When you join a study in Ethica, the app detects what data was requested by the study, and determines if the phone allows that data to be collected or not. When the current settings of your device does not allow the collect of the data, Ethica notifies you by sending you a message. You can access your messages through the notification bar on the top of the home screen.
There are different types of notifications that you might receive. Each notification explains what is the issue, and also has a button which allows you to act on it. In the following sections we explain the purpose of each notification.
App Usage app not available
Some studies require to monitor statistics on your app usage. In other words, they need to record how often you use what app. Ethica app by default cannot record this data. In order to do so, you need to install another app from Google Play Store, which allows Ethica to record these statistics.
When you receive this notification, it means Ethica cannot find the app which is responsible for recording app usage statistics. You can press on Download in order to go to Google Play Store and download the additional app.
Cannot access app usage statistics
In Android, you need to explicitly allow an app to have access to app usage statistics. Assuming you already have installed the app which allows Ethica to monitor this stream (as was explained in App Usage app not available section), you still need to explicitly ask Android to allow Ethica to have access to this data.
If Ethica detects you have not allows this access, it will show you the following notification:
Pressing on Permit access opens Android Settings where you can give this permission to Ethica:
Wi-Fi is disabled
If your study requires monitoring Wi-Fi networks in your proximity, but your Wi-Fi is turned off, Ethica shows you this notification asking you to turn on your Wi-Fi. In order to do so, simply tap on Turn Wi-Fi on and Ethica will turn your Wi-Fi back on.
You don't need to be connected to any Wi-Fi network. As long as your Wi-Fi is on, even if it is not connected to any network, Ethica can perform the requested data collection.
GPS is disabled
If your study requires monitoring your GPS location, but your GPS is not enabled, Ethica shows you this notification asking you to turn on your GPS. In order to do so, tap on Turn GPS on:
Ethica will take you to Android Settings, where you can turn on GPS.
The Settings in Android to turn GPS on is different on different versions of Android. If you have trouble finding out how to turn GPS on in your Android, search the web and there should be many documents explaining how this can be done.
GPS access not granted
In some versions of Android, you need to explicitly allow Ethica to have access to the GPS. If Ethica does not have this permission, it will show you this notification, asking you to allow this access in Android.
In order to give permission to Ethica to have access to GPS, simply tap on Grant GPS Access.
Bluetooth is disabled
If your study requires monitoring Bluetooth devices in your proximity, but your Bluetooth device is turned off, or is not discoverable, Ethica shows you this notification, asking you to turn on the Bluetooth. To do so, simply tap on Turn Bluetooth on.
You have a survey to complete
Each study will issue occasional questions to answer. If you cannot answer the survey right away, or for any reason you have to leave the survey and complete it later, Ethica will save your progress and when you come back, it allows you to continue from where you left off.
If you have an incomplete survey, Ethica will show you a notification, asking you to start them when you can. To return answering the surveys, simply tap on Start survey, and Ethica will take you to Surveys page.