Tableau Mobile Overview

Tableau Mobile makes it fast to find the content you're looking for and easy to discover data insights on the go. With Tableau Mobile, you can sign in to Tableau Server or Tableau Online and interact with the content on your site.

Tip: Check the Tech Specs for Tableau Mobile(Link opens in a new window) to see operating system and Tableau version requirements. Review the Known Issues for Tableau Mobile(Link opens in a new window) to see open or recently fixed issues.

Sign in

To use Tableau Mobile, you must sign in to an account on either Tableau Server or Tableau Online. If you don't have an account, you can sign up for a trial of Tableau Online.

Tableau Server versus Tableau Online

Using a web browser, visit your Tableau site. To determine whether you are using Tableau Server or Tableau Online, compare the URL in the address bar to the following examples.

  • A site on Tableau Server: https://my-server/#/site/my-site/home

  • A site on Tableau Online: https://10az.online.tableau.com/#/site/my-site/home

You can’t sign in to Tableau Public (https://public.tableau.com) with the Tableau Mobile app. However, you can visit the Tableau Public website(Link opens in a new window) using a mobile browser.

Sign in to Tableau Server

  1. In Tableau Mobile, select Get Started, if you don't see the Sign In screen.

  2. In the Server URL field, enter the address of your Tableau Server. Begin with https:// or http:// and end before the /# symbol. For example, https://my-server.

    Note: If you omit https:// or http:// from your URL, Tableau Mobile will attempt only secure (HTTPS) connections.

    HTTP isn't used when you omit http://, because it lacks server verification and the ability to keep the communications confidential. If your server uses HTTP, you must enter http:// at the beginning of your URL to connect to that server.

    You may also see a list of custom servers added by your administrator. Select one of these servers to sign in.

  3. Select Connect to Server.

    You are taken to your server’s sign in screen. If you are unable to sign in, contact your Tableau administrator for assistance.

Sign in to Tableau Online

  1. In Tableau Mobile, select Get Started, if you don't see the Sign In screen.
  2. Select Connect to Tableau Online.
  3. You are taken to the Tableau Online sign in screen. If you are unable to sign in, contact your Tableau administrator for assistance.

Change app settings or switch sites

  1. Navigate to the Home, Favorites, or Explore screen, and select the dots (...) in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. Select Settings to change app defaults, or select Sign Out to access a different Tableau site.

Quickly find content

Switch between the Home, Favorites, and Explore screens using the icons at the bottom of the screen.

Navigation icons

Get a content overview

Select Home to see your newest favorites, recents, and recommendations. Select the blue numbers to the right of the channel names to see more items of each type.

Home screen

Discover recommended content

Recommendations make it easier to discover relevant content. Check out what is trending or see personalized recommendations based on your viewing habits. If a recommendation isn't relevant, you can hide it. For more about recommendations, see Discover Recommended Views on Your Tableau Site.

Recommendation description

Access favorites

Select Favorites to access all of your favorite content, with newly added favorites at the top. Use the view mode icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to toggle between grid and list view.

View mode toggle

Browse content with hierarchy-based navigation

Select Explore to browse your site's Tableau content. Start with the list of top-level projects, and then choose one to instantly access its sub-projects, workbooks, views, and metrics.

Tip: To see all projects, workbooks, views, and metrics, select the blue numbers on the right side of the screen.

When you open a workbook, you can choose from thumbnails for all of its views. If a workbook contains only a single view, that view immediately opens. (You can override this default in the app settings.)

When you're looking at an individual view within a workbook, select the views icon to quickly open another view.

Note: To make the best use of limited space on mobile screens, views appear in this menu even if Show Sheets as Tabs was selected when the workbook was published.

Search across all content

Search works across your entire site and shows results sorted by projects, workbooks, views, and metrics, just like the project-navigation interface.

See interactive previews, online or offline

Tableau Mobile stores your favorite views as fast-loading interactive previews, if you use Tableau Online or Tableau Server 2018.2 or later. Interactive previews are available even when your device is offline, letting you explore data wherever you go.

Interactive previews let you scroll, pan, and zoom a viz, see data tooltips, and highlight marks in multiple dashboard objects. However, the following features aren't available: filtering, combined tooltips for multiple selected marks, Viz-in-Tooltip, and advanced analytics like trend and reference lines.

To get full functionality when you're connected to the network, simply select Go Live.

If you prefer to always load the Live view, you can turn off previews in the app settings. (Tableau Server administrators sometimes disable previews for entire organizations.)

Note: Static image previews appear if you use Tableau Server 2018.1 or earlier. Though these aren't interactive, they still provide helpful access to data views when you’re offline. For particularly complex views, you might see static previews on newer servers too; if this happens a lot, ask your Tableau administrator to adjust client-side rendering settings.

Adjust and compare metrics

Metrics help you track data for key numbers, like weekly sales. Optimized for mobile devices, metrics are easy to understand at a glance. For more about metrics, see Create and Troubleshoot Metrics.

Metrics have a feature available only on Tableau Mobile that allows you to adjust the date range displayed on the metric's timeline and change the comparison. These adjustments let you focus on the most important data.

  1. Open a metric and select the Adjust and Compare button. This button appears only for metrics with a timeline.
  2. Under Date Range, select the range you want to display on the timeline.
  3. Under Compare Versus, select the date you want to compare the current value to, or select No comparison. This affects the change value shown below the metric value.
  4. To display a comparison line on the metric timeline, toggle Show comparison line to on.
  5. Select the back button to see your changes applied to the metric.

Comparison chart between two years of metric data

Links to other Tableau views open directly in Tableau Mobile rather than a browser, so you don't need to switch back to the app. You'll particularly appreciate this if your organization uses groups of dashboard links that help you navigate to other Tableau content.

If someone sends you a link to a view or metric, or if you receive a notification email with a link to a view or metric, you can open the link directly in Tableau Mobile. Simply select the link, and it will either open in the app or open in a web browser and automatically redirect to the app. If a prompt appears asking you for permission to open the link in Tableau Mobile, accept the prompt.

If you open a link for a version of Tableau Server earlier than 2020.2, or if your Tableau administrator has disabled this feature, the link will not automatically open in the app. Instead, the link will open in a web browser, and you can select the Open in Tableau Mobile banner to open it in the app. For more about deep linking, see Control deep linking for Tableau Mobile(Link opens in a new window).

Open in Tableau Mobile banner

Enjoy identical features on both Android and iOS

Regardless of whether you use Android or iOS, you browse, search, and use other Tableau Mobile features in exactly the same way.

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