Phone Setup

Foal App highly recommends the following phones. These phones have been tested to ensure the best reliability, battery life and value.

  • LG Nexus 5X - approximately 24 to 36 hours battery life
  • Motorola Moto E4 - approximately 24 to 36 hours battery life

Foal App has also tested and supports the following phones. However these phones do not perform as well as our recommended models.

  • iPhone (5 or newer) - approximately 4 to 8 hours battery life
  • Samsung Galaxy (S4 or newer)  - approximately 24 to 36 hours battery life when used on OS7 and OS8
  • Sony Xperia (Z2 or newer) - approximately 24 to 36 hours battery life when used on OS7 and OS8
  • HTC M (7 or newer) - approximately 24 to 36 hours battery life when used on OS7 and OS8

Foal App may also work on other models, however fault free use is not guaranteed. Foal App does NOT recommend using the following models as they are NOT reliable.

  • Samsung Galaxy J1

Due to Apple privacy restrictions, iPhones must stay unlocked and awake while monitoring is on, to allow access to the camera. In order to ensure the phone stays awake and to maximise battery life we recommend the settings below. Once monitoring has been started guided access can be enabled by triple tapping the home button and tapping start. This stops the power button being accidentally pressed.

  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access > On
  • Settings > Display and Brightness > Auto-Lock > Never
  • Settings > Display and Brightness > Auto-Brightness > Off
  • Settings > Display and Brightness > Brightness > Minimum
  • Settings > Bluetooth > Bluetooth > Off

We recommend the below settings to optimise performance and battery life of Android OS5 phones. Due to differences between phones, detailed instructions are not included.

  • Bluetooth > Off
  • Brightness > Minimum
  • Auto-Lock >  Minimum

OS6 is the worst performing Android version and is not recommended, however the below settings will optimise performance and battery life of Android OS6 phones. Due to differences between phones, detailed instructions are not included.

  • Battery Optimisation > Off
  • Battery Optimisation > Foal App > Off
  • Bluetooth > Off
  • Brightness > Minimum
  • Auto-Lock >  Minimum

We recommend the below settings to optimise performance and battery life of Android OS7 phones. Due to differences between phones, detailed instructions are not included.

  • Battery Optimisation > Off
  • Battery Optimisation > Foal App > Off
  • Bluetooth > Off
  • Brightness > Minimum
  • Auto-Lock >  Minimum

Troubleshooting

Battery life is affected by many factors. You can see our recommended phone settings under the “Phone Setup” section of this page. Other factors which may cause a short battery life are poor network strength, an old phone, cold weather, frequent video usage etc.

If you are using an iPhone, ensure that the screen is on and unlocked. Our recommended phone settings seen here detail how to keep the iPhone unlocked. Due to Apple restrictions the camera cannot be accessed while the phone is locked. An unreliable internet connection can also cause this issue.

Most often a monitor will show no connection if it does not have a reliable internet connection. You can check your internet connection by trying to access a website from the phone, if you cannot access the internet neither can Foal App. Our testing has shown WiFi networks to be less reliable, so we recommend turning WiFi off if possible.

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