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What’s new for the SharePoint mobile app

When you have that moment, that precious one that arises and lasts mere minutes in the in-between, when you need to engage, get in and get out – the SharePoint mobile app has you covered. It is your intranet in your pocket, and we’re consistently improving the capabilities and experiences based on use and feedback.

 

The most current set of updates gives you access to modern technology (like SharePoint hub sites), refines the experience of team sites, keeps you informed – now on comments from news articles you’ve published – and more to keep you informed and productive on the go.

 

Install before you read any more, and then let’s dive into the details – maybe even try it out as you read.

 

Navigate SharePoint hub sites and its associated sites and content

SharePoint hub sites began release on March 21st, and now the SharePoint app has been updated to give you full access to the hub site and all its associated sites. You now get the full cross-site navigation, along with visibility across aggregated activities, news, files and lists, and more. Hub sites help you organize. The SharePoint mobile app keeps you connected. Together, you’ll be an organized, connected mobile machine!

 

SP-mob_001.jpgClean access to the cross-site navigation of a SharePoint hub site (on the left), and after you select "Benefits" from under "Departments" to go to the Benefits site (on the right).

Enhanced access to the team site homepages

The main home page of your group-connected team site now comes through as you designed as the default landing experience. All the content, web parts, layout choices reflow now like any page or news when viewed on smaller devices. Also, in the SharePoint mobile app for Android, your activity, news, files and lists are now accessible from within a new team site navigation menu. You’ll will experience consistency between the Web and mobile, and the more fluid nature makes your content and information easier to find and work with.

 

SP-mob_002.jpgA SharePoint team site home page now more closely mirrors how it appears on the Web, with news articles, Planner tasks and navigation as examples above.

Get notified when someone leaves a comment on your news article

Put your message out there and keep connected to the activity and discussion that follows in comments on your post – where the real value of engagement often happens. If you are a page or news author, you will receive a SharePoint mobile push notification when someone posts a comment or comment reply on your page. If you comment on a page, you will receive a SharePoint mobile push notification when someone posts a comment reply to you. There, too, is a new in-app setting toggle if you wish to turn off comment notifications for your device. We understand if you want to plead the 5th – no comment(s).

 

SP-mob_003.jpgYou receive notifications when people you know publish news articles, and when others comment on your news, or reply to your comments.

New tab Layout for the SharePoint mobile app for Android

We heard you ‘droids, no more stretching of the thumb to tab around the SharePoint app. The Android app has a new tab layout! Find your personalized News, Sites, Links, People and Me tabs at the bottom of the screen. Easier access, fewer thumb cramps!

 

SP-mob_004.jpgThe tab layout for the SharePoint mobile app for Android is now at the bottom of the screen for easier access.

Quick summary of other recent SharePoint mobile app updates

The above items are the most recent additions to the SharePoint mobile apps. If you’ve been tracking release notes and new experiences through app updates, you’ll see that the team has been consistently refining user experiences and adding new capabilities.

 

Some of the most recent updates, by design, keep you connected to your work and your colleagues to keep everyone engaged and productive. Here is a roll up, quick-hits list across previous updates:

 

  • Likes for news posts | You can now Like a news post or modern page from your mobile device.
  • View your files fast | Open and preview your office documents quickly without leaving the SharePoint mobile app experience.
  • Updated People Card on Android | Get more information on people, more quickly, including organization structure, files and emails you’ve exchanged with them.
  • New calendar month view | See your SharePoint calendar list in a calendar month view. Select a day and see the list of events!
  • Important stability improvements and fixes
    • Modern page scrolling is more responsive and smoother.
    • Improved search to support unlimited paging of results.
    • When a list column is deleted on the web, it's now properly reflected in the app.

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We are always open to feedback via UserVoice and continued dialog in the SharePoint community in the Microsoft Tech Community —and we always have an eye on tweets to @SharePoint. Let us know.

 

—Mark Kashman, senior product manager for the SharePoint team

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I expect the new and updated SharePoint mobile app updates to reach the corresponding app stores?

A: We are targeting late-April 2018 to complete the release all the above-mentioned updates. Go to update today and update regularly.

And if you’re new to SharePoint mobile app, install it today: https://aka.ms/getspmobile; go to this page, enter your email or phone number and you are off and running.

 

Q: Are there updated resources on the Web that I can use to learn more about the SharePoint mobile apps?

A: Yes. Our support team regularly updates the various SharePoint mobile app pages, along with a recent webinar. All are linked here:

 

And if you made it this far, small user tip if you like to keep up with what’s new for the SharePoint mobile app – a nice in-app list of what’s new – for you. :):

 

  • Android: from the home screen, tap the three vertical dots, click Settings, scroll down and click What’s new in the About section.
  • iOS: from the home screen, tap on the Me Then, in the upper right, tap the gear icon, and select What’s new.

SP-mob_005.jpgStay up-to-date with what's new for your SharePoint mobile app, right within the app itself. Above shows the experience in Android.

4 Comments

Great update! Any news on when we will be able to control the color selected for the Teams header, it's a complete blocker for rollout of this great app when a company homepage gains a shocking pink header for no reason.

Occasional Contributor

Saw @Steven Collier comment; Looked at Uservoice to see if this was logged; Found it and voted for it.

 

Please go vote for it because pink is not one of our brand's color either.

 

I also struggle with the way links are opened because of our Intune setup but I need to spend more time documenting that. In app vs Safari vs managed browser.

Occasional Visitor

Cool update! Really would like to be able to define a standard page (our own new intranet frontpage) as the site that opens up when a user clicks on the SharePoint app (and not the SharePoint Home). 

 

Our users look at us in disbelief when we tell them that they first reach the SharePoint Home, then they can click on intranet...

Contributor

@Mark Kashman Great update! Currently clicking "Conversations" Opens the "Groups" app which we were told via the Office 365 Message Center was going away? Is that going to change also with this update?