Compatible Android and iOS devices
Note for all eSense:
We recommend using a tablet instead of a smartphone due to the better display.
If you don’t have a device yet and/or want to buy an extra device for the eSense, we recommend depending on your taste either
- a Nokia G10 (https://amzn.to/3dg9Qx5), a Nokia G21 (https://amzn.to/3Qso3Fv), a Motorola Moto E40 (https://amzn.to/3bBl0fg), a Samsung Galaxy A13 (https://amzn.to/3JuDE5x), a Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (https://amzn.to/3Z2NIIP) or a Xiaomi Redmi 10 (https://amzn.to/3A5wxgv) as a cheap entry-level device if you prefer Android
- a used iPad in good condition (from bsw. https://www.refurbed.de/c/ipads/ or https://www.rebuy.de/kaufen/apple-tablets) if you prefer iOS.
According to our research, these options offer enough power for the eSense app, will remain upgradeable to the upcoming Android and iOS versions for some time, and are still reasonably priced. The Android devices also still have a normal 3.5mm jack input and do not require an adapter for the eSense.
iOS devices compatible with the eSense
- All iOS devices from version 12.5 or higher, which are (in excerpts):
- Apple® iPhone® 5S, iPhone® 6/6S, iPhone® SE/SE 2, iPhone® 7/7+, iPhone® 8/8+, iPhone® X, iPhone® XR, iPhone® XS, iPhone® 11/11 Pro, iPhone® 12/12 Pro, iPhone® 13/13 Pro, iPhone® 14/14 Pro
- Apple® iPad® 5th generation (iPad Air) or newer, including all iPad Mini 2nd generation and newer
- Apple® iPad® Pro from 1st generation or newer
- Apple® iPod Touch® from 6th generation or newer
Some newer iOS devices without the classic 3.5mm headphone jack and with the newer Lightning/USB-C connector also work great with the eSense. You will need either an original Apple USB-C (https://amzn.to/2OQYssu) or original Apple Lightning (https://amzn.to/2SJVg37) to 3.5mm connector adapter (not included with the eSense). Alternatively, you can use any other adapter with a DAC chip. We recommend this adapter on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SnAUA1.
Additional note Siri:
Please note that Siri must NOT be activated if you want to perform a measurement with the eSense (this applies to all eSense sensors). A running measurement can otherwise be disturbed and your measurement values falsified. You must disable Siri YOURSELF (our app cannot do this automatically due to Apple’s settings).
To disable Siri go to Settings -> (General ->) Siri and disable Siri (exact steps may vary depending on iOS version).
Note for iOS devices and the eSense Pulse:
Your iOS device must support Bluetooth 4.0 LE (sometimes referred to as Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE ), which is supported from iOS 5 and up.
Note for iOS 7 and later and the eSense Respiration, Skin Response, and Temperature:
The eSense works through the microphone input. For iOS 7 and above, you must explicitly allow the eSense app to use the microphone input, otherwise the eSense will not work. During the installation you will be asked for this, you have to answer there with “Yes” or “Allow”. After installation, you can set this manually. Allow access to the microphone input in the system settings of your iOS device under Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone
Android devices that are compatible with the eSense
- All Android smartphones and tablets running Android 10.0 or later (Android Q)
- If you plan to purchase a device specifically for use with the eSense, then we recommend a Nokia G10 (https://amzn.to/3dg9Qx5), a Nokia G21 (https://amzn.to/3Qso3Fv), a Motorola Moto E40 (https://amzn.to/3bBl0fg), a Samsung Galaxy A13 (https://amzn.to/3JuDE5x), a Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (https://amzn.to/3Z2NIIP) or a Xiaomi Redmi 10 (https://amzn.to/3A5wxgv) as an inexpensive entry-level device.
Important note about Android devices for the eSense Pulse:
Your Android device must support Bluetooth 4.0 LE (sometimes called Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE ), which is supported from Android version 4.3 (mid-2013). But we recommend Android version 4.4 and higher anyway. Therefore, the eSense Pulse generally works with most current Android devices.
Important note about Android devices for the eSense Muscle:
You cannot use the app from the Google Play Store for the eSense Muscle. We have provided a version of our eSense mobile app customized for the Muscle for you to download as an APK. This is otherwise identical to the eSense app from the Google Play Store. More information and the download to the APK can be found here.
Important note about Android devices for the eSense Respiration, Skin Response and Temperature:
Your Android device needs a 3.5 mm connector (standard headphones) for external headsets/microphones. On most devices this is present and often integrated with the headphone jack. If no such microphone input is present, such as on the Google Nexus 7, you cannot use the eSense! (All iOS devices listed above have the port).
Alternatively, you can use any other adapter with a DAC chip. We recommend this adapter on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SnAUA1.
Below are some Android devices that we have tested with the eSense Pulse, Respiration, Skin Response and Temperature and which work fine (whitelist). (Please note that this is only a very small sample and that the vast majority of devices worldwide work with the Mindfield eSense).
- Google Pixel 2 (Smartphone)
- Samsung Galaxy A13 (https://amzn.to/3JuDE5x) (Smartphone, our recommendation)
- Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (https://amzn.to/3Z2NIIP) (Smartphone, our recommendation)
- Samsung Galaxy S21 (Smartphone)
- Motorola Moto E40 (https://amzn.to/3bBl0fg) (Smartphone, our recommendation)
- Nokia G10 (https://amzn.to/3dg9Qx5) (smartphone, our recommendation)
- Nokia G21 (https://amzn.to/3Qso3Fv) (smartphone, our recommendation)
- Xiaomi Redmi 10 (https://amzn.to/3A5wxgv) (smartphone, our recommendation)
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 11s (smartphone)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 (tablet)
The following Android devices are NOT compatible with eSense Respiration, Skin Response and Temperature (blacklist). This list is not necessarily exhaustive. If you are not sure if your device is compatible, check if the microphone input is present as described above!
- All tablets from Lenovo (For the eSense Skin Response, Temperature and Respiration. The microphone input distorts signal from the eSense. With the eSense Pulse they work)
- Google Nexus 7 (for the eSense Skin Response, Temperature and Respiration as no microphone input is built in. With the eSense Pulse it works)
- Amazon Fire 8 HD (pre-model 2018 with model no: KFKAWI, no signal)
- Huawei Honor 6A (signal dips, unique phenomenon, never observed on any other device, maybe also a bug of the test device?)