Kia Access app dead?

Discussion in 'Kia Niro' started by ENirogus, Aug 25, 2021.

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  1. The thread is about the phone app that accesses the car. Clearly Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is not appropriate.

    Yes WiFi might be nice for updates, although probably a bit slower than updating with a memory device.

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  3. Robert Besen

    Robert Besen Member

    With a memory device I have to download the update to the memory device, then put in in the car and upload it. With wifi, I just tell the car to install the update and walk away. Haven't compared the time it takes, but the wifi is certainly easier.
  4. That's true, although with the Kia servers being so slow, I'm much happier firing off the download in the evening and getting it the next day. If you have not updated it yet (I have 4 times), you will see.

    For the current situation, leaving my car immobile for 6 hours is not my cup of tea.

    With good servers it would be more efficient.

  5. snowy2020

    snowy2020 New Member

    Our app worked perfectly for a few months and then just gave errors. Same with the website. It will send "charge ended" alerts and update after the car hits full charge, reporting the mileage and charge level on the website, but real time and on-demand updating, locking the vehicle, preheating etc didn't work. The 1 year UVO "trial" has long since expired and I uninstalled the app a long time ago. There wasn't much there to justify paying a monthly fee for anyway. Frankly I uninstalled the app for my Bolt, too. Just nothing useful there.
  6. Almost always it's a poor reception spot where you normally leave the car.

    My parking place has not moved since the house was built, but my 2 Fiats had trouble with their reporting back to the servers, but luckily the same parking place is reliable for the Kia...

    Also, over time, cell sites can change as well as radiation patterns.... affected by new buildings, changes in antenna structure.

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  8. snowy2020

    snowy2020 New Member

    Possibly, but it would be unlikely. It didn’t work anywhere the car was parked. Nor in my garage, but the car was able to report end of charges and update after charging was complete in the garage, so the car had the ability to communicate. I think it was just a glitch in the account.
  9. ENirogus

    ENirogus Active Member

    What I am saying is that 8 hours a day at least your car sits at home. 8 hours it sits at work. Both of these places have wifi. If they a 15 cent wifi modem in addition to the cellular it would make the car more useful 5 years from now when they change their minds about how they support apps.
  10. Of the 2 places I don't need remote access to my car is work and home. The car is 30 feet away.

    I want remote access when I am nowhere near my car, a store, or when I have forgotten to lock or something else.

    Also 5 years from now who cares, new car, new technology, etc.

  11. ENirogus

    ENirogus Active Member

    Every winter day I want to start the heat

    The most likely places are home and work

    Not that the app works very well in the best of times
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  13. Robert@SF

    Robert@SF New Member

    If the Niro had WiFi onboard, it may be able to wirelessly access Carplay/Android Auto because wifi has the necessary bandwidth to project video.
  14. That is the best reason for onboard wifi in my opinion. Sorry about you guys in the colder states, I have heard of snow, seen it in pictures ;)

    My 1 one year free subscription is up and I'm kind of operating on principal not spending the outrageous extra cost for remote start. It costs them nothing more. Figured I could do without it, the heater and AC fire up pretty fast.

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  15. ENirogus

    ENirogus Active Member

    Still working as of this morning
    I am thinking it must have been a software glitch that eventually reset itself.

    App is still junk tho

    BTW Greg, San Diego, grrr, mutter mutter mutter...........
  16. Danhen

    Danhen Active Member

    The app for my car is working, except for the past 2 days "find my car" stopped working. Whenever I click on "find my car" I get thrown out of the app.
  17. Shark

    Shark Active Member

    Try deleting and restoring the app.
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  18. Danhen

    Danhen Active Member

    That worked! Thanks!
  19. JasonG

    JasonG New Member

    I didn't opt into paying a fee for the app after the first year and didn't notice much difference in usability. Although, I don't use the features very much. It still gives my vehicle charge status, estimated range, start/stop climate, remote battery start/stop, etc... Definitely not going to pay a fee for any upgrade.
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  20. Robert Besen

    Robert Besen Member

    I definitely don't get start/stop climate with the free version. Are you in the US, and is your phone ios or android?
  21. JasonG

    JasonG New Member

    I'm in the US and have an iOS phone. Not sure if the climate control actually works as I haven't tried it... However the option seems to be available
  22. I got climate control and all the bells and whistles for a year, now I have to pay. During that time climate control worked, although it seemed it reached the set temperature and then turned off, it did not seem to stay on and maintain the temperature.

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