Note: This new feature is only available on our latest tracker model, the Tractive GPS DOG 4 / GPS DOG LTE. We would love to get your feedback if you are using this feature!
On the latest version of the Tractive GPS tracker, you can now enjoy a longer battery life thanks to the Power Saving Zone feature. Read on to learn more about how it works.
What is a Power Saving Zone?
A Power Saving Zone is set up by connecting your tracker to a trusted WiFi network - like your home or work WiFi - and covers the same range as this WiFi network. Once set up, your tracker will automatically go into Power Saving Mode to extend battery life.
How can I set up a Power Saving Zone?
Note: You can only set up a Power Saving Zone with the Tractive GPS mobile app.
- If your tracker supports this feature, you will receive a tracker update containing the new Power Saving Zones.
- In the Tractive GPS mobile app, go to Profile > Tracker > Power Saving Zones to set up a new zone.
- The app will show that the tracker is scanning for nearby WiFi networks. Select a WiFi network to use for the Power Saving Zone. It’s recommended to choose a trusted network for a place where your pet spends a lot of time. Please note that it is not possible to use the Power Saving feature with a hidden network (if the SSID is not visible).
- Drag the pin on the map to mark the center of the WiFi network area. By default, this is set to the current location of your tracker.
- Give the new Power Saving Zone a name. For example, 'Work WiFi' or 'Home WiFi'.
- Save the Power Saving Zone.
Your tracker will now recognize that WiFi network as a Power Saving Zone and go into Power Saving Mode as soon as it enters this area.
What happens once my tracker is in Power Saving Mode?
Once your pet and the tracker are detected within the Power Saving Zone, the tracker will go into Power Saving Mode. Below is an example of what you will see in the app when your pet is inside a Power Saving Zone:
There will be a small WiFi icon near your pet's position on the map to indicate that the location is associated with the WiFi network/Power Saving Zone.
While in Power Saving Mode, the GPS tracker will no longer report regular GPS positions. Instead, every few minutes, the tracker will check to make sure it is still within the Power Saving Zone. If you check the GPS & Network Connection when in a Power Saving Zone, the LED will flash white twice.
In case your pet leaves a Power Saving Zone, GPS localization will become active again immediately.
Note: LIVE Tracking may be temporarily disabled while the tracker is in Power Saving Mode. Not to fear: your pet is in a safe place and battery life is being saved for when you need it most.
If your tracker is within Bluetooth range of your phone, you can also use Find Mode to help you locate your pet while in Power Saving Mode. Furthermore, when in a Power Saving Zone, the Light and Sound features will only be available when the tracker is within Bluetooth range of your phone.
Your tracker will also continue to record Activity Monitoring data while in a Power Saving Zone and you can complete the sync of this data as normal.
What are the requirements to use the Power Saving Zone feature?
In addition to the tracker and firmware requirements mentioned above, in order to use the Power Saving Zone feature, the following conditions must be met:
- Your tracker must be turned on, connected to the mobile network, and within a local WiFi range.
- Your mobile phone or tablet must have an active internet connection.
Does my phone need to be inside a WiFi area to set up a Power Saving Zone?
No, your phone does not need to be inside the WiFi area - it only needs to have an active internet connection. However, the tracker must be within the range of the WiFi network.
Can I set up multiple Power Saving Zones?
Yes, you can add up to 5 Power Saving Zones for each tracker.
Do I need a different Power Saving Zone for each of my pet's trackers?
Yes, Power Saving Zones are set up for one tracker at a time. In case you have multiple pets, you’ll need to set up a Power Saving Zone for each tracker that you’d like to make use of this feature.
Where can I manage my existing Power Saving Zones?
In the Tractive GPS mobile app, go to Profile > Tracker > Power Saving Zones to view and edit all existing Power Saving Zones. There, you can change the location or name of any Power Saving Zone, delete or add new Power Saving Zones.
If you delete a Power Saving Zone, you must leave the Power Saving Zone for your tracker to recognize this. Once you have left the Power Saving Zone, you will no longer see this zone in the app.
Can I set up a Power Saving Zone in the Tractive GPS web app?
No, it is only possible to set up a Power Saving Zone in the Tractive GPS mobile app. Once the Zones are set up, you will be able to see if your pet is in a Power Saving Zone on the map in both the mobile and web app.
My WiFi network was not found - why?
At this time, only 2.4 GHz networks are supported in the Power Saving Zone feature. 5 GHz networks will not be recognized by the Tractive GPS app.
How can I remove a Power Saving Zone?
If you would like to remove a Power Saving Zone, log in to the Tractive GPS mobile app and tap Profile followed by Tracker. Scroll down to the Power Saving Zone and press Edit. Choose the Power Saving Zone you wish to remove, tap the trash icon in the top right-hand corner and confirm that you'd like to remove the Power Saving Zone. If you'd like to set the Power Saving Zone up again in the future, you can do this at any time in the app.
Once you have deleted a Power Saving Zone, you may need to leave the area where the Power Saving Zone was set up so that the tracker can begin reporting positions as normal again. One way of doing this is to take a short walk around the block with your tracker in your hand.
I'm worried about connecting to a WiFi network - will my data be safe?
The Tractive GPS tracker only detects the local WiFi network - it does not send any data over the network. It simply notices the WiFi network nearby as an additional way to determine your pet's location. No personal data is shared over the WiFi network.