Use a mobile device to work with SharePoint Online sites

You can access your SharePoint Online site on an internet-connected mobile phone or tablet. By accessing the site on a mobile device, you have the flexibility to access information on sites, collaborate with colleagues, access shared documents, view updated site content, and otherwise stay connected with your work.

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Open a site on a mobile device

The sign-in experience varies depending on the kind of authentication enabled for the sign-in domain. For more information about the sign-in experience, see Sign-in experience in this article.

Here’s a list of general instructions for each major phone or tablet operating system. If you don’t know which operating system your phone or tablet uses, contact the manufacturer. Use one of the following procedures to open your site on a mobile device.

Android

Open a SharePoint Online site on an Android device

Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Open a SharePoint Online site on an iPhone or iPad

BlackBerry®

Open a SharePoint Online site on a BlackBerry® device

Windows Phone

Open a SharePoint Online site on a Windows Phone

If your device is not listed, try the following procedure to open your site on an internet-connected mobile phone or table.

Open your team site

  1. In the browser, type the URL for your team site in the address bar.
  2. When the Microsoft Office 365 login screen appears, type your username and password, and then tap Sign In.
  3. You should be able to view the mobile version of your team site.

Open the public website

  1. Open a browser and type the URL for the public website in the address bar.
  2. You should be able to view the public website in the mobile browser.

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Browsing options

Several improvements to the mobile browser experience include a new contemporary view. Depending on the mobile browser, users have one of the following browsing options:

Contemporary view    This view offers an optimized mobile browser experience to users and renders in HTML5. This view is available to Mobile Internet Explorer version 9.0 or later, Windows Phone, and Safari version 4.0 or later.

Classic view    This view renders in HTML format, or similar markup languages (CHTML, WML, and so on), and provides backward compatibility for mobile browsers that cannot render in the new contemporary view. The classic experience is identical to the mobile browser experience of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.

Full screen UI    You can also use a full desktop view of a site on a smartphone device. If you’re in mobile view, tap Settings Settings button and tap Switch to PC View. The view changes to the full desktop view. To go back to the mobile view, tap Settings Settings button and tap Mobile view from the drop down list.

Mobile browser redirection

To access a site using the optimized mobile browser experience, a new feature named Mobile Browser Viewer must be activated on the site. If activated, this feature checks the device’s mobile browser to determine if it can handle HTML5. If the mobile browser supports HTML5 the contemporary view is shown. Otherwise, the classic view is shown.

By default, this feature is activated when any of the following site templates are used:

Collaboration templates    Team Site, Blank Site, Document Workspace, Blog, Group Work Site, Visio Process Repository

Meetings templates    Basic Meeting Workspace, Blank Meeting Workspace, Decision Meeting Workspace, Social Meeting Workspace, Multipage Meeting Workspace

Enterprise templates    Document Center, Records Center, Business Intelligence Center, My Site Host, Basic Search Center, FAST Search Center

All other site templates require you to explicitly activate the feature. You can activate or deactivate Mobile Browser Viewer in Site Settings under Site Actions and Manage Site Features.

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Sign-in experience

Your sign-in experience may vary depending on the kind of authentication that is enabled for your sign-in domain.

Using a Microsoft account If you use a Microsoft account, your web browser is redirected to the Office 365 sign-in service, where you type your Microsoft account name and password.

Using single-sign-on If you use single sign-on, also known as a federated identity, the web browser is redirected to the Office 365 sign-in service, where you type your corporate ID in the form a user principal name (UPN) such as isabel@contoso.com.

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Applies to:
Office 365 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise admin, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Midsize Business admin, Office 365 Small Business, Office 365 Small Business admin, SharePoint Online Enterprise (E1), SharePoint Online Enterprise (E3 & E4), SharePoint Online Midsized Business, SharePoint Online Small Business