Questions tagged [automation]

Trigger actions to be automatically executed on specific events, such as e.g. time, location, key-presses -- or even sensors, connected networks, etc. This tag is for "generic" questions on the field; please check the tag-wiki for more specific tags.

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Can I set the schedule for automatic Market updates, e.g. every night?

Is there a way to schedule when the Market updates my installed apps? Ideally I would like to run it late every night, that way I won't have to be bothered with them when I'm actually using the phone.
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What's the most effortless way for "cloud" back up of photos taken with an Android phone?

After I take a picture with my phone, I want it to be synced (and/or shared) to the "cloud" shortly thereafter. (Say after a few seconds when I have wifi connection but not necessarily right away when ...
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Automatically switch to a saved wireless access point with the strongest signal

I have a wireless router (D-Link) in room A and a repeater (TP-Link WA750RE) in room B, both having the same SSID. Sometimes, when I go to room B and back into room A, my Nexus 5 (Android version 4.4....
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Can I turn off wifi, GPS, etc. on Android phone overnight?

I'd like for my Android phone to automatically turn off some features overnight to save battery, and re-enable them in the morning. Among the things I'd like to turn do: Turn off wifi Turn off the ...
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Is there a way to record and playback a set of touches?

What I'm looking for is some sort of macro-recorder (though that term seems to be hijacked now my macro-photography apps). I'd like to record a set of presses (specifically, beating a level in a game)...
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Disable notifications per app and time frame

I would like to know if there's any app or any Tasker plugin that would allow me to block notifications on the weekends. I got two email accounts, one personal with the Gmail app and the other work-...
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Toggling USB mass storage on (or off) via adb commands

Background: I have a USB stick Android device (e.g. RikoMagic) which I mostly run in "headless" mode. Among other things, I've already figured out how to shut it down via a combination of adb and the ...
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Should I use Tasker or Locale?

For general detecting circumstances and triggering actions, what are the advantages/disadvantages of Tasker and Locale? Which one does the best job overall capability for improving the usefulness of ...
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How can I require the pattern unlock only for specified times

Is it possible to require the pattern unlock only during certain times? For example, while I'm at work, I don't want to require the pattern unlock, however, anytime I'm not at work I do. Is this ...
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Auto-rotate only for YouTube app, disabled otherwise [duplicate]

I find auto-rotate really annoying so I generally have it turned off. Unfortunately, when I'm playing a YouTube video, it's equally annoying when I try to tilt the screen and then remember I have ...
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Allow only specific apps to use cell data, only when on 3G

I use Tasker to sync every 30 mins when on 3G. I'm on a limited data plan, and the only apps I use constantly are browser, a Twitter app (Echofon) and Whatsapp. Is there a way to allow only these apps ...
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"Allow USB debugging" keeps on popping evene when "Always allow from this computer" is checked in automation testing

We are doing automation testing on mobile devices with Appium but testing fails because of the popup 'Allow USB debugging' even though the device is already connected through 'adb connect' and 'adb ...
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Schedule Auto Shutdown on Android

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and was wondering if it's possible (like on Blackberry) to setup a schedule for automatic device shutdown. For example, on my previous phone, I could indicate for the phone ...
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Automatically dim screen at specific times?

Waking up in the morning to a very bright screen is no fun. I'd rather the screen be dimmer in my dark bedroom when I wake up. While I could manually change the brightness before going to bed and ...
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On Android can I write scripts (similar to Win .bat files) to combine several command line commands?

On Windows, I can run two commands using a .bat file. How can I achieve the same thing on Android For example: update my podcasts by calling pcastclient /updateALL force sync of my pictures ...
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Is there a quicker way to turn on WiFi Hotspot?

is there a way to automate (or at least reduce the number of steps) to turn on or turn off the WiFi hotspot on my Galaxy 3. I have to unlock press the menu button press settings press More ...
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Alternatives to Smart Actions for non-Motorola devices?

Motorola's recent selection of Android gadgets (particularly, the Droid Razr) sport a Smart Actions application that automatically modifies your phone settings when certain events occur -- for example,...
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Can I automatically check in to Foursquare?

Is there any app or setting that will automatically check in to foursquare when I arrive at a venue without having to take out the phone and click the app? Preferably something where I can mark "...
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Making mediaserver immediately scan a file created through ADB

The mediaserver in my stock and rooted Android 6.0.1 (running in Nexus 6) doesn't detect new files created or moved to into /sdcard using adb. It doesn't detect until I do a soft/full reboot which I ...
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Does Android have a task scheduler?

Microsoft Windows has the Task Scheduler Manager to schedule tasks based on time or other events, as far Linux has cron to the same feature, does Android have something like? Could I install cron on ...
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Block all calls from area code unless in Contacts

I need a way to block all calls from an area code, unless the number is in my contact list. Anyone know of a way to do that? I found plenty of apps that can block by area code, but they'll also ...
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is there a way to schedule a turn-on-wifi-sync-turn-off-wifi scheduled task for every day at 8am?

I have no 3G. I use my android phone mostly via wifi home network and read emails and podcasts later offline. Is there a way to make a scheduled task which will turn on wifi, force sync (or wait for ...
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Can I change system locale by command?

For some reason I need to change system locale temporarily. Can I change system locale using some command? or script? So that i can run it with tasker's built-in shell.
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How do I automate disabling mobile data on lollipop?

I have recently changed my Moto G LTE (XT1039) from android 4.x to 5.1. After the update I have found that Llama - Location Profiles's Toggle mobile data - mobile data off Action fails to disable my ...
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Manually changing shared_prefs and forcing app to update to it?

I've been trying to figure out if it's possible to disable/enable GO SMS popup notifications via something like Tasker. I came across the following line in /data/data/com.jb.gosms/shared_prefs/com.jb....
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How to turn off ringer when connected to particular wifi network

Is it possible (in built or via an app) to silence the phone when it's connected to a particular wireless network, and then unsilence it when the network is out of range. Use case : When I'm in the ...
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Automatically load a text file a few minutes after the alarm goes off - is there an app for that?

Is there a way (presumably via a 3rd party app) that I can set a particular text file to open at a set time, i.e. something I need to read on a daily basis can be set to load at 6.03 after the alarm ...
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How to automatically reconnect VPN on network change?

I'm using a VPN service, but so far I've only been using it on my computer. Now I'd like to have it on my phone as well. The service I use allow up to four simultaneous connections, so that isn't an ...
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Quickly input frequent used phrase by choose-and-paste [closed]

Is there any application that can enhance the clipboard, so that I can quickly input some frequent used phrase by choose-and-paste? Use case: I need to input my email address to a field in an ...
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How to auto-backup my phone internal storage to my PC (not cloud), using WiFi?

I'm looking for a method to automatically backup my internal storage from my Nexus 6 directly to my PC (not cloud), using WiFi, but I haven't really found a solution for it. I see most solutions use ...
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Disable Data connection automatically

I own an Optimus One. I want the Data Connection to go off, everytime I lock the keypad. For that, now, I manually go to Setting--> Wireless & networks--> Mobile Networks--> Data Enable. Is there ...
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Automatically connect to VPN when connecting to WiFi?

My university has an open WiFi that requires me to log into a specific VPN before I can access the internet. Is there any built-in way or app that allows me to specify which VPN I want to start ...
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How to automatically add a task to Astrid?

I would like to automatically add tasks to Astrid. For example, a task to chare the tablet when battery is low or a task for an epsiode the just runs according to EpisodeCalendar. I am using Tasker ...
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How to get current (foreground) activity name?

Hoi! I'm trying to make an automatic night mode for my phone using "Automate", but I can't find certain app activities. How do I get to know what activities are executed in the foreground at the ...
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How can I automatically freeze and thaw an app on demand?

I have some apps that I open on occasion. One in particular is a game that likes to push notifications up reminding me to play again. Is there an app I can use to automatically freeze an Android app ...
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How can I get my Galaxy S3 to behave at night? (turn off LED and notifications, etc.) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any way to schedule a passive profile-change? (connectivity, volume etc.) I've got a Galaxy S3, and I love it, but it drives me crazy at night sometimes. GMail will get a new ...
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Autoplay video on device boot

I have a Noontec A9 Android Smart Box TV thingy that needs to play a video on loop for a very long time. I found multiple apps that can do this but I am looking for one that will start playing the ...
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How to add 5 week shift schedule to calendar?

I need a way to set in my workschedule wich repeats over 5 weeks in the calender, it looks like this: NNNN FFF LLL FF MM MM FF NNN FFF LLLL FF MMM FF (Night, Free, Late, Morning) Is there any way ...
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How to remove unused folders created by apps?

When I started with a fresh SD card, there were only very few folders in it. As time passed by when I tried many apps, I could see the folder list in my SD card seems to grow. It is understandable ...
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Any way to schedule a passive profile-change? (connectivity, volume etc.)

What I am wondering is if there is any way to make Android change its profiles passively from one state to the other at e.g. 3 pm in the afternoon local time: Through Android internally (with some ...
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How can I trigger a sound when the device vibrates?

I have a game which makes my device vibrate when a certain event happens. I want my device to play a sound when that event happens. Unfortunately, the developer doesn't seem to be interested in ...
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Automatic Do Not Disturb rules for calendar events do not work with imported calendar

Update: I've updated the question, check the bottom of this post for the details I've found so far and the last problems standing in my way The problem My work schedule is provided to me as an ...
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Automatically download new Youtube videos [closed]

I am looking for a way to automatically download new Youtube videos from all my subscriptions or from a certain user/channel to my Android phone for later offline viewing. Some sort of video podcast ...
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Have a widget activating something in an app?

I have the SyncMe app, and I would like to have a widget activating a fuction in the app. Now I have to open the app -> Click on a button -> Click on another button. Can I have a widget doing this ...
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Is there a way to automatically turn off the wireless hotspot once I get back home?

I use the wireless hotspot function daily as part of business, providing a wifi network from my Nexus 7 tablet (Lollipop, oem) to other business-essential devices. When I get back home (alternatively,...
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How do I invert colours inside a specific app?

The latest Android has an Invert Colours option in quick settings. Is there any way to turn this on automatically when a specific app is opened? Is there any other way to achieve inversion of colours ...
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How to clear a Folder (e.g. Downloads) automatically on a regular/scheduled basis?

There is a folder on an Android phone that continually fills with junk. Instead of clearing that folder manually on a regular basis, how can I setup up a way to have that folder be automatically ...
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How to make automatic SIM card selection for specific contacts?

Everytime I call someone I change SIM card to one of them and call from that SIM card. Is it possible to assign a SIM card for each contact, so that when calling a contact the phone select the SIM ...
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How to automatically launch android Acess Point on startup?

My Galaxy S with the Samsung Android built on it offers me the option the run the phone as a W-LAN acess point that connects to the internet via mobile data. I would like to configure the access ...
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How can I schedule timer to power on and off device?

Is there any way to schedule timer to power on and off device? Example daily power on at 8am and power off at 10pm.

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