What is the recommended capacity for mobile devices?

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The size and capacity of the mobile device you use is entirely in your hands, however we recommend selecting a smartphone or tablet that has a decent amount of storage and memory available if you plan on using Fieldwire to access many large projects on it.

Plan Storage

While these sizes may vary, a single plan file usually takes anywhere between 1-5MB of space (3MB on average), so if you have 1000 sheets in your project, that can take up 3GB on the device on average. So it's best to keep that in mind and possibly utilize our selective syncing feature to help mitigate any storage/space issues.

For mobile devices in general, we recommend a 64GB or higher device for projects with several thousand sheets. 

It is also worth noting that Fieldwire will only download high-resolution plan tiles if your mobile device is currently connected to the internet, so it's always a good idea to have WiFi enabled when you are first downloading new plans on your device. This is also true of when you are first downloading your project(s) on your mobile device, or if there is a large volume of updates that you are syncing to the device. Having a strong WiFi connection will always make this process run smoother.

Photos and Files

Photos and other files you insert into your Fieldwire project are cached based on your device's size, which again can vary between users. It can also depend on what brand of device you are using. So for example, Android devices will only cache 2GB worth of photos and miscellaneous files, regardless of your Android device's actual size.

iOS devices, on the other hand, will allot more cache space the larger the device:

  • 2GB of storage on a 16GB device
  • 4GB on a 32GB device
  • 8GB on a 64GB device
  • 16GB on a 128GB device, etc.

The most recently uploaded files and photos, as well as the most regularly viewed files and photos, are always at the top of your cache list, in order to support the files and photos that you need to access most often.

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