5 ways to automate your Android device

Make your phone or tablet do the grunt work with these easy ways to make it perform common tasks by itself

Automate Android

Automate Android

Silence alerts using Android Lollipop’s Priority mode

You’ve left the volume up on your phone so that it can wake you up in the morning with an alarm, but then it spends all night ringing and dinging with every notification that comes in. Use Lollipop’s Priority mode to tell it to shut the hell up for the night. You can define when it has to be silent and when it can make noise – perfect for getting some shuteye or when you’re off to the cinema.

Send a text when you reach a specified location

If you’re driving and need to text someone to let them know you’re on your way, you don’t have to waste time pulling over to type out a message. Instead, use the Automated Device app from Daniel Herrero and set up a rule to get your device to automatically text them when you reach a given location. However, you’ll need to set this rule up carefully and consider the location that you specify – you don’t want to automatically text your contacts every time you pass the corner shop!

Create custom macros with MacroDroid

ArloSoft’s MacroDroid app lets you set up custom actions that are triggered whenever a particular set of circumstances is met. For example, you can get your phone to automatically upload the last photo you took to Facebook when you shake the handset. The free app is ad-supported and only lets you create five macros, but you can upgrade to the Pro version via an IAP, which will give you unlimited freedom to set up your own macros.

Manage complex rules

Atooma is packed with a bunch of ready-made smart actions or you can make your own, working along the principle of ‘if this happens, do that’. You can use it to program quite complex rules – it can handle up to five conditions (things that trigger the automated task) and five reactions (things that the automated task does) for every rule you set up. For example, you can get it to set your phone to be quiet if you get home from work after the kids have gone to bed.

Make your own automation apps

If you’re a bit of a whizz with Tasker and you’d like to make your own automation apps, but don’t have the patience for extensive coding, then give Tasker App Factory a whirl. You will need the Tasker app in order to use it, but you can make, publish and sell your own automation apps. Be aware that it is a plugin rather than a standalone app so you may not need to do any coding, but knowing your way around Tasker is a must.