Getting Started: Connect Dash to your OBD adapter


Getting Started with Dash


You have your OBD in hand and you’re ready to go!

Setup should take about ~10 minutes. Ensure data is enabled on your phone/mobile device.



Step 1:

Get inside of your car but don’t start the vehicle just yet. Find the OBD port in your car. Plug the OBD into the OBD port in your car. Cars manufactured after 1996 have an OBD port. OBD ports are usually located in an area below the steering wheel.  

Step 2:

Next, you’ll want to pair your OBD and mobile device via Bluetooth. You’ll be able to do this in your Bluetooth settings on your mobile device.  

Note: Bluetooth 4 / BLE devices like Carista and Vinli do not require this pairing step.

Step 3:

Next you’ll now want to create an account with Dash!

When first starting Dash, you’ll see this screen. Notice the blue button labeled ‘SIGN UP’. This is where you can register your preferred email address and password, or sign up using Google+ or Facebook.

You may use Dash without registering by hitting the ‘Skip Registration’ at the bottom of the screen. Note: If you choose to ‘Skip Registration’, Your information will not be stored.

Follow the instructions and you'll soon be in the Dash app for the first time.

Step 4:

Start your car and tap the blue "Connect" button.

As soon as your car is on, Dash will attempt to connect to the OBD device and learn your car's "Vehicle Identification Number" (or VIN for short.) If that works, it will automatically add a vehicle entry to your "Garage" section and you can start driving!

Some cars, especially older vehicles, may not report their VIN to Dash. In that case, Dash will let you know that it wasn't successful; you'll need to register your vehicle manually before you can log your trips.



Step 7:

After tapping the blue OBD button, Dash will let you know when it has established a connection. Once Dash is connected, begin driving! You’ll know you’re ready to go because you’ll see your real time driving gauges like the ones you see here.

Now, go ahead and drive!

Dash will now track your driving. The app will give you real-time feedback to help you avoid bad driving habits, help monitor your car's health, give you an overall score for each trip, and monitor the overall trends in your driving behavior. Watch for notifications and check the app once in awhile to see how you're doing.

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