12.15. App View
App view is a secret feature in Looker Studio that allows you to create a white-labeled application. This can be particularly useful when designing mini tools for forecasting or when sharing lead magnets in sales conversations with clients.
By using the app view, you remove the Looker Studio interface, navigation, and header, making it difficult for users to identify that the application is built upon Looker Studio. This is particularly effective when embedding the app view in an iframe within a custom domain.
- Understand the purpose and benefits of using the app view in Looker Studio.
- Identify the limitations of the app view and learn workarounds for common issues.
- Learn how to switch between the app view and the regular report view.
Limitations and Workarounds
There are some limitations to using the app view. One significant limitation is that you cannot scroll down within the app view. To work around this, you need to ensure that your Looker Studio application fits within the page. Another limitation is that the app view doesn't load the navigation by default. However, you can include internal navigation deliberately, and it will function as expected.
If you want to force scrolling within the app view, you can try the following workaround:
- Embed the report and get the embed code.
- Adjust the height of the embed to match the exact pixel value of your report height.
- Embed the report within another page. This way, Looker Studio believes that the viewport is as long as the report.
Remember that knowledgeable users might still navigate between pages using keyboard arrow keys, although this isn't immediately evident.
To switch between the app view and the regular report view, add or remove "/app" at the end of the report URL.
By using the app view in Looker Studio, you can create white-labeled applications and calculators, perfect for client calls or branded assets. Just ensure that you consider the limitations and workarounds mentioned above to make the most of this powerful feature.