Use the phone app

To connect to jams and to push content to the board from Google Drive, you can use the Jamboard companion app on your phone.

Note: The phone app doesn’t have all the features available on the tablet app. And, you can’t use the phone app to edit jams. Learn more about the Jamboard tablet app.

Minimum device requirements

  • Android—Phone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later
  • Apple® iOS®—iPhone® running iOS 9 or later

Download the app

  • On an Android phone, download the app from the Play Store.
  • On an Apple iOS phone, download the app from the App Store®

Join a Jam

Join a nearby session
If you're near a Jamboard, you can join a session using Bluetooth®.
  1. Turn on Bluetooth® for your device.
  2. Open the Jamboard app.
  3. Tap Nearby Boards. The Jamboard app searches for and finds any boards nearby that are currently broadcasting.
  4. Tap the board name to join the live session.

    An alert is displayed at the top of the Jamboard that’s hosting the session.

  5. Ask someone by the board to tap Select Select to allow you to join the jam.
Join a remote session
If you’re not near a Jamboard, you can join a session remotely by using the board’s Jam code.
  1. Ask someone near the Jamboard to generate the Jam code, and send it to you. For details, see Host a live session.
  2. Tap Expand and then  Join Join Jam.
  3. Enter the Jam code and tap Connect

Share a jam

To let other people work on a jam with you, add them as collaborators. Then they can add content to a jam outside a live session. If you just want to allow others temporary access to a live session, then give them the Jam code or you can just share a screen shot of the frame.

Note: To share a jam with others in your domain, make sure your administrator turns on the Jamboard service.

Add more people to a jam
  1. Tap More More and then Add people.
  2. Enter an email address. An email is sent inviting them to join the jam.
Turn on access code
  1. Tap More More and then Add people.
  2. Tap On  On to generate a Jam code.

Anyone in your domain can join with this Jam code. You can turn off this option to disable Jam code.

The Jam code will expire in one day (24 hours).

Send a screenshot of a jam frame
Tap More More and then Share this frame as an image.

Add content to a jam

You can add notes and files to any live Jamboard session that you’re participating in. However, if you want to add content outside of a live session, the owner needs to save the jam and share it with you.

Add Drive content to a jam

Jamboards are often in shared or public places. For security reasons, they aren’t attached to a specific person’s G Suite account. Therefore, you can’t access Drive content directly from the Jamboard. To add Drive content to the board, you need to use the Jamboard app.

Common file types that you can push from a phone to a Jamboard include Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files, as well as Image files (PNG, JPEG, GIF) and PDFs.

  1. Open the Jamboard app.
  2. Open an existing jam or create a new one: tap + then New Jam
  3. Tap Add a Drive file Add a Drive file.
  4. Tap the file that you want to share. A preview of the file will appear in the Jam. Double-tap to view the pages of the file.
  5. Touch and drag the desired page to add a .png version of the page to your Jam.

Push a saved jam to the board

If you create a jam using the phone app or you’re the owner of saved jam, you can reopen it on the Jamboard to continue a discussion.

You can only push a jam to a board using Bluetooth®. Therefore you need to be near the Jamboard you want to use.

  1. Open the Jamboard app.
  2. From your My Jams list, tap the jam.
  3. Tap Push to board Push to board and select a nearby board.
  4. Ask someone at the board to tap the checkmark at the top of the screen to accept your jam.
Add a note to a jam
  1. On the tool palette, tap Insert note Insert note.
  2. Enter text in the note.
  3. Tap the checkmark at the top to add the note to your Jam.
  4. Double-tap a note to edit it.
Add a photo to a jam
  1. Open the Jamboard app.
  2. Open a Jam.
  3. Tap Take photo Take photo.
  4. Select the photos you want to add.
  5. Tap the checkmark to add the photos to your jam, or tap Take photo Take photo again to take a photo and add it to your jam.
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