AutomateIt – fully automate your Android & make it work smarter
Oct 2, 2013 8:49 AM –
AutomateIt is a slick automation app which is fantastically simple to use and very powerful. Arguably the most popular app in this space is Tasker and, while AutomateIt isn’t quite on the same level, it is drastically easier to use, and still packs a huge punch in terms of functionality. If you’ve found Tasker to be a little complex, this might just be the ideal solution for you.
Price: Free or $1.99 for the Pro version
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Simple to use!
- Nice user interface!
- Plenty of stock rules to get you started!
- Easy to create new rules!
- Access to rules market- user generated and shared rules!
- Does lack a little functionality when compared to Tasker.
AutomateIt is, as you might expect, an automation app. For the uninitiated, this means it’s an app that harnesses your devices inner settings and changes them depending on environmental conditions. The simplest to demonstrate this would be a rule which automatically switches your phone to silent mode when it’s night time. This prevents it from going off in the middle of the night and waking you up.
When testing the app, I tried creating a few simple rules to make my life easier and preserve battery. The first one I created was one which switches my WiFi off when I’m away from home. This means, once I move away from the geographical area of my home, the WiFi will turn off and preserve my battery. Also using the GPS setting, I made it so that when I’m at work, my phone automatically switches to silent mode- now my phone will not go off while I’m teaching and I don’t have to remember to shut it off in the first place.
There are loads of preset rules installed in the app and you just have to add your own settings; locations, times, states and more. There are dozens of different automatic behaviours which can be set to trigger given the right conditions. Setting these up, even one which isn’t already templated, is really easy and split into three phases. The app presents a sliding tab along the top which switches between the different phases:
Phase 1 – Trigger
Here you select the state of the device which triggers an action (for example, if your device slips below a certain battery level, or enters a particular location or a calendar event begins).
Phase 2 – Action
Now you have to choose what you want your device to do. This might be to adjust the sound level, set WiFi state, open an application, send an SMS and so on. Each choice gives you additional settings to add- such as mobile number to send SMS to or the volume level you want the device set to, etc.
Phase 3 – Rule
Finally, you can give the new rule a name and set whether you want a pop up notification when a rule is triggered.
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Now, I’ve always been really impressed by Tasker, but I do not find it particularly intuitive. AutomateIt, however, is particularly simple to use and yet remains incredibly powerful. There is some deep functionality missing when you compare the two, but for the beginner to intermediate user, AutomateIt is a far better choice in terms of ease-of-use.
There are dozens of templated rules to adapt, plus you can always create your own rules. There’s even a market of user-generated and subsequently shared rules so be sure to check them out if you can’t immediately find a rule you like from the templates. AutomateIt (the Pro version especially) is incredibly useful and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface here. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if you just use the Free version as a trial.
AutomateIt – Home page
AutomateIt – More
AutomateIt – Action
AutomateIt – Active rules settings
AutomateIt – Active rules
AutomateIt – Trigger time
AutomateIt – Trigger
AutomateIt – WiFi trigger
AutomateIt – Rule market
AutomateIt – Rule info
AutomateIt – Map view
AutomateIt – Setting location
AutomateIt – Meters radius
AutomateIt – Hints and tips
AutomateIt – Settings
These kind of apps make your device instantly smarter, allowing to react and change its settings based on what is going on around it. It makes things very intuitive and automates your device, making life easier for you. Sure you can turn volumes down yourself, switch off WiFi, send SMS messages yourself, etc. but isn’t it cool when your device does all this for you?
Ease of Use:
You still need to find your way around the menu system, but it isn’t scary or complex. The app breaks the rule settings into three distinct phases, meaning you have great control over rule creation but it is still easy to follow.
Once you set the rules up, your device does the rest and it will depend on what rules you have set as to how often the application is used. You might even find that, after a while, you end up using the app more and more regularly, finding new rules to automate your devices functionality even further.
The interface is pretty smooth and very easy to navigate. It offers a nice design that’s functional yet looks pretty cool at the same time.
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