Thursday, October 17, 2013

Android App: Macrodroid - A task automator for your Android Phone

If you have ever wanted to automate a task on your Android phone or maybe never knew you could automate tasks on your phone and instead have been manually doing tasks daily you should take a look at an app called Macrodroid.

It's a really simple app that is quite powerful.  It allows you to create tasks which can automate processes you might be doing manually at the moment.  A simple task that I created is to automatically turn on/off wifi based on the time of day.  Turn it off at around the time I leave for work and turn it back on at around the time I get home.  I also set it to trigger this task M-F since I'm home on the weekends.  It was extremely easy to set up and works wonderfully.  That is just an example of a task that I created in less than a few minutes.  This is how easy it is:

Click 'Add Macro'
Select a trigger from a list - (e.g. Battery Level).
Configure any trigger specific settings - (e.g. Battery Level < 10%)
Select an action from a list - (e.g Enable/Disable Wifi)
Configure any action specific setting - (e.g. Disable Wifi)
Add more actions as required (up to 10)
Optionally select a constraint from a list - (e.g. Day of the Week)
Configure constraint as required (e.g. Saturday and Sunday)
Add more constraints as required (up to 10).
Choose a name for the Macro.

There are many options and tasks that you can create, from toggling Airplane mode, setting the volume, taking a picture, and toggling vibrate to name a few.  So if you find yourself doing simple tasks everyday, like turning on the GPS in the morning for your commute to work, give Macrodroid a try and create a task to do this for you so you can have one less thing to worry about.  The UI might need some work, but the app overall functions as it should.  The best part is that it's FREE*!!

Free version: limited to 5 macro's/tasks, one action and constraint per macro.
Pro version: $2.49

Macrodroid - Google Play Store

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