This guide will explain how to access the SwapBots Alpha and install it onto an Android device.
Apple iOS users please follow the guide here.
To be able to access the SwapBots Alpha, you must first of all have registered a Google Play account and have sent us your Google Email.
(Only Google account emails that have been shared with us will be able to download the Alpha.)
Step 1: Sign into your Google account, either via your computer's web browser or by adding your account to your desired Android device.
Step 2: In the SwapBots Alpha Email, you should find this link:
Step 3: Clicking the link will take you to this page.
(The SwapBots Alpha testing app invite page.)
Step 4: Click “Become a tester”
(Accepted the SwapBots Alpha page.)
Congratulations, you have just accepted the SwapBots Alpha!
Step 5: To access the Alpha store page, click on the link asking you to “download it on Google Play.”
You will then be directed to the Google Play store page.
(This store page can only be viewed if you are part of the Alpha program.)
(The view of the Store list via a computer web browser.)
(The view of the Store listing on mobile.)
Step 6: Press 'Install'. The app should start downloading.
If using the webpage to install, you will need to select your targeted device for the app to install to.
SwapBots is a large app (220mb+)* and we do recommend that you only download it using WiFi.
*The App size may vary over time.
Step 7: Once the App has downloaded you will be able to find the App on your device home-screen or where your apps are stored.
(The SwapBots icon on the device's home-screen.)
Step 8: It’s finally time to launch the Alpha.
The first time you launch the App, your device will ask you to grant two sets of permissions.
The first time you launch SwapBots you will be asked to allow it to take pictures and record video. Without accepting this permission, the app will not work, as augmented reality (AR) requires permission to use the camera. Don’t worry - this is only so the device can see and recognise the toy you are using; it is not used for any other purpose in the SwapBots app.
(Allow SwapBots to take photos)
The second permission you will be asked is for SwapBots to access the storage on the device. Without accepting this permission, you will not be to save any photos taken whilst using the SwapBots Photo Mode (which allows you to take photos of your Bots in AR).
If you need to re-enable App permissions, follow this guide.
(Allow SwapBots to save media to your device)
Step 9: After watching the SwapBots intro video you will reach the title screen for the game. Go on, push the big red button.
(SwapBots title screen)
Step 10: You will have been sent an email with your SwapBots login, these are all randomly generated for the Alpha. Once you’ve entered your details and login you will be ready to bring your toy to life!
(SwapBots login screen)
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Now get ready to Swap, Scan & Play