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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Svein1967, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
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    I'm New to Tasker..

    I prefer to keep mobile data off to save battery. I only switch it on when needed.

    Now, I have this one app that looks up numbers online when someone who is not in my contacts calls me. Obviously this doesn't work when data traffic is off.

    So I would need to have Tasker turn on mobile data when someone calls me so that the app can look the number up.

    Is this possible, and how?

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  2. nyydynasty

    nyydynasty Android Expert

    I believe you'll need the app, "secure settings" in order to toggle data. You should be able to create a profile that checks incoming calls (on my tasker, its under EVENTS > PHONE RINGING). Then create a task that enables data via secure settings (or you can also have it turn off/on airplane mode as well).

    on exit, you can have it disable data again.
  3. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
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    Thanks! I actually managed to this in Tasker: activating mobile data when someone calls. The problem is only that the telephone book app opens before data is activated and reports that there is no data Connection...
  4. Did you try ...

    Mobile Data On
    Wait 6 sec
    Launch App

    ... Thom
  5. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    How do I do this? I though you could have just one task happen?
  6. This would be the task.

    Create a new task and insert those functions (tweaked as needed).

    ... Thom
  7. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
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    Again, thanks!

    Managed to do this in Tasker. But I think what I want is not doable, at least not in Tasker. You can use this telephone app in two ways: 1. open the app manually, enter a person's name and it looks up the person's Telephone number, 2. via the app's preferences you can have the app open (in a small window on the screen) when someone calls and it automatically finds the caller's name.

    With Tasker I only manage to open the full version of the program (1 above) and not the version that checks the number automatically.
  8. That is under control of the app. How do you invoke the app to operate in the way you want?

    ... Thom
  9. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    By checking the box "Search for name automatically when someone calls" (rough translation) in the app's preferences.
  10. WarriusZero

    WarriusZero Guest

    What's the name of the app?
  11. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
    Thread Starter

  12. I'm language limited ... counting down from the top ... which checkbox is it?

    ... Thom
  13. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
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    The first one.
  14. WarriusZero

    WarriusZero Guest

    Google Translate indicates that the checkbox you're looking for is the 1st one (Svein beat me to it! I was really slow answering then...).

    My guess is that the auto look up feature is only triggered by the 'phone ringing' event. As there is no data connection at this point, we can't use it.

    Which means that you'd want to do a manual look up (seems to be the S
  15. Svein1967

    Svein1967 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your input!

    If only there were a delay function in the app's preferences that would allow the data connection to kick in first.

    I keep my data on for now. I've disabled all automatic notifications in various apps and I check email manually. But does having the data on drain more battery in itself even when no data is downloaded? Does anyone know?
  16. WarriusZero

    WarriusZero Guest

    It will use a bit more battery but you need to balance having a full battery against having a useful phone.
    See how it goes after a few days...


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