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IB TWS for Android Phone - Release Notes 2016

Build 8.3.852 - November 11, 2016

Dark Color Scheme; Slide to Trade; Account Allocations

This build is chock full of useful enhancements and additions!

  • We've added full support for a dark color theme. Now you can switch between a dark and light scheme in Configuration.
  • Financial advisors and other multi-account users can now route mobile orders to their allocation groups and profiles as well as to single accounts.
  • We've sped up the trade process by adding the ability to "slide" to trade. If you prefer the original button-style functionality, reset this feature in Configuration. You can also "slide" to log off.
  • Your Watchlist can now hold up to 50 lines and you can group instruments to fit your trading style.
  • Other miscellaneous enhancements include: a new price section in Contract Details; the addition of the tick dot to your Watchlists; improved user interface for the Futures Spread Selector and IB FYIs; the contract search will now show you a list of recent searches for your convenience; and all external links now open within the app.
Build 8.3.849 - September 30, 2016

Continuous Futures; Usability Enhancements; Fixes

We added support for continuous futures contracts, which are essentially perpetual futures instruments that never expire; they always refer to the current lead month. We continue with usability enhancements to the Order Ticket, Option Chains, and Symbol and Columns editing. We've also addressed several stability and performance issues.

Build 8.3.839 - July 28, 2016

P&L Time Zone; Close All Positions; Improved User Interface

You can now specify a P&L time zone (different from your system time zone). Daily P&L is calculated starting at midnight in the specified P&L time zone and you can specify the P&L specific time zone in Configuration. We have also added the ability to close all or a portion of your positions using the Close Position menu item on the Portfolio. And we continue enhancing the user interface. This release sees updates to Configuration, Alerts, Chart settings, and our two factor security authentication. Additionally, we have addressed multiple stability issue.

Build 8.3.830 - June 03, 2016

Improved User Interface; Show or Hide Zero Position Rows

We continue enhancing the user interface. This release sees updates to Charts, BookTrader and Alerts. Additionally, you can now elect to show or hide closed positions, or "Zero Position" rows in your portfolio.

Additionally, we have fixed several minor bugs.

Build 8.3.817 - April 21, 2016

View Cash Balances in Portfolio; Minor Fixes

You can now view your cash balances per currency in the Portfolio window. This new feature is enabled by default. To hide currency balance rows in the portfolio, deselect Show Cash in the Portfolio section of Configuration.

Additionally, we have fixed several minor bugs.

Build 8.3.811 - March 28, 2016

Reconfigurable Back Button, Ease of Use Improvements and More

IB TWS for Mobile has been reworked to include the following enhancements:

  • You can now configure the "Back" button to display the main menu instead of closing the IB TWS for Mobile application.
  • The Contract Search and News screens have been redesigned to be easier to use.
  • It’s now easier to add and remove ticker lists.
  • The username that you use to log in to IB TWS is no longer case-sensitive. Note that your password is still case sensitive.
  • The SMA (Special Memorandum Account) field has been added back to theAccount Summary page.

In addition, we have squashed several small bugs.

Build 8.3.809 - March 11, 2016

New Chart Studies

We have recently added more than 60 new technical indicators to IB TWS for Mobile platforms. Indicators include:

  • Accumulation\Distribution - Attempts to quantify the flow of money into and out of a given stock. In theory, knowing this money/volume flow may help you to recognize an upcoming move in the stock price.
  • ADX\DMI - Trend indicator comprising three lines that shows the strength of a trend, either up or down.
  • ADXR - A moving average applied to the ADX indicator designed to show the strength of a trend, either up or down.
  • Adaptive Moving Average - A moving average that accounts for volatility and follows prices closely when noise is low.
  • Aroon Oscillator - A trend-following indicator that gauges the strength of a current trend and the likelihood that it will continue.
  • Aroon Up\Down - Measures the strength of a stock's uptrend or downtrend.
  • Accumulation Swing Index - Attempts to show the phantom line which represents the “real market,” which theoretically occurs among the open, high, low and close prices.
  • Average True Range - Used to determine the volatility of the market.
  • Bollinger Bands - Bollinger Bands measure volatility by plotting a series of three bands.
  • Bollinger Band Width - Bollinger Bands measure volatility by plotting a series of three bands.
  • Commodity Channel Index - A price momentum indicator designed to identify cyclical turns in commodities pricing.
  • Chaikin Oscillator - Monitors the flow of money in and out of the market.
  • Chaikin Volatility - Shows the difference between two moving averages of a volume-weighted accumulation-distribution line.
  • Chande Momentum Oscillator - Attempts to capture the up/down momentum of a security.
  • Chande Volatility Index Dynamic Average - A moving average that automatically adjusts its speed based on market volatility.
  • Chaikin Money Flow - Measures Money Flow Volume over a set period of time.
  • Donchian Channel - A simple trend-following breakout system.
  • Donchian Channel Width - A useful indicator for seeing the volatility of a market price.
  • Double Exponential Moving Average - A fast-acting moving average that is more responsive to market changes than a traditional moving average.
  • Departure Chart - Measures the difference between two moving averages of price; one short and one long.
  • DMI - Designed to help you see whether or not an instrument is currently trending.
  • Detrended Price Oscillator - Strips out price trends in an effort to estimate the length of price cycles from peak to peak, or trough to trough.
  • Envelope - Plots a band of two moving averages, one which is shifting upwards, the other shifting downwards, to help define a stock's upper and lower boundaries.
  • Ease of Movement - A technical momentum indicator that can help illustrate the relationship between the rate of an asset's price change and its volume.
  • Exponential Moving Average - The exponential moving average gives more weight to the latest prices and includes all of the price data in the life of the instrument.
  • Fast Stochastic Oscillator - Provides information about the location of a current close in relation to the period's high and low.
  • Force Index - Uses price and volume to assess the power behind a move or identify possible turning points.
  • High Low Bands - Most effective when it comes to trending markets, and may generate signals in trending markets.
  • Hull Moving Average - Improves on smoothing price fluctuations, and also accounts for price lag.
  • Historical Volatility Ratio - The percentage of short to long average historical volatility.
  • Intraday Intensity - Approximates the volume of trading for a specified security in a given day.
  • Keltner Channel - Sensitive to volatility, and plots an "envelope" of two bands above and below the middle line, which represents a 20-period Exponential Moving Average (EMA).
  • Lane's Stochastic Oscillator - Provides information about the location of a current close in relation to the period's high and low.
  • Linear Regression Curve - Used mainly to identify trend direction and is sometimes used to generate buy and sell signals.
  • Least Squares Moving Average - Goes one step further than linear regression by estimating what would happen if the regression line continued.
  • Least Squares Moving Average is used mainly as a crossover signal with another moving average or with itself.
  • Linear Regression R-Squared - An indicator used to determine the strength of the dominant market trend.
  • It is typically used with other indicators such as Linear Regression Slope.
  • Linear Regression Slope - A common statistical technique used to identify the strength and direction of a dominant market trend.
  • Moving Average Convergence/Divergence - Shows the correlation between two moving averages.
  • Mass Index - Suggests that a reversal of the current trend will likely take place when the range widens beyond a certain point.
  • Money Flow Index - Uses both price and volume to measure buying and selling pressure.
  • Momentum - Measures price change.
  • Moving Standard Deviation - Provides a good indication of volatility.
  • Negative Volume Index - Identifies when so-called “smart money” is driving the current trend.
  • On Balance Volume - A momentum indicator that uses volume flow to predict changes in stock price.
  • Parabolic SAR - Helps determine good exit and entry points.
  • Percent B - Can be used to identify overbought and oversold situations.
  • Price Oscillator - Shows the difference between two moving averages, in points.
  • Percent Price Oscillator - A momentum oscillator for price.
  • Positive Volume Index - Intended to track price movements which the 'uninformed' crowd is trading.
  • Price Volume Trend - Horizontal histogram that helps determine the strength of trends and warn of reversals.
  • Rate Of Change - A refined version of Momentum.
  • Relative Strength - Charts the current and historical strength or weakness of a stock based on the last closing price.
  • Relative Volatility Index - Measures the direction of volatility.
  • Simple Moving Average - The simple moving average sums the prices (you can choose from the closing price, the VWAP time-weighted price or the high/low/close average price) for a specific number of data points and divides by that number.
  • Slow Stochastic Oscillator - Shows the location of the close relative to the high-low range over a set number of periods.
  • Stochastic Oscillator - Shows the location of the close relative to the high-low range over a set number of periods.
  • Stochastic RSI - Applies the stochastic calculation to the Relative Strength Indicator.
  • Swing Index - Tries to determine the real strength and direction of the market.
  • Triple Exponential Moving Average - Smooths price fluctuations and filters out volatility, making it easier to identify trends with little lag.
  • Triangular Moving Average - Basically a double-smoothed Simple Moving Average.
  • TRIX - Displays the percent rate of change of a triple exponentially smoothed moving average.
  • Typical Price - A useful filter for moving average systems.
  • Ultimate Oscillator - Designed to capture momentum across three different time frames.
  • Volume * PMO - A price and volume momentum oscillator.
  • Weighted Moving Average - The weighted moving average gives each data point a weight proportionate to its number in the sequence and divides by the sum of its weights.
  • Wilder Moving Average - Similar to an Exponential Moving Average but responds more slowly.
  • Williams Oscillator - Identifies the overbought/oversold levels.

Studies will be released on a gradual schedule over the coming weekend, so keep checking for new additions!

To add studies to your mobile chart, click the Wrench configuration icon from within a chart and turn on "Studies." Click "Add Indicator" to select a study for the chart. Use the slider to add/remove the added indicator to any chart.

Build 8.3.805 - March 7, 2016

Redesigned Interface

Enjoy our new look! We've redesigned our interface for maximum usability. Use the 'swipe to right' functionality from any screen to access the sidebar.

Track Complex Positions as a Unit

Now you can track your complex, multi-leg combination orders in your portfolio the same way you entered them -- as a unit! Use the expand feature to see all legs that comprise the complex position.

Build 8.2.783 - January 29, 2016

View TWS Scanners from the Cloud

TWS-created Market Scanners are now saved to the cloud when you exit TWS or choose to File> Save Settings and you can view these cloud-based scanners from your mobile device. Within TWS for Mobile, available scanners downloaded from the cloud appear in your Scanners list and are identified by a cloud icon. These scanners are read-only within TWS for Mobile. Updates to the scanners in TWS will be synched and available from the cloud-scanner view.

This feature is enabled by default in TWS. You can disable this feature at any time from the Lock & Exit section of Global Configuration by deselecting the "Save market scanners to cloud" setting.

Futures Calendar Spreads

Quickly enter a futures calendar spread by selecting “Futures Spread Combo” as an asset type when you enter a futures contract. Use the matrix to select the front month and back month, then tap the desired contract to add to the Watchlist or view quote details. Additionally, we have added a “Spread” button to the Quote Details from a single futures contract. Click “Spread” to specify the selected contract as the front or back month and quickly create a calendar spread.


  • A bug that was recently introduced that caused an issue when using two-factor authentication has been fixed.
  • Miscellaneous small bug fixes.