Father.IO - FAQ


Where is my tracking number?

Hipsterpercaso said through Indigogo that everybody, whose inceptors have been shipped, should have a tracking number by now.
However, some people have gotten no tracking number at all before receiving their inceptors, some have gotten them a few days before receiving their inceptors and many are still waiting. There is no way to tell which three of these applies to you if you don’t have your tracking number yet.


Why does my Indiegogo status say “fulfilled”? I’ve not gotten my inceptors yet!
I don’t agree with their approach to set everybodys’ status to “fulfilled” before the shipping has finished, but that’s the way they went. At this point “fulfilled” means, the inceptors have either gotten to you, they are in transit, or that they haven’t even left Hong Kong yet. Nothing we can do about it.


I can’t scan the QR Code / Invalid QR Code. What’s wrong?

obsolete. The QR Code licensing system has been removed from the game

The QR Code is a license that will be bound to the account that scans it first. It is only good to be used ONCE. If your friend scanned the QR code before you, there is no way to transfer that license back to you (at this moment).

However, you CAN transfer the account to a different phone, to play on different phones. (Logout and login again with a account that has been activated with the QR code)


How can I transfer the license to my friend? He wants to test the game.

obsolete. The QR Code licensing system has been removed from the game

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Edit 11.02.: You can temporarely share your QR code with a friend. On your account, click on the settings-cog, then click on “Share inceptor”. A QR code will show up, with a chance for you to select the time, for how long you want to share the code.
Sharing the QR code enables both you, and the person who scans the QR code to connect to inceptors.

For more detailled instructions, also see Father.IO - FAQ down below


Why can’t I connect my inceptor?

Unfortunately, this could have many possible reasons (and this answer might need some more touches later)
First thing to do is to make sure that your inceptors are charged. They don’t have a physical on/off switch and the battery is probably drained after shipping.
Personally, I’ve found that restarting Bluetooth, restarting the app, and/or connecting the inceptor through the “settings” menu can help when the inceptor doesn’t want to connect.

EDIT 17.02.: Also, if the inceptor doesn’t connect immediately, hit the “multiplayer” button multiple times (give the app around 5s in between). You might have to repeat this for up to 1 minute.

Faulty battery on Interceptor

There is no on/off switch on the inceptor?


EDIT: According to FF it is in the spec for Bluetooth LE that devices do not contain off buttons. - ranger

Edit (OP): please provide screenshot as source


Why doesn’t my friend see the Quickmatch game I created?

Be sure to use 2 different users for the game. Using the same account on multiple players my cause issues


Edit 11.02.: Also, be sure to enable GPS on both devices. Only people physically close to the host can see the match. The game looks at the GPS signal to find out who is close.


How do I play this game?

At the moment there are TWO gamemodes in the app. Singleplayer mode and Multiplayer mode. Both are played on your smartphone. Search for “Father.IO” in the Google Play Store or in the Appstore.

Singleplayer Mode (headshot game) can be played WITHOUT the inceptor. You aim at peoples faces, and the game detects the face in the camera image. This gamemode is Single Player only.
Singleplayer mode (drone fight) can also be played WITHOUT inceptor. Your phone uses its gyroscope to figure out where you’re aiming, and your objective is to shoot down automatically rendered drones.

Multiplayer Mode requires the “Inceptor”. The Inceptor is a device containing Infrared-LEDs and Infrared-Sensors. When connected to your phone it EXTENDS the functionality of your smartphone. It allows your phone to register hits from other players and to shoot them as well. To play a game in multiplayer mode, EVERY player needs an inceptor.
If you don’t have enough Inceptor for each player, THEN YOU CAN’T PLAY THE GAME IN MULTIPLAYER MODE!


Can I modify the inceptor in a way that it fits larger devices than naturally supported?


Credit goes to fiendishlyan0n.

Edit: NOTE: This is an unofficial modification. If you cut your springs too short youre on your own to get new ones - rangerwolfy


Are my perks bound to my account via the activation qr-code? /
I have ordered packs with different perks, can I sell inceptors without the risk of losing perks?

Perks are bound to your account via referral links. The qr-code you need to activate your account for inceptor-use has nothing to do with that.


How do I find nearby people?

At the moment there are different options:

  1. This map: Map
    You can add yourself via Add to map form
    Keep in mind that this is updated manually, so don’t panic when you don’t show up immidiately.

  2. This forum: http://community.father.io/c/factions/team-tagging

  3. The Discord-Server

  4. Soon the option to find nearby players will be implemented in the app itself.


How can I share Inceptors (temporarily)?

Thanks again fiendishlyan0n!

Multiple Inceptor Sharing Help

I have an issue with my pre-order who do i contact.

Please email here preorder_shipment@proxy42.com

Thank you :slight_smile:

now i can hopefully never lose (not use head desk) it

pinned globally #17


We have a Map?

The tactical map is currently undergoing renovations. Plan is to have it back in early spring. Use the 2 links below to add yourself to the map or find others near you respectively.



I don’t get invitation(s) upon creating a game on another device. What should I do?

When a match is created, invitations are being sent out to people in a certain radius whose positions are determined via GPS. So the most probable cause is that your GPS isn’t functioning correctly.
To check and also fix this issue just open google maps on all phones and make sure they are being displayed in the same spot. Switch back to father.io and try to create a game again.

Edit - Another option is to try and app like: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2&hl=en if you are on android which will help sync your gps data and update it more frequently - ranger


How do I change my username?

obsolete. You can easily change your username through the profile menu now

Generally, you CAN’T at this moment.

However, IF you’ve played the tactical map game before, and you’ve used the same e-mail adress to register your account, the username should come back to the one you’ve used in the tactical map automatically (on the next app start).
It seems to be VERY IMPORTANT to click on the confirmation link you get by email (you get that email after registering on the new app with your email adress)

also see:


It seems like my inceptor doesn’t hold charge after I disconnect it from the charger. What should I do?

To clarify: even if the Inceptor is working, the LED ring will turn off after it’s disconnected from the charger. This alone isn’t an indication that there’s something wrong with your inceptor.

Symptoms for a defective unit seem to be:
-LED color changing from green (charged) to red (charging) and back every few seconds while charging
-NO LED activity (working units flash shortly every 30 seconds)
-it’s possible to connect the game to the Inceptor while it’s charging, but the Bluetooth connection is lost as soon as the Inceptor is unplugged (working units will stay connected through Bluetooth).

It’s a problem that seems to affect the more recent devices (at least it’s coming up more recently these days). The devs haven’t publicly responded to the issue yet, so please contact support@proxy42.com for assistance.

As always the community is always thankful for feedback on resolved issues, so, if you got a solution please let us know about it in a seperate forum topic or on the discord channel. Thanks!

Edit 4.5.18:

The devs are aware of the issue and will give instructions after they sort out some stuff with their manufacturer:

Edit 21.05:

The devs are now officially asking you to report your problem via e-mail

my inceptors flash green and orange but do not load

Why can’t I currently download the app in the apple store?

There seems to be a problem with the current app release on the apple store. We got some info on the next apple release on April 17, 2018:

And then another bit in an official update from May 4, 2018:

Edit 21.05:
We got some more info through discord :

Edit 14.06.:
The last info we got through an indiegogo update:

Although that seems to contradict what was said about mixed version numbers in the past:

How do I download Father.io on IOS?
I cant find the app in appstore

Hi. just wondering if there is an open SDK for the Inceptors or the game itself?

I remember a discussion about this ages ago but I can’t find the thread now.