I do lots of inspections in rural areas, where there is no cell service. When I don’t have cell service, the mobile app stops working, and automatically starts over at the opening page (manage, sync, or open), several times during the inspection. It has no problem starting again, but re-starts 25 or 30 times during the inspection.
It’s frustrating and adds time to my inspection. It only occurs when I have no cell service. I didn’t think running the app required cell service?
Anybody else have this issue, and is there a fix in place, or in the works?
Yes, I believe you’re right Ian, but a strange coincidence it only happens when there’s no cell service. I’ll try re-starting it next time. I was scared of losing the inspection, but as you said, it always starts right back up, but when it does go down, it’s consistent each time a new area of the inspection is opened.
I think Bob is on the right track. First, HIP doesn’t even look for the Internet unless you’re uploading or downloading. When you have no or a weak signal the battery does drain much faster and the phone heats up more as it’s constantly checking for signal, and other apps that are trying to connect keep draining things as well (i.e. Facebook). That extra processor drain could be causing apps to crash.
To test this out, next time you have a bad signal, put your phone in airplane mode and see if it acts any different. Also, make sure that all apps except for HIP are closed.
Make sure you also have HIP set to save after every item, instead of section (under Settings tab).
I use a Galxy S7 and close every app after use and I can make about 16 hours before a battery recharge.
I just ordered two new mobile devices and plan on trying mobile one more time my son and I are going to try the merge don’t know if we are going to do pic on site or add on the desk top have not decided yet as the best approach.
I do know I am sick to death of spending all my time writting reports
The key with mobile, as I’m discovering, is to restructure your templates to the way you inspect on site.
Once can eliminate a lot of jumping around in the app by combining or separating sections so that it flows for how your brains thinks on site and not getting hung up on how your template is currently laid out.
For example, I moved foundation vent screens from the foundation section to the exterior section since I’m usually looking at the screens while inspecting the exterior.
I got tired of having to go to “Interior” then scroll down to “smoke detector” every time I made an observation about smoke or CO detectors. Sure, it makes sense smoke detectors are a sub-section of interior, but it didn’t flow right to me on site, so I made smoke detectors it’s own section. And because it’s comes right after interior section, it doesn’t look any different when I generate the report this way.
I’ve got a list of further changes I want to make that will help me flow better on site with less jumping around.
But of course, what works for one person may not work for the next, so you really have to set up for the way YOU think.