Relay is pretty simple. It does a lot of things with a few buttons, and that’s why we like it. But it can’t do everything all by itself. We’ve seen a lot of questions about the Relay companion app and its role in how Relay works—we’re here to explain the features and capabilities of the Relay app.
The Relay app is kind of like the command center for the Relay or group of Relays. Here are some of the things it can do.
Activation is a relatively simple process with Relay. First, you install the Relay app. Then, you turn on your new Relay and press the talk button. It will read you an activation code. Type that code into the companion app, submit it with a tap, and you’re good to go!
See Relay’s status
Sure, Relay will tell you its status when you tap the channel button, but it’s nice to have a visual for things like connectivity and battery level, especially if you’re keeping track of a few Relays at a time. From the app, you can see the cell or WiFi connectivity of all your Relays as well as see when their battery levels are getting low.
Connect Relay to WiFi
We frequently heard this question when we first announced Relay. How can a screenless device connect to WiFi? How can it type in a password? Well… It can’t. It needs a friend for that sort of thing. So you use the app to login to WiFi on the Relays’ behalf and then Relay will automatically connect whenever it’s in range.
Find your Relay
GPS is fairly commonplace in smartphones these days, and you can use it for directions, to find your lost phone, and more. With the Relay app, you can tap your Relay’s location on the map and your default directions app comes up with the address so you can get there fast. It is worth noting that the GPS feature is dependent on Relay’s cell or WiFi connectivity. If Relay is off or disconnected, its last known location shows in the companion app.
Talk to Relay
You want Relays for someone in your life…but maybe not for you? That’s ok, you can talk to your Relays through the app, too. When the Relay app is open, you can have real-time conversation as if you were holding another Relay. When you close the app (and are in a meeting, on the go, etc.) you won’t have the app blaring messages out of your phone. But if someone really needs to get in touch with you, the app will send you a notification.
Add new channels
We’re going to keep adding features to Relay. The cool thing about our channels is that they’re customizable. All of them are opt-in (disabled by default) and can be installed individually on specific Relay devices from the app. You can remove Relay channels through the app as well.
The Relay app is in the final stages of development for iOS and Android, which is why I don’t have pictures to show you. Hopefully, you will be seeing it in-person very soon.
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