Mercury app FAQs
Check out our app page to see who our latest challenges winners are. Before we can update our website with the winners’ names, we have to get in touch them individually to accept the prize, so please allow time for this.
Yes, definitely! Your go-to should always be to sign out of the app, uninstall the app, restart your device and then reinstall the latest version from the Google Play or App Store - it’s important that you complete these steps in order. Having the latest version of the app will ensure you get the best experience.
If you’re having trouble with a step or QR challenge you can leave feedback in our app. If the challenge is still in play, click into the challenge and tap ‘Having trouble?’ at the bottom of the screen. You can then enter our feedback form.
If the challenge has already ended, you can find all past challenges (whether you entered them or not) in the ‘Earn’ screen when you toggle across to 'History'. Select the challenge you had trouble with from the list and hit ‘Having trouble?’ at the bottom of the screen. You can then complete our feedback form.
For steps to register in the Mercury app, you need to make sure your permissions are enabled
When you first log into the app and accept a step challenge, you will be asked to give permission to allow a connection. Android users will be asked to link a Google account to Google Fit. iPhone users will be asked to give permission to HealthKit. By allowing these permissions, our app will be able to use your step data.*
Check that the app has permission to use your step data
For iPhone users, head to ‘Settings’ then scroll down until you find the Mercury app. Tap into the app and make sure you have allowed Mercury to access ‘Motion & Fitness’. For Samsung users, head to ‘Settings’ - ‘Google Settings’ - ‘Account Services’ - ‘Google Fit’ - ‘Connected apps and services’. You should see Mercury as a connected app. If you don’t see Mercury as a connected app, you can either quit all current challenges and re-enter them, or you can uninstall and reinstall the app. Both of these actions should trigger a Google pop-up to request your permission, which you can then accept.
To note: these steps will differ for different devices and operating systems.
For Android: ensure the app has permission to run in the background
For Samsung, head to ‘Apps’ - ‘Mercury’ - ‘Battery’ and ‘Allow background activity’. Android users may need to open the app when a challenge starts so that the app can access your step data in the background. Android tends to put apps to ‘sleep’ when they aren’t being used. Remember, these steps will differ for different devices and operating systems.
Different apps have different algorithms to calculate steps and different devices have different hardware and accuracy. For Android, the app uses Google Fit as its source, while iPhones uses Health as its source. Steps are only counted from the device natively (for iOS this includes the Apple Watch Series), they are not counted from other devices such as wearables (Garmin, Samsung, Huewai and Xaomi).
You can complete step challenges using your iOS or Android phone. Apple Watch can be used alongside your phone for iOS (it won’t count steps for Android). Fitbit can be used for iOS or Android however you can’t use it alongside another device. We're looking to add other wearable devices soon!
You can enter multiple challenges at one time, however you can’t have more than one step challenge in play at the same time. We generally plan step challenges to start one after the other, so they don’t overlap for this reason.
Having more than one device running challenges at the same time will interfere with your step count and challenge stats. Stick to entering challenges on one device to help resolve this. If you’re having issues log out and install any new updates.
Challenges are generally set up to stop showing in the app before the challenge ends (when you haven’t already entered them). This is to make sure that users have enough time to comfortably complete challenges.
We recommend that you enter challenges as soon as you receive a new app notification to avoid disappointment. To turn on your notifications, head over to ‘Settings’ and find Mercury to allow notifications. Remember you can enter multiple challenges at one time, so what are you waiting for!
We have a range of rewards available for you to choose to spend your points on – from bill credits to free power offers. We know you'll love them! You'll need to download our app to redeem rewards. Once you've downloaded our app, you'll be able to see your points balance and which rewards are available to you in the 'Spend' section. Simply follow the on-screen prompts to redeem the reward of your choice. Find out more about rewards here.
*Terms and eligibility criteria apply