ArcGIS Business Analyst

Explore How to Customize Facts in ArcGIS Business Analyst Mobile App

ArcGIS Business Analyst Mobile app has always been providing Basic and Spending Facts for US Sites / Key Demographic Facts for all other countries. These were the list of variables which cannot be changed by the end user. But in our recent release, we have changed this to accommodate users request on changing this list depending on their needs. Which leads to customizing facts list.

There are two facts list provided by the Business Analyst Mobile app now are Standard Facts and My Facts for all countries that have premium dataset available. Standard Facts list of variables are not changeable, where as the list of variables in ‘My Facts’ is initially populated with the default set of variables, but the user can customize facts list depending on their needs.


Features in ‘My Facts’

  1. Add new variables
  2. Replace a variable in the default list provided
  3. Delete a variable from the list
  4. Rename a variable
  5. Choose various options of a variable like Number/Percent/Average/Index
  6. Reorder the list of variables


Now let’s see how the above functionalities are done with a sample site created in the mobile app.


Getting started by creating a site

  1. Create a site of your choice to view the facts.
    • Sites can be created in one of two ways:
      1. Tap on a location
      2. Search for an address
    • For this example, I’ll start by searching for Phoenix, AZ.
  2. Select the location then tap Create Site.
  3. Next, choose site buffer. The site buffer is the area around your point of interest which can be displayed as rings, drive time, or walk time.
    • For this example, we’ll use a 1-mile Ring area in the center of the Phoenix, AZ.
  4. Once the site is created, tap on the Facts in the Site Card to load the Facts page.
Create Site card
Site Card

5. There will be 2 tabs in the Facts page for premium dataset supported countries, let’s take this site in US.

Facts Page
Facts Page

6. Standard Facts cannot be modified, whereas the My Facts can be customized.

My Facts Tab
My Facts Tab

Exploring the functionalities of Facts page

  1. Tap on the 3 dots on the top right corner of My Facts

You will see the following options

My Facts Options
My Facts Options

2. Click on Edit My Facts, to customize your facts, which will open up this page

Edit My Facts
Edit My Facts

Remove Variables from the list

  1. Select the variables you want to remove from the list and see the number of items selected change dynamically at the bottom of the page to delete them.
Remove Variables
Remove Variables

2. You can also swipe left on the variable name in My Facts to Remove one variable at a time.

Swipe Remove
Swipe to Remove

3. Tap on Save to save this list or Cancel to cancel the changes you made and customize the list.

Reorder variables to your choice

  1. Hold and Drag the 3 horizontal lines next to the variables and drop it in the desired position to reorder the variables.
Reorder Variables
Reorder Variables

2. Tap on Save to save this change or Cancel to cancel the changes you just made and customize the list.


Renaming variables

  1. Tap on any variable name to change the way its displayed.
Rename Variable
Rename Variable

2. Tap on Save to save this change or Cancel to cancel the changes made and customize the list.


Replace a variable

  1. Swipe left on a variable name in My Facts to find an option to replace a variable which will open up the Data Browser to pick a variable of your choice.
Swipe Replace
Swipe Replace

Adding a new variable

  1. Tap on +Add Variables to open the Data Browser for mobile
Add Variable
Add Variable

2.    There are two ways of finding a variable.

a.    Use the search bar and enter a keyword in the Data Browser to search for a particular variable

•   Select the variable of your choice and Add to My Facts

Search Variable
Search Variable

b. Browse through the variable list from one of the following

Data Browser
Data Browser

Standard Data –  Esri provided data grouped by Category

Standard Data
Standard Data

Tap on any category to view the variables and SUB-CATEGORIES within.

Variables and Sub-Categories
Variables and Sub-Categories

Tap on any SUB-CATEGORY to view variables within each of them.

The default for most variables will be Number. But they may have other options like Percent, Average, Index. To view these options, tap on the arrow on the right to view these and select one of them.

Variable Flavors
Variable Flavors

Select the variable of your choice and tap Add to My Facts


Note: There can be only 20 variables in the ‘My Facts’ list and only one variable can be added at a time.



There is a KB article on restoring the defaults of ‘My Facts’ , which you can use to restore it at any point of time.

About the author

Geetha Narayanan is the Senior Product Engineer for ArcGIS Business Analyst Mobile apps. She has been with Esri since 2007 and dipped her feet in almost all the phases of the SDLC. A very passionate and self driven person. In addition to this, she loves traveling and exploring new places.

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