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  1. musikat

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    Is there an app that will automatically recognize when I am near my bluetooth headset (which I keep in the car) and turn bluetooth on, then off again when I am out of range?

    Same for my home wifi? I typically turn one off and the other on when I leave the house or come home. Any way to automate it?

    I know there are ones where you can schedule it, but I don't have a predictable schedule, so that won't work for me.
     

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    I thought I heard of an app that was location based and you could have it change settings based on your location. Can't remember what it's called though.
     
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    There is an app, as mentioned above, that will turn certain things on automatically based on your location given by GPS, but without having the bluetooth antenna on how do you expect your phone to realize you're near your headset unless your car is always parked in the same spot?

    edit: I am the king of run-on sentences
     
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    Hail to the king! And you have a point on the car thing.
     
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    Thanks! I'll check that out. But I understand what you are saying about the bluetooth radio being off. I read on another thread about someone who had it set up to automatically turn off/on, etc. except that was by TIME, which won't work for me. It just got me wondering if there was another way to do it.
     
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    Locale is definitely worth the investment. My favorite app BY FAR. It does location and time conditions, and can do everything you need it to do. Minus toggle 4G. The dev says it's impossible.
    But, check it out, try it for a day. If you don't like it within 24 hrs, refund it.
     
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    I really thought Locale was a battery drain but that was before the better battery life after the OTA so maybe I'll turn in back on....I hope i do use it b/c I think I spent like 20 bucks on all the extensions too
     
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    If you want a free on/off for your WiFi, there is an app called Y5 - Battery Saver. It remembers your locations for WiFi and turns your WiFi on when you are in range and back off when you get out of range. I have a number of restaurants, my home, work, and my buddies' places "remembered" by the service and it automatically toggles my WiFi. Awesome app and free!
     
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    Do you have to enable GPS for this to work? If so, doesn't that kill the battery?
     
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    GPS helps alot for Locale, obviously. But, you do NOT need GPS on for the phone to figure out your location. It can use cell towers and other stuff that I'm not quite sure of. lol
    But I've had GPS off and it still worked. Not as reliable, as far as location finding goes, but it worked. In Locale, you can also turn GPS on/off depending on a condition (local, time, battery life, etc.)
     
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    An alternative to Locale is a program called "Setting Profiles", it's less than half the price and has all of the functionality as far as I can tell. Has zero impact on my battery life, verfied by using "Spare Parts" application and checking partial wake usage.
     
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    I just replaced several apps by using Tasker.

    It, too, lets you do things based on location, time, events, etc. You can even install the Android Scripting Environment (ASE) and have Tasker run scripts based on triggers, which gives you access to the android API.

    It's not for the faint-hearted, but it's amazingly powerful if you're a techie.
     
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    LocationBot can change many system settings such as WiFi, Bluetooth, ringer / notification volume according to your location, and the full unlimted version is less expensive than many of the alternatives.

    LocationBot
     
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    +1 for y5. It's free, it's simple, and it works well. It remembers your location by relative signal strength of nearby cell towers and turns your wifi on and off accordingly.

    Very cool.

    I wish there were something similar for Bluetooth where it could turn itself on or off depending on if a known Bluetooth device was nearby, e.g. car stereo.
     
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    I never liked y5 because it required a good 2 mile radius for location (since gps would obviously waste more battery than you'd save). The problem was that if I went anywhere that was around a mile away, wifi would stay on, and I couldn't turn it off. Y5 kept overriding that and turning it back on, causing it to scan. There are many, many tasker threads out there, but basically, I use tasker to turn off wifi when not near a remembered location, like y5, but when near a remembered location, instead of turning wifi on, it turns wifi on every 10 minutes, then off if it can't connect. Tasker referes to it as "wifi near".

    For bluetooth, it's not as simple because most of your bluetooth devices don't stay in the same geographic location. With tasker, you could probably make a profile that would turn bluetooth on at specified intervals to see if it could connect. That would probably be a battery drain, and might be complicated to set up. If you look at the to-do list for tasker, you'll see, though, that "bluetooth near" is on the list:

    Tasker for Android

    As for the potential battery drain, you'd want to make sure you limit the "bluetooth near" check to times when you know you'll be driving, or even only when the phone is plugged in.

    EDIT: And despite "bluetooth near" not being an available tasker context yet, you can still do stuff with tasker to make it turn on bluetooth when you're probably going to be using it, like when you go into car mode, or when you plug the phone in, or between certain hours, etc.
     
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    i still haven't tried tasker...but use timerriffic.

    turn all volumes up, turn wifi off at 7:30 am and turn bluetooth on. bluetooth and volumes silenced off shortly after I arrive at work at 9 am. turn bluetooth and volumes back on at 6pm when i leave. turn bluetooth off at 7pm wifi on (my typical time home)
    silence phone 10 pm

    works perfectly unless I am running late or making unexpected stops after work. in those cases the system toggles override timeriffic until the next scheduled activity
     
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    +1 for free Y5. Works as advertised.
     
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    LocControl! Switches based on network location, not GPS, and is reliable, as opposed to some others I've tried. Is 1$ though
     

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