Pretty sure this update has messed with my iPhone as presence sensor. Can’t be sure though. May be a coincidence but before the update my presence was fine. Wife’s phone hasn’t updated and we left the house today and only her phone registered as leaving.
God I wish I had a better ( local ) way to do this.
To answer that, it helps to understand how this app works…
Most computer O/S’s maintain a table of known IPs and MAC addresses from the network, commonly referred to as an ARP table. My phonetracker app sends a periodic message to your phone which is intended to ‘force’ it to make itself known on the network - and therefore ensuring that it gets listed in the local ARP table. The app then examines the ARP table on a periodic basis and if the IP of your phone is listed, it sends a message to the Edge driver to set your SmartThings presence device to ‘present’. If it is not found in the ARP table, it sends a message to the Edge driver to set the device to ‘not present’.
So back to your question, it all depends on your phone’s connection to the network. If your iPhone is updating, it probably will disconnect from the network for some period and this may get reflected in your SmartThings presence device. It depends on for how long your phone is offline and if its entry gets dropped from the ARP table.
If you reboot your wifi router, then it depends on how quickly your computer O/S sees that and removes wifi entries from its ARP table. If the devices pretty quickly are reconnected, it’s possible they may never drop from the ARP table.
I use these routines for each phone for presence.They are Not local.
VP x is a virtual presence device and I then have routines for each phone one for on and one for off, someone is present, no one is present, all phones are present, and no phones are present. When an entry point is opened all VP x’s are turned on which forces a presence check All of these are local and it has been working without any issues since I set it up.
If this is something that you want to try but don’t quite follow what I described I could post my routines
Yeah just did that. I think this might be the correct phone but I no longer see my presence device within the ST app. Did we ever see that? Maybe the ones I seen previous were the life 360 ones? Confused.
When a device is chosen for presence through the official features (and it is the device which was running the app where you made the selection), there’s no longer any indicator in the app itself, which is actually pretty annoying.
The only thing that happens is that it shows up as an option for “member location“ when you create a routine.
OK, you can’t get those back in the new architecture. You can create a virtual device to serve as a proxy for presence, and then it will show in the app. A lot of people do that. But you’ll have to have a routine to turn it on, and a routine to turn it off.
Yeah I’m not too fussed about having the icons back.
My iPhone presence isn’t currently working for now ever since this new iOS update.
I’ve correctly created the correct routines but they are not triggering when I leave now.