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FARO® Knowledge Base

Setup Instructions for the Freestyle2

  1. Insert the battery into the Mobile PC.
  2. With the white dot toward the battery, plug the Freestyle 2 handset cable into the mobile PC.
  3. Press the power button until the light surrounding the button flashes blue.
  4. Power on the cellular phone.

To connect via USB: 

* USB tethering is not available on iOS, the connection to the Freestyle 2 has to made using WI-FI.

  1. Ensure that the phone WiFi is turned off.  
  2. Mount the cellular phone, via magnet, to the front of the handset.
  3. Connect the phone to the handset using the short USB cable.
  4. Open the FARO Freestyle 2 App.
  5. Select USB Tethering.
  6. Toggle on USB tethering and use the back arrow to return to the app home screen.

To connect via WiFi:

  1. Open the camera on your phone.
  2. Use the camera to scan the WiFi QR code on the back of the Mobile PC.
  3. Allow the phone to connect to the Mobile PC network.
    Note: If you connect your mobile PC to a monitor, via HDMI, the QR code will appear on the Windows screen.
  4. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  5. Select Recording Settings.
    1. Choose your data range (best results under 5m), plane detection, color scan and whether you want to use flash.
      NOTE: Flash can be toggled on and off mid-scan using the button to the left of center on the device.
  6. Select Scan Project Settings.
    1. Insert a Project Base Name and Scan Base Name.
  7. Select Scan Info Settings.
  8. Choose the settings you want visible on the left side of the phone while scanning. Suggested to turn on the acoustic/vibration feedback to assist with tracking feedback.
  9. Select the < icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  10. From the Home screen, select Tools.
    1. If you want accurate color, select White Balancing and Start White Balancing.
    2. You will have a live view on the app.  Move the scanner until the color in the image on the phone is consistent with the color your eyes see.
  11. Using the center button on the handset, Lock & Verify, and Apply.
  12. Place the reference plate on the ground near your object of interest.
    1. Using the center button on the handset (or on the app screen), start the scan on the reference plate, scan your object/area, and close the loop by completing the scan on the reference plate.
    2. When you have completed data capture, use the center button again to stop the scan.
  13. From the Home screen, select Scan Projects.
    1. Tap Select in the bottom left corner and tap on the project you want to export or process.  When you have selected the project, a blue check will be visible in the circle.
    2. Insert the USB device into the bottom of the Mobile PC and select Save to USB.
  14. Once saved, safely unmount the USB device.
  15. From the Home screen, tap the power icon in the bottom right corner to power down the Mobile PC.
  16. Power down the cellular phone.

On-Site Compensation

  • Select Tools from the Home screen.
  • Select On-site Compensation and ensure that the Reference Plate Number is the last 5 digits of the label on the bottom of the compensation plate.
  • Select Start On-site Compensation.
  • When activating on-site compensation, if you receive an error, place the device USB drive into the USB port on the bottom of the PC.  This will load the compensation file into your software.  
  • Follow the on-screen cues to conduct on-site compensation (both vertical and horizontal angles)


  • Be sure to have a minimum of 0.4m (approximately 16 inches) from the device to the surface you are scanning.
  • Move slowly and steadily but remember that you can move the handset in circles.
  • Be cognizant of the area you are scanning. The more natural reference objects you have in your view, the better it is for alignment and tracking.
  • Start scanning on the reference plate, scan your intended object, and end on the reference plate, closing the loop. 
  • The longer you spend on a surface, the more data you will capture.
  • For more accuracy, use the markers provided in the case.
  • Try to keep your scans less than 5 minutes. If you are unable, plan to do multiple scans, allowing for overlapping data between the scans.
  • If you have a defined X,Y,Z in your scene (2-walls meet ceiling/floor), you can add an anchor point by pointing the device in that area and using the button to the right of center on the device.  When you see a green point on your phone screen, an anchor point has successfully been place in the scan data.
  • If combining data with scans from the FARO Focus scanner, allow for data overlap. 
  • While using markers (especially for long trajectories) make sure targets have different orientation (horizontal-vertical) - It will greatly improve the constraint.
  • You can also detect markers as anchor points. While pointing at markers or the reference plate, just press the button to the right and the markers will be shown in the 3D view as the anchor points mentioned above. Coming back to those anchor points in a scan, they will colorized green if the software has found and aligned them again. Directly after scanning, the scan will be better aligned, even before post-processing. This helps to get a better visual impression after scanning.