There are two types of smartphone users: the smart users and the addicts. Smart users know how to make every moment they spend on their smartphones. Smartphone addicts use their phones to kill time, look busy or tire themselves with both unproductive and mundane tasks. Here is my personal list of kick-ass Android automation apps that helped me turn my smartphone from a bother into a highly productive virtual assistant. I am sure they will make your life less miserable, as they did mine.
Automate works the old fashioned way – with simple logic flowcharts. To foster security, LlamaLab skips the traditional permission requests you get when you install an app and focuses on modular permission request.
If I wanted to use the GPS, the app would ask for GPS permission. If I wanted to use the camera, it would ask for camera permissions. No more, no less. Security at its best.
If you don’t want to create your own flows, you will find Automate’s flow store more than sufficient to get you going. This will do mundane tasks ranging from switching off my Wi-Fi whenever I leave my house and switching it back on when I get back home to texting a friend I was to meet in town the moment I get to our rendezvous point.
This will do mundane tasks ranging from switching off my Wi-Fi whenever I leave my house and switching it back on when I get back home to texting a friend I was to meet in town the moment I get to our rendezvous point.
I preferred making my own flow-charts, just for the sake of it. Try your hand on Automate. You will be surprised of how creative and productive this would be in comparison to getting pissed over the traffic jam or a slow hotel waiter.
Be careful when downloading flows. Malicious users could use them to take over your phone. Stick to making your own flows when you can.
2. Auto Brightness
Are you tired of fiddling with your screen’s brightness every now and then to get the perfect balance? Well, you don’t have to. Android has taken care of this for you. Head over to settings > display > brightness.
Select the ‘Automatic Brightness’ option and slide the selector to choose the most appropriate brightness for your current ambient light levels. Your phone will use this as the base and will relatively adjust your screen brightness as your ambient light insensitive change.
Your phone will use this as the base and will relatively adjust your screen brightness as your ambient light insensitive change.
No more glaring screens at night or miserable dims while using your phone out in the daylight.
Automated Device is an impressive app that uses the simple ‘if’, ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘then’ logic to automate virtually anything your smartphone could sense and do. The simplicity of this approach to automating tasks
The simplicity of this approach to automating tasks are in resonance with the apps actual simplicity. Setting up the conditions and actions is utter fun.
My favorite is the SMS trigger. This automation flow lets me choose a contact whose text I will be monitoring.
- I can choose to monitor one of our suppliers and set the app to look for any invoice related texts.
- When that text comes in, I set Automated Device to text our finance guy, and tell him to look into the client’s invoice.
- The text composer also lets me put a variable, say my location, into the text. So I can tell my finance guy of my current location and help him anticipate my arrival.
Automated managerial work without reading a single text or composing any. How cool.
MacroDroid focuses on automating simple tasks with native gestures and conditionals. The conditions could be an incoming text message or a battery level below 10%. The simplistic approach lets you choose a trigger and an action.
This one to one mapping means you can only create simple tasks in comparison to Automate Device’s limitless options.
- You can shake the device to upload your last photo to Facebook.
- You could create a macro that activates silent mode every work day from 8 am to 1 pm.
The options are limitless, the bundled list of template Macros will bring you up to speed with the core powers of MacroDroid.
The trial version will only give you’re a maximum of five macros. You will have to upgrade to remove the bar and automate more stuff on your Android smartphone
AutomateIt is the go-to app if you want diverse automation with little or no involvement. What sets it apart from the rest is its rather overwhelming list of triggers.
Anything that could possibly happen to your Android smartphone is a trigger. The actions are less but quite functional.
You might have to root your phone to access all the actions but most of the unrooted actions are powerful enough.
I tried looping activities to increase my range. The result was impressive.
Placing my phone on a dock player would use the dock trigger to switch on WiFi this will automatically switch off my broadband connection and activate the WiFi trigger that will in turn send an SMS to my partner notifying them that I am in the office and we can start our morning brief.
Smartphone addiction is real. Each day, each week, each month, we get more and more attached to our flashy gadgets. The addiction is already here.
The good thing is you can turn the menace into an advantage if you make every moment you spend on your smartphone count, if you turn your smartphone from a mere time killer into a highly productive personal assistant with these impressive Android automation apps.
Back to you. What are your favorite Android automation apps? Share with us. really want to know what productivity tricks you got up your Android sleeve