reports. You can use either depending on which one better suits your needs and both are availble on mobile devices. 

4. Mobile Report Publisher is for a different report type than PowerBI, they are not interchangable. You should use the version of PowerBi desktop that releases with the report server to ensure compatability. Older PowerBI files may work, but you might run into compatability issues.    

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Jon-Heide Established Member
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Re: How do I create PowerBI reports for mobile apps (i.e. tablet)?

1. Mobile clients either need to be joined to the company domain OR you can configure Web Application Proxy to expose it to the internet

2. Correct, it will just work, however you may want to design a mobile optimized layout for better readability

3. Mobile Report Publisher is for designing Mobile Reports. PowerBI desktop is for designing PowerBI reports. You can use either depending on which one better suits your needs and both are availble on mobile devices. 

4. Mobile Report Publisher is for a different report type than PowerBI, they are not interchangable. You should use the version of PowerBi desktop that releases with the report server to ensure compatability. Older PowerBI files may work, but you might run into compatability issues.