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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ericsbcn, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
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    I just upgraded from a Droid RAZR HD Maxx to an S7. One question I have: on the Droid, I could set a "Sleep" SmartAction, which would turn airplane mode on and off at certain times. I had it set to turn on at 11 PM and off again at 7 AM. Is there anything similar on the S7?

    I found that you can schedule a "Do not disturb" mode, which turns off rings and alerts, but that's not really what I want. I want airplane mode, so that it turns off all the radios at night when I'm not using the phone, to conserve battery.

    Any ideas?

    - Eric S.

  2. bIOforger

    bIOforger Android Expert

    Have a look at the app Macrodroid.
  3. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
    Thread Starter

    I just tried Macrodroid. Looks like a nice app. However, it appears that airplane mode on and off requires root. Which I don't have.

    Anyone have other ideas?
  4. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast

    Llama is an app that does scheduled tasks based on time or location. It takes a bit to learn but once you do, it's a very powerful tool.

    Like when I connect to my work WiFi between the hours of 8am and 6pm, it will auto turn my ring volume to quiet mode.
  5. sirrahrc

    sirrahrc Lurker

    Would the Do Not Disturb feature do the same thing?
  6. Nick The Great

    Nick The Great Well-Known Member

    I have and use Tasker. But it requires a rooted device for this too. :(
  7. sirrahrc

    sirrahrc Lurker

    Do Not Disturb doesn't require the device to be rooted. It's in the settings of my S7 Edge. I have mine on a schedule so that my phone is silent every night from midnight till 6am. It can also be manually operated whilst not affecting the schedule. My only complaint about it is that it doesn't allow multiple schedules. It will also allow exceptions for nominated apps or callers.
  8. ferretdiver

    ferretdiver Lurker

    I think the O.P. Was after a way to schedule flight mode - turning off things like Bluetooth & Wifi. Do not disturb just silences the ringers & sounds. I have not found a way to do that yet.

    I use an app called 'Silent Time', you can schedule multiple silences and have a number of routines running. It is easy to turn different routines on & off individually or have exceptions programmed in.

    Don't know if that helps.
  9. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
    Thread Starter

    As I said: "Do not disturb" mode is not really what I want. I want airplane mode, so that it turns off all the radios at night when I'm not using the phone, to conserve battery.
  10. bIOforger

    bIOforger Android Expert

    Tasker app?
  11. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
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    I didn't try Tasker. But earlier response in this thread says that Tasker requires root for it also.

    I'm beginning to think that any app is going to need root to change airplane mode setting. I was kind of hoping there'd be something built in to the S7. But I guess not.
  12. bIOforger

    bIOforger Android Expert

    ok then, why not just do it manually, i mean its pretty lazy trying to automate it for your reason imo :D
  13. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
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    Yeah, I could do it manually. But my memory sucks and I'd never remember to do it every night. :)
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  14. Nick The Great

    Nick The Great Well-Known Member

    I briefly looked on Tasker and it said it was a Secure Settings and Rooted device task.

    I wonder if you could use Tasker and do a poor man's airplane mode. Disable data, wifi, etc. Not sure of a way to disable the cell radios, but not sure how much battery that saves anyway.
  15. swerver32

    swerver32 Android Enthusiast

    Why not just plug it in overnight? You want your battery full first thing in the morning anyway, right? I looked into automating airplane mode also, for a different reason, but it can't be done without root anymore.
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  16. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert

    It doesn't hurt to leave your device plugged in overnight.
  17. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
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    Well, I don't expect to use it so much that it will need to be charged every day. Of course, I may be wrong. I've only had it for a couple of days now. But with my old phone, I could go 2-3 days on a charge.

    Thanks, though, everyone for your suggestions.
    - Eric S.
  18. Dbar74

    Dbar74 Lurker

    I use that app AutomateIt Pro and you can get what you want there. While it doesn't have airplane mode specifically, you can set a "composite action" and turn off wifi, data, sounds etc. all at a specific time. Best part is you don't need to be rooted.
  19. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
    Thread Starter

    I tried the free version of AutomateIt. I figured if it looked like it did what I wanted, I would buy the Pro version. But it doesn't seem to.

    I does turn on and off the Wifi. It has an action for turning off mobile data and bluetooth, but they did not work (probably need root?). It did not have an action to turn off cell phone.

    Are you sure the Pro version it turns off everything, including the cell phone? Are you rooted?

    - Eric S.
  20. goal80

    goal80 Lurker

    YES! you can schedule airplane mode without root.
    You will need 3 apps : tasker + Frep + Secure settings.
    I uploaded this video to show the method: If you have questions let me know !
  21. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
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    Interesting. Seems a little complicated, but makes sense. A couple of questions before I try it:

    - For the automation part, I assume I can use Macrodroid or AutomateIt or similar?
    - What if you have a screen lock password, will it still work to unlock the screen?

    - Eric S.
  22. goal80

    goal80 Lurker

    I have only tested Tasker, since Frep & secure settings have plugins inside tasker
    If Frep & secure settings have plugins for Macdroid or Automateit, then yes it should work

    For the pin or password, you have 2 options:
    1- You simulate them in the recording sessions (you have to remember the location of each button to ensure you are recording the right pin)
    2- Or You use a feature called : Keyguard inside the secure settings. You will program it to disable the pin @ certain time and re-enable the pin at another time.

    Personally I see option 1 is more simple given that you don't change your pin often.

    Finally if you found the video is helpful, please give thumb up!
    Note: any app you purchase from Google play, you can uninstall & refund it within 2 hours without giving reasons.
  23. bIOforger

    bIOforger Android Expert

    lol yes overly complex compared to just hitting the toggle in the quick settings bar!

    But props for finding a way goal80.
  24. ericsbcn

    ericsbcn Member
    Thread Starter

    Right. But the whole point was to find a way for it to happen automatically every day! :)
  25. Vulkaya

    Vulkaya Lurker

    This would be tremendously helpful for me to know how to schedule airplane mode for work, as I am not allowed to have my phone on while performing my duties at work by law. But you know how it is with phones these days, it's hard to keep track of when to turn it on and off and I just forget sometimes. This would be an awesome thing to have to be able to schedule airplane mode on at certain times of day. I'm trying Tasker right now. Llama wasn't working correctly; I found it very buggy.

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