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Warnings on the AmiGO app

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What type of warnings does the app give?

Our aim is to give warnings for all situations that can be dangerous, including any roadside cameras, which can result in a fine or other penalty, such as licence points.

The types of warnings can be divided into camera warnings and safety warnings.

Camera warning types are as follows:

  • fixed speed camera: a static camera, which is activated based on driven speed
  • red light camera: a static camera, which is activated based on traffic light colour, in some areas combined with speed
  • average speed zone: two or more static cameras, which measure your driven speed over a stretch of road and is activated when the average speed at the last camera is over the limit
  • traffic restriction cameras: a static camera, which is activated for a number of restrictions (no-right-turn cameras, bus-lane cameras, etc.)
  • speed enforcement zone: multiple static cameras, spread over a stretch of road, which are activated based on driven speed (not average speed)
  • mobile speed camera: a temporary camera (laser or radar, handheld or on a tripod), which is activated based on driven speed (confirmed camera)
  • likely mobile camera: a mobile speed camera (not yet confirmed).

Safety warning types are as follows:

  • speeding: a warning when you exceed the legal speed limit
  • jam ahead: a warning when you are approaching a traffic jam moving at a slower speed than the traffic driving towards it
  • danger zones (only when driving in France): a warning for a potentially dangerous stretch of road, including fixed speed cameras
  • risk zones (only when driving in France): a warning for a temporary potentially dangerous stretch of road, including mobile speed camera (confirmed camera)
  • likely risk zones (only when driving in France): a warning for a temporary potentially dangerous stretch of road, including mobile speed cameras (not yet confirmed)

You can switch each warning type on and off in the app, or restrict them to only warn you in certain situations. Go to the Settings menu and then select an option under the Warnings header (i.e. Speed cameras, Hazards or Speeding), then select Audio Warning to select a warning type from the available options.

Note that if you switch a warning type off, this turns off both visual and audio alerts for this warning type.

How can I change the distance between the warning and the actual camera?

Go to the Settings menu and then select Speed cameras and Timing to adjust how long before a camera appears on your route you want to be alerted.

Please note that warning time is also affected by your smartphone’s GPS performance. This means that the warnings may come later than expected if you're for instance driving through a tunnel.

How do I get warned when going over the speed limit?

Go to the Settings menu and select Speeding. Here you can set whether you want an audible or a visual warning, or both.

Sometimes the warnings for a camera are late. Why is that?

The warning distance is calculated using your position, which is provided by GPS. If your GPS position is not accurate, either temporarily (because you are in a tunnel) or regularly (because of the smartphone hardware and/or software), then you may occasionally experience that a warning is given late for a camera.

Driving very fast may also result in a late warning.

Battery and GPS

How much battery power does the app use?

We have attempted to minimize the battery drain in the app. However, it is necessary to use GPS in order to determine whether or not you're approaching a camera. Your smartphone's display also uses a lot of battery power. To minimize the impact, you can dim the screen or switch to the Dark theme under Settings > Appearance.

We strongly recommend that you connect your smartphone to the charger at all times when using the app.

How can I minimize the amount of battery power the app uses?

Set the screen to a lower brightness, or switch to the Dark theme under Settings > Appearance. If you are using the app on an Android™ device, you can use the app in Overlay view, or turn the screen off completely and run the app in the background.

Why does the app sometimes lose the GPS connection?

GPS performance depends on many factors such as the amount of buildings around you, weather, etc. It also depends very much on the GPS hardware and software in your smartphone.

Speed limits and current speed

Why does the app show a lower current speed than the speedometer in my vehicle?

Vehicle speeds are usually set to be a few miles (or kilometers) per hour higher than your actual speed, and the app speed is correct more often. This does also depend on the quality of the GPS receiver in your phone - so if in doubt, slow down.


Which Bluetooth® systems are supported?

Most smartphones support Bluetooth®, which will allow you to send the audible warnings emitted by your phone to an external audio system, whether it is a Bluetooth® headset, a Bluetooth®-enabled car kit, or a Bluetooth® system built into your vehicle. This app supports most Bluetooth® sound systems.

If you hear your phone’s ringtone and other alert sounds over your Bluetooth® sound system, the audio alerts that the app emits will also work through this system.

If your sound system only plays music and doesn’t play your ringtone, go to the Settings menu and then select Sounds and Sound Output and set it to Device selected output.

Setting the app to automatically connect to the Bluetooth® system when in range (Android™ only)

  • Go to the Settings menu and then select Automatically start..
  • Make sure you have Bluetooth® turned on or turn it on by going to Bluetooth® settings.
  • Make sure you are paired to the Bluetooth® device you want to automatically start up with when the connection has been established, or connect to a Bluetooth® device by going to the Bluetooth® settings.
  • Search for the device that you want to start up with and select it from the list. From now on the app will automatically start when connecting to that Bluetooth® device and stop when you disconnect.

Why does my Bluetooth® auto-start no longer work?

If you have stopped the AmiGO app in a non-standard way, for example through force stop, this may interfere with the auto-start functionality. Please open the app manually once and then close it, and the feature will work again.


Can the map rotate to follow my driving direction?

You can zoom in/out and change between 2D or 3D relative perspective, or with "up" on the map locked to the map North (default). Tap the map once to bring up the map controls to change these settings.

Can I change what is visible on the map?

Yes, you can turn off each type of content in the menu options, removing the content from the map.

Go to the Settings menu and then select Traffic Information.

Data connectivity

Can I use the app without a cellular data connection?

No. The app has been designed to make sure you always have the latest information, and therefore the app needs a data connection. Please be aware that roaming charges may apply if you use the app abroad.

Reporting, confirming, and deleting cameras

How do I report a missing fixed or mobile camera?

Please report all cameras we've missed by pressing the Report button as close to the actual location as you can get. Your fellow community members will appreciate it.

I have reported a fixed camera, but the next time I drove past it, the app didn't warn me. Why not?

For fixed cameras our expert moderation team investigates all reports individually. Sometimes, due to the high number of reports, it may take up to a week to confirm that your report is a real speed camera, which is active. Please bear with us. Ultimately these manual checks make the warning service of higher quality than a purely community based approach.

Why does the app ask me to confirm that cameras are still there?

We ask the community to help us to verify the location of all speed cameras, so any new or removed cameras can be processed quickly in our database. In some countries, we only ask for a confirmation the first time you drive past a camera, in other countries we will ask the question each time until you answer it. You are not obliged to respond to the question, but the service gets better if you do.

Sound and Spoken Warnings settings

I do not hear any warnings

Android™ version only: If you are using Bluetooth®, please try changing the sound output channel by going to the Settings menu and select Always use device speaker.

How can I adjust the warning volume?

This can be set using the phone up/down volume button while in the app.

Android™ version only: The sound files we use have been specifically made to allow the most flexibility for most people’s requirements when driving. We use the standard Android Device Media volume setting.

How can I use spoken warnings instead of beeps?

Go to the Settings menu and select Speed cameras and Audio Warning. Here you can choose between Voice, Alarmand None. You can choose between the same options for Hazards.

Android™ version only: If the option Voice option is not available, this is because your device is not enabled for text-to-speech. In some devices, depending on your Android™ version and phone language, text-to-speech (TTS) comes pre-installed, in others you will need to enable it and download the speech data for the selected language(s). Please see your device manual for details on how to do this.

How can I force the sounds to be played through the device speaker even when I have the app connected to a Bluetooth® unit? (Android™ version only)

This depends on the particular brand and model of your phone. By default, warning sounds are played through the same channel as your phone’s ringtone. On most devices, this uses both the phone’s speaker and the connected audio system, but some phones play ringtones only through the audio system.

If you want the app to play all sounds through the audio system, go to the Settings menu and select Always use device speaker.


Is it unlawful to use this app in my country?

As a driver it is your responsibility to make sure that you adhere to all legal requirements while driving, so that includes the use of apps. You can turn speed camera alerts on or off at any time and the app will still work for traffic information. The legality of the Speed Cameras service in several EU countries is unclear. You use the service at your own risk and TomTom accepts no liability arising from its use.

As a driver you should be aware of the fact that speed cameras are disabled in certain countries and take this into account when crossing any borders.

In France, we support Danger Zones and Risk Zones instead of speed cameras. See the Warning Types section for more information. The app is certified by Infocert that it is legal to use in France.


What permissions does the AmiGO app need?

The AmiGO app uses the following permissions:

  1. Location: TomTom AmiGo uses your location to show you speed cameras and traffic-ahead information.
  2. Photos/Media/Files and Storage, to temporary store map and traffic data on your internal storage / SD card to give you a better experience.
  3. Wi-Fi and Network connections, to connect to the Internet.
  4. Change your audio settings, to control the volume directly from the app.
  5. Bluetooth®: to pair with your Bluetooth® car kit / Bluetooth® device. TomTom AmiGo automatically starts and stops based on a known bluetoooth device being connected/disconnected to save battery.
  6. (iOS version only) Microphone: TomTom AmiGo allows you to report speed cameras using voice.
  7. (iOS version only) Accelerometer: TomTom AmiGo requires access to your accelerometer data to collect information about your drive.
  8. (Android™ version only) Draw over other apps, for using the Overlay mode to show the app on top of other apps.

Why does the AmiGO app need access to my media files and SD card? (Android™ version only)

We use the device memory to store our local data. Depending on your device, this could also be on the SD card in your device. Don’t worry - We don’t access any of your private media files even though the permissions message of the Android operating system makes it look like we will. The TomTom AmiGO app only accesses its own files.

Can the app work without any of those permissions?

No, the app needs all permissions mentioned above to function correctly, except for the “Draw over other apps” and “Bluetooth®” permission.

Read aloud warnings

What are read aloud warnings?

Instead of beeps you can switch the app to read aloud warnings when receiving a warning. You will then hear warnings such as” Red light speed camera, 50 mph”.

Are read aloud warnings on by default?


Can I have read aloud warnings and beeps at the same time?

No, currently that is not possible.

How do I enable read aloud warnings?

Make sure you have enabled Text-to-speech (TTS) in the settings of your Android operating system, and downloaded a supported voice. For instructions on how to do this, please refer to your smartphone documentation.

Are read aloud warnings available for my language?

Not all Android smartphones support all TTS languages. This can also depend on the installed Text-to-speech (TTS) engines. Please refer to your smartphone documentation for more information.

What if I still don’t hear read aloud warnings?

If read aloud warnings are still not working after you have selected your preferred settings, please make sure you restart the application completely

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