Collecting Mileage

MilesforTax uses one of 3 methods to collect mileage
1) Gps
2) A compatible OBDII scanner
3) Manual Entry

Using Gps

The Gps in your smart phone is used to collect miles any time the application is running on your phone and the Gps is enabled. It collects miles by measuring changes in distances traveled. The Gps mode can be activated manually using a button on the screen or by associating it to start when a blue tooth trigger in the vehicle is turned on in the MilesForTax settings

A bluetooth trigger is any bluetooth device that is paired with your phone. If your car has a bluetooth interface for your cell phone MilesForTax can detect that device when the vehicle is started and use that detection to start recording your trip in your vehicle.

When vehicle stops and the device is turned off or out of range, MilesForTax will stop recording from the Gps and tabulate the results.
For most people this method will capture their miles in the respective vehicle

The actions needed for this option to work are
1) Pair the bluetooth device headset in the vehicle with your phone
2) Start MilesForTax and use the MilesForTax setting to select the device

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A compatible ODBII scanner can be used after it is installed and paired with your phone. The ODBII mode can NOT be activated manually if the OBDII is not detected. The mode can be associate in the MilesForTax settings and it will activate when it detects the device and the Engine is running or it detect the and you press the button.

The actions needed for this option to work are
1) Pair the bluetooth OBDII with your phone
2) Start MilesForTax and use the MilesForTax setting to select either Start Gps or OBDII - If you select start Gps the APP will treat the OBDII like any other bluetooth device. In some cars the OBDII port is continously powered so when you get near the vehicle the MilesForTax may begin to record your mileage. If you select OBDII MilesForTax will try to read the OBDII and start recording when the Vehicle Engine Rpm is detected.
A compatible scanner must

1) Be a bluetooth scanner that can be paired with your phone
2) Be compatible with your vehicle. Most vehicles manufactured after 1996 have an OBDII port for emissions
3) The data that can be read from the OBDII must be compatible. Even though vehicles have the port the back end (ECM) unit may not provide the Engine RPM and Odometer reading and Speed needed by the APP. With the OBD option the vehicle VIN when compatible can also be read.

Manual Entry

The application allows you to enter a record of mileage for a trip, incase the device wasn't able to record mileage
The actions needed for this option to work are
1) go to the manual entry screen
2) Fill out the data
3) Save

Automatic Mileage Collecting when in contact with a paired device

You can set the application to collect mileage when in contact with a paired device associated with you vehicle.

The vehicle must have at least one bluetooth device in it for this feature to work. If you vehicle has a built in bluetooth headset for your phone the application can set up MilesForTax to trigger off the connection and use it to start mileage accumulation when the bluetooth in the vehicle is started. If your vehicle doesn't have a bluetooth device you can purchase an ODBII scanner or any vehicle compatible bluetooth device that is powered on when the vehicle starts can be used. An after market bluetooth adaptor (receiver) that enables you to play music from your Android phone to the audio will also work. This is useful because every time you use that vehicle and the bluetooth activates the device you mileage, date/time and start/stop locations will be recorded in your phone.

If the device you paired is an ODBII scanner you can select the radio button in the ODBII column.
Please avoid setting a device as an ODBII if the device is not an ODBII device because application will actually try to read ODBII formatted data from that device and will have errors or timeouts