FAQ Dump1090 Android

Frequently Asked Questions:: All about Android Dump1090 ADS-B App
Site in progress – will work every day to update it

What is it ?

The app convert your android phone, tablet or TV Box to a ADS-B receiver and show received aircrafts on a map.
Please note that my basic idea was not to replace Raspberry Pi style receivers or similar. This should give you the possibility to watch aircrafts “to go” on your mobile devices.
see what items you need


Is there a Tutorial ?

Yes please look here Tutorial


What Hardware I need ?

see my shopping list


Do you support SDR device XY

Supported devices is related to the Driver App RTL-SDR Driver by Martin Marinov.
Supported are:
Any so called RTL2832U , 820T , 820T2 USB dongles and HackRF devices (not tested so far) like HackRF One, Rad1o,  HackRF Jawbreaker


Is it free ?

There is a message limit on received aircrafts. After reaching the message limit the app will stop and you have to press the pink play button again to restart. The message limit then start again.
You can remove this message limit with an “In App purchase”. There is no subscription – you purchase it one time for life time and can use it on as many devices as your Google Play Account is linked to.
The In App purchase costs a few euros , that pays the homepage provider cost. This is a DIY project.

If you want to upgrade to premium:

  • Select the AIRCRAFT tab
  • Open menu on the top right corner (the three dots)
  • Select Restore Purchase


How can I feed data to ..

Please note that the basic idea was not to create a feeder software for Android. A feeder in my mind should run 24/7. The RTL-SDR stick will drain your battery quickly ( may use a UBS -C Hub to power the stick external )
Up to now there is a export available. Go to settings ( on the Aircraft tab on the top right corner the three dots )

The app will act as TCP server, where other apps like Virtual Server can connect.

Feeding to popular ADS-B networks like FR24, Radarbox and so one is not possible at the moment. All this software have a special feeder software to upload data to their servers. This feeder software is only available for Linux or Raspberry Pi. I didn’t found a way just send the data directly to their servers. ( 2021 July )

read more in detail here Dump1090 Export


I don`t see aircrafts on the map tab

You see aircrafts in the AIRCRAFTS tab list. But all aircrafts without LAT or LONG information.

SOLUTION

The app needs the location of your device to filter data.
First you have to accept the Android System Permission Dialog which appears for example after a fresh installation.

Some user reported that especially on some older devices or chinese brands this do not work.
You can try the following.

If the app is running press the pink stop / pause button
Go to Settings / Device / Mock Device Location
Enable “Override device location”
Enter your location in Latidude and Longitude.


Error Messages

I get this or similar error message when i try to start with the pink play button.

Most of the time this will help.
Remove your USB OTG cable from your Android device. And then plug in the cable again. Important is that you remove the USB OTG cable not the stick alone.


The app shows – wrong argument …

Some RTL-SDR stick can’t tune to 1090 MHZ.
I recommend to use a R820T or R820T2 stick.
See also Dump1090 Shopping Guide

TunerFrequency range
Elonics E400052 – 2200 MHz with a gap from 1100 MHz to 1250 MHz (varies)
Rafael Micro R820T24 – 1766 MHz
Rafael Micro R828D24 – 1766 MHz
Fitipower FC001322 – 1100 MHz (FC0013B/C, FC0013G has a separate L-band input, which is unconnected on most sticks)
Fitipower FC001222 – 948.6 MHz
FCI FC2580146 – 308 MHz and 438 – 924 MHz (gap in between)
Source. Rtl-sdr – rtl-sdr – Open Source Mobile Communications (osmocom.org)

App is stopping after a while

If you get additional a message saying:

Possible inconsistency: No data received rom RTL SDR. Maybe press pink Play/Stop button again

Most of the time this is because of strict power policy of some vendors force to kill the app. (specially HUWAEI)
You have to put RTL -SDR Driver and DUMP1090 on the Battery Optimization white list ( not optimized)
Read more here Dump1090 Export
And read more here Don’t kill my app! | Hey Android vendors, don’t kill my app! (dontkillmyapp.com)


Can you add this feature

Sure why note. Write me a mail info@ebctech.eu
I’ll put it in on my TO DO list


Can I use DUMP1090 Android in my country ?

DUMP1090 does not have any technical limitations regarding location of usage and can operate everywhere where it is legally allowed to. The DUMP1090 development team will not be held responsible for any legal issues that might be caused by usage or possession of the app. It is your responsibility to comply with your local law before using the apps as clearly stated in the Terms and Conditions you receive bundled with the app.
DO NOT rely upon DUMP1090 for safety of life or property. DO NOT use these app for navigation purpose.



Disclaimer

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE REGENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS “AS IS” AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE REGENTS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. DO NOT rely upon DUMP1090 for safety of life or property.

Credits

a full list of Open Source Software used for this project can be found in the App under Licence

Legal attribution

Android, Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

All product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners

14 comments

  1. No aircraft ID on map view? App works well otherwise but portable stand-alone use severely limited when targets cannot be identified on the map.

    1. A aircraft will only appear on the map if it has a longitude / Latitude information.
      So please check if you see in the aircraft tab list – items with a LAT and LONG value.

  2. Hello, I have the same problem, I’m getting plane info like ALT , IDENT, SQUAWK, etc but no LAT or LONG. my GPS is on and working, but no planes show up on map. I tried Avare and some planes showed up on map with tracks , until free trial ran out lol

    1. I use an android tv box. At first I had a similar problem as you. Then I figured, my box might have limited location capability. I then used an app called “Fake GPS” from Playstore, set it as mock location source. Then all aircraft appeared in the map.

  3. Hi
    As i wrote you in a sperate email which you already answered but for publicity here the current status to this issue:

    1.) What Android version and which brand is your device ?

    2.) When you switch to the MAP tab.
    Do you see the blue circle 🔵, which should represent your position ?
    See also screenshot attached.

    3.) At first time start the app need to have the location permission from the user. Maybe you could completely uninstall the app an reinstall it.

    ANSWERE
    I’m using a rather unique setup. It’s a Raspberry Pi 4b+ that has Lineage OS (android 12) I have a ublox GPS dongle which works with other apps but I don’t believe it worked with yours. I’m pretty sure I gave location permissions, etc. I will try to uninstall the app and try again today and give you an update.

  4. I really hope you can enable manual gain settings. I live near an active runway. I assume the gain setting is set to MAX. Hence, any close aircraft tends to disappear since it’s signal overwhelms the receiver.

  5. I really hope you can enable manual gain settings. I live near an active runway. I assume the gain setting is set to MAX. Hence, any close aircraft tends to disappear since it’s signal overwhelms the receiver.

  6. Hi!
    Is it possible to connect to some kind of offline database, converting the HEX to the registration/type/operator ? That would be awesome 😉

    1. This is already done. I use basically the same data https://opensky-network.org/aircraft-database.
      These database is some kind of pu lic source. It is mentioned in the license information of myapp.
      But I have to copy the public csv files manually from opensky and manually import it to my server.
      On the map tab you see then additional Infos like operator linked to the hex number.
      If you have airplanes without this info enter it on the opensky homepage. I will merge the data every month.

      1. And i forgot – for this you need internet access
        I was thinking of offline database in the beginning -but database size is today more than 80 mb.

        1. OK, clear.
          Too bad though, as I was hoping to have the option to use this offline somehow (areas with bad connection, expensive roaming, big-brother is watching you countries 😉 )
          Thanks for the answer though!

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