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Tableau Mobile Deployment Guide

Tableau Mobile lets your users stay on top of critical data—anywhere they go. With the app, mobile users can easily explore and share content published to Tableau Online or Tableau Server 9.1 and later.

Tableau Mobile is a free download from the App Store or Google Play. If the app version you see there differs from your server version, it will still work great. Just make sure that mobile devices have iOS 9 or later, or Android 4.4 or later.

What's new in 10.4

Access favorite views offline with Android devices

Snapshot images of favorite views are now available on Android too, letting you quickly access key content even when you're offline. When you’re connected to a Tableau server, you can refresh snapshots so they reflect the latest data. For details, see Work offline with favorite snapshots in help for the Tableau Mobile app.

Enjoy optimized Android performance

Views load faster, helping you quickly get data on the go.

Add or remove favorites while viewing content

To add or remove favorites directly from a view, just tap the app menu in the upper-right corner.

Comment on views

From Tableau Mobile, you can access the totally redesigned commenting feature in Tableau Online and Tableau Server 10.4 and later, having conversations about data anywhere you go. Though you can't interact with data snapshots in the mobile app, you can view thumbnail images of them created in desktop browsers.

For more information, see Comment on Views in the main Tableau Help.

Trigger text messages and phone calls from links in dashboards

Tableau Mobile now supports dashboard links that automatically trigger SMS messages and telephone calls, letting mobile users quickly contact key people about dashboard content. To incorporate these links into dashboards, add URL actions to objects, using the link format sms:phone-number or tel:phone-number. Be sure to include country and area codes if necessary. For more information, see Create Dashboard Layouts for Different Device Types in the main Tableau Help.

Added in 10.3

Directly open Tableau Mobile from links in other apps

While you're signed into a site, Tableau Mobile can open links to site views found in email and other apps. If you use Tableau Online, views open automatically. If you use Tableau Server, views first open in a web browser; click Open in Tableau Mobile at the top of the page.

Added in 10.2

Interact with mobile-optimized views

If you use Tableau Online or Tableau Server 10.2 and later, the mobile app now provides many view options in a menu at upper right. This menu replaces the toolbar so views better fill small mobile screens. For details, see Explore data in help for the Tableau Mobile app.

Simply tap snapshots to see live views (iOS)

To see the live view of a favorite snapshot, simply tap it again—no need to toggle between special app modes. For details, see Work offline with favorite snapshots in help for the Tableau Mobile app.

See recently-accessed servers, and quickly switch sites (Android)

On the app's sign-in screen, choose recently-accessed servers with a single tap, rather than entering names manually. If you need to switch sites, just tap the name of the server you're signed in to, and tap another site.

Disable downloads of data and credentials, and avoid Kerberos errors (iOS)

If you use a mobile device management (MDM) tool like AirWatch or MobileIron, new app configuration parameters help you improve security. For details, see Customize Tableau Mobile for your organization (iOS).

Web-based authentication (iOS)

The Tableau Mobile app now supports authentication via reverse proxy servers placed between the internet and Tableau Server.

Added in 10.1

Quicker sorting of recent content

Content in the Recents view now automatically sorts by last-viewed date, if you use Tableau Server 10.1 or Tableau Online. For more details, see help for the Tableau Mobile app.

Added in 10.0

Support for Android tablets

The redesigned Tableau Mobile app now supports tablets, in addition to phones. Some features differ from the previous Tableau Mobile app for Android tablets.

Site-specific SAML

If you use multiple sites in your Tableau Server installation, you can configure each site to use a separate SAML identity provider (IdP). For more information, see SAML in Tableau Server Help.

Added in 9.3.3

Support for Android phones

Tableau Mobile supports phones that run Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later.

Customize the sign-in experience

If you use a mobile device management (MDM) tool like AirWatch, you can apply unique sign-in options such as limiting accessible servers. For details, see Customize Tableau Mobile for your organization (iOS).

Added in 9.3

Automatically refresh snapshots

When you're signed in to a Tableau server, Tableau Mobile automatically refreshes snapshots of favorite views in the background, while you use other apps. The refresh frequency depends on how often you use Tableau Mobile relative to other apps. The upper-left of each snapshot shows when it was last updated.

Stay signed in to Tableau Online

When you connect to Tableau Online using SAML authentication, Tableau Mobile saves your connection from session to session if you don't sign out. Next time you launch Tableau Mobile, you're signed in automatically.

When you sign in, an authentication token is stored securely on your device. This token authenticates you every time you connect.