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Dash will automatically connect with your vehicle to track your driving.

Once you've configured Dash the first time, it will try to connect whenever you're in the car. Just make sure your OBD-II is plugged in, and have Dash running in the background on your phone.*

If you don't use an OBD with Dash, then auto-connect is a work in progress. To see if the feature is available in your version of Dash, go to Dash settings, find the "Driving" section, and look for "No OBD settings."

If you don't want to use Auto-connect with your OBD, you can turn it off. Again, go to Dash settings and look for the "Driving" section. There's also a submenu for "OBD settings," where you'll find the option, as well as a few other advanced settings that most users can safely ignore.

Important to know: whether you use an OBD or not, Dash does not need to be the active app on your phone for auto-connect to work, so go ahead and use Waze or Pandora simultaneously while you drive.

*Recent versions of iOS and Android will sometimes be very aggressive about closing apps in the background; this can interfere with Dash auto-connect. If that happens, just open the app and click connect to log your trip. If you continue to have issues let us know at support@dash.by

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    Carl Avery

    I am using the CellAssist OBD. I can only log in for one trip. Auto connect not working afterward. Manual connect not working either. The only solution I have found is to pull the OBD and reinsert. Still only works for one trip again. iOS 11.2. Any ideas? Not helpful at all if I cannot autoconnect.

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    Ethan

    Hi Carl - I'm going to start a support ticket so we can discuss this in more detail; it's an issue we're working on right now.

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    Bruno Wouters

    I have the XTool IOBD2 mini and it usually takes about 5 minutes into the trip before Dash says the trip has started. Afterwards I also see that the trip is missing the first 5 minutes. It there anything I can do to improve this? Or is this not a good OBD adapter?

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    Ethan

    Bruno - the xTool has actually been removed from our "recommended" list, but we still support it. 5 minutes is a bit longer than we would ideally like to see; depending on your driving patterns it might distort the data or not. If it bothers you, you might try starting trips manually on occasion.

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    Bruno Wouters

    Is the carista adapter better? The cellassist seems expensive to get here in europe.

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    Ethan

    Our favorite is certainly the CellAssist but the Carista has give a lot of users good results. Unfortunately iOS 11 and Android 8.0 have both made some tweaks to what they want from Bluetooth devices, so the Carista isn't working quite as well as it used to. If you're on iPhone, I would recommend the CellAssist.

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    Hugo Smitter

    I bought a Carista a few weeks back. It connects fine to the Carista app. You can see the Bluetooth entry connect and the app does what it does. When I fire up the Dash app, it does not connect to the Carista and the entry for the Carista in the Bluetooth Settings menu doesn't appear. I'm running an iPhone 8 with IOS 11.22.2. I thought the Carista was in the Dash preferred/suggested list of devices. I also noticed that the Dash application crashes when clicking "Trends" while in the Vehicle Profile, but that's secondary to having the Dash connect to the Carista device, otherwise, I'll have to get a different OBDII device. Will the Dash app be fixed anytime soon to support the environment I just described? Thanks.

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    Hugo Smitter

    Upgraded to IOS 11.2.5 last night. The Dash app (the same I downloaded earlier) connected to the Carista immediately after starting my car. Go figure.

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