ServiceM8 iOS & Device compatibility

The latest version of the ServiceM8 app (8.0) requires devices capable of running iOS 12.4 or later. The app is available for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch.

ServiceM8 8.0 compatibility by iOS version and device:

Apple Device
iOS 13 Compatible
iOS 12.4 Compatible
iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max

iPhone XS & XS Max


iPhone XR


iPhone X


iPhone 8 & 8 Plus


iPhone 7 & 7 Plus


iPhone 6s & 6s Plus


iPhone SE

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus


iPhone 5s





All iPad Pros


iPad (Gen 5, 6 & 7)


iPad Mini 4 & iPad Mini (Gen 5)

iPad Air (Gen 3) & iPad Air 2


Ipad Mini 2 & 3




Features requiring iOS 12 or higher:

  • Siri Shortcuts
  • AI Photo Tagging

Features requiring iOS 11 or higher:

  • Barcode Scanning
  • Document Scanning
  • ServiceM8 Measure (Requires both iOS 11  AND a device with an A9 Chip or better)

Features only available on iPads:

  • Separate Staff Schedule tab
  • Photo Markup

Which type of device do I choose for field staff?

There is no right or wrong Apple mobile device for field staff.

iPhones are great because they’re easy to carry on you at all times, and therefore easier to get out and check something, take a photo or record a note. 

iPads are great if you need a larger display, perhaps if you complete a lot of forms on site, annotate photos or draw diagrams through ServiceM8. iPads can also be a bit more transferable between team members, which may be a consideration.

Choosing relatively recent devices which are capable of running the latest iOS version will result in a better experience, and a longer window of access to new versions of the ServiceM8 app as time passes.

Note that the ServiceM8 app is only available on Apple mobile devices 

Ongoing device & iOS support considerations

ServiceM8 is constantly working to improve and update the ServiceM8 app, which is available exclusively on iOS mobile devices (i.e. iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) — more info on the reasons why here.

We immediately support major iOS updates with aligned updates of our own, consistently incorporating the latest iOS features to make ServiceM8 more accessible, intuitive and useful. This means that on a rolling basis, the latest version of the ServiceM8 app will only be available to download on devices capable of running an iOS within one or two versions of the latest version. 

For example, in September 2019, iOS 13 was released, and the ServiceM8 8.0 app was released. A device capable of running iOS 12.4 is able to download ServiceM8 8.0, however a device that only supports up to iOS 12.3.2 will not.

For devices which become unable to run the iOS version required to download the latest version of the ServiceM8 app, they will still be able to access an older version of the app — however, they will not be able to download the latest version of the app. 

Further, some ServiceM8 features require device-specific and/or iOS-specific features (e.g. ServiceM8’s Augmented Reality measuring tape requires iOS 11 or higher + a device with an A9 chip or later, and Photo Markup is only available with compatible iPads). 

ServiceM8 will continue to support older devices and iOS versions, however the use of relatively recent devices and the current iOS version will yield the best results and user experience. 

These are considerations when setting your field staff up with iOS devices.

I can't find the ServiceM8 app on the App Store?

If you can't find the ServiceM8 app on the App Store, it's most likely because you are searching on an older Apple device running an iOS version that the latest ServiceM8 app does not support. 

First, you should review the above table to see whether the latest ServiceM8 app supports the latest iOS the device is capable of running, and if so, upgrade to the latest iOS version available to the device. The ServiceM8 app will then become available to download in the App Store.

Here's a direct link to the ServiceM8 app in the App Store.

If your device is not capable of running the latest iOS supported by the latest ServiceM8 app, then:

  • The ServiceM8 app will not appear in the App Store on your device; or
  • The ServiceM8 app will appear in the App Store, but won't be available to download.

In this scenario, you can still download an older version of the ServiceM8 app by following the below steps:

  1. Download the ServiceM8 app on a newer iOS device which can access the latest ServiceM8 app.
  2. Using the same iCloud account as used with the device in Step 1, log in to the older device. You will then be able to access and download an older version of the ServiceM8 app in the App Store.

If you do not have access to a newer iOS device to do this, please contact ServiceM8 Support at support@servicem8.com. 

UPDATED OCTOBER 2019

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