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  1. meatcookie

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    All excited to have "Where's my Droid" available without leaving the GPS on constantly, I bought the paid version of SMS Enabler Advanced. It's supposed to turn my gps on via a sms text from another phone (and a few other things), but I can't get it to do anything. That version is new and thought maybe buggy, so I then downloaded the older, free, version "SMS GPS Enabler" with no luck there either.

    Anyone here smarter than me?
     

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    I use tasker for that. I'll send a keyword and it'll turn on my gps, get a location, turn off gps, and send it back. It'll also lock my phone and do the same gps stuff with another keyword.

    Tasker will pretty much do almost anything.
     
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    Hi,
    I'm the developer of SMS Enabler. I am happy to support any of my customers. You can send me an email using the contact developer link in the app, or we can just post right here.
    I have a few questions for you.
    What phone do you have?
    What version of android is it running? (changing gps doesn't work on gingerbread)
    Does the phone reply "success" without turning on gps?
    Do other functions work?
    Have you tried sending the commands from more than one other phone? (some phones add headers to text messages)
     
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    Hi RC, thanks for the support...if we chat here then perhaps others learn from my mistakes or issues. I've got a Sprint EVO4g running Android 2.2. I get No response from a metropcs phone, yahoos sms feature, or mailing to myPhone@messaging.Sprint.com. I did get a success reply with a t-mobile phone, but the gps did not turn on. Led on or others do not work either.
     
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    Plan B is the 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER you lose your phone.
    Plan B is your last resort to find your missing phone.
    This is the first and only 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER you've already lost your phone. Having Lookout on your phone is the best way to protect your phone and find it fast, but use Plan B if you have already lost your phone and didn't have Lookout installed.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lookout.labs.planb
     
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    ok...but neither plan b or lookout does not turn my gps on so location won't be too accurate.
     
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    on 2.2 tasker can do it (it can pretty much replace lookout altogether lol)

    on 2.3 apps can't toggle gps, but it works on some custom roms like cm7
     
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    Hmmm. are you using sprint's google voice integration?
    Only other thing I can think of is to try to use log cat and send me the output when you send a text message. This involves installing the android developer tools and its rather complicated. I can give you more instructions if you would like.
    If you see a force close please click report.
    Otherwise, send me an email if you would like a refund.
     
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    Any reason you're not leaving it on? Do you have apps that use the GPS receiver without your knowledge? Simply leaving it on won't drain your battery. Actively using the GPS receiver will.
     
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    How does it not drain the battery?
     
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    Tasker (and I assume similar apps) can toggle GPS on my non-rooted Bionic (Android 2.3.4) without issue.

    To clarify, I'll use different terminology. When you check the box next to GPS in your Android settings, you are placing the GPS receiver in an ENABLED state. This doesn't equate to being IN USE; it merely allows apps with the proper permissions to use the GPS receiver at will. Leaving the GPS receiver ENABLED does not, by itself, does not use any battery power. Only when an app uses the GPS receiver is battery life affected.
     
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    Thanks.
    Convenient!
     

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