With your AirVisual Outdoor air quality monitor, outdoor air quality readings and air pollution data collection can be shared globally. The AirVisual Outdoor provides reliable air quality data to communities anywhere and brings us all one step closer to breathing the cleanest air possible around the world.
Follow the steps below to set up your AirVisual Outdoor as a public outdoor air quality monitoring station.
How to install your AirVisual Outdoor
Follow these steps to install your AirVisual Outdoor as a public air quality resource.
1. Connect to your app

  1. Use your mobile device to install the AirVisual app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.
  2. Once the app is installed, login with your IQAir account or create a new account within the app.
  3. Go to the Devices tab in the app and select Add Device.
  4. Scan the QR code on the outside of your AirVisual Outdoor device, or manually select a device to add. Note: If you’re manually adding the device, have the serial number or share code ready to enter the app.
  5. Follow the app instructions to designate your AirVisual Outdoor location.
  6. Fill in the details about your monitor and name the monitor.
  7. When finished, select Next.
  8. Allow the app to geolocate your monitor if you wish to share your location as a public air quality monitor. If you’ve decided not to, skip this step by selecting I don’t want to locate my device 
2. Power and connect the monitor to the network. You can power your device using an optional solar panel assembly and battery to ensure relatively uninterrupted power supply (24/7) to your AirVisual Outdoor.
  • You can connect the device to an, ethernet cable, by Wi-Fi, or through an optional dongle using a SIM card for 4G/LTE connectivity.
  • To connect using the dongle and SIM card, simply insert the SIM card into the dongle and the dongle into the USB port.
    • Note that ensure uninterrupted outdoor air quality data measurement, an internet subscription is also available with the purchase of IQAir’s SIM card for a small monthly fee.
  • If you’ve connected through the dongle and SIM card or ethernet cable, you should be automatically connected. The LED on the air quality monitor will light up red when successfully powered.
  • If you are connecting wirelessly to Wi-Fi:
    • Go to the Devices tab in the AirVisual app.
    • Select Configure Network.
    • Choose your device and follow the prompts.
  • The LED on the air quality monitor will light up in this order: green, red, off, and red again.
  • When successfully connected, the LED turns bright blue. The process takes up to 60 seconds.
3. Choose a location
Select a location that meets the following criteria:
  • if powering your air quality monitor using the optional IQAir solar panel and battery, verify access to sunlight for the solar panel
  • if not charging by solar power, you may need access to an electrical outlet and a dependable Wi-Fi connection
  • make sure power or network cables are free from exposure to rain, snow, and ice
  • an outdoor location sheltered from direct sunlight, rain, snow, ice, and winds
  • a sheltered location, such as eaves, awnings, balconies, or covered patios
  • steady, natural airflow around the device
  • mount the monitor vertically on a wall or pole, with sensor openings facing downward
  • position at least five feet off the ground
  • away from localized pollution sources, such as cigarette smoke or outdoor grills

4. Mount the device outdoors
  • Use the included Allen wrench to loosen the hex socket screw and remove the mounting plate from the monitor. You can also remove the air inlet cover to install or replace air pollution sensors or 4G modem hardware.
  • Use the supplied mounting hardware, including anchors and screws or cable ties, to attach the mounting plate to your desired location.
  • Slot the monitor into the mounting hook on the plate. Make sure the air inlet cover is attached.
  • Push the monitor gently into the mounting plate and use the Allen wrench to tighten the hex socket screw until it’s snug.
Join a network of citizen scientists
You’re now a citizen data scientist, contributing outdoor air quality data to the world.
Your friends, family, neighbors, and air quality enthusiasts around the world can view and act on live data from your community’s air.

IQAir crowdsourced air quality monitoring data has exposed air pollution in communities around the world. With your AirVisual Outdoor, you’re helping to increase free access to air quality data.

The takeaway
Air pollution is the leading environmental health hazard facing our planet. According to a 2021 study published in Environmental Research, an estimated 8.7 million deaths could be attributed to fossil fuel air pollution in 2018.1

From City and country pages, people around the world are publishing their communities onto the air pollution map, helping people make informed decisions and making local pollution hard to ignore.
If you have any questions, contact us at and our team of Air Quality Experts. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and help get your community online.
NOTE: Per regulations, non-government data is prohibited in China. No data from AirVisual monitors within China national borders is made public.

Article Resources
[1] Vohra K, et al. (2021). Global mortality from outdoor fine particle pollution generated by fossil fuel combustion: Results from GEOS-Chem. Environmental Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.110754