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Get Started with the Salesforce Mobile App

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the flavors of the Salesforce mobile app available to you.
  • Log in to your Salesforce org from the mobile app.
  • Switch between different Salesforce orgs from the mobile app.
  • Navigate around the Salesforce mobile app and work with your data.

Welcome to Salesforce on the Go

Sometimes being a go-getter means, well, getting up and going! With the Salesforce mobile app, your productivity doesn’t suffer just because you’re away from your desk.

The mobile app gives you the same access to your Salesforce data that you have on your desktop. But the app is organized to help you get stuff done in those short, free moments when you're out and about, like waiting for a flight, waiting for your next customer meeting—even when you're in line for a coffee.

Get Access to the Salesforce Mobile App

Alice B. Closing is a new field sales representative who just picked up her brand new shiny mobile device from her IT department. Unfortunately, they didn’t install the Salesforce mobile app for her. Let’s learn about the options for accessing Salesforce from a device.

The Salesforce mobile app is available for iOS® and Android™ phones and tablets. You can download the iOS app from the App Store®, or the Android app from Google Play™.
If you're unable to download Salesforce for iOS or Android to your device, your org's security policies may be blocking installation of the app. Check with your Salesforce admin.
Alice just finished installing Salesforce on her phone, so let's see how to log in.

Log In to Salesforce

Logging in to the Salesforce mobile app is as easy as pie. You need just a couple of key ingredients.

Our field sales rep, Alice B. Closing, knows how to log in to the full Salesforce site when she's working on her desktop. Now she’s finished installing the mobile app on her phone, and it’s her first time logging in. Let’s see how it works.

The three key ingredients for logging in are:
  • Your standard Salesforce username
  • Your (super secret) Salesforce password
  • The web address (or URL) to your org's Salesforce site
The last ingredient is an important one. The login screen is configured to access your org's production Salesforce site, using the login.salesforce.com address. But if you want to log in from a custom address such as your org's single sign-on page, or if you want to connect to your sandbox to do some testing, you need to know the correct web address for the environment.
Note

Note

You can log in to the Salesforce mobile app with the credentials for your Trailhead Playground org (TP). What’s a TP? It’s a practice environment you use for completing hands-on challenges here on Trailhead. Find your TP username and password by following the instructions in this article . Learn more about Trailhead Playground orgs in the Salesforce Platform Basics module.

When you have all three key ingredients ready, you're ready to log in. Let's walk through it together.

Login Screen

To log in to your production Salesforce site:

  1. Start the app by tapping the Salesforce icon on your home screen. You see the login page.
  2. Enter your username and password.
  3. Tap Log In .

There are a few extra steps to log in to an environment other than production.

For iOS devices:
  1. On the login page, tap Gear Icon.
  2. To add the new environment, tap + .
  3. Enter the web address for the environment. And enter a label, like My login page or Sandbox, so you can easily identify the environment. Note Don’t include https:// when typing the web address.
  4. Tap Done .
  5. Select the new environment, then log in.
For Android devices:
  1. On the login page, tap Settings Icon.
  2. Tap Change Server .
  3. Tap Add Connection .
  4. Enter the name and web address of the new environment, then tap Apply . Note The web address must start with https://.
  5. Select the new environment, then tap Apply .
  6. Log in.

Get Around in the Salesforce Mobile App

Now that Alice is logged in to Salesforce, she sees a list of navigation items. She notices that there’s a header above these items that says Mobile Only. That header lets her know that she’s in the Mobile Only “app.” Calling it an app makes it sound complicated, but it’s basically just the default set of navigation items. These items are controlled by her admin.

At the bottom of her screen, Alice sees her navigation bar. She notices that the first four items in her Mobile Only navigation bar are the same as the first four items in her navigation menu.

Mobile Only

No matter where she goes in Mobile Only, she can always use the navigation bar to conveniently access these key items, as well as return to the navigation menu.

Note

Note

Like Alice, most users will see Mobile Only on their first launch of the app and as an app in the App Launcher. But if you don’t, your admin customized the mobile app to use a Lightning app instead. You’ll learn more about the App Launcher and Lightning apps in the Salesforce mobile app next.

Alice’s org has also enabled Lightning apps for mobile. So she goes to the mobile App Launcher, which is always available from the navigation menu. The App Launcher has all of her Lightning apps that her admin made available for mobile, in the same order as on her desktop.

Mobile App Launcher

She selects the Sales Lightning App and sees a navigation menu with Sales Lightning in the header. She notices that the navigation menu has the same items that are in the tabs of the desktop version of the Lightning app, in the same order. Just like in Mobile Only, she sees that the first four items of her navigation bar are the same as the first four items in her navigation menu.

Sales Lightning on desktop and mobile

If she ever wants to change the order of her navigation items in a Lightning app, any changes she makes on desktop will be mirrored in the mobile navigation menu for that app. All she has to do is refresh. 

She can also change the order of navigation items while she’s in the mobile app, by tapping the Edit icon. If she uses the app on desktop, she’ll see her changes there, too.

Edit the order of navigation items

And if she ever wants to get back to the navigation items in Mobile Only, she can switch back to it using the App Launcher.

Get More Done with Actions

Actions in the Salesforce mobile app save time by letting you quickly and easily create records, log calls, and do other common tasks, from just about anywhere in the app. Let's follow along with Alice as she gets her work done with actions.

Most pages have an action bar (1) at the top of the page, with a set of actions relevant to that page.

Action bar and list item actions

The action bar shows the three or four most relevant actions for the page you’re viewing. To see the complete set of actions that are available, tap Action Menu Icon. This opens the action menu.

List views, task lists, and related lists on records let you perform actions on specific items in the list without having to open any records. To use list item actions, simply swipe left on a record in a list (2).

Note

Note

The actions that you see depend on where you are in the mobile app. For example, on an account, you might see actions for creating a contact or case related to the account, while on a case record you might see actions that let you create a child case or send a case update via email.

Switch Accounts, Access Your Favorites, Give Feedback, and Get Help in the Profile Menu

In the new Salesforce mobile app, tap your profile icon at the top of the screen to access your favorites list, update your profile and settings, switch accounts, send feedback to Salesforce, get help, and log out.

Profile Menu

Let’s talk more about switching accounts. If you have more than one Salesforce account that you work in, or if you have accounts in different environments, like your production account for sales activities, your sandbox account for testing, or even your company's customer-facing community, it’s easy to switch among them. In the profile menu, you can set up access to as many accounts as you need, then switch between them with only a few taps.

Alice B. Closing, our determined sales representative, is a member of multiple communities and also has multiple Salesforce accounts. Let's see how she sets up each account so she can toggle between them with ease.

The first step is to log in to her accounts. For each one, Alice needs the same ingredients that she did the first time she logged in to the Salesforce mobile app: her username and password and the web address for the environment where the account exists.

  1. From the navigation menu, tap your profile icon to open the profile menu.
  2. Tap Change Account .
  3. Tap Add new account .
  4. If the account is in an environment other than production, tap Gear Icon (iOS) or Settings Icon (Android) on the login page. Then select the correct environment from the list or add the web address for an environment that isn’t already set up, just like you learned about earlier in “Log In to Salesforce.”
  5. Enter your username and password.
  6. Tap Log In .

Repeat these steps to add other accounts to the switcher.

Now that Alice has logged in to all her accounts, she can keep her workflow flowing without missing a beat. Switching to a different account takes just a couple of taps.

  1. From the navigation menu, tap your profile icon to open the profile menu.
  2. Tap Change Accounts .
  3. Tap an account or community.

That’s just a quick tour of how to get around the Salesforce mobile app. Next we’ll dive deeper and learn how to search for different types of information in the app.