faq

I hear noticeable gaps, or skipping, in the Lightning Bug’s audio, what should I do?
I set Lightning Bug’s alarm, why didn’t it go off?
No matter what I do I can’t get a plugin to install from the Android Market?
I’m able to install the plugin from the Android Market, but Lightning Bug doesn’t seem to recognize it?
Why does Lightning Bug need to know my location?
How do I make the sounds louder?
How do I change the frequency of sounds?
How do I set the application to turn off after I am asleep?
How do I turn off the screen but keep the sounds?
Why does Lightning Bug start when my phone boots?
I just upgraded to Plugin Mode, where’s Beach at Night?
Why is Lightning Bug always running in the background?

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I hear noticeable gaps, or skipping, in Lightning Bug’s audio, what should I do?

This is a known issue on dual-core Android devices running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher. The good news is that we built a feature into Lightning Bug’s 2.8 release called “Lightning Bug Audio” that should give you smooth, gap-free playback again. However, Lightning Bug Audio has to be manually enabled. So if you’re hearing gaps or skipping, go to Lightning Bug’s Settings screen and make sure that Lightning Bug Audio is enabled.

For more info on Lightning Bug Audio, check out these blog posts:
Lightning Bug 2.9 – No More Skipping in Ice Cream Sandwich
setLooping() Bug Status Update!
Lightning Bug 2.8.1 – Call to Action
Lightning Bug 2.8 – No More Skipping!

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I set Lightning Bug’s alarm, why didn’t it go off?

There are a few reasons that Lightning Bug’s alarm may fail to go off on schedule. Please understand that regardless the cause, you should test *any* alarm app on your phone before relying on it to get you to work or class.

  • Are you running any ‘task killer’ apps? And if so, is Lightning Bug in that app’s whitelist?
  • Have you install Lightning Bug to your SD card? If so, the alarm may fail to go off if your device was restarted after the alarm was set.
  • Has Lightning Bug’s alarm worked in the past, and was the alarm actually set this time around? Please make sure, you’d be surprised!

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No matter what I do I can’t get a plugin to install from the Android Market?

  1. Open the Market Application and go to the Plugin’s page. Cancel the download.
  2. Clear the Market Application’s Cache. To do this:
    From Home Screen > Click Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Market > Clear Cache
  3. Retry your purchasedownload
  4. If that doesn’t work. Cancel the download again, restart your phone, and try again.

If you still have issues, contact Google’s Android Market support here:
http://www.google.com/support/androidmarket/bin/request.py?contact_type=market_phone

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I’m able to install the plugin from the Android Market, but Lightning Bug doesn’t seem to recognize it?

If you are having issues with any of our Lightning Bug plugins please try the following:

  • Ensure that the plugin was installed from the Market. If not, cancel the download/install and restart your phone. Then try to install it again.
  • If you are not seeing the scenes and sounds. Please long press the plugin. This will reload the scenes and sounds.
  • If you continue to have problems downloading all of the plugin’s content, check the following:
    • Make sure you have space left on your SD card. Each plugin requires between 5 and 10 MBs
    • Check your Internet connection. While most of our users are able to download and install plugins over 3G and Edge networks, wifi is definitely the most reliable.

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Why does Lightning Bug need to know my location?

Lightning Bug only reads your location if you enable Lightning Bug’s local weather feature which is disabled by default. If you enable the local weather feature, only your latitude and longitude are sent to a trusted weather reporting service.

For more information on Lightning Bug’s permissions: Permissions

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How do I make the sounds louder?

Long press each sound and then a volume control menu will open.

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How do I change the frequency of sounds?

If you have Plugin Mode enabled, you can also change sound frequency by long pressing the sound’s button in the menu. This feature is only available in Plugin Mode.

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How do I set the application to turn off after I am asleep?

In the settings menu, make use of the Sleep Timer feature.

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How do I turn off the screen but keep the sounds?

In the settings menu, make use of the screen timeout feature.

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Why does Lightning Bug start when my phone boots?

Lightning Bug must run when your phone boots so that it can ensure its alarm system is configured correctly. Otherwise, if you had an alarm set, it’s possible it wouldn’t go off at the right time. That said, only a very small portion of the Lightning Bug app executes at boot so it will not significantly effect your device’s start up time. And although it may appear that Lightning Bug is still running after boot is complete, this is misleading. Lightning Bug may still be in memory, but it is not actively running or otherwise consuming your device’s battery. In fact, this type of behavior is normal for most, if not all, Android apps.

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I just upgraded to Plugin Mode, where’s Beach at Night?

A: There are two ways that you can use the Beach scene with the new version.
1 – You can run Lightning Bug in the original mode. The original beach scene that you know is still there and you can use the sounds and background picture that was there. If you switched to plugin mode, you will need to switch back. On the menu scene there is a button you need to press. It looks like a circle with a triangle in the middle. The second row of icons the third one down. Click that. There are three options that come up. You need to click “back to built-in scenes”. Then select Beach at Night. You are back in business! You can switch between Plugin Mode and Built-In.

2 – If you want to use the Beach scene in the Plugin in mode then you would need to purchase the plugin in the market to help support us as we continue to work on making Lightning Bug the best app! =) In the plugin list (click the puzzle piece) and then you will see the Beach Pack. You will click on it and it will take you to the market. You then go through the normal Google Checkout/Market procedures. Once you do that you will go back into Lightning Bug and it will start to configure and download the new Beach Pack. The difference with this plugin is that you get a lot more than the original Beach. This pack includes 7 different beach scenes and 9 different sounds. The beach scenes you know and love has grown with additional variations of sounds! In the plugin mode you can pick and choose the sounds you want, have more than one waves going at a time and even change the timing of the sounds so you can get it exactly how you want it.

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Why is Lightning Bug always running in the background?

Unless you actually hear Lightning Bug playing sounds, it will only run in the background when your device synchronizes its internal clock with your network provider. When this occurs, Lightning Bug only runs very briefly to update its alarm system. So while it may appear Lightning Bug is running in the background, chances are it is just loaded in memory. This is normal behavior for Android apps and does not indicate a problem or any significant load on your device’s CPU or battery.