While we’ve been working on the LEAF app and adding new features and polishing the app’s outsides, we’ve also been making some under-the-hood improvements that might have easily gone unnoticed by you. Well, in this post, we’d like to tell you more about them so that you could get the most out of your LEAF!
New improvements for the LEAF
As we’ve mentioned, we’ll focus on under-the-hood improvements, the things you can’t really see, but it will make your experience with the LEAF a lot more pleasant. So, let’s get to it then.
You might have noticed the blue card on your app’s home screen. It’s the one telling you to update your LEAF. This is not an update for the LEAF app, but for the LEAF itself. Every LEAF has it’s own firmware, think of it as a program that runs and manages your LEAF while you wear it. It’s the thing that tells your LEAF what’s a step and what’s not a step, that those last three minutes were deep sleep and not light, the thing telling it that it’s battery is three bars instead of four.
Once you press the “Update LEAF” button and complete the update, your LEAF will have a brand new firmware! You can check your current version by going into the LEAF app’s Settings > Status and your firmware version will be there. The latest and greatest firmware versions will be the one ending in f07 and this will improve your LEAF’s step and sleep tracking accuracy.
There are some caveats. In some cases you won’t see the card prompting you to update your LEAF. If that’s the case, your battery might be lower than necessary to complete it. We’re not saying low, but lower than necessary to successfully update your LEAF. So if we were you, we’d check the status of the LEAF’s battery and if necessary, go grab a new one and do the update to have the best LEAF possible.
Every once in a while, your sync might fail and you might have no idea why. Since syncing is the only way your LEAF app communicates with your LEAF, we wanted to make sure that this is as easy as possible and that there’s a minimal amount of those head-scratching moments where you have to re-do a sync.
Well, we believe that we’ve done it! This is one of the things that have been a long time in testing and are now available to all of you! The new settings should be downloaded to your app automatically as you sync your LEAF, but there are steps that you can do to ensure that you’re always up to date with the best possible software for your LEAF.
If you’re on iOS, don’t worry, simply have a strong internet connection and sync your LEAF a few times, the new settings will already be on your LEAF.
If you’re on Android it will take a few more steps, but then you’re set and you don’t have to think of it again! Go into your phone’s Settings > Accounts and Sync > Bellabeat and press the “Sync now” button. It may be hiding behind the three dots in the upper right corner so make sure to check there if you don’t see it right away. Once you’ve done that, turn on the auto-sync option for your Bellabeat account and you can be sure that all of your data is being backed up and that you’re receiving all the new settings for your LEAF.
After that, sync your LEAF successfully at least once and enjoy the benefits of all the subsequent worry-free syncs.
Last but not least, we’ve improved the LEAF’s accuracy. How did we do it? We’ve tweaked the tracking algorithms, of course! Now, every time that you change your LEAF from bracelet to necklace or clip or vice-versa, go into the LEAF app and change the LEAF’s placement during activity in the Settings to benefit the most out of the new improvements that we’ve made to the tracking algorithms. That way, your LEAF will adapt to the new position and track your steps as accurately as possible!
And if it seems that your LEAF is tracking too many or too few steps, go and check if the placement in the app corresponds the actual placement as this will really affect your results! And that’s it, you’re good to go and enjoy your new and improved LEAF! Happy stepping!