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Wave Gen 1 app: does the app sync with monitors using Bluetooth in the background?
Wave Gen 1 app: does the app sync with monitors using Bluetooth in the background?

Wave Gen 1 (formerly Airthings Wave) app background Bluetooth syncing information

Updated over a week ago

As of April 2024 - Before getting started, ensure you are using the right Airthings app today for your products by reading this article here.

The short answer is that it depends.

First of all, "background refresh" for the app must be turned on in the system settings.

It also very much depends on what device you are using to sync with your Wave monitor, Wave Mini, or Wave Plus. Android or iOS? Android 9/10/11/12? Samsung Note or Galaxy? The Bluetooth capabilities are dependent on multiple factors.

  • Apple does not allow scanning for Bluetooth in background, but sometimes allows a direct connection. If an app runs too long in background, it runs less frequently or is suspended by iOS. However, this seems to vary across iOS versions.

  • On Android, background operation is scheduled when app opens, but you must ensure all relevant background settings have been enabled. However, if a phone is restarted without app opened again, there is no background sync scheduled.
    Android requires users to allow background execution in settings, but behavior/success depends to some degree on manufacturer, which all have their own power saving modes.

If you are interested in this topic, you should know about View monitors or Airthings Hub! They bring all of your devices* online, and remove the need to sync via Bluetooth. Data will always be available from anywhere with down to 5 minutes sampling intervals.

*compatible with the Wave Radon, Wave Mini and Wave Plus

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