Chrome on Apple iOS

Chrome for Apple iOS supports the Physical Web. First step to discover Physical Web URLs via Chrome is to turn on your Bluetooth. (you must have Google Chrome installed first – it’s available for free on the app store)

 

Turn on Bluetooth

Swipe down on the notification shade and then swipe left to reveal the ‘Today’ view. Scroll toward bottom and tap the ‘Edit’ button.

Scroll down to ‘More Widgets’ and add the Chrome widget by clicking the green + symbol on the left of it.

 

Scroll to 'Do not include' section
Add the Chrome widget

Then click ‘Done’.  Now, scroll to the Chrome widget and opt in to the Physical Web. IMPORTANT: If you do not see the opt-in message, click the “Show More” button on top of the widget to expand it.

Now when you approach a Speacar transmitter (or other physical web enabled device)  you will see the URL listed in the widget.

Nearby Notifications

Nearby Notifications is the feature that is now available on devices running Android KitKat 4.4 and above.  Here is how to make sure it is enabled.

First, make sure than you have an internet connection and that Bluetooth and Location turned on. The notification section provides an easy way to check.

Check active data connection, bluetooth and location turned on

 

Swipe down on your notifications to scan for transmitters in your range. You will receive notifications about nearby web pages on beacon devices.

Initial nearby notification

 

Tap on the notification and opt into future Nearby notifications. Doing this will take you to a list of nearby URLs.

Opt in screen

 

List of URLs

 

Now, when you come close to a beacon, you will see the notification on your Android.

Notification

 

To enable or disable Nearby Notifications, visit Settings > Google > Nearby Notifications.

Nearby Notifications settings

Chrome on Android

The Physical Web is available on Chrome version 49 and on phone with  KitKat 4.4 and above. When approach a beacon for the first time, if you have Bluetooth enabled, you will get a notification explaining the Physical Web.

To turn on your Physical Web functions, do the following:

Check that you have an internet connection and Bluetooth and Location turned on, (see above)

Now you can enable the Physical Web privacy option from Chrome in your devices Privacy settings:

Enable the Physical Web privacy option from within Chrome in Privacy settings
Enable the Physical Web privacy option from within Chrome in Privacy settings
Enable the Physical Web privacy option from within Chrome in Privacy settings
Enable the Physical Web privacy option from within Chrome in Privacy settings

 

Enable the Physical Web privacy option from within Chrome in Privacy settings

**Marshmallow ONLY** With Marshmallow devices, the Physical Web requires that Chrome is granted Location permission.  Turning on the Physical Web privacy option will automatically prompt you to grant it.  This step is not required on pre-Marshmallow versions of Android.

On Marshmallow (Android 6.0) devices, the Physical Web requires that Chrome is granted the Location runtime permission.

 

To see URLs when you are nearby a Speacar, swipe down on your notification section to view nearby Physical Web URLs.

swipe down on your notification shade to see a low priority notification

Click on the notification and you can see a list of nearby Speacar transmitters.

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