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Viewing dashboards in the Looker mobile application

If your admin has enabled the Mobile App Integration Labs feature, you can view user-defined dashboards and LookML dashboards on your mobile device in the Looker mobile application. You can also view Looks in the app.

Users of Android app on version 1.1.1 or later can view new dashboards in the mobile app. For iOS users and users on earlier versions of the Android app, the mobile app displays all dashboards as legacy dashboards.

Users cannot upgrade a legacy dashboard to use the new dashboard experience from within the Looker mobile app. Dashboards must be upgraded in the Looker web app to be viewable as new dashboards in the Looker mobile app.

While viewing a dashboard in the app, you can switch between portrait mode and landscape mode, temporarily change dashboard filters, add or remove the dashboard from your favorites, share a link to the dashboard, copy the link to the dashboard to your clipboard, and view information about the dashboard.

Opening a dashboard

You can navigate to dashboards from the Recently Viewed and Favorites screens, while viewing a board that you follow, or while browsing content in folders in the Looker mobile app.

To open a dashboard in the app, select the content card for the dashboard you want to view:

You can also search for a specific dashboard on the Recently Viewed and Favorites screens.

To open a LookML dashboard in the app, navigate to the LookML Dashboards folder and select the dashboard you want to view. Or, if a LookML dashboard has been pinned to a board that you have added to your list of boards, you can open the LookML dashboard while viewing that board in the app.

Viewing a dashboard

You can view dashboards as legacy dashboards in the Looker mobile app. Android users on version 1.1.1 or later of the mobile app can also view dashboards as new dashboards.

Viewing legacy dashboards in the app

Legacy dashboards in the Looker mobile app include the following elements:

  1. Back arrow button: Returns you to the previous screen.
  2. Dashboard title: Displays the title of the dashboard.
  3. Three-dot menu: Opens a menu that includes the options to add or remove the dashboard from your favorites, share the dashboard, copy the link to the dashboard, or view information about the dashboard.
  4. Dashboard filters: Shows any dashboard filters that have been added to a dashboard. You can temporarily change dashboard filter values while in the app to see how the data changes.
  5. Run button: Lets you run the dashboard to see updated results after making temporary changes to filter values. The Run button appears only if filters have been added to the dashboard in the Looker web app.
  6. Dashboard tiles: Displays one or more dashboard tiles in a single vertical column.

You can also tap a data point on the visualization to show information about that data point.

Viewing new dashboards in the app

For a dashboard to be viewable as a new dashboard in the mobile app, it must have already been upgraded to a new dashboard in the Looker web app. Users cannot upgrade a legacy dashboard to use the new dashboard experience from within the Looker mobile app. New dashboards include the following elements:

  1. Back button: Returns you to the previous screen.
  2. Dashboard title: Displays the title of the dashboard.
  3. Three-dot menu: Opens a menu that includes the options to add or remove the dashboard from your favorites, share the dashboard, copy the link to the dashboard, or view information about the dashboard.
  4. Dashboard last updated indicator: Shows how recently the data on the dashboard has been queried from — in other words, “refreshed” from — the database.
  5. Reload data icon: Updates the data on the dashboard. This is often useful after filters have been changed.
  6. Dashboard filters: Shows any dashboard filters that have been added to a dashboard. You can temporarily change dashboard filter values while in the app to see how the data changes.
  7. Folder icon: Opens the Folder Content sidebar, which allows you to browse the folders you can access while viewing the dashboard.
  8. Dashboards tiles: Displays one or more dashboard tiles in a single vertical column.

Switching between portrait mode and landscape mode

When you view a dashboard or a Look in the Looker mobile app, you can rotate the screen of your mobile device to switch between portrait mode and landscape mode.

The displays content in portrait mode by default. Portrait mode can be useful for viewing multiple dashboard tiles on the screen at once:

In landscape mode, dashboard tiles expand horizontally to fill the width of the screen:

Temporarily changing filter values

Looker dashboards can have one or more filters that affect one or more dashboard tiles.

You can temporarily change the values of dashboard filters to see how the data changes. You will not affect anyone else’s dashboard results by changing the filter values temporarily in the app.

You can view dashboards as new dashboards if you are on version 1.1.1 or later of the Android app. The ability to view dashboards as new dashboards is not yet available for iOS.

Changing filter values on legacy dashboards

For legacy dashboards, if any filters have been added to a dashboard, those filters appear in the Filters section at the top of the dashboard in the Looker mobile app.

To see all filters that have been added to a dashboard, select Filters.

As an example, many dashboards have a filter that specifies a timeframe to include, such as Date is in the past 7 days:

You can update the values of an existing dashboard filter by entering text in the filter’s text fields or by selecting the drop-down menu for a filter option. For example, you can change the filter value Date is in the past 7 days to Date is in the past 2 weeks by replacing the “7” with a “2” in the text field and selecting weeks from the days drop-down menu.

Select Run to update the dashboard with the new values. Any dashboard tiles that the filters apply to will be upated to be filtered by the values you have chosen.

If you change a filter value and any tiles do not update, the filter may not currently apply to those tiles. If you have Manage Access, Edit access to the dashboard, you can adjust which tiles a filter applies to by editing the filter in the Looker web application.

Entering multiple values into a text field for a filter creates an OR condition, meaning all of the values are applied to the filter. To add another option to an existing filter, select the + (plus) icon beside the filter. The new option will appear as either an OR condition or an AND condition, depending on the type of filter option.

If you need to enter a special character in your filter, such as a comma (,) or double quotes ("), you can do so by adding a leading backslash (\). For example, to filter on Santa Cruz, CA, you would enter Santa Cruz \, CA.

When you type a filter value for a text dimension, Looker preserves any leading or trailing spaces. For example, creating a filter that contains the text ” pants” would not match values that did not contain the leading space, such as “pants and leggings”. However, the filter would match any values that contained the space before the word pants, such as “parachute pants”.

Changing filter values on new dashboards

You can view dashboards as new dashboards if you are on version 1.1.1 or later of the Android app. The ability to view dashboards as new dashboards is not yet available for iOS.

New dashboards in the mobile app display a filter icon — along with the number of filters that have been added — at the top of the dashboard. To view filters that have been added to a dashboard, select the filter icon or the text indicating the number of filters that have been added:

This expands the filter icon, which shows all the filters that have been applied to the dashboard.

To temporarily change the value for a dashboard filter, select the filter you want to change. For example, to change the filter on the State field, select is any value.

In this example, the filter on State is an advanced filter, so you can begin typing the values for State that you would like to apply to the dashboard. In this example, the value entered is California, so the filter State is any value is changed to State is California.

Once you have edited the filter as you like, select the reload data icon to see how the filter value changes will affect your data:

For more information on making temporary changes to filter values on new dashboards, see the Viewing dashboards documentation page.

Using the dashboard three-dot menu

The Looker mobile app displays a three-dot menu at the top of a dashboard.

When you select the three-dot menu for a user-defined dashboard, the app displays the following options:

The three-dot menu for a LookML dashboard includes the options to share the dashboard or copy the link to the dashboard.

You can also access the three-dot menu for a dashboard from the Recently Viewed and Favorites screens, a board, or a folder that contains the dashboard.

Adding or removing a dashboard from your favorites

User-defined dashboards that you have added to your favorites are listed on the Favorites screen in the Looker mobile app.

You can add a dashboard to your favorites while viewing the dashboard, or from the Recently Viewed screen, a board, or a folder. To add a dashboard to your favorites:

  1. Select the three-dot menu for the dashboard.
  2. Choose Add to Favorites.

You can also remove a dashboard from your favorites while viewing the dashboard, or from the Recently Viewed screen, the Favorites screen, a board, or a folder. To remove a dashboard from your favorites:

  1. Select the three-dot menu for a dashboard that you have added to your favorites.
  2. Choose Remove from Favorites.

Sharing a dashboard

You can share dashboards with other users using the sharing options available on your mobile device, or with a third-party service that is integrated with Looker, such as Slack.

Copying the link to a dashboard

You can copy the link to a dashboard to your mobile device’s clipboard. To copy a link:

  1. Select the three-dot menu for the dashboard.
  2. Select Copy link.

After you copy a link, the app displays the message Link copied to clipboard.

Viewing information about a dashboard

Selecting Get info from the three-dot menu for a user-defined dashboard opens the Dashboard Info pop-up. The Dashboard Info pop-up provides the following information about a dashboard:

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