Use a mobile device to work with SharePoint Online sites

If you have a smart phone or a tablet and an Office 365 subscription that includes SharePoint Online, you can use your device to view information on sites, collaborate with colleagues, access shared documents, and stay connected with your work. Recent improvements have made SharePoint Online even more touch friendly than before. You can use your smart phone or tablet to do these kinds of things:

  • Open documents. You can view your documents, documents that you’ve recently used in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, documents that are shared with you, and documents that you’re following in SharePoint Online.

  • Find sites. You can see a list of sites that you’re following in SharePoint Online, and sites that are promoted by administrators.

  • Navigate SharePoint Online. You can use navigation links to move from a site to OneDrive for Business, or vice versa.

  • Change your view of some sites. You can switch between full-screen view (this is called "pc view") and mobile view for some of the sites and libraries that you use in SharePoint Online.

    Mobile view of my documents library

Note   Currently, site mailboxes are not supported in SharePoint Online. This means that you cannot view a site mailbox on your phone or tablet.

Open and browse a SharePoint site

Open a SharePoint site
  1. Open the web browser on your device.

  2. In the address bar, type the website address (URL) for SharePoint Online.
    For example, http://contoso.sharepoint.com.
    Your URL will include your domain name instead of Contoso.

  3. Sign in using your work or school account.

  4. In the lower left corner of the screen, select Go to Global Navigation Icon.

  5. Select Sites from the list of navigation tiles.

    Select the tile Sites to see a list of SharePoint sites


    You'll see a list of the SharePoint sites organized under Sites i'm following and Promoted sites.

    View of sites I'm following

    Sites I'm following is like a bookmark of all the SharePoint sites you're interested in. For information on how to add sites to the Sites I'm following list, see the video Follow a SharePoint site.

Browse a SharePoint site
  1. Choose the site you want to view under Sites i'm following or Promoted sites on the Sites page. Document libraries and lists are organized under Apps and any subsites are organized under Subsites.

    The name of the site appears at the top of the page so you can tell which site you're viewing.

  2. To view a site's OneNote notebook select the tile Site Assets.

  3. To view files in your site, select the document library that contains the file you want.

Open your OneDrive for Business library

  1. If you are already signed in to a SharePoint site using the browser on your device, in the lower left corner of the screen, select Go to Global Navigation Icon and select OneDrive.

    If you're not currently signed in to a SharePoint site, open the web browser on your device.

  2. In the address bar, type the website address (URL) for SharePoint Online.
    For example, http://contoso.sharepoint.com.
    Your URL will include your domain name instead of Contoso.

  3. Sign in using your work or school account, for example, tony@contoso.onmicrosoft.com.

  4. In the lower left corner of the screen, select Go to Global Navigation Icon.

  5. Select OneDrive from the list of tiles.

Switch between mobile and full-screen view

You can choose to view your SharePoint sites and OneDrive for Business library in mobile view or the full-site view called pc view.

Note   Mobile view might not be available for all your SharePoint sites. If your administrator has not activated mobile view on a site, it displays in pc view.

Switch from mobile view to pc view
  1. In a site or library, select the More menu More Menu icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

  2. Choose Switch to pc view.

    Menu to swtich from mobile view to pc view on a Windows Phone

Switch from pc view to mobile view
  1. In the SharePoint site, in the upper right corner of the screen, select Settings Settings icon

  2. In the Settings menu, choose Mobile view.

    Settings menu in a SharePoint site in pc view

For more details about the recent improvements to SharePoint Online, see SharePoint Online introduces the Touch Design mobile experience.

Applies To: Office 365 End User, SharePoint Online, Office 365 Admin, Office 365 Small Business Admin



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