Starling Instructions

Starling Instructions

What’s in the Box?

With your Starling Pack you’ll receive:

• Starling
• Charging Dock and cables
• One clip attachment
• Starling traveling case


The Starling has been designed to be compatible with the iPhone 5S and newer generations, as well as iPads (second generation and up).

The Starling is compatible with iOS 9.0+ and Android platforms.

Your Starling’s First Day

Step 1:

We’re so excited that you’ve received your Starling! Once you’ve opened the box, go ahead and take out the Starling device, the charging dock, the charging cable, and the wall plug. Charge your Starling by plugging the charging cable into the USB port in your supplied wall plug, and plugging the other end into the port on the back of the charging dock. You can also plug the charging cable into a laptop/computer if a wall outlet is not readily available. Once the Starling is placed into the dock, the light on the Starling will turn dim red if it is properly charging.

Step 2:

Download the Starling App from the App Store onto your smartphone and turn your bluetooth compatibility on. This can be done by going to the “Settings” app on your phone and changing the bluetooth setting from “off” to “on”.

Step 3:

Open up the app and create an account by filling in your details to personalize the Starling. Once you have done this, the screen will prompt you to charge your Starling. Your Starling will automatically turn on once it has enough charge. To check if the Starling is on, press the button once. If the device is on, you will see a series of orange and green flashes. If you press the button and nothing happens, then the device is off and should be turned on. You can turn your Starling on by pressing and holding the button on the bottom of the device for 5 seconds (to check if your Starling is already on, push the button once. When the device turns on, you will see rainbow lights flashing on your Starling. If the device is turned on, charged and your bluetooth is on, a blue light will appear on your device indicating that the Starling has paired to your smartphone.

Step 4:

Attach the Starling to your child and start talking!

Turning Your Starling On & Off

To turn your Starling on, press the button for approximately five seconds. You’ll see a rainbow light pattern appear once the Starling has turned on. As soon as it’s on, your Starling will start counting words and you can connect your Starling to the Starling app on your phone.

To turn your Starling off, press the button for approximately five seconds. You’ll see a red light fade out once the Starling has been successfully turned off. Once off, the Starling won’t count words, and you won’t be able to connect it to your phone. But don’t worry – you definitely won’t lose any of your data!

Button Presses & Light Animations

Button Presses:

Single Click – Clicking the button once allows you to see your battery levels. After pressing the button, you’ll see the light on the Starling flash four times. If the majority of your lights are green, then your Starling’s battery levels are healthy. If not, then we recommend you place your Starling in its charging dock.

Long Hold (Around 5 Seconds) – Pressing the button on your Starling for approximately five seconds will turn your Starling on or off.

Light Meanings:

Dim Red (while your Starling is in the charging dock): Your Starling is charging

Red: Your battery is low or your Starling unit is turning off. If the battery on your Starling is low, you’ll see a red light flash three times.

Dim Green (while your Starling is in the charging dock): Your Starling is fully charged

Your Daily Word Goal

Just as a step counter encourages you walk a certain number of steps each day, the Starling encourages you to speak a certain number of words each day to your child. The daily goal is there to encourage and reward you for engaging with your little one each day – it’s not meant to become another chore on a list!

The Starling comes with a default word goal. You can change your specific word goal or check your current progress in the Starling app.

See More About Daily Goal

Bluetooth Connectivity

Please Note: We recommend syncing your Starling as often as possible to avoid data loss. Your Starling is only capable of storing a few days of data.


Your Starling communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Bluetooth connectivity has a limited range, so remember that your phone needs to be in the general area (within 10-12 feet) of the Starling in order for the two to connect. Once successfully connected to your phone during set-up, the light on the Starling will turn blue for two seconds.

Auto-Sync On:

Your Starling is continuously in ‘Auto-Sync’ mode. This means it will connect to your phone any time the Starling is turned on and transfer recorded data continuously to your phone. When you open the mobile app, you will see the light on the Starling flash blue, indicating that the device is connecting and reporting to your phone.

Battery & Charging

Your Starling contains a rechargeable battery. With normal use, your Starling should last 1-3 days before it needs to be charged, however we recommend you leave your charging dock in your child’s room and charge it every night while he/she is sleeping. The expected battery life of your Starling may change as we add additional features through software updates.

To charge your Starling, take it out of your attachment and place it in the charging dock. Plug the charging cable into the USB port on wall adapter, and plug the other end into the port on the back of the charging dock.

While in the charging dock and charging, you will see the LED light on the device glow red. Once it is fully charged, it will turn green. A full charge takes approximately 1.5 hours.

Checking your Starling’s battery status:

Starling App. You can check the level of your battery by connecting the Starling to your phone’s companion app and looking at the battery indicator at the top of the screen. If your battery is low (below 25%), we’ll notify you in your Starling app and send you a push notification letting you know that it’s time to charge your Starling.

Starling Low Battery Light Indicator. You’ll also be able to tell if your Starling battery is low on the Starling unit itself. Press the button once – if the battery is low, a red light will then pulse on and off for a few seconds. If there is no red flash, you still have plenty of charge left!

Starling Wear & Care

The Starling is meant to be worn by your child. As with all wearable technology, accuracy is affected by location of wear. For best results, we recommend attaching the Starling directly to your child’s clothing, on the front of his/her shirt or belt loop. Ideally, the Starling should go on the outermost layer of your child’s clothing so that it’s not blocked by a jacket or sweater.

If that is not possible, you may attach it to your child’s carrier (car seat, high chair, etc.). Whichever location you prefer, keep in mind that the Starling counts most accurately when it is closest to the child.

We recommend you remove the Starling from any clothing while your child is sleeping and reattach it after your child wakes up.

Your Starling is water-resistant and will withstand some splashes or drool. However, the Starling is not designed to be worn when swimming or bathing and we do not recommend immersing it in water. Likewise, the Starling has been designed to exceed the US Government’s choke threshold, so it is safe for your child, but we do not recommend you let your child chew on the Starling.

Cleaning your Starling:

To clean your Starling, attachments, and charging dock, use only a damp cloth to gently wipe down. Do not use any type of cleaning product or solvent as this will wear away the plastic and could damage your Starling. Do not fully submerge your Starling in water or place it in the washing machine. Sometimes, residue buildup on the charging ports of the Starling will prevent it from charging while in the base station. Wiping the back of the Starling down with a damp cloth should fix the issue.

Updating Your Starling

At some point, we may have to update the Starling’s software. In order to update the software, go to your mobile app and click on your child’s Starling. Under “Starling Settings” you can select your child’s Starling, which will take you to a screen where you will see a “Tech Specs,” heading. If there’s an update available, it will show up as an option and appear next to the firmware version. If you click on the update it will begin to download on your app. While this is happening, the light on your Starling will turn yellow. While the software is updating, your device will NOT count words. However, the update should only take around 5 minutes, so you won’t lose too many words!

General Product Specifications

Starling – ABS
Attachments – Versalloy

47.0 x 9.9 x 45.363 mm (W x D x H) Fits within a 49.0 mm diameter circle

19 g

Omni-directional microphone
3-axis accelerometer
Ambient light sensor

Bluetooth 4.1 (Low Energy)

Number of words spoken to a child

Charging cradle and cable provided Standard USB (+5V) power

Single RGB led indicator

Re-chargeable Li-Polymer cell

Up to 5 days with “average” usage

More like splash proof. Can probably survive a full submersion for a very
brief period of time.

OS: iOS9+

Regulatory & Safety Notices

This device complies with FCC part 15 FCC Rules.

Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference and
  2. This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

FCC Warning:

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

This device meets the FCC and IC requirements for RF exposure in public or uncontrolled environments.

IC Notice to Users English/French in accordance with RSS GEN Issue 3:

This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s).

Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. this device may not cause interference, and
  2. this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

Declaration of Conformity with Regard to the EU Directive 1999/5/EC VersaMe Inc. is authorized to apply the CE Mark on the Starling, Model xxx, thereby declaring conformity to the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. Compliant with the standard R&TTE 99/CE/05.

Complies with:

  • ASTM F963-11
  • CPSIA requirement for lead and phthalates
  • Operating Temperature: -4 to 113 F (-20 to 45 C)
  • Non-operating Temperature: -22 to 140 F (-30 to 60 C)
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 30,000 feet (9,144 m)
  • Water Resistant: Your Starling is water-resistant and will withstand some splashes or drool. However, the Starling is not designed to be worn when swimming or bathing and we do not recommend immersing it in water.
  • Read these instructions.
  • Keep these instructions.
  • Heed all warnings.
  • Follow all instructions.
  • Do not attempt to open your Starling. Substances contained in this product and/or its battery may damage the environment and/or human health if handled and disposed of improperly.
  • Do not tamper with your Starling.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners to clean your Starling.
  • Do not place your Starling in a Dishwasher, Washing Machine or Dryer.
  • Do not expose your Starling to extremely high or low temperatures.
  • Do not use your Starling in a sauna or steam room.
  • Do not leave your Starling in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
  • Do not leave your Starling near open flames.
  • Do not dispose of your Starling in a fire. The battery could explode.
  • Do not attempt to disassemble your Starling, it does not contain serviceable components.
  • Do not attempt to replace your Starling’s battery. It is built-in and not changeable.
  • Charge the battery in accordance with the instructions supplied with this guide.
  • Use only the charger that shipped with your product to charge the battery.
  • Charge your Starling using a certified computer, powered hub or power supply.
  • Do not attempt to force open the built-in battery.

Disposal & Recycling Information

The symbol on the product or its packaging signifies that this product has to be disposed separately from ordinary household wastes at its end of life. Please kindly be aware that this is your responsibility to dispose electronic equipment at recycling centers so as to help conserve natural resources. Each country in the European Union should have its collection centers for electrical and electronic equipment recycling. For information about your recycling drop off point, please contact your local related electrical and electronic equipment waste management authority or the retailer where you bought the product.

  • Do not dispose of the Starling with household waste.
  • Batteries are not to be disposed of in municipal waste stream and require separate collection.
  • Disposal of the packaging and your Starling should be done in accordance with local regulations. Please recycle!


If your Starling experiences any of the following:

  • Not syncing
  • Not responding to speech
  • Not responding when in the charger
  • Not responding to button presses

You may need to restart your Starling. Press and hold the button on your Starling for three seconds to turn it off. Wait ten seconds. Press and hold the button on your Starling to turn it back on.

If after restarting you are still experiencing problems, please contact

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