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Compatibility List

The product is available for diesel and gasoline engines with Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) in single, twin, triple and quadruple installations. It is also available for non-EVC gasoline engines from model year 2006 and non-EVC diesel engines with MDI in single and twin installations. For more information about compatibility, see the list:

Diesel and gasoline engines with EVC

Engine EVC generation Installation Diagnostic Trouble Codes
D3 MC-C, C1, C2 Single/Twin No*
D3 C3, D,E Single/Twin Yes
D4, D6, D9, D11, D12, D13, D16 A**, B, C1, C2 Single/Twin No*
D4, D6, D8, D9, D11, D13, D16 C3, D, E, 2.0 Single/Twin/Triple/Quad Yes
4.3, 5.0, 5.7, V6-XXX-YE, V8-XXX-YE MC-C, C1, C2 Single/Twin No*
4.3, 5.0, 5.7, V6-XXX-YE, V8-XXX-YE C3, D, E Single/Twin Yes

Diesel engines without EVC

Engine Installation Diagnostic Trouble Codes Remarks
D1, D2 Single/Twin No* Engines with MDI

Gasoline engines without EVC

Engine Installation Diagnostic Trouble Codes Remarks
3.0, Gxi-J, 4.3, 5.0, 5.7 GXI F, G, J Single/Twin Yes Requires an additional cable to install the Easy Connect interface.
4.3, 5.0, 5.7 GXI P, Q, R Single/Twin Yes
8.1 Gi, Gxi G, J Single/Twin Yes Requires an additional cable to install the Easy Connect interface.
8.1 Gi, Gxi P, Q Single/Twin Yes
V6-XXX-YY, V8-XXX-YY Single/Twin Yes
*Diagnostic Trouble Codes are not available. This means that it is not possible to share Diagnostic trouble codes and engine information via the Easy connect app.
**Require an additional adapter cable.

To find out more about your installation, visit Manuals & Handbooks and type in your serial number. Under ‘specification’ you can find information about your engine and installation.

You can also contact your Volvo Penta dealer who can help you to identify your engine’s compatibility with Easy Connect.

What is Volvo Penta Easy Connect?
Volvo Penta Easy Connect gives you an overview of boat and engine data, route information and more, by linking your boat/engine, via Bluetooth®, to your smartphone/tablet.

Volvo Penta Easy Connect consists of two parts; the Easy Connect Interface and the Easy Connect app.
What is the Easy Connect Interface?

The Easy Connect Interface is a hardware that must be installed in your boat so you can view boat and engine data, route information and more in your Easy Connect app.

The connection between the boat/interface and the phone/tablet is done via a Bluetooth® connection.

The Easy Connect interface also includes NMEA2000 functionality. This means it can also be connected to an existing NMEA network within the boat. This enables you to access additional data from, for example speed and depth sensors. In addition, the Easy Connect interface can be used to convert engine data into NMEA2000 compatible chart plotters/multi-function displays onboard.

The Easy Connect Interface can be purchased at any Volvo Penta dealer.

What are the features of the Easy Connect app?
The Easy Connect app is capable of showing data provided by your engine, as well as information from additional sensors and functionality installed in your boat, all depending on installation. Here are all features Easy Connect can show:

Engine and boat data
  • Engine speed 
  • Engine hours 
  • Oil pressure 6)
  • Diagnostic trouble codes 5) 
  • Depth 2) 
  • Fuel tank level 1) 2) 
  • Battery voltage 
  • Coolant temperature 
  • Boat speed 3) 
  • Rudder angle 1) 2) 
  • Power trim (Aquamatic) 1) 
  • Power trim relative 1) 
  • Sea water temperature 1) 
  • Sea water pressure 1) 
  • Fresh water level 2) 
  • Exhaust temperature 1) 
  • Coolant pressure 1) 
  • Transmission oil pressure 1) 
  • Oil temperature 1) 
  • Turbo pressure 1) 
  • Transmission oil temperature 1) 
  • Fuel feed pressure 1) 
  • Oil level 1) 
With Trip computer software (EVC)
  • Average fuel economy (l/nm) 2) 
  • Distance to empty (nm) 2) 
  • Fuel economy (l/nm) 2) 
  • Time to empty (h) 2) 
  • Trip distance (nm) 
  • Fuel used (l) 
  • Fuel rate (l/h) 
  • Average fuel rate (l/h) 
Additional features
  • Journeys 3)
  • Share diagnostic trouble codes 4) 5)
  • Share journeys 4)

1) Require EVC 2) Require additional sensors 3) Require additional sensors or mobile device GPS 4) Sharing function requires an internet connection 5) Diagnostic trouble codes are not available for D1/D2 with MDI, Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) A, B, C1 and C2 6) Not available for D1 and D2.

What is Volvo Penta ID?
Volvo Penta ID is your personal account you need to be able to sign in and get access to the Volvo Penta cloud. You create a Volvo Penta ID the first time you open the app or by clicking on “connect” on the side menu and then “sign in”. To see if you can create a Volvo Penta ID in your country, read the question “Why do I not get the possibility to create a Volvo Penta ID?”
What is Volvo Penta Cloud?
The Volvo Penta cloud is a server that makes it possible to synchronize data from “Home view”. It shows engine hours, fuel consumption, last known position and performed journeys. It is the “Home view” which is synchronized between phones/tablets when signed in on multiple phones/tablets with the same Volvo Penta ID. In addition, boat information, app settings, dealer e-mail address and user information are synchronized between phones/tablets.

Can I create a Volvo Penta ID?

To be able to create a Volvo Penta ID you need to have access to internet. You also need to be in one of the following countries due to local legislation.

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria , Canada, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, U.S

I do not want to create a Volvo Penta ID. How do I continue without a Volvo Penta ID?
If you can create a Volvo Penta ID but do not wish to do so, you press “skip for now” in the lower right corner of the start page.
How do I share data/information with others?
The app has sharing functions in My Journeys to share your trips and Map to share your position via email, SMS, MMS and social media. Under “Vessel Status” you can share diagnostic trouble codes with your dealer via email. Access to the Internet is required to send the information.
I have a tablet without a SIM card; can I share data/information?
You must have access to the Internet to share information.
Can I download the Easy Connect app on multiple smartphones/tablets and display data from the same boat?
You can download the app to several smartphones/tablets at the same time, but only one smartphone/tablet can be paired with the interface at a time.
Does the Easy Connect app replace the boat's dashboard?
Volvo Penta does not recommend the use of the app as a substitute of the boat's dashboard. The boat's dashboard always has top priority. Data from the app are a supplement to the dashboard.
Can I use the map in the Easy Connect app for navigation?
No, the app is not intended for navigation purposes. The map can be used to locate or share the position of your boat. If you want to have navigation functionality in the app, you can use Navionics charts in the app.
Does it cost anything to download or use the Easy Connect app?
The app is free of charge, but charges can be incurred when the app synchronizes with the Volvo Penta Cloud, or when you share information via email, the internet or SMS/MMS. Charges vary depending on your internet/mobile network provider. 

If you choose to buy navigation charts from Navionics in the app, there will be a cost for that. 
How do I start navigation in the app?
Go to “settings” in the app and under “Navionics” you switch on “Navionics as map provider” and click on “Navionics account page”. When you come to “Navionics account page” you log in with your email address and password for you Navionics account and press next. 

If you do not have a Navionics account, you can create an account at Navionics.com.
Why should I share diagnostic trouble codes with my dealer?
Easy Connect makes it possible to share diagnostic trouble codes with your selected Volvo Penta dealer, including; serial number, engine hours and installation information. This is a useful function when booking a service or inspection – allowing your dealer to provide you with a better and more efficient service. Volvo Penta recommends that you contact your selected dealer before sharing diagnostic trouble codes. Note that diagnostic trouble codes are not available for engines with MDI, EVC A, B, C1 and C2.
How do I share diagnostic trouble codes with my dealer?
You can find diagnostic trouble codes in the Vessel Status view in the app. Tap on the email icon at the top right to send all diagnostic trouble codes or tap on a diagnostic trouble code and then 'send faultcode with email' to send each diagnostic trouble code separately. Information about your installation such as serial number and engine hours will also be shared. Access to the Internet is required to send the information. Volvo Penta recommends that you contact your selected dealer before sharing diagnostic trouble codes. Note that diagnostic trouble codes are not available for engines with MDI, EVC A, B, C1 and C2.
How do I save my dealer's email address in the Easy Connect app?
You can add/change your dealer information in the menu view under “My Boat”, “Dealer” in the app. You can use the ‘Find dealer’ function to find Volvo Penta dealer contact information. Volvo Penta recommends that you contact your dealer before sharing diagnostic trouble codes.
 How do I download my manual?
 To download your manuals, you go to “Manuals and Handbooks” in the Easy Connect app in your boat menu. Then you press "+" to add a manual. Search for your manual and press on the manual you want to download. The manual will be downloaded, and you can find it in your “Manuals and Handbooks” menu at all times.
 What languages do we support in the app?
 The app is available in the following languages: 
Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish Turkish

Installation

What do I need to use Easy Connect?

To use the services offered by the Easy Connect app you need to install the Easy Connect Interface hardware in your boat and connect it to your Easy Connect app.
How do I get started with Easy Connect?
First you need to install the interface in the boat. Plug in the Easy Connect interface directly into the EVC multilink at the helm station, or into the engine harness on non-EVC gasoline engines. For twin, non-EVC installations, one Easy Connect interface on each engine is needed. For more information read the installation instructions that come with the Easy Connect interface. 

Download and install the Easy Connect app, which is available on the App Store and Google Play. 

Make sure that the Bluetooth function is activated on your phone or tablet and the boat ignition switched on. 

Run the app. A disclaimer page displays. Tap “OK” or “Don’t show this message again”. 

For users who do not have the possibility to create a Volvo Penta ID, you will now end up in the app. For more information regarding possibilities to create a Volvo Penta ID, see “Can I create a Volvo Penta ID?” above. For users in countries where a Volvo Penta ID is available, you get the chance to create a Volvo Penta ID. Click “Connect” and at the bottom of this page click on “sign up now” to create a Volvo Penta ID. 

If you already have a Volvo Penta ID, connect to your Volvo Penta ID. 

The first time you run the app, the “New Boat” page appears, asking to set up your boat information. You can also set up a new boat or change the boat by clicking on “my boat”. To create a new boat, click on the "+” in the upper right corner. 

Tap “Add photo” to upload a photo from your photo library and fill in the “Boat name” and “Dealer e-mail” information fields. 

Tap to select ”Installation type”: EVC, Non EVC or Twin Non EVC, depending on your boat’s installation type. The default value is EVC. 

Tap “Easy Connect Interface” to choose your interface NMEA2000 EASY CONNECT and a passcode security message appears. If you have a Twin Non EVC installation you need to choose both starboard and port interface. 

Tap “Connect” and bond with NMEA/Easy Connect. 

Enter your six-digit Bluetooth code printed on the NMEA/Easy Connect interface label, then tap “Pair” (only necessary the first time you pair with the interface). 

When the pairing is done the boat configuration page is shown. Just press “start” to start using Easy Connect.
How do I install the Easy Connect Interface?
Plug in the Easy Connect interface directly into the EVC multilink at the helm station, or into the engine harness on non-EVC gasoline engines. For more information read the installation instructions that comes with the Easy Connect interface. Need help? Let a Volvo Penta dealer assist you with the installation.
Can I Install Easy Connect in vessels with triple or quad engines installation?
Yes, Easy Connect in triple or quad engine installations are supported for EVC installations.
How do I pair my smartphone/tablet with Easy Connect Interface?

The app will instruct you once you run it. The first time you pair with the interface a six-digit Bluetooth® code is required. The code can be found on the Easy Connect Interface label. Make sure that the Bluetooth® function is activated on your smartphone/tablet and the boat ignition switched on. Also make sure no one else is already connected to the Easy Connect interface and that it is your boat that you are trying to connect to.

For Android: For some phones/tablets, you find the window for the Bluetooth® code in the notification panel. If you do not find the Easy Connect interface in the list, go to Settings, choose Apps and then Easy Connect. Here you go to Permissions and turn on Location and Storage.

For more detailed information, please see the Installation Instructions.

Where can I find my Easy Connect Interface Bluetooth® code?
The Bluetooth® code can be found on the Easy Connect Interface label or in the app under Boat Details once you are connected. In the Easy Connect box you will also find a hang tag and a sticker with the code.
Where can I find my Easy Connect Interface software version?
To find the Easy Connect Interface software version you need to be connected or been connected before, to the Easy Connect interface with the Easy Connect app. In the app you find the information in the “My Boat” menu, under “Boat details” and “Easy Connect Interface software”. The latest version is 2.0.4.0.
How do I update the software in the Easy Connect interface?
To update the Easy Connect interface, go to your boat in the menu to the left. Make sure that the Easy Connect app is connected to the Easy Connect interface. If there is a software update, you will find it under ‘interface software’. Before starting the update, make sure the boat is safely moored, the engines are turned off and the ignition is on. When the update is completed, restart the system to apply the changes.
Which smartphones/tablets are compatible with the Easy Connect app?

The Easy Connect app are available for iOS (Apple) and Android smartphones/tablets and can be found in App Store and Google Play under the name Volvo Penta Easy Connect.

For iOS: The operating system version must be iOS 10 or later for Apple devices.

For Android: The operating system version must be 5.0 or later for Android devices with Bluetooth® 4.2. To find your Bluetooth® version, please visit your smartphone/tablet website for more information.

What is the app called?
Volvo Penta Easy Connect.
Where can I find the Easy Connect app?
The Volvo Penta Easy Connect app is available for download in App Store and Google Play. 
Must I register to use the Easy Connect app?

No, but a code is necessary to pair your smartphone/tablet with the Easy Connect Interface. The code is found on the Easy Connect Interface label or in the app, in your boat menu, once you are connected.

To create a better experience, we recommend you to create a Volvo Penta ID and connect to the Volvo Penta Cloud.

Will the app switch on Bluetooth® on my smartphone/tablet?
No, if Bluetooth® is turned off a pop-up will inform you.
I cannot download the app on my smartphone/tablet; what could be wrong?
There can be several reasons why it is not possible to download the app. The following listed causes are the most common:
  • Your device does not have the right operating system. Versions iOS 10.0 or later on Apple and 5.0 or later on Android are supported.
  • Your device does not have enough capacity.
  • The internet connection is being poor or unavailable.
I can not pair my smartphone/tablet; what could be the reason?
The Bluetooth® is not switched on you smartphone/tablet or there is interference in the Bluetooth® communication. Check the Bluetooth® communication in the Settings app on you smartphone/tablet and check the connection in the Easy Connect app in the "Your Boat" menu.
Another way is to restart your smartphone/tablet and try to re-connect.
See also “What do the diodes on the Easy Connect Interface mean?” under Diagnostics/Troubleshooting.
For Android: If you don´t find the Easy Connect interface in the list, go to Settings, choose Apps and then Easy Connect. Here you go to Permissions and turn on Location and Storage.
How do I create a Volvo Penta ID?
You create a Volvo Penta ID the first time you open the app or by navigating to “settings” on the sidemenu and then “sign in”. After that, you press on “Connect” and then you can choose to sign in with social media or you press on “register now” in the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to create a Volvo Penta ID.
To see if you can create a Volvo Penta ID in your country, read the question “Why do I not get the possibility to create a Volvo Penta ID?”

Diagnostics/Troubleshooting

Is your device supported?

See the question “Which smartphones/tablets are compatible with the Easy Connect app?”

Is your Easy Connect Interface updated with the latest software?

See the questions “Where can I find my Easy Connect Interface software version?” and “How do I update the software in the Easy Connect interface?”

Can you connect to the Easy Connect interface? 
See the questions “How do I pair my smartphone/tablet with Easy Connect Interface?”, “I cannot pair my smartphone/tablet; what could be the reason?” and “What do the diodes on the Easy Connect Interface mean?”
Why do I not see any or partial data in the Easy Connect app?
First of all, make sure your phone/tablet is connected by checking the Bluetooth® communication in the Easy Connect app in the “Boat Status” menu. Also check the installation of the Easy Connect interface and the affected sensors. For more information, see the installation instructions.
When does my journey start and stop?
The Journey starts when the engine is turned on and will stop if the engine is turned off. The journey will however be discarded if it is shorter than 1min or distance less than 300m. 
Do you have other app issues, like the app crashes or the synchronization between devices is not working?
Try to delete and reinstall the app if the app crashes. If you have issues with synchronization you can see questions “Why do I not see the same information in all phones/tablets signed in to the same Volvo Penta ID in the Easy Connect app?” and “Why do I not see the same data in all my phones/tablets that uses the same account?”
Why is different information (speed, battery voltage etc.) shown in the app and in my vessel display?
The data can differ as it is received from different sources. Formatting may be another cause; the rounding of values may differ.
Why do the diagnostic trouble codes in the app and in my vessel display differ?
The information provided in the app can be more comprehensive even though the actual diagnostic trouble code is the same.
What does Vessel Status view show?
The Vessel Status view shows Connection status and diagnostic trouble codes information from the engine. Here you can also find notifications about Easy Connect.
What do the LEDs on the Easy Connect Interface indicate?
There are two LEDs on the Easy Connect Interface – one green and one blue.
  • The green LED is lit constantly – the device has power but no communication either to the NMEA or the EVC/engine.
  • The green LED flashes twice and then off (500 ms), flashes twice then off – the device has power and communications with the EVC/engine but not to NMEA.
  • The green LED flashes three times and then off (500 ms), flashes three times then off – the device has power and communications with NMEA but not with the EVC/engine.
  • The green LED flashes at regular intervals – the device has power and communications with both NMEA and the EVC/engine.
  • The blue LED is not lit – the Bluetooth® device (chip) interface is not working.
  • The blue LED is lit constantly – the Bluetooth® interface is not connected with the app.
  • The blue LED flashes twice and then off (500 ms), blinks twice then off – there is a problem with Bluetooth® communication between interface and the app.
  • The blue LED flashes regularly – the interface and the app are connected and working.
Connection status is also presented in the app under Captain View in Vessel Status.
If I lose the NMEA/Engine/EVC connection, will the app detect this and inform me?
No notification pop-up will show. However, connection status can be viewed in the Vessel status view in Captains View. Also, you will notice that the values in the different views in the Easy Connect disappear.
If I lose Bluetooth® communication with the Easy Connect Interface, will the app detect this and inform me?
Yes, if the Bluetooth® communication is lost a pop-up notification ‘Bluetooth not available. Is Bluetooth turned on?’ will alert you.
Where do I find the serial number, part number and SW number on the Easy Connect Interface?
The serial number, part number and SW number can be found on the Easy Connect interface label or in the app, in your boat menu, once you are connected.
Why does my verification code not work?
Try to abort the process and try again. If it is still not working, send an e-mail to easyconnect@volvo.com.
Why do I not see the same information in all phones/tablets signed in to the same Volvo Penta ID in the Easy Connect app?
First of all, make sure you are connected to the internet. Go to “Volvo Penta ID” in the menu and check that “Automatic synchronization” is switched on in all phones/tablets. If any of the phones/tablets are not connected to Wi-Fi, check that “Synchronization only in Wi-Fi” is not switched on. By pressing “sync now” on all your phones/tablets, data will be updated. If you still do not have all information in all phones/tablets, send an e-mail to easyconnect@volvo.com. 
Why do I not see the same data in all my phones/tablets that uses the same account?
The reason is probably that the phones/tablets are not synchronized. Restart the app to solve the problem. If you still do not see that same data, go to the Volvo Penta ID menu in the Easy Connect app to find when you synchronized last time. You can press “synchronize now” if it is not synchronized to solve the problem.
Why is my journey split in multiple journeys? 

If you are not connected to the Easy Connect interface during the whole journey, the journeys will be stored in the Easy Connect interface. When connecting to the Easy Connect interface next time, the journeys in the Easy Connect interface will be transferred to the app and you will get the complete journey in the end.

Multiple journeys can be merge to one journey under “my journeys”. 

Why do I have problems with my NMEA2000 data? 
Enable or disable the NMEA2000 Gateway transmitting of data. Set to “Disable” if you have an EVC installation with Garmin display. Default is “Enabled”. This is a setting available under “settings” in the app. 
Why do I not get all the functions in the app? 
To get all the new functions in the app, a software update in the Easy Connect interface can be needed. Please contact your dealer. 

Data protection, data storage

Can I get my journeys even if I am not connected to the Easy Connect interface with my phone/tablet?
Yes, the journeys are stored in the Easy Connect interface when you don’t have a phone/tablet connected to the Easy Connect interface. When you connect your phone/tablet and you are connected to the Volvo Penta Cloud you will start to transfer the journeys from the Easy Connect interface to the Volvo Penta Cloud through your phone/tablet.
What do I need to do before I sell my boat?
To make sure there is no data that is yours, that is stored on the Easy Connect interface, connect your phone/tablet to the Easy Connect interface one last time to make sure all data is transferred from the Easy Connect interface to your account. Clean the journey history in the Easy Connect interface by using the Easy Connect app. Go to “settings” in your boat and click on “Clean Easy Connect Interface Journeys” to clear all journeys. 
Where can I find my Easy Connect Interface Bluetooth® code?
The Bluetooth® code can be found on the Easy Connect Interface label or in the app, your boat menu, once you are connected. You can also find a hang tag and a sticker with the code in the Easy Connect box.
Can I use the app if I buy a used boat with an Easy Connect Interface?

Yes. Pair your smartphone/tablet with the Easy Connect interface by entering the Easy Connect Bluetooth® code. The code can be found on the Easy Connect Interface label. 

When you are connected for the first time, make sure there are no journeys stored in the Easy Connect interface. Clean the journey history in the Easy Connect interface by using the Easy Connect app. Go to “settings” in the “Your Boat” menu and click on “Clean Easy Connect Interface Journeys” to clear all journeys. 

Can anyone else who downloads the app access data from my boat?
Yes, if they have access to your Easy Connect Interface Bluetooth® code and they are within Bluetooth® range. Also if you are connected to the same Volvo Penta ID you will have access to the same data.
Can I move my Easy Connect Interface to another boat?
Yes, it is possible to move and install it on another boat. Please see the Easy Connect installation instructions. 
Is my personal information stored anywhere?

If you run the app without a Volvo Penta ID, the data will only be stored locally in the Easy Connect Interface and on your phone/tablet.

If you have created a Volvo Penta ID, the information about your Volvo Penta ID and the data you synchronize to the Volvo Penta Cloud is stored. In our central systems, we store engine data and fault codes. 

For more detailed information, go to privacy policy. 

Is the boat/engine's information stored anywhere?
Engine, boat, trip data and diagnostic trouble codes are stored locally in your smartphone/tablet. If you synchronize your data to the Volvo Penta Cloud when you are connected to the Volvo Penta ID, the data is stored in the Volvo Penta Cloud and in our central systems, we store engine data and fault codes. 
How do my data synchronize from my tablet/phone to the Volvo Penta Cloud?
The data is synchronized automatically when you are connected to the Internet and to the Volvo Penta ID. You can also choose to synchronize only when you are connected to wifi. This is a setting you will find in the Easy connect app in the Volvo Penta ID menu. Here you can also synchronize manually by pressing “synchronize now” and you can also find when you synchronized last time. 
When do my data synchronize from my tablet/phone to the Volvo Penta Cloud?
The data stored in the tablet/phone will be synchronized continuously when the app is connected to internet. Make sure the setting “auto sync on wifi only” is turned off and “automatic synchronization” is turned on.
When and how do my data synchronize from my boat to my phone/tablet?
When you connect your phone/tablet to the boat there will be a check performed to establish if there has been any new journeys since the last time the tablet/phone was connected. If there are any new journeys, they will be sent to the phone/tablet and then to the Volvo Penta Cloud. This will only happen if you are connected to a Volvo Penta ID.

General

Where can I find more information about Easy Connect?

For more information about Easy Connect please visit volvopenta.com/easyconnect. You can also contact your dealer for further information.

If you do not find the answer to your question, send an email to easyconnect@volvo.com. This is only for Easy Connect related questions. For other questions, contact your local dealer.