Our app has a fairly involved process of pairing with an adhesive patch via Bluetooth. This process is illustrated on a series of screens connected via Next/Back buttons. For users of this app, this process will repeat about once/week.

We want to present the following options: 1) I want to replace my patch and view the instructions 2) I want to replace my patch and NOT view the instructions 3) I don't want to replace my patch right now

The wording for #3 is clearly "Cancel." But we're struggling to come up with wording for #1 and #2.

Alternately, perhaps we're going about this all wrong, and shouldn't offer the ability to skip the instructions until you're actually viewing them?

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There can be 2 approaches.

  1. Show both options and show a checkbox
  2. Show a "SKIP INSTRUCTIONS" in the next steps

Attached a screen for the 1st option

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    as many people will tell you on here, your labels 'yes, I would' and 'naah, I'm fine' are not ideal as it doesn't describe what action you are doing. I would replace them with 'Replace patch' and 'Cancel' respectively.
    – Midas
    Mar 29, 2016 at 8:25
  • There are affordance problems here; it looks like it'd be really easy to accidentally hit "YES" when trying to toggle off the "show instructions" checkbox. Mar 29, 2016 at 17:36
  • Thats true. The skip instruction would be a better approach then Mar 30, 2016 at 6:36

It can help if you add some screenshots. Anyway, if I understood your problem correctly, then I would say that the following is a common solution to it. It allows the user to cancel or finish the replace procedure at any step. Once the patch pairing screen is shown, user actually has four options:

  1. Back - takes you to previous screen (disabled at first screen).
  2. Next - takes you to next screen (disabled at last screen).
  3. Cancel - Cancel the process, closes the screen and not replacing the patch, available at any step (screen).
  4. Finish - Finish the process, closes the screen and replacing the patch, available at any step (screen).

Since this is something your users need to do every week, the default should be to stay as much as possible out of their way in what is likely a familiar process.

Step 1:

  • It's time to replace your patch. [ Do it now ] [ Do it later ]

Step 2 (if they choose 'do it now'):

  • Patch replacement underway. Gently frangle your patch capacitor and then press the resulting fnord to pair it via bluetooth.
    [Show instructions] [Fnord]

In other words, on each step that requires direct interaction with the app, show a broad overview instruction as a prompt, and include a link to expand / pop up the more detailed instructions for whatever user actions are necessary to perform that step.

(If there are steps 3, 4, etc in interacting with the app itself, you might make the "show instructions" selection 'sticky', that is if they needed help with step 2 you can safely assume they'll also want it for steps 3 and on.)

Depending on how necessary / nonintuitive those instructions are, you may wish to invert this by defaulting to making instructions visible for new users (either on a first-time-only basis, or with the typical "[x] Don't show this again" schtick). But even in this case, there's an argument to be made for not making the user make decisions about something they have no basis for deciding yet. ("Do I need instructions? I have no idea, I don't know how complicated this is going to be. If I guess no, but turn out to need them after all, will I be able to get back here? I don't know that either. Guess I better pick yes and hope they're not too terribly long.")

If there is no step 2

If this is literally just a reminder for the user that they need to physically replace the adhesive patch periodically, then the interface should present it as just that, a dismissible notification (which, if possible, would be automatically cleared when the new patch is paired, rather than requiring user action in the app):

  • It's been 9 days since you replaced your patch! For proper moistness it should be replaced once a week. [Show instructions] [Done]

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