Temperature Monitoring on Smartphone Using Arduino

Authors prototype on the breadboard

Preeti Bhakta 1

This article describes a temperature monitoring system on an Android smartphone. Temperature is sensed by a temperature sensor installed in the circuit and is sent over Bluetooth to the smartphone. An Android application is used in the smartphone to display temperature data. The system provides easy monitoring of process data on a smartphone.

You can connect the smartphone wirelessly with the system and monitor the process variable, when desired. The system can easily be customised to monitor other process variables also. Authors’ prototype of the transmitter side is shown in Fig. 1. The receiver side consists of the smartphone. A screenshot of the Android app is shown in Fig. 2. Block diagram of the project is shown in Fig. 3.Authors prototype on the breadboard

Authors’ prototype on the breadboard

Screenshot of Android application

Screenshot of Android application

Block diagram of the project

Block diagram of the project

Circuit and working for Temperature Monitoring System

The circuit diagram of the temperature monitoring system on a smartphone is shown in Fig. 4. Components used in this project are given below.

Circuit diagram of temperature monitoring system

Circuit diagram of temperature monitoring system

Android smartphone

Install the temperature monitoring app on Android smartphone. The app (temperaturemonitoring.apk) used here has been built using MIT App Inventor. When the app is running on the smartphone, data sent by HC-05 Bluetooth module is received and displayed on the app.

Arduino Uno

Arduino Uno is an AVR ATmega328P microcontroller (MCU)-based development board with six analogue input pins and 14 digital I/O pins. The MCU has 32kB ISP flash memory, 2kB RAM and 1kB EEPROM. The board provides the capability of serial communication via UART, SPI and I2C. The MCU can operate at a clock frequency of 16MHz.

On the transmitter side, interface LM35 temperature sensor with Arduino Uno.
HC-05 Bluetooth module. HC-05 module is an easy-to-use Bluetooth Serial Port Protocol (SPP) module, designed for transparent wireless serial connection setup. Serial port Bluetooth module is a fully-qualified Bluetooth V2.0+EDR (enhanced data rate) 3Mbps modulation with complete 2.4GHz radio transceiver and baseband. It uses CSR Bluecore 04-external single-chip Bluetooth system with CMOS technology and adaptive frequency hopping feature. It can auto-connect to the last device on power by default. The default auto-pairing password is 1234.

LM35 temperature sensor

LM35 series are precision integrated circuit (IC) temperature sensors, whose output voltages are linearly proportional to Celsius (Centigrade) temperature. LM35, thus, has an advantage over linear temperature sensors calibrated in ° Kelvin You are not required to subtract a large constant voltage from its output to obtain convenient Centigrade scaling.

LM35 does not require any external calibration or trimming to provide typical accuracies of ±1⁄4°C at room temperature and ±3⁄4°C over a full -55 to +150°C temperature range. Scale factor is 10mV/°C. Vout pin of LM35 temperature sensor is connected to analogue input pin A0 of Arduino Uno on the transmitter side.

On the transmitter side, LM35 temperature sensor is used to sense temperature. Arduino senses this voltage and the program (Temp.ino) running in the MCU calculates the equivalent temperature. Temperature value is sent to HC-05 Bluetooth module via serial communication.

As shown in Fig. 4, RX and TX pins of Bluetooth module are connected to TX and RX pins of Arduino Uno, respectively. HC-05 Bluetooth module sends temperature data wirelessly to the smartphone via Bluetooth. Android app receives this data and displays it. To connect Bluetooth module with the smartphone, these two must be paired.


Arduino IDE software is used to program Arduino Uno. The steps to program Arduino Uno are given below.

1. Open Arduino IDE software.

2. Select proper COM port and board from Tools menu in the IDE.

3. Compile and upload Temp.ino source code to the board.

Download Source Folder

Construction and testing

Assemble the circuit as per the circuit diagram. Testing of the circuit is simple. Download and install .apk file on your smartphone. After successful installation, turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone. Power on transmitter side, and pair Bluetooth module with Android smartphone. Default passkey for pairing is 1234.

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After successful pairing, open the installed application on the smartphone and click on Bluetooth logo. The paired devices list will appear. Select the HC-05 device from the list to connect the smartphone with HC-05 Bluetooth module.

After successful connection, ‘connected’ message will be displayed on the main screen of the application. Android app will start to display the data received from the transmitter side. A screenshot of the detected temperature observed on the smartphone is shown in Fig. 5.

Screenshot of output

Screenshot of output


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