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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1512. Change Android Settings Based on Location

I know it’s perhaps a bit esoteric, but I’d love to be able to change settings on my Android phone based on my location. Like, if I’m at home, I want a particular home screen background; if I’m at work, I’d like a different one. Is there some way to do this?
Well, we’re the geekiest folks we know, and this is something that wouldn’t have even occurred to us! In any case, it’s certainly possible, if you really want to change settings based on your location (and we concede that there might actually be meaningful uses for this technology, such as changing screen brightness, or selecting a different Wi-Fi connection, based on your current location).

There may be other alternatives, but we found the Tasker app for Android (http://tasker.dinglisch.net/). This app can perform tasks based on the contexts (application, time, date, location, event, gesture), and makes it possible to change settings based on your current location. Tasker gives you access to all sorts of things you wouldn’t be able to automate, including settings, playing sounds, displaying popups, sending SMS messages, and so on, based on your location, the time of day, or when a particular application runs. The app can even identify a cell tower, Wi-Fi network, or a set of GPS coordinates and can do things based on those settings. For more information on Tasker (and other apps that attempt to solve similar problems) check out this link: http://goo.gl/A2oKVj.

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