Is there an App for that?
November 30, 2012 10:07 PM   Subscribe

My parents own a WiFi only iPad and their internet connection isn't always on. Basically, they turn on the internet only when they want to use their iPad. Is there an app that can alert me (preferably via a push notification on my own iPad or iPhone) when they've gotten online?
posted by Effigy2000 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I think there must be an IM app (or Skype) that your parents can sign into, which automatically connects when there's internet connection. I'd just try the various free apps.

Then you'd just have to set your iPad client to notify you when your parents sign online.
posted by ethidda at 10:19 PM on November 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

Seconding Skype.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:29 PM on November 30, 2012

Response by poster: They do have Skype installed on their iPad, and so do I. But as far as I can tell ] it doesn't send me a push notification about their online status, which is what I'd really like this app I'm looking for to have.
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:38 PM on November 30, 2012

Maybe something like this? Though I'm not sure it's possible for you to receive a notification from your parents' iPad without any catalyzing action on their end. Maybe you could set up a twitter account that automatically updates when they get online (presuming this is possible) and use the linked app to set up notifications for yourself?
posted by brieche at 11:54 PM on November 30, 2012

If they have any traditional IM account (AIM / Yahoo / Gchat, Facebook etc) you can use Pidgin and it will notify you when they log in. It's not push, it's more pull as your app is watching for them to log in.
posted by COD at 5:15 AM on December 1, 2012

I haven't used skype or other IM stuff on an ipad but on regular computers it definitely does notify you when people log in. I get little popups when my contacts sign in and out. Maybe there is an option for that in the ipad versions also?
posted by RustyBrooks at 6:14 AM on December 1, 2012

I don't think it's possible for a non-Apple app to notify you whenever their internet connection becomes active.

Perhaps you could use Find My Friends to check whether or not the connection is active, but I don't think it actually sends notifications.
posted by kidbritish at 11:18 AM on December 1, 2012

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