About MicroBot Cloud.
When you first download the MicroBot app to authenticate your device, you are prompted to enter an email. The email you choose will be the email associated with your MicroBot Cloud account. Any paired MicroBots on your device will be paired to this MicroBot Cloud account and MicroBots can only be tied to one cloud account at a time.
How to add a second phone or tablet.
To access your existing MicroBots from a second device, all you need to do is download the MicroBot app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Once downloaded, simply enter in the same email address associated with your MicroBot Cloud account on the other device. You will not need to pair the MicroBots again, as it is all tied to that account. After you've done that, you'll be able to access your MicroBots from multiple devices.
If you do not see your MicroBots after signing into the second device, double check the email address listed at the bottom of your left bar navigation under Hubs. The MicroBot Cloud account email is case sensitive. Authorize the new device through the email address associated with your MicroBot Cloud. You can do this from anywhere and once authorized, the new device will take you through the first time launch when prompted and follow the instructions.
How MicroBots connect.
MicroBots connect to a local device (i.e. smartphone, tablet or our Hub M - coming soon! - through Bluetooth). If you set up multiple smartphones or tablets, MicroBots will automatically *jump* from one device to another based on the best signal.
The local device then connects to the cloud (MicroBot Cloud) through WiFi, cellular or other means like satellite.
The device that says *remote* in the dashboard is the one connecting remotely (via the cloud). The device that says *direct* (or if it does not say *remote*) is your local device. By adding a second device, you are adding what we call a *soft hub*.
A note on using a second smartphone as a hub.
Each smartphone OS has a specific policy that forces an app to terminate after a given amount of time has passed in order to save the smartphone's battery. Specifically, iOS products (iPhones & iPads) will stop apps from running in the background. One work around is to leave the app open and the screen ON. There may still be limitations on each smartphone or tablet related to Bluetooth and WiFi chipsets. This means that performance in terms of wireless connection (Bluetooth/WiFi) will vary from device to device.
Android devices do not have the same issues of "turn off apps running in the background" but we recommend some setting tweaks (e.g. turn off automatic OS updates, app updates, etc.). These tweaks differ phone by phone, and it's impossible to cover all different Android versions. At a minimum, we recommend that you make sure your phone will not reboot from automatic OS updates. For more information on the pros and cons of using a smartphone or tablet as a soft hub please see this article.
The magical internet of things.
The incredible thing that happens when you activate a MicroBot and multiple devices is that all the data goes to the cloud and back within nano-seconds. If you have a second device set-up, change the name in one and it will update in the other. All the data is stored safely and securely in the cloud. It also allows for remote access, and for third party integrations like Alexa, Home, IFTTT and Webhooks. MicroBot Cloud made by MiB IoT, an end-to-end IoT platform centered around Bluetooth technology.