There are two ways to record your tracks and mileage data in MESH Tracks. You can manually start and stop GPS recording, or let auto recording do its job.
Manual recording is available when you start the app. Don't forget to set your vehicle, and choose if your trip is business or personal. If you forget to do this, you can change it during or after your recording. Once you tap 'Start recording' you can leave the app to do other work on your device. You will see the icon in your status bar, this indicates the app is still recording.
Auto recording is a powerful feature in MESH Tracks. When turned on, it is recording all your trips. There are three auto-recording modes:
- On Move records only when your vehicle is exceeding a defined speed (default is 10 km/h). This is our recommended auto recording mode.
- On Charger begins recording anytime the device is charging. This option is best for people who insert their device into a car phone holder or charger every time they enter their vehicle.
- On Bluetooth begins recording when the device is connected to specific Bluetooth devices. This option works best when driving Bluetooth-enabled vehicles where your mobile device is automatically set to connect to the vehicle.
Auto recording settings
After installation, MESH Tracks is set-up with commonly used settings and ready for use. You don't need to change anything, and we recommend that you don't unless you are experienced with the app. If you prefer to customize your settings you can do so through the settings menu. The 'Auto Recording' setting is found by tapping the MESH Tracks menu bar on your device and selecting Settings, then Auto Record.
Auto recording action
Here you can choose the action on which auto recording starts. The default option is 'On move'. This option automatically determines if you are moving or not, and starts recording. If the phone is standing still it saves the battery by turning off unused mobile resources like GPS. Other options are Manual, On charger, and On bluetooth as described above.
Max waiting time
We added a new feature to account for stopping at traffic lights. Max waiting time allows you to decide how long the app should wait until it ends a track. The default value is 2 minutes, but you can change this from 30 seconds to one hour.
Min moving speed
A common question we get is: “I take my phone with me away from the car. How do you know when I am driving?”. The 'Min moving speed' option allows you to decide if you want to track your 'non driving' tracks. The default value is 10 km/h (6.20 mph). The app only starts recording a new track when the speed exceeds this value. You can change it from 1 to 50 km/h (0.60 – 31.00 mph).
Battery life enhancement
We mentioned this feature earlier and we're proud of it. By using your devices' available, non battery consuming, sensors we know if the vehicle is moving or not. Turning off high battery consumers, like GPS, will save your battery.
Allowed bluetooth devices
This setting allows users to define which bluetooth devices MESH Tracks will connect with to start auto recording. If no device is selected, MESH Tracks will record any device connected to bluetooth.
Calculate missing mileage
Sometimes, GPS signals are lost throughout the day, even when auto recording is on. For example, you've parked in underground parking, and the signal isn’t available until you get out of the building and start driving. The 'Calculate missing mileage' feature, when turned on, automatically calculates the missing data from the point you lose GPS signal until it’s available again.