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The FreeStyle Libre 3 is a popular continuous glucose monitoring system that provides real-time glucose readings without the need for fingersticks. Libre 3 is designed to work with various smartphones, making it convenient for people with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels on the go. In this article, we will explore the different types of smartphones and mobile devices that are compatible with the FreeStyle Libre 3 system. Whether you are a seasoned FreeStyle Libre 3 user or considering the system for the first time, this article will provide valuable information to help you determine which devices and operating systems are supported.
What app is needed for FreeStyle Libre 3?
The official app for the FreeStyle Libre 3 system is the FreeStyle Libre 3 app, which enables users to monitor their glucose levels and receive alarms directly on their smartphone device, eliminating the need for carrying around their reader. The Freestyle Libre 3 app is available for free download from Google Play or the App Store. The FreeStyle Libre 3 sensors and app are designed to seamlessly work together, providing users with an effortless way to monitor their glucose levels using their smartphone. The app is user-friendly and offers several features that can enhance diabetes management including:
Constant glucose checking:
Glucose readings are automatically sent to the user's smartphone device every single minute.
From the app's home screen, users can view their up-to-the minute glucose reading, glucose trend arrow, and continuous 12-hour glucose graph to make intentional decisions about their diabetes management.
The app stores glucose data for up to 90 days, allowing users to identify patterns and potential causes for fluctuations in blood glucose levels.
Users can set personalized reminders in the app to prompt them to check their glucose levels at specific intervals throughout the day to support their diabetes management goals.
Users can connect with friends and family members using the LibreLinkUp app so they can see their current glucose reading, 12 hour historial glucose graph, and set their own alarm notifications.
The app includes users to customize glucose alarms to alert users when their glucose levels are too high or too low and the ability to add notes about glucose levels.
What apps work with Freestyle Libre 3?
It is important to note that although certain third-party apps may offer additional features and functionalities, it is crucial to understand that Abbott has not officially tested or authorized their use. As a result, there may be variations in accuracy or reliability in glucose readings compared to the Freestyle Libre 3 app.
Alongside the official app, there are several third-party applications that are compatible with the Freestyle Libre 3 system that include Spike, xDrip+, and Tomato. These apps have been developed independently and have compelling features for users that can make managing their diabetes easier.
How do I connect my FreeStyle Libre 3 to my phone?
To connect your FreeStyle Libre 3 to your phone, follow these steps:
Confirm your phone's compatibility with the FreeStyle Libre 3.
Download the FreeStyle 3 app:
Create an account:
After downloading the app, follow the prompts to create an account.
Scan the sensor:
Following account creation, you may link the FreeStyle Libre 3 sensor to your phone. Start by using your phone's NFC reader to scan the sensor. On the back of your phone, this is often around the top or bottom. Hold your phone close to the sensor and wait for the scan to finish for a few seconds.
Start the sensor session:
After the sensor has been linked, you can begin the session by clicking the "Start Sensor" button on the app.
Check your glucose levels:
You may view your glucose readings by accessing the app at any moment to check your levels. Your glucose readings will be shown in real-time on the FreeStyle Libre 3 app.
Set up alerts:
To receive alerts when your glucose levels are outside your target range, go to the "Settings" section of the app and select "Alerts." From there, you can customize your alert settings to receive notifications when your glucose levels are too high or too low.
Freestyle Libre iPhone Compatibility
Freestyle Libre 2, Freestyle Libre 3 and LibreLink Apps are currently compatible with iPhone 7 or later and require iOS 11 or later. It is important to note that the compatibility may vary based on the specific operating system version, device model, and regional availability. To ensure compatibility, it is recommended that users visit the official Abbott website for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding compatible iPhones for the Freestyle Libre system.
Is FreeStyle Libre 3 App compatible with iOS 16?
The Freestyle Libre 3 app has been made compatible with iOS 16, enabling iPhone users to conveniently monitor their blood glucose levels directly on their smartphone. To begin using the app, all you need to do is download and install the latest version of the FreeStyle Libre 3 app, and then follow the setup instructions provided to configure it on your iPhone.
Abbott is committed to regularly updating the Freestyle Libre apps to ensure smooth compatibility between the Freestyle Libre 3 app and iOS software. However, it is advisable for users to check the Abbott website for any specific guidelines or information regarding future iOS versions before updating their iPhone software to ensure the latest version can support the Freestyle Libre 3 app.
Freestyle Libre 3 App Android Compatibility
In 2019 Abbott made an announcement regarding the approval of the Freestyle Libre and Freestyle LibreLink applications by the FDA specifically for Android users. Prior to this development, the Freestyle Libre sensors could only be used with a handheld reader and iPhone iOS. This expansion to Android users offers greater convenience in monitoring glucose levels and eliminates the need to carry an additional device.
As stated on the Freestyle Libre website, a wide range of Android devices are now compatible with the Libre 3 sensors. Popular models such as Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and Motorola Moto G6 are fully supported, providing users with a diverse selection. It's worth noting that the list of compatible Android devices extends beyond these well-known options. Abbott, the manufacturer of the Freestyle Libre 3 App, offers a comprehensive list of compatible devices on their official website. This ensures that users can easily identify their specific device and confirm its compatibility. To ensure your Android device is compatible with the Freestyle Libre 3 App, it is recommended to consult this list.
Does the Freestyle Libre 3 app work with Android OS 13?
Android OS 13 is the latest operating system available for Android devices. Users can enjoy full compatibility with both the Freestyle Libre 3 app and the LibreLink app when using Android OS 13. These apps provide a reliable and effective means of monitoring blood glucose levels on Android devices running Android OS 13. However, it's important to note that compatibility can vary based on factors such as the specific operating system version, device model, and regional availability.
To ensure a seamless experience, it is recommended to visit the official website of Abbott or consult with your healthcare provider for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding compatible software for the Freestyle Libre system.
Can you use FreeStyle Libre 3 on multiple devices?
The FreeStyle Libre 3 system offers multiple options for monitoring your blood glucose levels. You can choose to use the FreeStyle Libre 3 reader, the FreeStyle LibreLink app on your smartphone, or even share your data with others.
The FreeStyle Libre 3 reader provides a convenient standalone solution. By scanning the sensor, you can instantly view your glucose readings, trends, and historical data on the reader's screen. This option allows for quick and easy access to your blood glucose information.
Alternatively, the FreeStyle app turns your smartphone into a reader. By scanning the sensor with your phone, you can access real-time glucose readings, trend graphs, and other useful features available in the app. This option offers portability and convenience, as you can monitor your blood glucose levels directly from your smartphone.
Furthermore, the FreeStyle LibreLink app allows you to share your glucose data with others through the LibreView system. This feature enables you to remotely share your data with healthcare providers or loved ones, facilitating better monitoring and collaboration in managing your diabetes.
Whether you prefer using the reader, smartphone app, or sharing your data, the FreeStyle Libre 3 system provides versatility to cater to your specific needs. It enhances your blood glucose monitoring experience by offering various options for tracking and managing your glucose levels.
This blog post was medically reviewed by Amanda Ciprich, MS, RD. Last updated on 6/27/23.