Is there an Android app for this?
August 21, 2016 9:49 AM   Subscribe

I want to do something like "Airplane mode" only for biking. I want to be able to toggle a group of settings every time I go for a bike ride, without having to check each one individually. The goal would be to press one button at the start of the ride and then undo it all at the end.

So, when biking, I may want something like: GPS on, Bluetooth on, wifi off, ringer level high, and so on. When I'm done and back home, I want to put them all back the way they were before the ride.

It would be great if I could make a settings "profile" into which I could add all the things I want for biking, and enable them all with one touch. Is there an app or this? Or some solution that you've found? Or maybe I'm just missing something obvious that's already there on my phone?

Using Galaxy S5 Active, Android 5.1.1
posted by Right On Red to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
You want an automation app, it sounds like. The gold standard for functionality is Tasker, though the UI is rough.
posted by CrystalDave at 10:03 AM on August 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

Tasker. There are a few others as well.
posted by pyro979 at 10:23 AM on August 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

If you have CyanogenMod, you can use Profiles. If not, Tasker can do it. Locale and Llama are similar apps, though it seems not as feature-rich. Here's a comparison between the Tasker and Locale to give you an idea of their capabilities.

Some (though not all) of these apps have NFC triggers available. That means you could buy an NFC tag or sticker (for instance, for instance), put it somewhere on or near your bike, then tap it with your phone before you start riding to trigger whatever setup you create in Profiles or a similar app. Here's an NFC tag guide that explains more about how.
posted by ourobouros at 10:42 AM on August 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

I've had great luck with this one....

There's also a free one. You can build or buy activities triggers (which was the big differentiator) such as biking walking etc.
posted by chasles at 12:38 PM on August 21, 2016

Tasker can do this. You could even set up your profile to automatically detect when you're riding so you don't have to remember to start it up.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 5:19 PM on August 21, 2016

Llama is said to be a bit friendlier than Tasker. It'll tell you if you need root for any of the various settings you want.
posted by rouftop at 11:25 PM on August 21, 2016

Tasker or a Prof... nevermind.
posted by quinndexter at 12:42 AM on August 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

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