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Do Innova Scanners Work Right Out Of The Box?

By Joseph Kim
Published on March 1st, 2024

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Absolutely. Our scan tools were made for efficiency and convenience. There’s no need to register an account, connect to Wi-Fi, or install batteries. Just plop it out of the box and connect the device to your data link connector (DLC) port.

It’s really that simple.

Does It Really Not Require Account Registration?

Yes, we do not force you to make an account with us. We understand how annoying it can be, nor do we want to spam you with a bunch of marketing emails.

Does It Really Not Require Internet Connection?

Yes, all Innova handheld scanners do not require internet connection. All of our diagnostic data is already installed inside the device, so you’ll be able to diagnose your vehicle even if you’re stuck in the middle of the desert.

That said, there are two optional scenarios when an internet connection would be required.

For Firmware Updates

If there is an update available for your scan tool, you’ll have to connect your device to the computer, install the updater software, and proceed to update your tool. If you’d like to learn more about firmware updates, check out this article on how to update your Innova OBD2 scanner.

For RS2 App Usage

If you’d like to use our RepairSolutions2 (RS2) app or if you’re using our dongle (the Innova 1000), it does require an internet connection for full access to its features. The app is connected to our online database, which tells you how to fix specific DTCs based on vehicle scan results.

We do have an "offline mode" you can utilize to view information related to your ECM/PCM/TCM or I/M monitors and view live data, but that's pretty much it. If you'd like more information about our offline mode, click here.

It’s a 100% optional app for handheld OBD2 devices. It’s also completely free.

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Does It Really Not Require Batteries?

do innova scanners require batteries

Yes, all of our scan tools power on through the vehicle’s accessory fuses. There’s no need to replace batteries or charge the device. You can even leave your scan tool in the glovebox for 2 years, and as long as there is no physical damage to the device, it should power up perfectly fine.

The only times the device won’t power on is if the accessory fuse is blown or if the car won’t start (due to a dead battery, bad alternator, or others).

Anything Else I Should Know About?

Innova only sells brand-new products to its customers. But sometimes, depending on how harsh the shipping was handled, the screen may appear scratched.

But rest assured. All scanners are equipped with a thin, almost hard-to-see screen protector. Once you peel it off, it’ll look brand new.


Using Innova scanners is a straightforward process. Just unbox the product and use it right away. If you have any questions during your buying process, please do not hesitate to reach out to our customer support team. We’re here to assist you.

In the meantime, feel free to check out more of our resources such as the top 5 reasons why you shouldn't buy the Innova 5610.

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