Trigger selection

First step of the wizard is selecting a trigger from our rich trigger list. Note that the list of available triggers (and actions) is dependent on your device and you will not see triggers (and actions) that your device does not support (For instance, if your device has no Bluetooth capability, no Bluetooth related triggers or actions will be available for selection)

 Currently AutomateIt supports the following triggers:


Any SMS Trigger

Triggers on SMS received


SMS With Text Trigger

Triggers on receipt of SMS Message with a specific text


Battery Level Trigger

Triggers on a defined battery level


Bluetooth State Enabled/Disabled Trigger

Bluetooth enabled or disabled


Bluetooth Device Connected Trigger

Any device or specific device


Incoming/Hang Call Trigger

Any call or from a specific contact


Headset Plugged/Unplugged Trigger

Headset plugged-in or plugged-out


Location Trigger

Entering/Exiting a defined region (See more at Location Trigger Tips & Tricks)


External Power Connected/Disconnected Trigger


Screen On/Off Trigger


Wi-Fi Enabled/Disabled Trigger


Connected to Wi-Fi network Trigger

Any network or a specific network


Time Trigger

recurring time events


Background data settings changed Trigger

enabling or disabling the background data setting


GPS Active State Changed Trigger

GPS Activated/Deactivated and started/stopped looking for current location


SMS from contact Trigger

SMS received from selected contact


Airplane Mode Activated/Deactivated Trigger


Dock State Trigger

Docked to Car/Desk


Application Status Trigger

Triggers when selected application activated or deactivated


Outgoing call Trigger

all calls or calling specific contact


Sound Mode Changed Trigger

Sound mode set to normal, vibrate or silent


Boot Trigger

triggers on device startup (assuming service starts on boot)


Manual Trigger

Requires user explicit execution of this trigger


Cell Id Trigger

Trigger when connecting or disconnecting from defined cellular cells (Limited functionality – only allows saving a single set of cells as pre-defined location)


Recurring Event Trigger

Executes a defined action every defined time interval


NFC Trigger

Use NFC Tags to launch rules


USB Trigger

Device connected/disconnected via USB


Calendar Trigger

Allows your device to act once a calendar event starts or ends.


Composite Trigger

Enables the creation of a composite trigger consists of several other triggers.

Can be used with AND or OR between triggers, and can be hierarchical. See more here


Sensor Trigger

Utilize all your device’ sensors as a trigger for a desired action. This includes usage of all the sensors supported by Android – Accelerometer, Light, Proximity etc.

Note that some of the sensors could be large battery consumers. You can enable/disable rules with a sensor trigger, using other rules (with enable/disable rule action), or use the active period of the rule, so the sensor will work as a trigger only at needed times/events. See more here

Once a trigger is selected the wizard (in most cases) will move forward to the trigger parameters configuration view, allowing you to further configure the selected trigger. In some cases when the selected trigger don’t have any parameters the wizard will continue directly to Action selection.

After configuring the trigger parameters so they will fit your desired behavior, you should click the Next button to continue with the wizard to the next step, Action selection. Some of the triggers have default values to their parameters so you can usually go Next straight forward.

Basically, the only difference between one trigger to another is the detailed configuration of each. Here are some examples of trigger parameters that should be configured:

  • Using the “SMS From Contact Trigger”, you can select the specific contact from which you receive the SMS Message
  • Using the “Location Trigger” requires you to select the target location, proximity radius around the target location, sampling rate and whether you are entering or exiting the defined region (you can also open a map, go to address or location, go to your last location, show satellite layer etc). See more details here.
  • Using the “Time Trigger” requires you to select the time of day and the days of the week in which the trigger will fire.
  • Using the Wifi/Bluetooth triggers requires you to select the Wifi/Bluetooth state