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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 live session

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 access code.
  1. Ask someone the Jamboard to generate the access code, and send it to you. For details, see Working with other people.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Join Jam
  3. Enter the access code and tap Join

Share a jam

To let other people work on a jam with you add them as collaborators. They can then 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 access code or you can just share a screen shot of the frame.

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 turn link sharing on.

Anyone in the company domain can join with this access code. You can turn off this option to disable access code.

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.

Note: Once you add content, you can't change it or reposition it. To change it, use the tablet app or Jamboard.

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.
  3. Tap Add a Drive file Add a Drive file.
  4. Tap the file that you want to share. If you're in a live session, the file appears on the Jamboard.

    (Optional) If the file has multiple pages, the person at the board can pull out and expand a single page from the file.

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 confirm 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 Return to add your note and start a new note.
  4. Tap anywhere in the frame when you’re done.
Add a photo to a jam
  1. Open the Jamboard app.
  2. Open an existing Jam.
  3. Tap Take photo Take photo.
  4. Select the photos you want to add.

    Note: You can add the photos to a frame, but you can’t edit them in any way. To reposition the photos in the frame, you'll need to edit the jam using the tablet app or the Jamboard. Learn more about the tablet app and using Jamboard.

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