Managing type 1 diabetes can be complex, especially for parents of children with the condition. The need for constant monitoring of blood glucose levels, insulin dosages, and carbohydrate intake can be overwhelming. That’s where Gluroo comes in—a revolutionary app designed to simplify collaborative diabetes management. With Gluroo’s iOS widgets, you can conveniently display blood glucose values on your lock screen, providing immediate access to vital information without unlocking your device. In this how-to guide, we’ll walk you through some simple steps to see blood glucose levels using iOS lock screen widgets, empowering you to worry less and stay informed about your child’s health with just a glance at your screen.
Step 1. Connect your CGM to Gluroo
First, make sure you have Gluroo installed. To download the app, check out the links below:
Now, to add your CGM as a data source in Gluroo:
- Press the hamburger button in the top right
- Press “CGM”
- Select your CGM from the list (in this example, a Freestyle Libre)
- For Libre CGMs, type in your LibreLinkUp username and password. For Dexcom CGMs, type in your Dexcom Share username and password. To use CGM readings from your cloud-based tool, you can copy and paste Gluroo’s Nightscout URL and API Secret into whatever app/tool you are using to publish data to Gluroo.
- Press “Connect”
After completing these steps, you should start to see your CGM readings in Gluroo!
Step 2. Add the blood glucose level widget to your iOS lock screen
- Long press on your lock screen to pull up the customization view:
- Select “Customize”, then “ADD WIDGETS”:
- Scroll down in the list of apps and select Gluroo:
- Tap Gluroo’s Blood Glucose Level widget in the bottom tray (whichever one you want, but both options are shown here). Then, Tap the widget itself once it’s on your lock screen:
- Select the name of the Person with Diabetes (PWD) that you want to show data for. NOTE that if you are a member of multiple GluCrews, you will see them here. Each entry in the field corresponds to a GluCrew that you are a part of. Since I am only a part of one GluCrew, it just shows one name.
- Finish! You should now see your BGL data and carbs/insulin on board, along with a timer that shows you how old the data is.
If you’ve completed the previous steps and have a Gluroo widget on your lock screen but no data is coming through, consider the following:
- Double check that you are not in multiple GluCrews. In Gluroo, you can tap the profile picture in the top header. If nothing happens, then you are only in one GluCrew. If a separate screen appears that lets you switch between GluCrews, then it means you are a member of multiple GluCrews. If that is the case, then go back to steps 4 and 5 above and select the correct GluCrew that you want to see data for.
- Apple may throttle the number of times a widget is allowed to update without user interaction. Consider tapping the widget occasionally to demonstrate your interest in the value of the widget to iOS, which may help keep it up to date.
- On iOS 17 (and not on earlier versions of iOS) and Gluroo 1.1.345 or later (2023-09-30), the lock screen widget can be tapped to refresh, and then a second tap will open the Gluroo App. (Before those versions, tapping the lock screen widget just opens the Gluroo app.)
- Make sure that notifications are enabled for Gluroo in the iOS settings. The widgets will not work if notifications are disabled on a system level. You can always toggle the notifications on and off in Gluroo, but keep them enabled in the iOS settings.