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   Mobius USB Tools   

Mobius USB Tools is simply THE best, most sophisticated, and most advanced Android app for the Mobius ActionCam and #16 camera. Providing super smooth User interface for configuration and HD LiveView, Mobius USB Tools automatically matches camera mode without any User intervention.

App Features

Mobius 2 Support:
  • Yes, I will support the new Mobius 2 camera; after spending the last 4 years (except a very short time) supporting Elijah's cameras (#16 and Mobius), and now that funding to acquire new Android devices is finally solved (Paid Licensing), I have no intention of walking away.
  • On May 24, Elijah confirmed that he is sending me a Mobius 2 (free of charge) and offered to send me a second camera as well.
  • Elijah had previously agreed to provide me all necessary documentation so I can provide on-going support for the new Mobius 2.

  • A large number of Users asked me to republish my apps with paid licensing, so I did.
  • To avoid any possibility of confusion: Paid Licensing is here to stay, exactly as it is; it cannot possibly be changed because it would be totally unfair to all the loyal Users who have already purchased a License. App Mobius USB Tools is here to stay for the same reason.
  • Mandatory monthly updates were eliminated and replaced with flexible Licensing.
  • License Manager shows up automatically; touch button Read Me to get answers to all your licensing questions and information about Lifetime and Yearly Licenses.
  • A Free trial License is offered as a courtesy to people who are not sure if this app works correctly on their phone/tablet. Before Free trial period is over, people can decide to continue with a Yearly License or to purchase a Lifetime License.
  • Free trial duration (7 to 30 days) is determined by Google Play at the time of purchase, regardless what the app says. Free trial end date is confirmed by Google Play order confirmation email.
  • A Yearly License costs about $0.19 a week and a Lifetime License costs about $0.09 a week (over two years).
  • It is strongly recommended to keep app up to date to take advantage of latest improvements.
  • v1.1.2.8 Major improvement to the license verification process to make it more forgiving; corrected all reported licensing issues.
  • The "All cameras" Licenses will include Mobius 2 support at no additional cost to License owners.
Licensing Question: Anyone wants low cost ($2.49) or very low cost ($0.99) licenses ? Answer only by email.

WARNING: As discussed in Android Issue 189766 there is a great deal of frustration with permission "Contacts" in Android 6. See app's built-in FAQ in app version or above.

Support Web Page

Mobius USB Tools in Play Store

Important: Three conditions must be met for Play Store to install app Mobius USB Tools:
1-phone/tablet must be USB OTG capable;
2-phone/tablet must contain a USB Authorizations file
phone/tablet must support USB Mass Storage devices.
To verify that all the above conditions are met, install and run app OTG Status; it will tell you and guide you through the whole process, including app installation once the right conditions are met.

Note: Most problems are caused by bad USB cables; most of the time these problems can be fixed using a micro-to-mini OTG Adapter cable.

Reminder: Play Store automatic updates should be enabled to keep apps up to date.

* * * Before beginning, make sure the battery of your Android phone/tablet is fully charged.* * *

Make sure your camera battery is fully charged as well.

All apps now contain built-in FAQ, Help, and Troubleshooting Guide.

App support:

All apps now contain a function to request Help and Support under Action Bar Tools,
Send Support Request. This function submits a support request with preset Email address and subject. All information necessary to quickly identify problem is entered automatically; all you have to do is enter problem description and send message. Reception of your support request will be confirmed with an Auto-Reply Message.

Please read disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

OTG Status version (or above):
  • Launch app OTG Status and follow on-screen instructions.
  • Touch Show detailed information for details and follow instructions, if any.
  • In case of problem, read FAQ, Quick Guide, Troubleshooting Guide, and the various Help entries.


Useful information:
  1. No Android device yet ?
  2. Most Annoying Issues with Android 4.3
    • Frequent intermittent USB problems
      • Host USB does not work correctly unless Android 4.3 initial setup is done in the default language: English (United States); when Android 4.3 initial setup is not done in English US, USB behaviour is mostly unpredictable/unreliable. See this page and this page for details.
      • Host USB may start/stop working for no apparent reason after several reboots.
      • Disabling Auto-rotate screen in Accessibility seems to improve the situation a little bit.
      • Always connect/disconnect OTG cable every time camera is connected/disconnected.
      • It may take 20 (or more) connect/disconnect for Mobius camera to be recognized. This may be related to USB cables.
      • Mobius camera stops being recognized for no apparent reason; it may be recognized again after several reboots.
    • Any app can crash for no reason
      • The crash always happens in the OS code, right after allocating memory; apparently allocated memory was already in use. System app Settings seems to crash more often than any other.
      • Solution:
        • there is no known solution to this problem, except maybe updating the OS to 4.4.2 or 4.4.4.
    • App no longer opens automatically
      • When connecting Camera, installed app used to always open automatically; now nothing happens when connecting Camera.
      • Solutions:
        • Use the manual launcher that is now available.
        • use Settings, Apps, select the app then scroll down to the bottom and, under Launch by default, touch Clear defaults; it sometimes clears this problem.
        • uninstall and reinstall app from Play Store; it sometimes clears this problem.
        • rebooting your device several time may help clear this problem.
    • "Damaged USB storage" error when connecting Camera (also seen on Android 4.2)
      • This problem can happen when connecting a Camera that has a low or nearly depleted battery.
  3. Playing videos recorded with Mobius USB Tools:
    • For convenience, the above apps have a built-in video player.
  4. Playing videos recorded by Mobius ActionCam and #16 Camera:
    • After extensive testing on various Android devices, the best Android video players are BSPlayer FREE and MX Player. Both players play smoothly all videos (AVI, MOV, and MP4) recorded by Mobius and #16 cameras. For smoothest playback, make sure to enable hardware acceleration in Settings.
    • As a general purpose video player, BSPlayer FREE has a small advantage because it plays videos with AC3 sound tracks and unencrypted original BluRay videos (.m2ts) flawlessly.
  5. Nexus Devices
    • Most Nexus devices cannot browse camera's SD card without first installing an app such as 'OTG Disk Explorer Lite'.

See USB adapters and Tips below; click here for Play Store apps.

New Mobius USB Tools
Mobius USB Tools
(10 min 29 sec) make sure to watch in 720p HD



OTG adapters:

Micro-to-mini OTG adapter cable
OTG adapter cable
OTG adapter cable with external power
USB Hub Connection for Multi-Cams LiveView

Android Buying Tips:

  1. Warning: Before buying a device running Android 4.3, please read carefully section Most Annoying Issues with Android 4.3 near the top of this page.
  2. If you are shopping for an Android device, as with many other types of products, you have the choice between brand name products and lower cost products.
  3. Many (but not all) lower cost products support Host USB and have a USB OTG adapter included. Although they may be financially attractive, they are not suitable for everyone. If you are technically proficient, they may well be a good choice; but if you are not, you might be better off going for brand name products.
  4. In any case, if you intent to run 'Mobius USB Tools' app on your device, make sure it does support Host USB (as per new app app OTG Status); also make sure Google Play Store is pre-installed and working.
  5. Most lower cost tablets are missing USB Authorizations even if they support Host USB. That problem can be fixed using these instructions. If you are technically proficient, it should not be a problem; otherwise it may well be mission impossible.
  6. The bottom line ? If you are technically proficient, you can probably afford to buy a lower cost product and invest a few hours to get it working right; if you are not, it may be wise to go for a brand name product.
  Play Store Statistics as of January First 2016
  • Most Popular Android version running app Mobius USB Tools:
Android 4.4
Android 5.0
Android 5.1
Android 4.1
Android 4.2
Android 6
Android 4.3
  • Top 10 of 3589 Device Models running app Mobius USB Tools:
Samsung Galaxy S3
Google Nexus 7
Google nexus 5
Google Nexus 7 (2012)
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note3
Samsung Galaxy S2
GT-I9100 1.60%
Symphony Teleca OnePlus One A0001 1.51%

  • Top 10 of 183 Countries where app Mobius USB Tools is being run:
United States
United Kingdom

Most difficult Devices on which to get app working correctly:
    • Any device running Android 4.3
Devices that cannot run app Mobius USB Tools correctly:
    • Toshiba Thrive tablets show a USB icon at the left of the clock when any USB Mass Storage device is plugged-in, but hide all USB Mass Storage devices from apps. This prevents app Mobius USB Tools from configuring Mobius camera. On the other hand, Live HD preview is working fine.
Note: It is likely that all Toshiba tablets (showing a USB icon when a USB Mass Storage device is connected) have the same problem.
    • Install and run app OTG Status to find out if your phone/tablet can run app Mobius USB Tools.

All apps are available exclusively in Play Store to protect Users from malicious app tampering.
All apps are supported only in countries where they are legally distributed by Play Store.
Support requests that fail integrity checks or contain abusive language are eliminated automatically.
Support is available only to Users with a valid License.
Support requests for cameras other than Mobius/#16 will be ignored.
All apps are offered as is, without any warranty of any kind.
Any or all apps may be discontinued at any time without prior notice.
Play Store app distribution does not necessarily cover all countries and may change at any time.
App distribution may be altered, suspended, resumed, or terminated without prior notice.
Support requests for "bogus" apps will be ignored.

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