Good App for Actions based on location or wifi network.

Posted Dec 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm in Threads > Apps

I am looking for a way to control my phone depending on where I am and what I am connected to via wifi and/ or bluetooth.

In a perfect world it would be great if my phone would:

1. Remove the lock screen when I am connected to my home network.
2. Open the car app when I connect to my cars bluetooth.
3. mute the ringer after midnight.

I have looked at several apps and I am not sure which is the best.

Here are some I am thinking about testing out.

Actions Pro
Llama – Location Profiles
Toggle Settings|Profiles Lite
AutomateIt Pro

I have never looked into this type of app before so I would appreciate and knowledge that you all may have. As I test these apps I will also add my thoughts about each of them here as well.

  • nicotinemind

    Would be intrested in an action that did number.1.

    I use Silent Sleep for number 3 :

    • jonstle

      I may have to give silent sleep a look. Thanks!

      • nicotinemind

        Well,it’s just a simple mute app,looked at Llama and seems it can do the job as well.

  • herbivore83

    I used Llama for a while and it is scary accurate when it comes to locations (especially if you leave your wifi on all the time). It has many, many options but I am not sure about the lock screen one. Also, the last time I used it the interface was in the old Android design style and not aligned with Google’s design suggestions. I think it would be worth a shot to try to do what you want.

    • jonstle

      Thanks for the advice!

    • tanman888

      Here in Sydney there is a rollout of new network cell towers, so you’ll need to update the area profiles (eg. work or home) quite regularly in order for actions to take place.

  • jonstle

    I am going to be trying Llama First I will let you all know how it goes.

    • jonstle

      Llama has great features but I really want to be able to start the actions based on being connected to a WiFi network and or Bluetooth device so as cool as it is I will keep looking. If you are looking on somethings based purely on location Llama is worth a look!

  • pjamies

    Try this for auto-unlocking your phone, based on Wifi SID’s
    It’s in the Play Store.
    I believe there is a free version, but only works with 1 Wifi SID, where the
    paid version works with many SID’s (locations)

    Unlock With WiFi
    Ben Hirashima

    • jonstle

      It is on my short list, as that is my most wanted feature (To secure my phone when leaving the house). I am hoping to find one app that can do it all. Which would require using Bluetooth as a trigger as well.

      If I cannot find on that works “Unlock With WiFi” is the current front runner.

  • jonstle

    I forgot to mention this earlier I tried to check out Smartactions but it is not available for the Galaxy S3. Bummer as it seems to be pretty good.

    I checked out the website and it is limited to a small number of Motorola phones.

    The list of supported phones is here if you want to take a look for yourselves:

  • jonstle

    Toggle Settings|Profiles Lite – Has not been updated since December of 2010 so it is not on the list anymore either.

  • herbivore83

    I’ve never used it myself, but Tasker is wildly popular. I’m not sure if it fits what you’re looking for, but it is probably worth consideration.

    • jonstle

      Thanks I will add it to my list!

    • jonstle

      Going with tasker thanks!

      • herbivore83

        Glad to help!

  • digvijaya07

    Llama has Some Awesome features ..!! I think its Bit Better then others .!! :)) :D

  • jonstle

    For now I have decided to go with tasker. It can do everything I need and then some. The only thing I am having trouble with is getting the lock screen password to go away when I am at home. It works about half the time.

    I M thinking this may have something to do with the way Samsung has set yo the gs3 lockscreen.

    Thanks everyone for the help!

  • TheVoodoo

    Tasker is definitely the most versatile one. The interface is outdated, but the functionality is beyond reproach.

  • pol biswas

    For mute your ringer after midnight you can try out splash. Fantastic application.

  • pol biswas

    Sorry I misspelled the application name shush.

  • WlfHart

    If you have a Note II they have tags you can make which I believe uses NFC to tell your phone what “mode” to be in. It won’t help terribly for time triggered events, but for location based events it seems useful. A buddy uses a tag with his cardock so the phone goes into carmode as soon as he places it in the dock. Pretty spiffy.

    • LukeT32

      I have looked into this with my Gnex, but it appears the apps that code the NFC chips are a bit limited at this time. This was probably 6 months ago when I checked.

  • clearzero

    Check out on{X}. It’s made by Microsoft of all people but it is pretty great. You can create your own recipes.

    • jonstle

      Will do. Thanks.

    • jonstle

      Thanks for the heads up on this.

      on{X} seems to have lots of potential. I have set it up to do quite a few things. Some of which I never would of thought of with other programs like display contact history with a caller when I get an incoming call. I have it show the last time they called, emailed, or messaged me via sms or Google talk. I get calls from a lot of people so this gives me a quick reminder as to who they are before I say hello.

      Right now it is my new favorite.

  • mernen

    I haven’t tried the lockscreen one, but I use Tasker for my automation needs, mostly wi-fi based.

    The UI is simply a trainwreck. But since I’m already used to it, I already paid for the app, and it’s easily the most powerful around, I have very little incentive to try another one.

  • thymeless

    I’ve got tasker. i like it, but it’s a surprisingly deep and subtle app.

  • nicotinemind

    Got Tasker based on the comments on this thread. Looks awesome!

    There’s this guy Armando Ferreira on Youtube who’s made a 3 part beginners guide to Tasker. Was very useful to go through.

    Part 1 :

    Part 2 :

    Part 3 :

    • jonstle

      I will check these out! Thanks!!!

    • jonstle

      Watched the videos yesterday. They are incredibly helpful for anyone wanting to use Tasker. I learned a lot and can now do things I didn’t think were possible with Tasker.

  • VerticalCobra

    Tasker is the best but not free. Llama is ok and free; it can handle many situations

  • ibap

    I use Tasker to turn on sync and wifi when I’m in range of the femtocell at my house. It is capable of a lot but the learning curve is kind of steep.

    • jonstle

      I agree with the learning curve being steep but it is growing on me. Found some good resources on the Tasker website that helped me a lot. They have examples ranging from basic WiFi on and off to brain hurting full on app creation.

  • jonstle

    It has been over six months and still using Tasker. Is there anything new out there that deserves a look?

  • Jmburks42

    This tablet set the stage standard for last year. I would love to have one for memory’s of the early days.