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Auto Start with MagicTrip™ on Android

When set on MagicTrip™, mLog automatically detects your mobile device's movement, starts, which either starts or stops mileage tracking.

Here are a few tips for using MagicTrip™:

  1. Clear GPS reception is an essential element to accurate mileage capture. Assuring your device has a clear line of sight to the sky will help increase the mileage tracking precision. Adjusting mLog's responsiveness can help offset poor GPS reception. If you have determined that you have a poor GPS reception due to your device positioning or because you have an older phone, you can set MagicTrip™ to More Responsive, which will cause the GPS to be active more frequently. Keep in mind that this option will consume more battery. To adjust your responsiveness settings go to Menu > Auto Start On > Responsiveness.

  2. You can adjust the Speed Threshold, or the vehicle speed at which mLog automatically starts recording a trip. By default, a trip is started once your mobile device detects movement over 5 mph. The Speed Threshold can be adjusted from the mLog Trips by selecting Menu > Auto Start On > Speed Threshold. The trip origin or from address is auto-corrected from the original starting point from when mLog first detected movement.

  3. You can also adjust the Timeout setting, which automatically stops trips. When mLog detects no movement for 5 minutes (default setting), the trip is automatically stopped. To adjust the Timeout setting, go to  Menu > Auto Start On > Timeout.

  4. You can manually stop a trip by opening mLog and selecting the red “Stop Trip” button on the Trips page.

  5. A short cut to stopping a MagicTrip™ is using the mLog 2×2 widget. The mLog widget will allow the user to change a trip activity or type, adjust the odometer, or stop a trip.

  6. mLog will automatically complete a running trip to conserve battery after GPS has detected that the phone or device is idle for 5 minutes.

  7. If there is a difference of one or two miles, this could be due to the phone or device's GPS limitations. If the phone or device is older, we recommend changing the responsiveness; keep in mind that this setting will use more battery.

MagicTrip™ Troubleshooting

If MagicTrip™ is not working, try these tips:


  1. Open mLog from the home, or Trips, page and select Menu > Auto Start On > System Permissions. Confirm the settings all have checkmarks.

  2. On Android 6 or above, open Android Settings > Apps > Google Play Services > Permissions > Location. Make sure Location is set to ON.

  3. At times rebooting the phone or device will fix the issue.

  4. Check for an update in the Google Play store.

  5. Monitor mileage tracking status by adding the mLog widget (2×2 size) to the Android home screen. Watch the video explaining how: