How to build a Mobile-Friendly Google Data Studio report

How to build a Mobile-Friendly Google Data Studio report

In this blog post I’ll show you how to build a simple but mobile-friendly Google Data Studio report.

Data Studio reports are fantastic when viewed on a large desktop screen, as you can see a lot of detail about what’s happening in your data. However, the reports don’t always display well on mobile devices.

Therefore it could be a good idea to create mobile versions of key dashboards, so you’re able to quickly check out your data whenever you need to.

In this post I’ll give an example of how to create a compact dashboard that will display nicely on mobile devices.

Below is the embedded report, and I’ll show you the steps to creating this simple but mobile-friendly presentation.

Steps to creating the Mobile-friendly Google Data Studio report

The first step is determining what size the report should be. Most Data Studio reports are designed for desktop users, and the report formats tend not to work very well on mobile screens.

We first need to get an idea of how big a mobile screen is. To do this we can use Google Chromes’ Developer Tools.

Click on More tools and then Developer tools.

Opening developer tools in google chrome

We can then see how many pixels a mobile screen would normally display. In this example we can see that an Apple iPhone X would be 375 x 812 pixels.

Checking the screen size using Chrome

The next step is to create a Data Studio report.

Once we’ve created it, the next step is to change the Canvas Size.

I’ve changed the Width to match (more or less) the width of the iPhone X screen. The height I’ve made a bit longer to include more information.

In this Data Studio report I will include four charts.

  • A scorecard showing Users compared to the previous week.
  • A time series showing Users compared to the previous week.
  • A bar chart showing a breakdown of Users by Channel Grouping.
  • A pie chart showing a breakdown of Users by Device Category.

Creating the scorecard

A scorecard in Google Data studio

Set up the data and style tabs as shown below.

In this blog post I'll show you how to build a simple but Mobile-Friendly Google Data Studio report.

Creating the time series

A time series in the report.

Set up the data tab as shown below.

Mobile-Friendly Google Data Studio

Creating the bar chart

In this blog post I'll show you how to build a simple but Mobile-friendly Google Data Studio report.

Set up the data tab as shown below.

In this blog post I'll show you how to build a simple but Mobile-Friendly Google Data Studio report.

And set up the Style tab as shown below.

Mobile-Friendly Google Data Studio

Creating the pie chart

A pie chart in data studio

Set up the data tab to show a breakdown of Users by Device category.

We can set up our pie chart to display only in a single colour.

And that’s how you create a simple, Mobile-Friendly Google Data Studio report.

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  • Martin Kilarski says:

    Hi Michael, Thanks for the article. It’s an interesting idea to create mobile versions of reports to make it easier to view on small screens. I have created a GDS starter report template, which unfortunately is not mobile-friendly yet, but I thought you might find it useful. https://marcinkilarski.github.io/Interactive-Website-Performance-Report/ Making it mobile-friendly could be a challenge 🙂

    • Michael says:

      Hi Martin, that report you shared looks really great and in-depth. Thanks for sharing! Personally, I’d keep the in-depth reports for desktop only – and make more basic, simpler reports for mobile. Like if you wanted to check up on how your blog was doing without wanting to on a laptop or PC. Lately I’ve tried to make reports that are a bit of both – wide enough so they are useful on desktop, but narrow enough so that they can be viewed on mobile.

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