I can report that the Arlo android app isn't working well with Geofencing either. The app keeps crashing (still) and geofencing hasn't worked on the past couple of version updates. I agree it is falsely advertised and I would be exercising my right to a refund shortly. I also can report that with a second authorised phone, it's also not working well. I want it to work, it was working previously (pre-Feb 2018) and I was happy with it then. It all went down hill recently.
Netgear doesn't seem to care either. Reached out to them via public facebook posts, facebook PMs, here, live chat and email. I'm extremely dissatisfied with their response and lack of a resolution.
My wifes new iphone was not recognised (unavailable). I went to her Arlo app and allowed Location services permissionon the Arlo app. Fixed it! Now on my phone, her phone says "In Zone"
We have two Google Pixel XL phones. Both have personalized phone names with only letters and no spaces. The primary phone shows up in the list with the correct name and works with geofencing. The second phone shows up as the default phone name "Pixel XL" instead of the personalized name and always shows "Unavailable" as its status. I've reset the camera and started over with granting access and geofencing settings, but it still doesn't work.
I managed to figure out why our second Android phone's location was not working. Others have mentioned settings such as making sure that location permissions have been enabled for the Arlo app. There are at least a few other settings on the phone that might prevent the Arlo app from being able to update/report the device's location for geofencing.
Battery saver mode might be one of them. If it's on, try turning it off and see if that solves it. Data saver mode might be another one. In data saver mode, some apps are not allowed to use background data. You have to either disable data saver mode or enable unrestricted data specifically for the Arlo app.
Once I fixed this, the device name also showed up correctly in the geofencing device list.
I verified that location preference is set to “Always” for her. I even renamed her iPhone to get rid of the apostrophe, although I did not do the same for me so that is something left to try but I have little hope.
I don’t know what it is with Netgear products, they have such great potential but just leave support on the floor once they are released. My Orbi’s are the same way, it’s been 2 years and we still don’t have proper QoS support.
Note that I wasn’t being prompted in my wife’s arlo app to enable location services until I temporarily gave her admin privileges and then had her go into the geofencing mode. Once location services was enabled I removed admin.
Netgear managed to fix geofencing for about 8 weeks (until this week that is). Geofencing worked perfectly and just when I started to rely on it (wow, a feature that they sold the product on actually worked, wonders will never cease to amaze me!), no another epic fail!. Second device showing out of zone continually...... what a peice of junk!!...
this is also happening to me and my wifes phone. i am in Austrlaia and works fine. My wife and the camera is in Hong Kong and her phone is now showing Unavailable and yet was working okay previously.
Did not see which phones you have but what I will suggest is to go to the location services on the phone that constantly shows unavailable, find the arlo app and verify that it is set to "always". If it is already set you should toggle it to never and then back on again. On the iPhone go to Privacy>Location Services>Arlo app. This is where you toggle it. On the Android phone if is a bit different so this may not be as precise on the particulars. Go to Settings>Goodle Settings>Location>Arlo>Permissions and verify that Location is turned on. In a couple of cases, it required toggled location services off on the entire phone but usually just toggling the app fixed it. To be on the safe side, you should sign out of the app and back in once you do this on the affected phone.
I am trying to get this working on my husband's Samsung Galaxy 8S phone and can't even get geofencing to show as an option in modes. I know that is probably the first problem, but need some guidance to even get it to the point of using for both phones. Also how can I cull the list of enabled phones?
Not sure what you have configured or how many phones ar involved so it is a bit hard to tell. In general, the only thing you need to do to remove a pone for consideration to be active on geo-fencing is to uncheck the box for it in "mode > geo-fencing > enabled devices". If you have other entries that are there but not active, they should not cause up problem. The only way to totally remove them from view is to perform a factiry reset on the base station. As for your husbands, phone you need to provide more information. For example, has he set up an Arlo login and had you grant him access to the Arlo system under settings. Sorry, but that is all I can think of without knowing more information.
It just to work. This product is useless. I’m ready to trash it and get something that works for way less money. Both iPhone 11’s on Verizon.
My iPhone 10s max was taking longer than normal to update my location for geofence. Then realized it’s not until I opened my app that it updated. My location settings are all correct, set to “always”.
Also, my secondary phone on it, my wife’s, doesn’t seem to update at all sometimes. When I toggle it off and on again in geofence, I get “unavailable”. I tried deleted the apps on both phones, hard booting and installing the apps again. Only then, it updates her location, but it doesn’t switch to “out of zone” when she leaves. It sticks to “in zone”. Once again, tried to toggle off and on again, then get the “unavailable” problem.
Not sure if this is recent problems with iOS 13.2.3? Seems to me that it’s pretty recent though... everything was working fine up until around a week ago.
Anybody else having similar issues with geofence lately?
@Dbensette Yes - for about the same length of time I am suddenly having the same issues with geofencing and my wife and I's iPhones..... I have the XS Max and she has the X - both on 13.2.3....
I've completely removed her as an authorized user, deleted both apps from our phones, reinstalled apps, re-added her as an authorized user, re-setup geofencing, resetup permissions and set both phones to "always allow" in location settings..... It will work fine for like 12 hours then suddenly my wife will be at the house and her phone shows up as "unavailable" - and it arms the system.... I've got 2 base's - a SmartHub and a VMB4000 - both of the base stations arm the system at the same time when my wife's phone suddenly falls off the geofencing grid.
We've been getting a bunch of pointless recordings on the indoor cameras and wasting batteries on those because of this....
God forbid it takes 8 months to address this like it did the first time it happened and they recently fixed it....
They’ve done it again, every App update, will caused more issues than fix, especially if you use Geofencing
I've mix devices in my setup, iOS and Android, the latest update broke something....
here are problems I encountered after updated to the latest App (all iOS & Android devices are updated to latest avilable firmware)
Arlo iOS App - 2.11.1 - 22nd November 2019 - iPhone6s+, iPhone8, iPadAir2
App will logout/crash unexpectedly, system mode tab in App not in sync with previos setting.
iOS App not able to maintain device in log-in state, it will logout by itself somehow.
Arlo Android App - 2.11.1 - 22nd November 2019 - this is on my Main/Master device, Galaxy Note10+
App will logout/crash unexpectedly, system mode screen tab in App shows nothing/white screen, Library tab in App showing a image of one of the camera on the backgroun of the top timeline bar. (see below)