How to automate tasks on your Android phone

How to automate tasks on your Android phone
Android handsets are becoming so versatile that it is easy to start using them for most of your computing, communication and everyday tasks, repeating the same actions with your phone many times over during the daily interactions.

You may or may not know, however, that there are several excellent apps that allow you to automate the heck out of the daily, weekly and so on routine tasks you do with your handset. These are based on sets of rules created with and-or conditions on if-then algorithms, that let you create macros of sorts, similar to the ones on your Windows machine or in your Excel table, that execute certain action (s) with your handset, if the input conditions are met. A simple example would be "If I'm leaving home/work, then always turn off Bluetooth, unless paired, and Wi-Fi as well."

Yep, this is all possible with such apps, but there's a newcomer on the Android automation front, called simply Automated Device, that combines the best of both worlds - it is more comprehensive than your typical free automation app, yet keeps their price tag of zero. The app is a very useful addition to the other automation apps of choice for Google's mobile OS. Check the best contenders below, and load them up on your Android device to start your lazy days with the smart gear.



1. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I use Tasker extensively, but the learning curve is steep. Automated Device may be a good option for those less technically inclined.

2. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes... I use a combination of Llama and SmartConnect (both free). But Tasker does have a better interface though equally learning curve. The reason I use both is because SmartConnect offer MHL/HDMI and USB Host as a triggers and Llama doesn't. But everything else can be done with Llama (or Tasker).

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Sony Smart Connect get my vote. Easy to use, completely free and Adfree!

3. PostmanLV

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I've had tasker for 2 years and every time I attempt to use it I feel like a 2 yr old doing physics so it just sits in my app drawer

5. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I think the learnign curve of tasker is quite steep. I have tried using it twice but it was difficult so now I just use llama.

6. wilsong17 unregistered

im sorry can a iphone do this lol

7. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If you want the beauty of Android on an iPhone... jailbreak... otherwise just get an Android

8. servesoftwaresolutions

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2014

Shameless plug.. I just published an Android app called wurkur, where the launching of the programmed tasks is voice activated. Not as robust as other tools, but pretty simple to set up and it's free. Enjoy!

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