As we all know, Dexcom G5 and G6 transmitters have a hard stop at 112 days, although they are typically able to keep on working a while longer (45 to 90 days more) with a regular Dexcom app. This method allows you to reset the G5/G6 transmitter to avoid the hard stop. The next stop, of course, will be when the transmitter battery dies out, and will likely come without any warning.
The method is due to @kdisimone, and requires a limited amount of programming, very clearly described in the article, with an Apple computer:
As a note, the other option, if you wish to prolong your transmitter life, is to use xDrip+, as discussed here by @docslotnick:
Do you only need a Mac for the initial setup and then never again?
I don’t have a Mac, but I do have an iPhone and iPad. I wonder if I could go to the library, do the setup stuff, and then never have to use a Mac again.
That would sure be nice. I’m still using the G4 due primarily to cost issues (I pay for everything 100% out of pocket), but am likely to upgrade to the G5 to use with the t:slim and iPhone (and hopefully also my Fitbit) in the new year.
In order to produce the app, you need a developer account, which is free. But, as long as you have a free developer account, it means your apps are only good for 7 days. It takes no time at all to rebuild the app from the stuff you already did, but you do need access to the computer for that.
@kdisimone, can you think of another way that would be fire-and-forget? Is there a way to make this app perennial without having to pay for the dev account?
You don’t need a paid account to do this…free account will work just fine.
But for the not “technically inclined”…you can get Spike app and it has the same reset command built in for iPhone users. So you can just use the spike app to reset and then go back to using dexcom app as usual. You’d have to unpair the transmitter from the phone in order for the transmitter to connect with each app, but not a huge deal. Just unpair from phone before using Spike, restart phone, pair in Spike, reset the transmitter, unpair from phone again, restart phone, pair in dexcom app.
Right. Sorry, I did not repeat the whole question. my bad. The issue was for someone who does not have a Mac: can they develop the reset app one time (at the library for instance), then use the reset app later without having to go back to the Mac? The problem is the 7-day app lifetime, which requires that you go back to the Mac before the next reset.
But you solved that question with your Spike app tip.
Thanks, I’ll give Spike another try when my current session ends.
My transmitter will expire in 12 days or so. I’m guessing I won’t get it reset before then. Does anyone know if you can reset it after it expires?
The transmitter has to be dead…as in, no longer working at all. If it still has life and you could start up a new session with it then the reset transmitter app won’t work. It has to be dead first. Did you ensure it was truly dead?
Oh, I did not know that. I thought it needed to be restarted before it reached the expiration day. Are you saying the battery must have reached the 112 day shut off that Dexcom programs in before it can be restarted? The videos and write-ups all say you cannot be in an active sensor session but I’ve never read that the battery had to have expired.
I took this to mean you need to wait until the 112th day. In my mind why would you want to do it earlier if it’s still got life. The only time I could see is if there was only a few days remaining after sensor changeout and you don’t want to mess up a sensor site…but you can pop transmitters out, reset them, re-seat them, and still be good to go after the warm-up.
OK. Good to know. Thank you @ClaudnDaye. I was hoping to reset it to 0 before I left the country on Tuesday. But can probably do it after it expires.
Has anyone had success resetting a transmitter before it expires?
You can follow the simpler and more traditional session restart instructions which were initially used for the 80xxxx and continue to work for the 81xxxx. The new and more complex restart procedures are not required until you begin using the 8Gxxxx transmitter.