New Release – Active period with Triggers, Wifi Network In Range Trigger and more…

A new release was just uploaded to the Play Store. Go get it !
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This update introduces the following features:

New Trigger – Wifi network available

Wifi network available triggerWifi networks are everywhere and so far AutomateIt enabled you to launch rules based on wifi state (on or off) and connection state to a specified network (connected, disconnected and so on).

Still, it seems like that something was missing and this new trigger should fill the gap – you can now launch rules based on networks that are in range, regardless of your connection state.

Taking it a step further, if your device is running Android 4.3, this trigger will work even when your wifi is turned off ! on other devices, this trigger will only work when wifi is turned on so you can skip to the next feature.

To make sure this feature is enabled on your device go to the app settings screen and look for the “Wifi network available trigger settings” (If you can’t find it, this feature is not supported on your device – only Android 4.3+ is supported) .

If you see the “Always scan” button this means that the feature is not enabled on the device and you need to click the button to use it.

Wifi network available trigger - Always Scan Button

Wifi network available trigger – Always Scan Button

When clicking the button the following dialog will be displayed:

Allow wifi scan when wifi is off

Allow wifi scan when wifi is off

Clicking the “Allow” button will set the device global setting that allows AutomateIt and other apps (such as Google Maps) to scan for wifi network when wifi is turned off. To disable this setting you need to go to the device wifi settings.

After allowing scan when wifi is turned off you can set additional parameters that control the time interval between wifi scans that are initiated by AutomateIt.

Scan wifi networks settings

Scan wifi networks settings

Required apps

All of you who browsed the rules market must have seen all kinds of awesome rules that require some app that you are not familiar with or don’t have installed on your device so you couldn’t take advantage of them. This update now shows you a list of apps that are required for each rule and redirects you to the Play Store app for downloading that app (assuming the app is available on the Play Store). Take a look at the following screenshots to see how this looks like when expanding the rule details on the rules market:

Required app on rules market

Required app on the rules market

Required app on the rules market

Required app on the rules market 

Improved text to speech action

Following AutomateIt previous update that added several keywords you can use in various actions, the text-to-speech action is now supporting these keywords. Make your device announce the time or battery level when you wish.

SMS Keywords

Active period with triggers

Rule active period has been around for a long time (Feature can be unlocked in free version and available in the Pro version) allowing rules to be active only in defined time periods – e.g. only on Sunday between 9:00 and 11:00.

This update brings much more flexibility to the same concept – You can now set rules to be active between defined triggers. for instance, Want to set a periodic reminder to charge your battery when it’s getting low ?

Low battery warning

Low battery warning

Low battery warning by AutomateIt team
Want a periodic reminder to charge your battery that will not stop until you connect your phone to the charger? that rule will take care of that for you
(33 Downloads)

Check out this set of useful rules that you can create using that new feature:

Super annoying alarm clock by AutomateIt team
Having troubles waking up in the morning? addicted to the snooze button? this rule is not a simple snooze button. it will not stop until you at least check your emails to make sure you are awake
(172 Downloads)

Read SMS content while driving by AutomateIt team
Your phone will read any SMS that you receive while driving
(1276 Downloads)

Speaker off when near ear during call by AutomateIt team
Automatically turn off the speaker when you hold your phone near your face during an active call. This rule does not require any enable/disable rules as it uses the NEW feature that activates it when a call starts and deactivates when a call ends !
(82 Downloads)

Speaker on when far from ear during call by AutomateIt team
Automatically turn on the speaker when you hold your phone away from your face during an active call. This rule does not require any enable/disable rules as it uses the NEW feature that activates it when a call starts and deactivates when a call ends !
(119 Downloads)

Delayed execution notification on Jelly Bean

Rules that execute with delayed execution on Jelly bean gets a new look that shows the rule name, the icon of the delayed action and a standard progress bar with buttons to execute or cancel the scheduled action.

Delayed execution notification on Jelly Bean

Delayed execution notification on Jelly Bean

Oh, and we also fixed several bugs that caused notifications to get stuck.. (Not just on Jelly Bean)

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16 comments on “New Release – Active period with Triggers, Wifi Network In Range Trigger and more…
  1. piotr.dobrogost says:

    How does wifi network NOT in range work? Does it trigger only if during the previous check the network had been in range?

  2. Ron says:

    Dear Automateit, I tried to use the wifi is (not) in range trigger, and it doesn’t function correctly. When I switch on the screen AND I when my home wifi network is not in range, wifi should be switched off (that is how I defined the rule). However when being at home Automateit each time switches wifi off although my network is in range. What do I do incorrect? Do you know whether this trigger really works? I am using a Samsung Note 2.
    Regards, Ron

    • AutomateIt says:

      We’ll need some more details so we can investigate the issue.
      Please send us a “Bug Report” from the “Support” option on the app “More…” menu – that will generate an email with additional info that we can use.
      Please do that as soon as possible after you discover the rule was launched.

  3. Adde_h80 says:

    Hello,

    I have a problem which I have a workaround for, however really annoying. :-)
    Everytime i reinstall my phone, which is often since I like custom ROMs, I always have to spend hours getting Automatelt working again.
    Normal procedure is:
    Full backup using MyBackup pro (here i have excluded automatelt since it won’t start either way after).
    Wipe phone.
    Install new ROM.
    Install Automatelt from play store and verify that it works.
    Then restore backup of the rest of the apps.

    But when trying to launch the automatelt interface it just gives a white screen.. Then black.. Then freezes..
    However it’s running and applying default rules.

    Just upgraded the ROM now, hence this question..
    How can i clean all traces of the app before reinstalling it (because that doesn’t help).

    Now I that get something is restored from the backup. But can’t figure out what since I only backup app APK+data. No general settings or anything else.

    The workaround i mentioned is to do the wipe again, then install all apps manually from play store and only restore app data afterwards..

    Is there some system folder or something i can delete before reinstalling only automatelt? Sadly sending a bug report with logs is hard since I can’t use our see the interface..

    Regards,
    Adde

    • AutomateIt says:

      Normally, backing up APK + Data should be enough and in no way cause the app to hang. Really can’t say what might be wrong here

  4. Kevin Taylor says:

    Hi.

    I am trying to set a rule that when my phone disconnects from the WiFi router at work between 5 pm and 6 pm my phone sends a text message to my husband saying that I will be at the train station in 10 min. I used the disconnecting state for the WiFi trigger with an active period between 5 and 6 pm and it doesn’t seem to trigger the rule. What am I doing wrong?

    • AutomateIt says:

      Take a look at the rule log and see if it gets triggered or not. if it does, then it might be an issue with the action.
      Also, please make sure that you have selected the correct WiFi network as a trigger.

  5. Adde_h80 says:

    Been a pro user for almost a year and love the flexibility of it!
    Almost only your imagination that sets limits to what you can do.

    However I have a problem I can’t get around..
    For some reason the app doesn’t stay in memory, or atleast that’s my theory.
    E.g. Simple rules that turns all sounds off after 10:30 pm when connecting power if connected to xx ssid want.
    This works sometimes but mostly I need to open the app, disconnect the ext power cable and reconnect.
    Then it’ll trigger!

    Another example is the corresponding rule that turns sound back on at 6:00 am.
    That one rarely works either..

    Current running CM11 on a SGS3, but had the same issue on stock rom.

    Known resolvable problem?

    • AutomateIt says:

      Version 84 was just released to the Play Store and handles exactly these kind of issues for KitKat. Please download the latest update and if you still have issues check the “Log include debug info” checkbox on the app settings screen (Should be the last setting) and send us a “Bug Report” from the “Support” option on the app “More…” menu – that will generate an email with additional info that we can use.

  6. kai says:

    Hi,Thanks for your awesome work absolutely loving this app! Anyway, I can’t get the wifi network availability trigger to work. I set it to disable my wifi when the defined network is not in range. Any suggested solution? Thanks!

    • AutomateIt says:

      Please make sure you have the network name spelled correctly (case-sensitive) and there are no undesired blank characters

  7. Omar says:

    Hi
    After the last update will uninstall the application and I can not install it again, Error enough space to install, if I can install other applications cellphone samsung Galaxy Grand i9082L

    • AutomateIt says:

      These kind of issues are related to the Play Store app and unfortunately we cannot assist with them.
      Still, in most cases installing the app on a stable internet connection resolves these issues.

  8. Marcos says:

    Hi there,

    Pro user since 2011, this app was awesome in GB (SGSII), but now (SGSIV JB it doesn´t do anything, no one of the rules works, neither backed up or recreated. Any options? ideas about it?

    Thanks in advance
    Marcos

    • AutomateIt says:

      Always good to hear from our veteran users :-)
      There shouldn’t be any special issues on SGSIV, but if you do encounter errors, please contact our support through the app “More…” button and send us a bug report.

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