About SharePoint Office 365 Mobile

SharePoint 2013 hosted in Office 365 offers the ability to view your content on any device, including mobile phones. However, the mobile version of your SharePoint site does not contain any of your pages and navigation and so custom development is required in order to achieve a nice scaled down version of your site pages and content therein. You can certainly access all your data in the mobile view of SharePoint but you won’t see your homepage or additional pages.

This article shows examples of the SharePoint mobile views, explains how to set up mobile views in SharePoint and also explains what is required in order to customise your SharePoint site to allow pages to be viewed on a mobile device. The mobile screenshots shown are taken from an iPhone 6.

Mobile Views

Example – Device: iPhone 6

When navigating to your SharePoint site on a mobile device you will first be presented with the login screen (shown above) where you enter your username and password.

Once you’ve entered your credentials on the login screen and clicked on the ‘Sign In’ button you will be presented with a view similar to the following (assuming your browser on your mobile device supports HTML5 ). A browser on a mobile device which does not support HTML5 will display the site in the traditional desktop view.

The screen shot above is the default mobile view of your homepage, which as you can see is not a page but rather a list of document libraries, so in fact it is just a mobile view of your site contents. If you have a nicely branded homepage with content and/or Web Parts/App Parts added to the page then in order to see a mobile version of that page you will need custom development on your site (more details at the end of this article).

At the bottom of the mobile view of your site homepage (which is essential site contents) you have two buttons, the one on the left is an App icon and the one on the right is an ellipses.

The App icon button opens up another view which shows a list of Office 365 apps available to you. This is essentially the mobile view of the App view you get on the desktop version when clicking the app icon on the top left of the page.

 Mobile App view

 Desktop App view

The ellipses button on the bottom right will slide up the bottom bar and reveal two options:1. Switch to pc view – (This will change from the mobile view to a desktop view)2. Sign out – (This will sign you out)

When switching to the pc view the homepage will be visible (however the desktop version) so the page is scaled down to a very small size to fit the mobile screen, which is not very manageable.

Setting up the mobile view for a SharePoint site

To set up the mobile view on a SharePoint site you need to be a site admin and follow these steps:1. Navigate to site settings

2. Under the Site Actions section select Manage Site Features3. Under the list of feature locate the Mobile Brower View feature and click the Activate button.4. The feature will now display as Active

Mobile Friendly SharePoint Sites

In order to achieve a nice scaled down (mobile friendly) version of pages and navigation from your SharePoint site you will need to have custom development done on your site by a SharePoint developer. A SharePoint developer can using existing frameworks to achieve a responsive site design, allowing your site to nicely render on any device, or they can use SharePoints built in device channels option, which will essentially use different master pages and style sheets depending on the device being used to access the site.

Summary

SharePoint can indeed deliver a mobile version of your site, but in a very limited way in terms of styling and page content. For a truly effective mobile SharePoint site there needs to be custom development. For more help see our IT Support page.

 

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