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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

RootsTech mobile app

The bad news: Sometimes the RootsTech moblie app can seem difficult to use
The good news: Findmypast wrote an awesome article on how to use it! 

RootsTech is mayhem.
15,000 family history enthusiasts, hundreds of classes, tons of new technology to preview and dozens of A-list speakers.
Creating a carefully-crafted conference plan is one of our key ways to succeed at RootsTech 2016. It's easy to get overwhelmed, especially if it's your first conference - how will you make sure you don't miss that perfect class, speaker or demo?
The RootsTech Mobile App is your answer.
The year, the folks at RootsTech have released an amazing smartphone application that can be used on an iPhone or Android and it promises to revolutionize your conference experience. The application is essential to organizing your conference schedule, getting important updates and connecting with other genealogy-buffs.
Our favorite thing about the RootsTech app is the ability to browse conference offerings.
The best thing about having the entire RootsTech 2016 schedule and details at your fingertips is that you can browse any time - on your commute, at the gym or while watching TV - take the chance to find can't-miss conference opportunities and use the app to keep them organized.
As with any smartphone application, it can be a little overwhelming at first, but if you use our easy-to-follow guide you'll be making the app work for you in no time:

Set your personalized schedule so you don't miss a beat

If you're using an iPhone, find the button for the "App Store" on your phone's home-screen and search for "RootsTech 2016" in the search bar. If you're using an Android phone, you'll want to find the app through the "Play Store".
If you see something like this, you know you've found the right one:

Hit the "install" button, and then "accept" the terms and conditions. Your phone will take care of the rest of the installation - it should be a very quick process.
Next, hit the "open" button, or tap the icon on your phone's home screen. If you can't find it on your home screen, see how to add an icon to your home screen for Android and iPhone.
The first screen you'll encounter will require you to use your email and password that you chose when registering for the conference. You can register if you haven't yet, or you can continue as a guest.

Once you're logged in, you will see the beautifully designed home screen. The best thing about the app is that it's very intuitive and straightforward. To go to any section, simply touch the icon above the word.
First, we'll take a look at the schedule. Tap the calendar icon, highlighted in red below.

Here you will see the master schedule for all of RootsTech. You can sort the events either by time or by type. At the bottom of the screen, you can navigate between days of the conference. To see the details of any event, just tap on the title.

For each individual event, you will find all the details you need, including a description of the event. If you're interested in attending an event, hit the calendar icon with a "+" on it in the lower left (highlighted in red below). This will save the event and add it to your personalized schedule in the application.

Going back to the home screen, let's quickly take a look at the exhibitors section (tap the icon highlighted in red below):

Just like with classes, you'll see a list of exhibitors to scroll through (you can also search by tapping the magnifying glass in the upper right corner). When you find one that interests you, just tap on the name:

You're able to add an exhibitor to your favorites list by tapping the star in the lower left corner of the screen. You can do the same with speakers as well.

At this point, take some time to browse the schedule, exhibitors and speakers list and favorite the ones that you want to remember. Once you've compiled a nice collection of your interests, go back to the home screen and tap the "my event" icon - this is where it all comes together.
In this section you'll be able to review everything you have saved. Events will be entered onto your schedule, and your favorite speakers and exhibitors will be in a nice convenient list. Use this successfully and you won't miss a beat!

The best part is, the app is available for download right now, free of charge. Download it today and make sure to do some thorough browsing right from your phone - you never know what you'll discover!

Its as easy as that! Thanks findmypast!


  1. Are you so excited that Roots tech is back?? I am so excited for you!

  2. This is great info. I think I have the app downloaded but haven't known what to do with it. I think it is so great you are doing all this! What an example!

  3. Also, I am interested how much of the geneology work you have done has been on the mobile app?

  4. I'm assuming that your question refers to the family search mobile app (correct me if I'm wrong) I don't use it that often, but it's been great for family vacations/reunions. One family reunion we had a family history fireside that my dad and I put together just from the app. I personally like using a computer better, but when I'm out and about it's been wonderful. I'm planning on writing a post on it when RootsTech is over.

  5. Yes that's right. Got it, good to know! And great idea for renunion/ family vacations! Thanks! :)