FAQ and tips

How can I set the 3D Shadow simulation up?

1. Go to 'Map' and select the 'Shadow' view mode.

2. Tap on the 'Size' button. The settings of your object will pop up.

3. Select the type [Box / Tree], set the object size and tap on the 'Apply' button.

4. Use the 'Map View 2D/3D' button to switch to the 3D map view.

5. Use the date or time sliders** to visualize the shadow length and orientation.

Video tutorial

How to set a location?

The Free version supports the current user location only. The Premium version enables you to search for any place on Earth at any time and save your selected locations.

1. Tap on the location link in the navigation bar to open the Search places view. You can either search for places by name or enter their geographical coordinates.

2. Alternatively, you can find a place on the map and pin the location. To save it, tap on ☆ in the top right corner.

3. Locations will be added to the list of your recent searches.

How to enable Location Services?

1. Go to your iPhone ⚙ Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure that Location Services are enabled AND Location Services for the app are set to While Using.

2. Make sure that cellular mobile data or Wi-Fi is turned on, and that you have an active connection. If none of that works, you can try to restart the app or try a different location or switch to a different Wi-Fi network.

How to set a date and time?

The date selection is only available in the Premium version.

1. Tap on the date link in the navigation bar to open a date picker and select a date.

2. For quick navigation to the next or previous date, you can use arrows in the navigation bar.

3. For smooth data visualization, use the date and time sliders.

If the AR orientation is not accurate

The Solar Watch calculates and displays the Sun's position with a high level of accuracy. Nevertheless, the accuracy of the AR projection depends on the accuracy of the compass and the accuracy of the location services. Both the compass of your device and location services could be influenced by the environment and/or your device settings. If the Sun is not appearing in the right location, the following tips may help to resolve it.

1. Make sure that the compass is not disrupted by other magnetic fields or is not shielded inside a structure. Stay away from all metal objects, preferably outdoors.

2. Avoid using iPhone EMF cases that block electromagnetic fields or cases containing magnets.

3. Make sure that the compass is enabled and calibrated before reading the AR and compass data from the app. Go to your iPhone Settings > Privacy > Location Services > then scroll down and tap System > turn on the Compass Calibration and Motion Calibration & Distance.

4. Make sure that Location services are enabled AND Location Services for the app are set to 'While Using'.

5. Restart the app and rotate your device several times in a figure ∞.

6. You can align the AR projection manually. Go to the 'AR' view and tap on the 'Hand' icon in the top right corner and align the AR projection with the Sun.