Super smart technology has finally made it into the lives of many of us to make all of our lives a bit easier.
And because live in such an age, perhaps we owe it to ourselves to make better use of it.
What we mean to say is that you need to stop struggling with everyday menial chores when you can easily make use of your smartphone or your tablet to do the job perfectly for you.
So we have put up a list of the best automation opportunities for you that you can set up right now on your smartphone device.
Our suggestions will help you to free up some time on your schedule.
Think of all the time that you could save by automating some of the most recurrent actions on your smartphone device.
You can use that saved time to do something else which you find more interesting than looking at your smartphone screen all day long.
So here is the first tip.
Smartphone automation tips: Automate those mobile text messages.
There are lots of online consumers who find the task of replying to their friends when they are hitting the road or otherwise, require a bit too much time and effort.
Well, if you want to save all of your fingers from typing just a little bit less than the day before then you need to automate your text messages.
If you cannot afford to do that then the least you need to do is to automate the SMS replies that you sometimes have to send out to your friends and family.
So if you are on the iOS platform you actually need to go ahead and activate your smartphone’s Do Not Disturb feature (we’ll talk more about that a bit later in this guide).
Only after you have done that can you turn on your device’s auto-responder feature.
Get started by first going to the Settings menu and then selecting the option that says Do Not Disturb.
After doing that you need to scroll down a little bit in order to see some more options for Auto-Reply.
Here, the iOS device will actually allow you to pick out which of your contacts will get to enjoy your auto-reply messages.
Moreover, you will also have the option of specifying what your messages would actually say to your contact.
Once you are all set up, then this feature would kick in each and every time you enable the Do Not Disturb feature.
And it would do so automatically.
It can also work manually depending on what options you have enabled on your device.
If you are on the Android platform then you should know that the autoresponder feature is actually a small part of the overall driving mode feature.
However, this feature still requires you to first tap the phone on the right screen to confirm that the device should send the SMS to the contact.
If you want to experience a genuinely automated message process, then you should get yourself a copy of the freemium app called Auto Reply Text Message.
Install it to get all the benefits of automating your SMS messages.
Perhaps this is a good time to tell you that once you have installed the above-mentioned app on your device, it will start to work pretty similar to an out-of-office email message on whichever email service that you use.
Here is the interesting bit though.
With an app like the one that we have mentioned above, you have the option of setting up various different profiles.
More specifically, you can set up one response for all of your office meetings.
And you can have another response for your vacations.
There is also an option of having another response for your driving bits.
Needless to say, there are lots more options.
You will just have to see it in order to fully understand the extent of automation you can actually give birth to.
Smartphone automation tips: Automate all your video and photo backups
We hope we do not need to convince you that the essential job of backing up all of your videos and photos needs to get done by your smartphone device automatically if you want to make sure that all of your digital memories are able to last as long as possible.
There are so many reasons why you would want to do this.
You may lose your phone.
Someone might destroy it.
Fortunately, you will in an era where it is very easy to make sure that you do not lose anything ever again.
The best part about this tip is that it does not take long for any user to set up their smartphone device to actually beam videos and pictures back to your cloud service whenever your smartphone device detects that you have connected to a WiFi network.
So the first option you need to know about is Google Photos.
Once you sign up with Google by creating an account, Google will give you 15GB of free storage.
Do take note that this storage will expand all across of your Google Services.
If you want to take advantage of more storage space then you need to pay the company at least $2 a month for the privilege.
The other thing you need to know here is that if you do not have a problem with Google resizing all of your photos to 16MP and all of your videos down to around 1080p then you can make use of an unlimited amount of storage without paying a single dime.
The same applies if you happen to own a Pixel phone.
All you have to do is to install the company’s official app.
After doing that you need to click the Settings button and then click the option that says Backup & sync in order to make sure that Google is copying everything you have to the cloud.
If you are an Apple aficionado then you need to take a look at the official iCloud Photo Library.
This library (in other words, Apple) gives you a total of 5GB of free space via the cloud service.
You do not have to pay anything but if you want to then you can pay Apple a total of $1 per month and more for the privilege of having more storage.
So what you need to do is to first go to Settings on your precious Apple iOS device.
Then you should perform a tap on your Apple ID (the actual name).
When that is done you need to click on iCloud.
After that tap on the option that says Photos.
This should turn on the automatic backup option.
Of course, you have the opportunity to take a look at several different options here as well.
You can choose to use the OneDrive service or the Dropbox service by default.
Smartphone automation tips: Don’t type. Automate
If we were to study this for a week or two you would be shockingly surprised at the amount of time you may be spending doing things like typing.
For some users, it can take a huge portion of their day.
To combat this problem, you need to set up various automations on your smartphone device for your keyboard.
Once you are set up you can actually go ahead and type of phrases that you happen to use a lot of time.
These phrases usually come in the form of your valid home address along with an apology message that you have to send for always being late.
And your device can help you achieve all of that with the help of nothing but a few characters.
If you are on the iOS platform, what you must do is that you need to turn on your device and then go to the Settings option.
After that, you need to select the General tab.
Then go to Keyboard.
And then click the option that says Text Replacement.
The next screen that opens up once you follow the previous steps should allow you to add some more (and probably new) keyboard macros.
This screen would already have two examples in order to both help you out and then give you an idea of what is possible.
You need to tap the option that says Plus there.
After that, you must enter a custom phrase.
When that is done you must also choose a shortcut.
Make use of the shortcut each and every time when you are typing and you see a phrase which appears as an option right in the space where your keyboard shows you the list of predictive text.
For people who are on the Android platform, they need to first go to Settings.
And then they need to select the option that says System.
After that, they should select the option that says Languages & input.
When that is done, they should click on Virtual Keyboard.
And then on Gboard.
After that, perform a click on Dictionary.
And then finally perform a click on the option that says Personal dictionary.
Once you have done so you need to choose your preferred language.
After that, you must click on the Plus button in order to successfully add your phrase and its accompanying shortcut.
When all of this is done then you need to watch out for the phrase the next time you are typing something.
Simply tap the shown shortcut and then perform a tap on the phrase.
Smartphone automation tips: Automate all of your smartphone’s quiet time
There is one big problem when you are trying to remember that you should probably put your smartphone device into its quiet mode.
And that big problem is that you tend to inevitably forget to set it to quiet more often than not.
What does that lead to?
An embarrassing ringtone which easily cuts through the pin drop silence that exists in your office meeting.
Or even some religious place you go to on a regular basis like a prayer house.
What we have come to know is that it is far better for you if you just let your smartphone device do all the organizing.
And to do so on a set schedule.
If you are on the iOS platform you must first open up the Settings menu.
Then you need to pick the option that says Do Not Disturb.
With that out of the way, you must use the Scheduled option to set all of your quiet hours.
The only unfortunate bit here is that you only have the option of setting up just a single block of time each day.
Now, it is also true that if you do a long-press on the button that says Do Not Disturb while you are in Control Center then you get the option of setting your quiet mode to only last for a time period of one hour.
You can also set it to last until the same day’s evening.
Moreover, you can also set it to remain in an active state until you manage to leave a particular location (which is your current location).
If you are using an Android device then you need to select the option that says Sound once you are in the Settings menu.
After that, you must click the option Do Not Disturb.
When that is done you need to pick the option that says Turn on automatically.
This would allow you to set all the items that you need to have the Do Not Disturb option turned to ON.
Most of all, this would allow you to not have to manually set the time each and every time you want your device to stay quiet.
Our research shows that you also get the option of setting up the time periods based on various different times in a single day.
You can also use the events option from your Google Calendar.
After that, you can choose a multiple number of blocks in any given 24 hours time period if you need that.
Smartphone automation tips: Automatically stop your audio playback
If you are one of those people (a recent study shows there are millions) who likes to just drift off into deep sleep mode while listening to some audio content, or even better, some useful podcasts then your device now allows you to program it to automatically stop the audio playback after it has detected that a certain amount of time has actually elapsed.
There are some applications like the official podcast player app called Pocket Casts which already provide users with a, sort of, sleep timer built right into them.
Take note that Spotify does not have any feature like that as of writing this guide.
For users who are on the iOS platform, they need to go to their Clock app in order to complete the job.
All you have to do is to open up the Clock app and then switch to the shown Timer tab.
When that is done, you need to pick out your desired duration.
After that is done you must tap the option that says When Timer Ends.
Then you need to select the option that says Stop Playing which appears right at the bottom of the shown list.
Once you do that and once the timer actually runs out, any type of audio content that you were playing on your smartphone device while awake will get silenced.
What we want to mention here is that it is a real shame that the Android platform’s default app for Clock does not offer users the same kind of functionality.
However, because you are on the Android platform you get the opportunity to actually plug that gap with one of the many third-party application.
Our research shows that there is a good number of decent sleep timer application available and ready to be picked on the official Google Play Store site.
So all you really need to do is to spend some time browsing the thing and then look at the one which interests you the most.
With that said, we would like to mention here that the one which caught our eye was Sleep Timer because of its efficiency and simplicity.
Smartphone automation tips: Automate the task of muting your phone and turning off the WiFi network once you leave your house.
This option is pretty self-explanatory.
If you happen to use a device that has the Android operating system then you can make use of the very good app called If This Then That or IFTTT.
This app will allow you to perform many different kinds of tasks via automation and other tricks.
Eventually, all would depend on your smartphone’s events or the location of your device.
The IFTTT actually acts like a service that is able to connect all types of platforms and apps together.
Perhaps the best part here is that it is absolutely and completely free.
So if you, in the interest of things such as peace of mind, battery life, and security, have this desire to actually turn off your WiFi and also mute your smartphone device whenever the official IFTTT app detects that you have left home or have managed to arrive at work then you can do that.
Believe us when we tell you that this is not even a taste of what apps like IFTTT can do for you.
Apart from everything that we have mentioned so far in this section, IFTTT can allow you to log notifications or even texts in your specified spreadsheet.
It also has the ability to turn on all of your smart lights and that too at the very same time when your alarm goes off.
The IFTTT app can display directions to any given event that is present in your calendar app automatically.
Moreover, it can also start to play some tunes whenever your device detects a Bluetooth device.
You can also use the IFTTT app to post to your social media pages.
And we haven’t even touched its full functionality.
Smartphone automation tips: Automate you telling others when you would come home
Apple offers users Shortcuts.
Previously it went by the name of Workflow.
If you install this app on your Apple iOS smartphone device or tablet, you have the option of automating plenty of tasks.
In simpler terms, this app allows you to combine several number of actions which you can then carry out with the help of a single Siri command or tap.
More specifically, if you want to you can use a shortcut which allows you to share your approx time of arrival with one of your relatives.
There are of course some steps to make everything work.
Working with the same example, you will need to tell the app your Street Address.
Then you input Get Travel Time.
And then you choose Send Message.
The app provides you with three blocks for the above example.
The last block provides you with the option of inputting ETA into it to provide your recipient your Travel Time.
You will also have to pick out the Recipients for the related field.
And that is it.
You are all done.
If you want to know more about this app you can always tap the button that says Gallery in the Shortcuts app.
That would allow you to see all of the ways in which the app can assist you in automating your online life.
With an app like Shortcut, you can actually tweet out the exact podcast that you may be listening to at that moment.
You can also build grids consisting of various Instagram photos.
If that wasn’t enough then you can also send the exact contents of your device’s clipboard directly to Dropbox.
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