Using the Companion App

Overview

Video Tutorial

This Article will go over how to pair the AudioMoth with the Companion App and what the app can be used for. In order to pair the AudioMoth with the app, make sure the AudioMoth has been updated to the most recent firmware and the settings have been configured

Getting Started

Make sure you have downloaded the Companion App from the Google Play Store. An Android device will be needed to run the app. Once downloaded, the app icon will look like the following:

Opening the app will lead to a display that looks like the following:

There are three options at the bottom of the app: map, + (add AudioMoth device), and Profile. The map allows you to look at your AudioMoth devices and where they are deployed in the world - you also have the ability to click on the search button added on top right-hand corner to search through all the sites in your project. The track button on the top left-hand corner allows you to track your location while deploying your AudioMoth device, so you can quickly retrieve your device later. There's also the ability to switch between multiple projects anytime - this includes any project you've created in Arbimon or those you've been added as a Contributor to. The profile section looks like the following: 

By pressing on Coordinates, the way coordinates are displayed can be changed. 

A color can be selected to label the group and then name the group by pressing on Location group at the top. Press save and it will be available in the next step when we add a device.

The + button is how a new AudioMoth is synced with the app and able to be deployed. Pressing on the + button, two options will be displayed. We will use the AudioMoth option.

Once that is selected, a setup checklist will appear. Before the device can be deployed, the deployment site needs to be set, synchronize app with AudioMoth, and photos added if desired. 

Setting the device's location is done by clicking on Set deployment site. To create a new site, click on Choose and click on Create a new site. Select new location by clicking on the map and dragging it to the desired location then click on Next. Fill in the Site name of where the AudioMoth is being deployed. This will automatically generate coordinates for the device, or the coordinates can be set manually. You can choose a previous site if you have created one before. The location group can be changed if so desired. Press next to sync your AudioMoth with the the app.

The app will walk through a series of steps to get the app and the AudioMoth device in sync. Make sure the AudioMoth was configured and given a recording schedule before trying to sync, otherwise you will encounter issues with the sync. The app will play a series of tones and the AudioMoth uses those tones to sync with the app. The LEDs on the side of the AudioMoth will change when the different audios are played by the app.

Step 1: Set your AudioMoth device to Off, and click on Begin Sync. 

Step 2: You should now hear a loud audio tone playing. If you can hear it, click on Yes.

Step 3: While the tone is still playing, switch your AudioMoth device from Off to Custom.

Step 4: You should be able to see a solid Red light and a flashing Green light. Click on Yes to confirm. 

Step 5: Move your phone near the AudioMoth device and make sure that there is no background noise. Click on Sync To AudioMoth and you will hear a loud tone playing. 

Step 6: Confirm that the Red light is not solid by clicking on Yes.

Your steps are complete now. 

Next, select the Add Deployment Photos. This step is optional, but may be helpful when trying to remember where exactly the AudioMoth was placed when it was deployed. Finally, you can click on Deploy. 

Now you will be directed back to the map. There will be a pin on the map where the AudioMoth was deployed. When the pin is selected, it will look like the following image.

By pressing See Detail, more information will be pulled up about that AudioMoth.


There will be a zoomed in map of the location of the AudioMoth, which can be edited if desired, or the AudioMoth can be deleted. This completes the syncing of the AudioMoth and the app! Once the AudioMoth has recorded some audio, the files can be uploaded into Arbimon and analyzed. 

Next we recommend checking out how to offload your audio from the AudioMoth to Arbimon.