What are the best Android apps for making your phone automatically perform certain actions based on set criteria?
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While I've always respected Tasker as an automation tool and know that it has advantages specific to onboard device sensors, I never developed any comfort working with it. In contrast, IFTTT makes it so easy to configure these conditional tasks and responses to environment, I can't imagine life without it anymore. I doubt there's a person online who couldn't benefit from it in some way. See More
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Many smartbulbs come with IFTTT integration, which lets you configure your lights to a whole new level. You can create virtually any recipe you could want - have your lights flash red when you get a text, or turn up the brightness when it's raining. How about flashing blue whenever the Toronto Maple Leafs score, or cycling through all the colours during a party? All of this and much more is possible with IFTTT when connected to the Internet of Things. See More
To teach Llama your current position, go to the Areas tab and long-press your current position, then choose Start Learning Area. The app will now and in the future identify that area based on cell towers in the location. The longer you stay within that area the first time you set it to learn, the better Llama will be able to identify that place. You can also manually add or remove certain cell towers to areas. See More
Llama's core feature is an easy to understand and use Events system. Events consist of Actions that trigger based on Conditions. You can combine this system with the Area and Profile systems to automatically adjust how your phone behaves in certain situations. Conditions include: Connecting / disconnecting a Bluetooth device Entering / exiting Car Mode Charging / unplugged Day of the Week Entering / leaving / being in / not being in an Area Music starts / stops At a certain time interval Actions include: Adjusting brightness Adjusting music volume Changing profile Killing an app Rebooting Placing a notification Running an app Turn account synchronization on / off Turn Airplane Mode on / off Turn mobile data on / off Turn GPS on / off Turn screen lock on / off Turn Wi-Fi on / off See More
Of course you can turn rules on and off with a tap, but also you can give rules priorities to indicate which wins in a conflict, so for example, a location based rule says you're at home so volume is normal, but your calendar says you have an event containing the word 'meeting': you can set the "calendar event containing 'meeting'" rule to have a higher priority, so that it applies. See More
You can base rules on: Time of day or week Location Calendar events Bluetooth events (specific device or any device) Wifi connection (specific network or any network) Whether the screen is on Whether you're charging the device When the battery level is in a specified range Whether your earphones are plugged in If your car dock is connected If your desk dock is connected If a particular app is in the foreground See More
It can change lots of settings on your phone, for example you can use MyProfiles to put the phone on silent at the times in the week or in locations you shouldn't be disturbed. You can use it to put your phone into airplane mode overnight to save batteries, or when you have a meeting scheduled in your calendar. See More
This app tracks users by GPS and knows if they are sitting still, walking, running, or driving. This functionality can be used to trigger actions when a certain pace is achieved, such as "Play music when I start running." The GPS integration can also be useful for triggering actions when a user leaves or arrives at a location. Popular recipes that use the GPS function are "Remind me to work out if I haven't been to the gym in 3 days" or "Text my boyfriend when I leave work". See More
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