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Topic # 191549 8-Feb-2016 13:24
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I am trying to set up simple actions with IFTTT but it appears after reading instructions that one is limited to the channels listed.

 

As they are all overseas channels it seems limited. Can anyone that has used IFTTT please advise if my assumption is correct.

 

What I want to do is to detect when I am at home by the wifi signals in my house and then ensure the Spark Mobile data is turned off.

 

I am finding that if I leave home Spark data takes over but when I return it does not resume wifi unless I open phone and wait for a few seconds.

 

No idea why it does that but was hoping I could have a recipe that said if it can see my wifi then force wifi into action and if necessary stop Mobile Data.

 

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  Reply # 1487493 8-Feb-2016 13:53
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IFTT won't do this for you. I highly doubt you'll find anything that automates this for you as it shouldn't be an issue. When you return home your phone should automatically switch back to WIFI.

What phone is it?





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  Reply # 1487496 8-Feb-2016 14:01
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Ditto what kind of phone is it?  Tried reinstalling the OS?  Certainly if it's an iPhone it's "supposed" to recognise WiFi and prioritise it over 3/4G but with the advent of WiFi Assist I've seen that not work properly from time to time.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1487498 8-Feb-2016 14:04
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It's a Nexus 6 2013 model. When I open phone at home is always showing Spark mobile data but after a few seconds it switches to WiFi. I am presuming that and data usage during that time will be over Spark plan.
It's almost as if it does not see WiFi until I open phone and it then detects it.





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  Reply # 1487513 8-Feb-2016 14:31
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the phone is asleep when its in your pocket and when you press a button it wakes up, your phone probably turns wifi off when it is asleep so thats whats happening. if you leave wifi on its going to suck the battery.

 

should be a setting to leave wifi on when asleep




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  Reply # 1487518 8-Feb-2016 14:50
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I do have WiFi on while asleep and once selected it stays OK it's only the using WiFi when I return home it doesn't seem to see WiFi until I open phone. It stays on mobile data until then. It's a pity that Ifttt doesn't seem to be as helpful as it first appeared. Just tried using recipe to mute phone at my work place but it seems faculty. Located my work as instructed and keeps saying widen the selected area. I would have to include half the city to user it. That's silly. I wanted something that could use GPS coordinates of building and mute phone in that reasonable area. No can do unfortunately
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  Reply # 1487527 8-Feb-2016 14:57
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If you are rooted you should be able to use tasker on your phone to achieve this. There is a bit of a learning curve but there is quite a few tasks available online to give you a hand


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  Reply # 1487530 8-Feb-2016 15:06
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I've never found it very useful as it seems largely aimed at things which I do not use.






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  Reply # 1487564 8-Feb-2016 16:29
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Are you sure you have a problem. Is it actually using data or just showing the last used connection?

 

From what you say once you "wake" the phone it goes to WiFi.

 

Unless you know it's using mobile data when it's within range of a known WiFi source then I wouldn't worry.





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  Reply # 1488004 9-Feb-2016 12:34
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Jase2985:your phone probably turns wifi off when it is asleep so thats whats happening.

 

That can't be right though because what about background apps and services that use data (ActiveSync, app notifications, etc) - you'd notice a hit on mobile data if WiFi was being turned off every time you standby your phone.


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  Reply # 1488008 9-Feb-2016 12:44
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check the battery usage, it should say when the phone is awake and using data. mine says when its awake and when Wi-Fi is on

 

it also has an option for "keep wifi on during sleep" so it may turn it on then turn if off again when the app has finished doing what its doing

 

 


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  Reply # 1488024 9-Feb-2016 13:08
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I used an app called Profile Scheduler for this on my last phone. I haven't used it for the last couple of years, but from memory I think it might do what you're after.


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  Reply # 1488259 9-Feb-2016 18:50
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gehenna:

 

Jase2985:your phone probably turns wifi off when it is asleep so thats whats happening.

 

That can't be right though because what about background apps and services that use data (ActiveSync, app notifications, etc) - you'd notice a hit on mobile data if WiFi was being turned off every time you standby your phone.

 

 

I think you'll find when it does something in the background it'll use WiFi unless WiFi isn't available.

 

I know we're talking Android here but my Nokia N9 (Meego, that's the best mobile OS for those of you that didn't know cool) always shows 3.5G when you wake it up but as soon as it tries to do something that uses data it switches to WiFi if there's a known WiFi source handy.

 

I think what you're seeing is normal and is nothing to worry about. I think mobiles prioritise data sources with mobile data last choice behind WiFi.

 

I have only a meagre 500mB of monthly data and never run out. Admittedly I don't have many data sucky background apps.





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  Reply # 1489853 10-Feb-2016 16:29
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I use an app called AutomateIt for doing things like this.

 

I have it set up to detect my work wifi and if found then it mutes my phone. When it doesn't detect my work wifi then it turns the sound back on.

 

It also silences my phone between 10pm and 7am and sends a text message when it detects a certain NFC tag.

 

It has lots of triggers and actions that it can handle. Highly recommended!


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  Reply # 1489855 10-Feb-2016 16:31
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MurrayM:

 

I use an app called AutomateIt for doing things like this.

 

I have it set up to detect my work wifi and if found then it mutes my phone. When it doesn't detect my work wifi then it turns the sound back on.

 

It also silences my phone between 10pm and 7am and sends a text message when it detects a certain NFC tag.

 

It has lots of triggers and actions that it can handle. Highly recommended!

 

 

 

 

Can you tell it to shut up your phone EXCEPT text messages/phone calls?


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  Reply # 1489909 10-Feb-2016 19:00
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Philica:

 

If you are rooted you should be able to use tasker on your phone to achieve this. There is a bit of a learning curve but there is quite a few tasks available online to give you a hand

 

 

Agreed I use it for things like turn wifi off when connected to the car's bluetooth to improve audio quality - turn wifi back on when it disconnects from the same bluetooth device.


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