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Life Story: How to install the app

Updated Friday, 17th October 2014
Bring your free Life Story poster to life with these four simple steps.

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Once you have received your poster and installed the app, come back to OpenLearn to complete step three

An image of the free poster that was produced for the BBC One series Life Story.

Step one: Get your free poster

If you haven't ordered your poster, you can do so now from our poster order page.

Once you have received it, open it out onto a flat surface or fix it to your wall.

Step two: Install the free Aurasma app

Download from Google Play

If you have an Android device, you can download the app from the Google Play Store.

Download from iTunes

If you have an Apple device, you can download the app from the iTunes Store.


An image of the free poster that was produced for the BBC One series Life Story.

Step three: Launch the app with this link

Using your device on which you have installed the Aurasma app, follow this link to begin bringing your poster to life.

This will automatically subscribe you to the OpenLearn channel on Aurasma, and you only need to do this once. There is no need to create an account, simply press 'Skip' if prompted.

Please note: Aurasma is a free service, but your mobile operator may charge for the data you use on their network. If possible, we recommend launching the app using your WiFi connection. Please ask bill payer's permission before use.

An image of the free poster that was produced for the BBC One series Life Story.

Step four: Point and play

Point your device at the poster so that the majority of the poster fills the screen (it may take a moment for the app to recognise the poster).

Any animal accompanied with a star will be highlighted within a circle. Tap the animal to bring it to life. Enjoy!

Tip: Once a video is playing, if you want to move away from the poster simply tap the full-screen icon in the top left-hand side of the video.

Need help?

Please note that the app is provided by Aurasma, an independent company and not directly by The Open University. Visit the Aurasma help forum to find support for any problems with the app.


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