Configure a SharePoint site for mobile devices

You can access your SharePoint site with an Internet-connected mobile device and experience productivity and collaboration no matter where you are. By configuring SharePoint features designed to enhance mobile viewing you can further optimize your mobile experience. What features you enable really depend on the complexity of your site. This article will help you navigate what options are available and in some cases point you to where to get more information about advanced features.

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View a site optimized for smartphones

When viewing a SharePoint site with a smartphone you have the option of viewing it in PC mode (full screen) or in a view designed specifically for smartphones. How that mobile view displays on your device depends on what type of device you are using. SharePoint includes a feature called the Mobile Browser View that checks if the mobile browser you’re using can support HTML5. If it does, then a contemporary mobile view is shown. If it does not, then a classic view is shown.

Mobile browser views - classic, contemporary, and full screen UI

Activate Mobile Browser View

To use this procedure while on a mobile device, tap Switch to PC View on the Settings Settings button menu.

  1. Tap SettingsSettings button, and then tap Site settings.
  2. Under Site Actions, tap Manage site features.
  3. Set the Mobile Browser View to Active. (The default setting is Active.)

 Note    To switch back to mobile view, tap SettingsSettings button, and then tap Mobile view.

You can find more details on Mobile Browser Views in Plan for mobile views in SharePoint 2013. For a list of supported mobile devices see the article, Supported mobile device browsers in SharePoint 2013.

Set alerts to update you of changes

Being away from the office doesn’t have to mean a loss in productivity. You can still be notified of any changes made to your site or its content by setting alerts to notify you if someone changes a SharePoint list or item.

To use this procedure while on a mobile device, tap Switch to PC View on the Settings Settings button menu.

  1. In the list or library where you want to create the alert, click the Library or List tab on the ribbon.
  2. In the Share & Track group, click Alert Me and then click Set alert on this library. (In a list, the command will say Set alert on this list.)
  3. On the New Alert page, in the Alert Title section, change the title for the alert if you want.
  4. In the Send Alerts To section, enter the user names or email address of the person to whom you want the alerts to be sent.
  5. In the Delivery Method section, choose if you want to be alerted by E-mail or Text Message (SMS).
  6. If the Change Type section is available, choose the types of changes that you want to be notified about.
  7. In the Send Alerts for These Changes section, specify whether you want to be alerted for all types of changes, or for specific changes.
  8. In the When to Send Alerts section, choose how frequently you want to receive the alerts, such as immediately or in a daily or weekly summary, and at what day or time.
  9. Click OK.

Author a single site with multiple views using device channels

The device channel feature is ideal for more complex SharePoint sites where you create a single site and author content for that site, but map the content to use different master pages and style sheets that are specific to a device or group of devices. By using the device channel feature you can choose to show different content to different device channels using the same page and page layout. This work is typically done by a Web developer or designer. Device channels are only available for publishing sites.

For more information on what device channels are and how they are used in sites see the articles, Overview of mobile devices and SharePoint 2013 and Overview of the SharePoint 2013 page model.

Push notifications for Windows Phone

Receive notifications to your Windows Phone when certain events occur in the site, such as when a user adds an item to a list or updates an item. To set up notifications, the mobile device application must register with a SharePoint site. The Microsoft Push Notification Service for Windows Phone is more than just setting an alert; the Notification Service offers third-party developers a resilient, dedicated, and persistent channel to send data to a Windows Phone application from a web service in a power-efficient way. Setting up the Push Notification Service is typically done by a Web developer and is designed for larger enterprise sites.

For more details on how to set up the Push Notification Service on your SharePoint site see the articles, Push Notifications Overview for Windows Phone and How to: Configure and use push notifications in SharePoint 2013 apps for Windows Phone.

Applies to:
SharePoint Online Enterprise (E1), SharePoint Online Enterprise (E3 & E4), SharePoint Online Midsized Business, SharePoint Online Small Business, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard