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Design triggers and tasks with AutomateIt

Create intricate and automated tasks to save time while using your device with AutomateIt

Among the plethora of automation apps sits AutomateIt, a truly amazing app for those who really want to explore the world of automation on their smartphone. The app itself is split into several areas, with the main being used to create automated tasks and apply them to different functions on their phones.

These tasks are formed in the style of different tasks, also known as triggers, and the action that happens once that trigger has been activated. Created tasks can vary over hundreds of topics and apart from being quite a cool addition, it can save a lot of time switching between different apps and functions manually, especially when you consider just how detailed and arduous certain tasks can soon become.

In this tutorial we’ll be guiding you through the AutomateIt app – and the process of creating a new task from scratch. You’ll also find invaluable information on editing created tasks and how you can link them with nearly all the third-party apps installed on your device.

This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine. For more tips, tricks and tutorials for all things Android, buy the latest issue here.


  1. Step1_2

    Start from scratch

    From the main page of the AutomateIt app, you’ll want to navigate to the My Rules option at the top of the page. Select the Add Rule option at the bottom-left of the tab, and follow the first instructions on the next screen.

  2. Step2_2

    Add a trigger

    Your first task will be to add a trigger that ultimately has an effect on some part of your device. The app lists the most common triggers at the top of the menu, but scroll down to view more before selecting one.

  3. Step3_2

    Select desired action

    Now select when you want the trigger to be activated. After selecting how you want it to be activated, scroll down the list where you can then select how often you want the new rule to work through the various choices available.

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    Link to apps

    A large portion of your created rules will eventually activate an app at the end of it. You’ll find most third-party apps can be used for this, but you should clear the cache of any app that resists you attaching it to a rule.

  5. Step5

    Activate new rules

    After creating a series of rules, you’ll now need to activate them. Navigate back to the main page of the application and select the My Rules tab once again. Find your created rule and use the onoff toggle to activate.