Let's start with requirements:
- For these tricks, you do need an Android smartphone (sorry iPhone users)
- On your phone, you need the AutomateIt app (don't worry, it's free)
- Bluetooth- enabled wearable (like a Fitbit or Apple Watch)
However, wearables like these typically require some decent charging every day or two and I found that I was forgetting to turn my phone's ringtone up while my Band was stuck on the charger. Because of this, I have admittedly missed several important calendar notifications which resulted in me scrambling to join a meeting the next time I checked my phone. Thankfully, the standard "I was in another meeting" excuse worked but it was still frustrating.
|AutomateIt on |
Solving my problem was pretty simple; it just took some exploring of the app's features. AutomateIt has a "trigger" (aka the "if this happens" part) that allows for an action to be performed if the state of a Bluetooth device changes. So with a few quick clicks, I set the following rules:
- If my Band disconnects from my phone's Bluetooth, turn the volume up on my phone.
- If my Band connects to my phone via Bluetooth, turn the volume on my phone to silent.
If you have an Android wearable, AutomateIt has trigger specifically you for which might make this process even simpler. There may be some devices where this doesn't work, such as wearables that are not constantly connected or provide notifications to it's wearer, but this idea can certainly be implemented in other ways, like in a Bluetooth-enabled car. Also, it's important to note that if you're near your wearable without it on, it can cause your phone to stay in silent-mode.
So that's it, a pretty simple solution to a problem. I hope this helps others to never miss an important notification because your wearable isn't being worn. If you've already solved this problem on other devices, in a different way and/or more efficiently, I'd love to hear about them! Please comment below.