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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by recDNA, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
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    The one thing I miss about my Razr Maxx hd is the ability to have the phone automatically go into airplane mode during the hours I sleep. Is there any way to do it without rooting? I'm on the Verizon update so rooting is out.

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  2. iwoloschin

    iwoloschin Well-Known Member

    Have you tried blocking mode? I believe that can do what you're looking for. If that doesn't work you can also look into Tasker, though that's far more complex.
  3. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
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    Blocking mode doesn't shut off radios. It just quiets notifications. Tasker is beyond my skill set and time available. Thanks anyway. I was hoping for an easier way
  4. dustwun77

    dustwun77 Endeavor to Persevere :)

    Looking in the Playstore, I found an app that claims to do it on a time basis, but the phone needs to be rooted.

    Saw another one and was about to suggest it, then saw in the reviews that all it did was give one a reminder to go into airplane mode at certain times.

    Other than that, just saw a bunch of widget like toggle apps.

    I haven't used it in a long time, but something like JuiceDefender might shut your phone down enough for you in your desired timeframe, if not truly going to AP mode.
  5. drexappeal

    drexappeal Extreme Android User

    I don't think there's a way to get Airplane mode to activate on a schedule/timer (w/ exception to Tasker).

    Only other alternative I can suggest (besides the top notifications or the power button, where you can toggle airplane mode) is to get the NFC tiles. I'd imagine you'd be able to program a tag, just to toggle Airplane mode on/off. If you program a tag, you can just place that on your nightstand somewhere and that way you can just touch your phone to the tag and leave it. Then, when you wake up, just touch the phone to it again and you can turn Airplane mode off.

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  6. 44fred

    44fred Member

    Please explain the "radios" needing to be turned off.
    I'm using the blocking mode for everything but those on my favorite list and alarms. My phone has not gone off in the middle of the night yet.
    I guess you could just power it down when you crash.
  7. drexappeal

    drexappeal Extreme Android User

    Just realized the app that Mike recommended, in the video I linked, isn't just a simple NFC app, but a simplified version of what Tasker does. Even though I had purchased Tasker, I just haven't had the time to sit down and truly figure out the best way to make it work for me


    For a long time, I had been using an app called quick profile, to perform switching on/off toggles, but Trigger does seem to be an app that you should give a shot, even if you don't have NFC tags.
  8. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator

    Another member suggested it, but I would really check out Tasker, we have a forum for it here: Tasker - Android Forums
  9. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Save battery by shutting off wifi and network connections.
  10. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    As I said beyond me. AS FOR NFC tiles it's easy enough to toggle without them. I just prefer it to be automatic. I forget to do it and go to sleep at different time so I don't want an alarm to remind me. It worked on Maxx hd. Wish it could in note 3. Seems like every new android update sucks more than the last. They always restrict more than they add.
  11. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator

    Honestly, I think there are some guides about Tasker, I am not trying to praise the application or get on your nerves for still suggesting it, but people will help you there if you don't know how to use it :)
  12. drexappeal

    drexappeal Extreme Android User

    That app that I suggest 2 posts up can be triggered based on time. It doesn't require NFC tags.

    The reason it worked on the Maxx HD is because Motorola has a built in function called "Smart Actions." That's not a standard Google software. That's Motorola's proprietary software (I know they are owned by Google, but "smart actions" is only on the Motorola phones).
  13. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
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    Thanks but I have neither the time to devote nor the interest to learn.
  14. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Android 4.3 blocks it. There was a time other available apps from market offered this function without the need to program tasker. Now those apps only work on rooted phones.
  15. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
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  16. drexappeal

    drexappeal Extreme Android User

    Okay, but if your goal is to have it turn off all the sounds/notifications, that can still be accomplished.
  17. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Phone comes with that built in. It's called block mode. I'm worried about battery not noise.
  18. iwoloschin

    iwoloschin Well-Known Member

    Are you really worried about battery? I have to try really hard to kill my GN3 battery. In fact...I've yet to kill it during normal use.

    Also, not to sound like a jerk, but if you don't have time to learn Tasker, even though several of us mentioned it might work, then maybe you should re-evaluate what you actually care about. Maybe you do not have the time or inclination to learn Tasker, but then maybe you should stop worrying about automatically preserve battery life on a phone with one of the largest stock batteries available. Besides, you can always fall back to manual control if you can't be bothered to learn how to automate a task. You'll eventually waste more time doing it manually, but that ROI might be far enough out that it's not worth it to learn how to automate it.
  19. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    OK, now I'm scolded for asking for what I want vs what you think I SHOULD want. This (airplane mode on timer) was an easy function available on all android phones before the jellybean "update" (not upgrade imo). If it could be easily accomplished with an app I might wake up with 97% battery (like the hd maxx) vs 91% (what I woke up to this morning. I usually plug in while I watch TV at night and it gets to 100%. Then I unplug and put phone on my wallet upstairs so I don't forget to bring it to work.
    I could leave phone plugged in all night. I could try to remember to turn on airplane mode before bed. I prefer the solution I was used to.

    I don't like battery saver apps because when I am awake I want bluetooth, wifi, mobile data, sync, and push on all the time. I also don't want to slow down the Super fast processor I paid big bucks for to save battery. Using airplane mode while sleeping Is the one battery saving measure I don't mind tolerating.

    I shouldn't have to explain myself just to ask for advice but you've been kind enough to respond so I did. It's not some huge thing. Just a function I miss. The Note 3 blows the Maxx out of the water in every other respect.
  20. FBA

    FBA Newbie

    Just ignore him. Download Smart Profiles from Google Play. It does exactly what you want (and much more) and you don't need to root the phone. I use it and it works for me. Free app too. You'll thank me after you use it for a few days! LOL
  21. drexappeal

    drexappeal Extreme Android User

    Oh, if you're worried about the battery:


    I use that every night. Got to sleep at 100%, wake up at 92%. I use it in conjunction with power save mode and blocking mode.

    -EDIT- Nevermind. Just saw your response that you don't like battery saver apps. Oh well. Sorry, tried my best to help, but not sure what else I can recommend.
  22. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    If FBA'S suggestion of the smart profiles app works I should be all set. I'll be kind of surprised if it does because most timed airplane mode apps now only work with root but if it works I'm all set.

    I do appreciate the efforts of all who have provided suggestions!
  23. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    Smart Profiles looks good, but 4+ users complain in the latest version that adjusting Airplane Mode doesn't work.
  24. recDNA

    recDNA Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Yup, just tried. Airplane mode doesn't work. Same issue. 4.3 killed that functionality.

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