You won’t need to download an updated version of the app from the App Store to see these new locations. You will just need to make sure the content of your app is up-to-date. If you are using the app over Wi-Fi, the content will regularly update automatically. If you are using your mobile data, you may need to update the content manually. Simply tap on the updates menu along the bottom of the app, and then tap the downward arrow next to each item to download the updates.
Once your app content is up-to-date, you will see new location categories for free public Wi-Fi, Pokémon GO Gyms and Pokémon GO PokéStops. Just tap on the Locations tile on the app homepage and you will see all the location categories.
Find Bradford Council’s free public Wi-Fi points
Now you will be able to easily use our app to find our free Wi-Fi in the Bradford district. You can browse a list of our public Wi-Fi points, or view them all pinned on the map. If you enter a search term, both the list and the area map will be filtered to match your search.
At Bradford Festival this weekend you can get notifications on your phone about activities and performances that are about to begin as well as other festival information.
Your phone (or tablet) will need:
The latest version of the Bradford Council app. It has been updated this week to version 5.4.6 on Android and version 7.3.11 on iOS.
Bluetooth turned on.
A data connection, either through your own 3G/4G or via the free City Park Wi-Fi.
If you have all those things, you’ll be able to get our festival notifications.
The first time you walk into City Park during the festival you will get a push notification asking you if you want to subscribe to festival alerts.
If you open this notification and subscribe to further alerts, you will then get notifications at the relevant times for things that are about to start. Each message will give you an option to unsubscribe if you no longer want to get the notifications.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Bradford on this project. The expertise of their mobile technology staff has been brilliant.
To send these notifications just to people within a small area we are using iBeacons owned by the University. The beacons are small battery-powered transmitters in fixed locations which emit a Bluetooth signal. This signal is detected by our app and this creates each alert sent to your device.
We’re really keen to trial new technology to improve the way we communicate with people and to enhance people’s experience and enjoyment of events. That’s why we are also trying out Snapchat for the first time at this year’s Bradford Festival.
In the latest update to our mobile app you can now delete more than one alert at once. In fact you can now delete all alerts at the same time.
Lots of people have been using our app to get alerts about bin days, school closures or job vacancies. Lots of you have said that you wanted to be able to delete more than one alert at once. So we have prioritised this development work and in the latest version of the app you can easily select multiple alerts to delete together.
More than 10,000 people have downloaded our app since we launched it in May 2014. The most popular feature of the app so far has been bin day reminders. If you haven’t tried it, you simply enter your address, and you will get an alert the night before any of your bins are due out. You need never forget your bin day again.
Our app can also send you alerts for emergency school closures, tailored to the schools you use, and new Council job vacancies.
You can also use the app to report various issues, including missed bin collections, potholes and faulty street lights.
We are determined not to miss any bin collection days over the festive season, particularly as you might have a lot of wrapping paper and empty bottles that you want to recycle.
If one of your regular bin days falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day we will empty it on a different day. These changes apply to both recycling collections and general waste collections:
If one of your bins was due to be emptied on Christmas Day (Thursday), it will be emptied on Monday, 22 December.
If one of your bins was due to be emptied on Boxing Day (Friday), it will be emptied on Saturday, 27 December.
If one of your bins was due to be emptied on New Year’s Day (Thursday), it will be emptied on Monday, 29 December.
All other bin days remain as normal.
Get a bin day reminder on our app
If you are now thinking, “that’s great, but please can you remind me the day before?” the answer is, “Actually, yes we can”. If you have installed our mobile app on your smartphone or tablet, you can get an alert the day before any of your bins are due out. We have told the app about the changes over the festive season, so it will give you the correct date.
We’ve all forgotten to put our bin out at some point. You’re lying in bed in the morning and you hear the familiar sound of the bin wagon in the street. You dash downstairs in your dressing gown and run after the wagon, dragging your bin behind you in the hope you can catch them up.
OK, maybe you don’t actually do that. But you need never forget your bin day again if you download our mobile app.
You can get a reminder from the Bradford Council app the evening before your bin is due out. You’ll get the alert at about tea time telling you that your general waste, recycling, or garden waste are due to be collected the next day.
Other alerts – job vacancies and school closures
You can also get alerts for new Council job vacancies and unscheduled school closures. We are currently working on more alerts for the app too. If you sign up for updates from this blog, we’ll let you know when we add new features to the app.
Where to download our app
If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can download the Bradford Council app from the Apple App Store. If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, you can download the app from the Google Play Store.