Last updated: September 16, 2018

FAQ

Use ooono to receive and share warnings about speed cameras and road hazards on the road ahead. Share your observations and confirm the warnings you get when you see them. In that way we help each other here and across Europe to lower the speed in high risk road stretches.

What is an ooono traffic alarm?

The ooono traffic alarm is a small electronic, wireless button for the car. It warns you about speed traps and road hazards. The warnings sounds and blinks about 30 seconds before the point of interest.

To confirm an alarm to the database you press once on ooono. If it turns out to be false alarm you do nothing. If you see a speed trap or road hazard without warning this means you are the first on the spot. Is it a speed trap, then you press ooono once and if it is a road hazard you double click ooono. Road hazards are queue, accidents, road constructions, lost goods, animals on the road or pretty much anything that requires additional attention from you and your fellow drivers.

How does an ooono work?

ooono connects to the app “ooono connect” on your phone. ooono and the app exchanges data with multiple databases around Europe and has access to on of the largest networks of its kind. ooono works because of the many dedicated drivers that all share their traffic sightings real time.

How do I connect ooono to my phone?

Ooono has an app “ooono connect”. It is free and you find it in Apple App Store (minimum iOS 9.3) and Google Play (minimum Android 4.4).

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on your phone.
  2. Open the app “ooono connect” and follow the guide.
  3. Place ooono close to your phone.
  4. Hold down the button on ooono for 5-7 seconds, till it bibs and blinks. Let go of the button.
  5. ooono will now connect automatically to your phone via Bluetooth.
  6. From now on ooono and your phone will automatically connect when you start driving. (as long as Bluetooth is turned on)

Settings you should check if your ooono does not connect

If your ooono does not automatically connect when you start driving it may just be a few settings in your phone that needs changing.

Generally, remember to turn on:

  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile data
  • Location

iPhone:

Update app in the background.

Make sure that apps can update in the background. This setting can be found in “settings and general”.

It is very important that Location services are set to “always”. These settings are found under “Settings and anonymity”.

Android:

Power and battery management

Android is available in many versions and many different brands of phones. Each Android version and each mobile brand have their own version of power / battery management.

This can be found under settings and may be overall or for each app and may e.g. called something like device management, power management or battery optimization.

Make sure that the “ooono connect” app is NOT subject to power / battery management.

Both:

Sometimes the phones may need some cleanup in the settings after updating the operating system – or generally before connecting ooono. Here it is important to follow the order very accurately.

  1. First, uninstall the app “ooono connect”
  2. Then RESTART the phone. It’s important to reboot, instead of just turning off and on, as the phone clears old settings at restart. It does not do so if turned off and on.
  3. Then afterwards the phone must be turned off and on, to be sure it is cleared of everything it had to do with ooono.
  4. Now turn off the ooono device by holding down the button for approx. 20 seconds until you hear one long beep.
  5. Download and install the app “ooono connect”.
  6. Be sure that the “ooono connect” app receives the rights it requests and is ALWAYS allowed to use location.
  7. If you have Android, add “ooono connect” app to the list of protected apps or allow the “ooono connect” app to ignore battery optimization, depending on which version of Android you have.
  8. Open the app “ooono connect”.
  9. Hold down the ooono button for 5-7 seconds until it beeps and flashes, then release the button

Now the phone and ooono should connect after a very short period of time and automatically connect in the future.

Is ooono safe and legal to use?

Yes! ooono is completely legal to use. Ooono is also safe to use because you always keep your eyes on the road. The beep and blink warning are easy to perceive when driving, and when you need to confirm or report an event, there is only one button to press.

ooono increases focus on speed and hazarders situations on the road. By sharing your experiences with fellow drivers, you constantly help raise awareness in high-risk areas.

How do I adjust the alarm sound level?

The volume of ooono alarms is by default set to maximum, but it is possible to select one of two lower settings or to turn off the alarm sound so that only the light is visible. For example, if you are driving with sleeping children at night or just like the silence. Only the alarm sound is set, the other sounds cannot be adjusted, but they are designed to be as subtle as possible.

To adjust the volume of the alarms, go to Settings in the app by scrolling down to the bottom of the screen and make your choice. The app remembers your choice until the next time you change it.

How do I avoid alarms on road hazards?

If you are only interested in one type of alarm, you can choose the one under settings in the app. The app remembers your choice until the next time you change it.

How long does the battery in my ooono last?

The battery is a 3V CR2450 lithium button cell battery. It typically lasts about 1 years, depending on usage, driving pattern and activity. Once you need a new battery, it can be purchased in most electronics stores and supermarkets and is relatively inexpensive.

What does the light and sound from my ooono mean?

The light in ooono could be all colors, but to avoid unnecessary confusion we have picked only three; green, blue and red that is. The green light shows when ooono turns on, connects and is connected (green status flashing). Red light shows when driving but not connected, loses connection and when ooono goes out. In addition, red light shows in connection with road hazards and upon confirmation. The blue light only shows with speed traps and confirmation. We have made the sounds clear and subtle, so you hear them but without seeming presumptuous. The alarm sound is by far the most intrusive of all the sounds, but it is possible in the app to turn down the volume if desired.

Important iPhone settings and problem-solving

iPhone settings:

If you experience problems with ooono not automatically connecting to your iPhone while driving, then check the settings below and correct them.

Remember;

Bluetooth must be turned on

Mobile data must be turned on

A.

Update the app in the background

  1. Options
  2. General
  3. Update in background
  4. Update in Background -> On (Wi-Fi and Mobile Data)
  5. The app ooono must be turned on (the slider must be green)

B.

local Services

  1. Options
  2. Anonymity
  3. Local Services
  4. Local services to (green slider)
  5. Scroll down to the ooono app and select “Always”

C.

Uninstall the ooono connect app and restart the phone.

  1. Restart iPhone 6S and earlier by holding down the start- and Home button at the same time until an Apple logo appears on a black background.
  2. Restart iPhone 7 and later by holding down the start and volume down buttons at the same time until an apple logo appears on a black background.
  3. Locate ooono connect in the App Store and install it.
  4. Set Location to >> Always Allow <<
  5. Be sure to allow app update in the background.

Important Android settings and problem-solving

Generally, most Android phones, have some kind of power / battery management. You have to make sure that ooono connect is NOT subject to that, as ooono may have difficulties or may not be able to connect at all. This can be found under settings and may be a general setting or individual for each app.

HUAWEI settings:

  1. Phones with Android 6
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Select Advanced Settings.
  4. Select Battery Management.
  5. Select Protected Apps.
  6. Select ooono connect as a protected app.

Phones with Android 7:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Apps/Applications.
  3. Select Settings in the small popup menu at the bottom of the image.
  4. Select Special Access.
  5. Select Ignore Battery Optimizations.
  6. Select All Apps (Press Blue Arrow).
  7. Select ooono connect and select Allow.

Phones with Android 8

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Apps/Applications.
  3. Scroll down the list and select “ooono connect”.
  4. Select Battery.
  5. Select Start.
  6. In the pop-up, slide slider to the left next to Manage Auto to disable.
  7. Run slider to the right of Auto Start, Secondary Start and Run in the Background, to activate the three.
  8. Select OK.
  9. On most Samsung phones you must enter two places (both places are important to correct):
  10. Unattended Apps:
  11. Settings
  12. Unit Maintenance
  13. Battery
  14. Scroll down and tap “unattended apps”
  15. Add apps
  16. Locate “ooono connect” and tick it out
  17. Press “Done” at the top.

Unapproved app:

  1. Options
  2. Apps
  3. Tap 3 small dots in the right corner
  4. Special access
  5. Optimize battery usage
  6. Select All Apps under the small arrow to the left of Apps not optimized
  7. Find ooono connect and drag the slider to the left so the app is not selected.

On many OnePlus phones it may look like this:

  1. Options
  2. Battery
  3. Battery Optimization
  4. Select “ooono connect” and set it to “do not optimize” in the popup window
  5. Done.

In which countries does ooono work?

Ooono traffic alarm works in all the European countries:

Andorra

Belgium

Bosnia Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Cyprus

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Greece

Netherlands

Belarus

Ireland

Iceland

Italy

Croatia

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxemburg

Malta

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

United Kingdom

Sweden

Czech Republic

Germany

Hungary

Austria

Does ooono 1 work with the new app?

Yes, it works as usual, but still only has blue light and sound

What does ooono 1 alarms sound like?

ooono has different sounds; when it connects, when it is disconnected, when it warns of a photo trap, etc.

Listen to the different sounds of ooono 1 here