Change the basemap

A basemap provides a background, or visual context, for the data in a map. For example, a basemap showing streets can provide context for your address data. ArcGIS for Power BI includes a selection of basemaps for you to use in your visualization.

When you first add an ArcGIS for Power BI visualization to your Power BI report, the default basemap is Light Gray Canvas. If you are signed in to your ArcGIS account, a different default basemap may be specified by your ArcGIS administrator. If your administrator has enabled the Basemap tool, you can change the basemap at any time; however, a basemap is always required and cannot be excluded. The basemap does not appear in the Layers list.

Enable the Basemap tool

As a report designer, you can enable the Basemap tool for consumers who will view and interact with the map. Changes to the basemap made by report consumers are active for the current session only; they are not saved with the map. The Basemap tool is turned off by default.

To enable the Basemap tool, click the Format button on the Visualization pane.

Format options

Switch the Basemap option to the on position. See Format the map visualization for detailed information

Choose a basemap

To change the basemap, do the following:

  1. From the map tools, click Basemap Basemap.

    Click the Map tools button Map tools to expand the tools.

    The Basemap pane appears, showing thumbnails of available basemaps.

    If you're using the standard ArcGIS for Power BI that comes with Power BI, you can choose from four basic basemaps. If you sign in using your ArcGIS account, you have access to all the basemaps in your organization in addition to the standard basemaps.

  2. Scroll through the Esri gallery to find an appropriate basemap.
  3. Click a basemap to select it.

    The map automatically updates to the new basemap.

Basemap considerations

Keep the following in mind when changing the basemap.

Vector tile basemaps

If you are signed in using your ArcGIS account, ArcGIS for Power BI uses the default basemap established by your organization. If your organization's default basemap is a vector tile basemap and your browser doesn't support vector tile layers, the default basemap will be replaced with the standard Light Gray Canvas raster basemap.