Baby Monitors

Does Owlet Work Without Wi-Fi?

Sarah Davis

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Does Owlet work without Wi-Fi? Yes, indeed!

You can still use Owlet without a Wi-Fi connection as the Base Station communicates with the Smart Sock via Bluetooth and the Base Station can notify you with colored lights and audible sounds if the Sock sensor detects vital signs that are out of normal range.

If you lose internet connection and both the base station and the smart sock’s sensor are paired using Bluetooth, you should keep seeing bouncing or pulsing green on the base station indicating that your baby’s readings are within the normal range. If the readings change and perhaps the oxygen saturation level is 85% – below the expected normal range of 90% to 100%, you’ll see flashing red lights.

Don’t assume that the flashing red light on the base station doesn’t signify any problems with your baby as is usual with the app notification. Whether your Owlet is connected or not connected to the internet, a flashing red light means that your baby’s vital signs – heartbeat or oxygen saturation levels are out of the normal range and should immediately check on your baby.

In fact, following the FDA’s crackdown that led to Owlet changing some of the app features, the app notifications are now delayed, unlike base-station color alerts. So, remember that even if you’re not near your Wi-Fi router or have lost the signal, Owlet can still function autonomously and continuously monitor your baby’s health stats without any interruptions.

Also, as a parent or caregiver of an infant wearing an Owlet Smart Sock, it is highly recommended to frequently check the Base Station to ensure that it is connected to your Wi-Fi network. While Owlet can still function without Wi-Fi, the connection to your home network allows for additional features and benefits such as remote monitoring through the Owlet app, continuous data tracking, and alerts sent directly to your phone.

However, without Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to view your baby’s data on the Owlet app or get notifications on your phone. You can still use the Base Station as a standalone device, but you’ll miss out on some of the advanced features that Owlet offers, such as notifications on your phone, sleep tracking, and trend analysis.

Moreover, Wi-Fi connectivity also allows for easy firmware updates and troubleshooting if any issues arise with your Owlet device. It’s important to note that Owlet is designed to work with a stable Wi-Fi connection, so keeping your network up and running will ensure the most accurate and reliable monitoring of your baby’s health.

This article is part of our guide on troubleshooting baby monitors. You can also read our guide on how to use Nanit without WiFi.

When to use Owlet without Wi-Fi:

When Owlet can’t connect to Wi-Fi:

There are instances where using Owlet without Wi-Fi becomes necessary, particularly when facing connection issues with the Owlet app. Owlet’s versatility truly shines in these moments, as it can still be utilized even without a Wi-Fi connection or when the internet is down. Initially, I faced difficulties when I first got my Owlet Smart Sock 3, and I’ve come across complaints from other parents regarding the DreamSock and Babysat’s unreliable Wi-Fi connection. Occasionally, the Wi-Fi connection to Owlet’s app fails to establish, prompting the need to rely on Owlet without Wi-Fi.

Read our guide on ways to fix Owlet not connecting to Wi-Fi here.

When you don’t have internet access:

If you are traveling or staying in a location without Wi-Fi, Owlet can still be used as long as the Base Station is connected to power. This allows for peace of mind and continuous monitoring of your baby’s health, even when away from home.

When you want to use base station for monitoring:

Another instance where using Owlet without Wi-Fi can be beneficial is when you want to utilize remote monitoring for your baby’s health using the base station. This feature allows you to check on your baby’s vitals without relying on Wi-Fi. This can be useful for parents who want to keep an eye on their baby while working or doing chores around the house.

How to use Owlet without without Wi-Fi:

There are two primary ways to use Owlet without Wi-Fi. You can entirely rely on the base station which uses Bluetooth to receive signals from the Sock’s sensor or can use a mobile hotspot to connect the base station and the app. Keep in mind that using a mobile hotspot may consume data, so it’s best to have an unlimited data plan or use Wi-Fi whenever possible.

Using Owlet Base Station without Wi-fi: Steps:

  1. First, make sure the base station and sock are paired and connected via Bluetooth.
  2. Place the sock on your baby’s foot and ensure it is snug but not too tight.
  3. Turn on the Base Station, which should have a green light indicating that it is receiving signals from the sock.
  4. Wait for a couple of minutes to allow the Base Station to establish a connection with the sock and start reading your baby’s vital signs.
  5. Keep an eye on the Base Station for any light-based alerts, indicating abnormal readings.

Using Owlet App without Wi-Fi (using mobile hotspot): Steps:

While hotspot Wi-fi isn’t recommended as a viable alternative to use when you lose Wi-Fi in your home, you can still set up a hotspot and connect the Owlet app in case you need to step out or are on the go.

Similar to Nanit’s hotspot connection which can consume up to 2GB of data per day, Owlet’s app can also consume

  1. Firstly, make sure your phone has an active cellular data plan with mobile hotspot capabilities.
  2. Turn on your mobile hotspot and connect it to the base station’s Wi-Fi network (the network name will be listed on the Base Station).
  3. Open the Owlet app and select “set up a new Owlet device.”
  4. Follow the instructions on the app to connect your base station to Wi-Fi, which should now be connected to your mobile hotspot.
  5. Once completed, you can use the Owlet app as usual without any interruptions from losing Wi-Fi in your home.

Owlet features you’ll miss without Wi-Fi:

  • Real-time tracking and alerts: Without Wi-Fi, you won’t receive real-time updates on your baby’s vital signs or any alerts for abnormal readings.
  • Sleep insights: The Owlet app provides customized sleep analytics and tips when connected to Wi-Fi.
  • History log: You won’t be able to view the history of your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels without Wi-Fi.
  • Share access: Without Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to share access with other caregivers or family members.
  • Remote access: You won’t be able to check on your baby’s status when you’re away from home without Wi-Fi.

Owlet features that require an Internet connection:

While Owlet does have the option to connect without Wi-Fi, certain features do require an internet connection. These include:

  • Firmware updates: To keep your Owlet device functioning at its best, it is important to regularly check for firmware updates. Without Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to download and install these updates.
  • App customization: Some features, such as setting alerts and adjusting settings, require an internet connection through the Owlet app.
  • Owlet Connected Care: This optional subscription service allows you to track your baby’s sleep trends over time. Without Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to access this feature or view any data from previous nights.
  • Notifications: Owlet sends notifications to your phone, tablet or other connected devices when an abnormal reading is detected. Without Wi-Fi, you won’t receive these important alerts.
  • Access to stored data: Without Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to access any previously stored data on the Owlet app. This includes sleep trends and history logs.
  • Cloud storage: Owlet offers cloud storage options for backing up your baby’s data in case of a lost or damaged device. Without Wi-Fi, this feature won’t be available.
  • Livestreaming Owlet Cam footage on the app: The Owlet Cam allows you to livestream video of your baby on the Owlet app. Without Wi-Fi, this feature won’t be accessible.
  • 2-Way talkback: The Owlet Cam also has a 2-way talkback feature that allows you to speak and hear your baby through the app. Without Wi-Fi, this feature won’t work.
  • Update the app: Without Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to update the Owlet app itself. This could potentially lead to glitches or outdated features.

However, there are still many benefits of using Owlet without Wi-Fi:

  • Real-time monitoring: Even without an internet connection, you can still monitor your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels in real time.
  • Base station alerts: The Owlet Base Station will still sound an audible alarm if it detects abnormal readings, even without Wi-Fi.
  • Peace of mind: Owlet provides peace of mind to parents by constantly monitoring their baby’s vital signs. This feature remains unchanged with or without Wi-Fi.
  • On-the-go: With a portable Owlet device and base station, you can easily monitor your baby’s vital signs while on the go, without the need for Wi-Fi.
  • No data usage: Owlet works without Wi-Fi, so you won’t have to worry about using up your data or being in a location with a poor internet connection.
  • More secure: Without an internet connection, there is less risk of someone hacking into the device and accessing your baby’s data. This provides extra security for your family.
  • Easy setup: Setting up Owlet without Wi-Fi is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. You won’t have to worry about complicated network configurations.
  • Cost-effective: Not having to rely on Wi-Fi means you won’t have to pay for expensive internet plans or worry about additional charges.

In conclusion, while some features of Owlet may not be available without Wi-Fi, the main purpose of the device remains unaffected.

How to Read Owlet Base Station Colors without Wi-Fi:

Without an internet connection, you can still rely on Owlet to give you live updates on your baby’s vital signs through color-coded alerts on the Base Station.

Below are the meanings of each of the colors;

  • Green: This means everything is normal and within the safe zone.
  • Yellow: The yellow color indicates that the sock has fallen off or is improperly placed. 
  • Blue: A blue light signifies that the Sock is out of range from the Base Station or the Sock battery is depleted or somehow the signal is blocked and cannot reach the base station. This doesn’t indicate the Wi-fi connection was lost.
  • Blinking orange: This indicates the Sock placed next or on top of the base station is not paired to it or hasn’t been set up but doesn’t signify anything about Wi-fi signal loss.
  • Stable white: This means the Sock is plugged in and charging
  • Bouncing White: This light means that the Sock is not paired with base station

How to connect Owlet without a Password:

There are three options to use Owlet without entering a Wi-Fi password which include using a mobile hotspot, setting up a Wi-Fi extender, or using shared Wi-Fi with your computer. With a mobile hotspot, you can connect your phone to the base station and use it as a Wi-Fi source.

With a Wi-Fi extender, you can extend your home’s or hotel’s Wi-Fi network to reach the Owlet Base Station without needing to enter the password again. Lastly, with shared Wi-Fi, you can connect your computer to the Owlet Base Station using an Ethernet cable to access the internet and receive live updates from the Owlet app.

FAQs

Can you use Owlet in the car?

Yes, Owlet can be used in the car without Wi-Fi. Using Bluetooth technology, you can pair Owlet’s Sock and base station inside the car and remotely monitor your baby when traveling. If you would rather use the app to monitor your baby and get notifications in the app, you can set up mobile hotspot and connect the Owlet app to the hotspot Wi-Fi. You will also need to ensure that the Owlet base station is connected to a strong Wi-Fi network and can send signals to the cloud and the app which you can access anywhere you are with your car as long as you maintain the hotspot connection on.

Can you use Owlet with hotspot?

Yes, Owlet can be used with a mobile hotspot connection but is not recommended as it consumes high amount of data as high as 1GB per day. It’s important to consider the data cost and availability before using Owlet with a hotspot. However, if you are in an area with no Wi-Fi connection but have mobile data available, you can set up a mobile hotspot and connect the Owlet app to the hotspot Wi-Fi. This will allow you to monitor your baby remotely through the app.

Below are the steps to use Owlet with hotspot Wi-Fi:

  1. Turn on your mobile data and enable hotspot on your phone.
  2. Connect the Owlet base station to a power outlet and make sure it’s turned on.
  3. Open the Owlet app and go to Settings.
  4. Select “Wi-Fi Setup” option.
  5. Choose the Wi-Fi network of your hotspot from the list of available networks.
  6. Enter the password for your hotspot network.
  7. The Owlet app will now connect to the base station through your mobile hotspot Wi-Fi.
  8. Once connected, you can monitor your baby’s vitals and receive notifications through the app even without a traditional Wi-Fi connection.

Can you use Owlet with hotel Wi-Fi?

Yes, Owlet can also be used with hotel Wi-Fi which uses WPA or WPA2 encryption protocols. However, it’s important to note that hotel Wi-Fi networks may not always have a strong and stable connection which could affect the performance of the Owlet app.

It’s recommended to test the connection before relying on it for monitoring your baby. Additionally, some hotels may have restrictions on using certain devices on their Wi-Fi network, so it’s best to check with the hotel before using Owlet.

Unlike Nanit app which doesn’t allow you to connect to public Wi-Fi which does not require Wi-Fi(WPA), Owlet connects seamlessly to public non-password-protected Wi-Fi networks(WPA) and password-protected Wi-Fi(WPA2 and WPA3).

How do I connect Owlet to Wi-Fi?

The best and easiest way to connect Owlet to Wi-Fi if you are facing connection challenges is to use your computer’s Wi-Fi. You need to open your internet browser on your computer by entering 192.168.0.1 after connecting your phone to the Owlet Wi-Fi network labeled “Owlet-XXXXXXXXXXX.” Make sure the password you choose doesn’t include special characters such as “$”, “#” or “@” as Owlet’s software doesn’t recognize them.

You can then follow the on-screen instructions in your browser to enter your home Wi-Fi network details and password. Once completed, Owlet will automatically switch over to your home Wi-Fi network for monitoring. Read more on how to troubleshoot your Owlet not connecting to Wi-Fi here.

Can I use Owlet on vacation?

Yes, you can definitely use Owlet on vacation. To make it easy for you to utilize Wi-Fi when traveling on vacation, you can use Wi-Fi without the internet using base station alerts or with Wi-Fi using app-based alerts. It’s your choice. If you are in a remote vacation spot perhaps close to the beach where Wi-Fi access is limited, you can opt to use Owlet and rely on its base station lights and alerts.

If you are on vacation and have your baby at home and want to view the baby’s data and footage remotely, you need to connect the Owlet app to Wi-Fi. Fortunately, Owlet’s connection to public Wi-Fi isn’t limited as it can connected to Wi-Fi networks with password protection(WPA2 and WPA3) or without password protection(WPA)

Can I use Owlet on multiple phones?

Yes! You can log into the app on multiple devices and share access with your spouse or family members. However, make sure everyone uses the same email and password as the account that set up the Base Station. Please fully set up and register the device before attempting this. It’s not recommended to have too many people logged into the same account as it can slow things down. Once you have more than 2 people accessing the same data from one device, it can become sluggish as per Owlet’s support page here.

Owlet can send data and stream live footage simultaneously to up to 5 devices such as mobile phones but Owlet recommends limiting it at 2 devices to avoid slowing down the Owlet app performance.