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FAQ

Posted on 08 Sep 2014 0 comments


Q: HOW DOES SHOUTR WORK? IS IT MAGIC?

A: No it is not. We use standard Wi-Fi technology and some secret sauce.

Q: DO I NEED A NETWORK CONNECTION FOR SHOUTR TO WORK?

A: No! You don’t need Internet, nor a Wi-Fi hotspot or router. shoutr only needs you and your smartphones!

Q: IS SHOUTR SECURE?

A: All data you shout privately is protected by industry-standard AES encryption so nobody can eavesdrop on your transmissions.

Q: HOW BIG CAN THE FILES BE THAT I WANT TO SEND?

A: There is no size limit on stuff you can transfer – the receiver just needs enough disk space.

Q: OK, SO WHAT IS A PUBLIC SHOUT THEN?

A: If you choose to shout something with the attribute public, everybody around you will receive your message or content.

Q: WHERE ARE THE FILES I JUST RECEIVED?

A: They are in the standard ‘Downloads’ directory and can be accessed via the ‘Downloads’ system app. Media files can be accessed via the default Gallery app.

Q: WHY DOES THE APP NEED SO MANY PERMISSIONS?!?

A: shoutr can send a whole lot of different data – contacts, events, media, etc. For this, it needs to be able to access to corresponding data sources.


Q: IT DOES NOT SEEM TO WORK WITH MY DEVICE – WHAT CAN I DO?

A: Please try again and send feedback back to us via the side menu – the contained debug info will be extremely useful for fixing the problem!

Q: SHOUTR DOES NOT SEEM TO BE AVAILABLE FOR MY DEVICE – WHAT’S WRONG?

A: First of all, your device apparently needs WiFi. Then, there a some devices that exhibit non-standard WiFi behaviour that makes shoutr unreliable. Those include the Nexus 10, HTC One M8, Samsung Admire and Sony Xperia Z.

Q: HOW CAN I REDUCE BATTERY CONSUMPTION?

A: Easy! Just disable background scanning in the side menu. You will lose background notification of shouts though.

Q: WILL THERE BE AN APP FOR IPHONES AS WELL?

A: Unfortunately, Apple has some legal restrictions which make distributing a shoutr-like app on iOS extremely difficult.

Q: IS THERE A SHOUTR VERSION FOR DESKTOPS ?

A: Yes, there is a desktop version of shoutr currently in Beta phase for Linux. Windows and OS X coming!

Q: DO YOU PLAN TO OFFER AN API FOR OTHERS TO USE IN THEIR APPS?

A: Indeed we’re working on a software dev kit, there will be a first version soon™.

Q: I HAVE A COOL FEATURE SUGGESTION!

A: Feel free to contact us, either using the built-in feedback function or to feedback@shoutr.net !