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    Can Smart Actions be used to reboot the phone automatically?

    I'd like my phone to be scheduled to reboot automatically based on specific conditions. Is there any way to get Smart Actions to do this?

    I realize there are other apps out there that can schedule reboots, but I'd prefer to use the built-in Smart Actions if possible because it's already running on the system and I want to add specific triggers/conditions.

    One idea I had was to find an app that would act as a one-touch reboot, and then set a Smart Action to launch that app, but I can't find any app that reboots the phone just by launching it.

    I'm open to more ideas if you guys have any.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vertigoelectric View Post
    I'd like my phone to be scheduled to reboot automatically based on specific conditions. Is there any way to get Smart Actions to do this?

    I realize there are other apps out there that can schedule reboots, but I'd prefer to use the built-in Smart Actions if possible because it's already running on the system and I want to add specific triggers/conditions.

    One idea I had was to find an app that would act as a one-touch reboot, and then set a Smart Action to launch that app, but I can't find any app that reboots the phone just by launching it.

    I'm open to more ideas if you guys have any.

    Thanks.
    Working on a solution but don't have any yet. I have found apps that do create a desktop shortcut or widget which can reboot with one touch but Smart Actions can't call desktop shortcuts or widgets. Every solution I did find requires Root and I am rooted.

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    Locale can launch a shortcut based on condititions. Believe Tasker can, also, with additional triggers such as apps running. Actually not a bad idea....may schedule my phone to do that early each morning before my alarm goes off.

    Not really sure why you want to do this, though. If you're phone locks-up, I doubt this will work and you'll need to do a battery pull.
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    At first, I thought it would just help my phone run better and help eliminate buildup of running tasks/services if I had it reboot every day or so. Doing this automatically while I was sleeping would be helpful. Smart actions would check to make sure the phone wasn't being used and that it was charging before rebooting.

    I have a buddy on Facebook who has created a few live wallpapers for Android, so I asked him if he was able to make a really simple app that would just restart the phone when you launched it. No reply yet, though.

    Also, I have a Droid RAZR, which has no removable battery... so a battery pull is not possible. I've asked Verizon reps how I'm supposed to cut the power to the device if it locks up. Most of them say they've never had any problem with it locking up (as if that's supposed to help me feel better), and I've heard that you hold the power button and a volume button or something and that's supposed to reset it. I just tried it. It doesn't seem to work. Also, that still sounds like a soft reset, and not something that cuts power to the device. Anyway, I think this topic is for another thread.

    About Locale and Tasker... I do know that those apps are powerful and can do a lot more than Smart Actions, but they're not free, and as I mentioned in my original post, I'd like to try to specifically find a way to use Smart Actions for this.

    I'm gonna go message that FB friend again...
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    " and I've heard that you hold the power button and a volume button or something and that's supposed to reset it. I just tried it. It doesn't seem to work. Also, that still sounds like a soft reset, and not something that cuts power to the device. Anyway, I think this topic is for another thread".

    If you hold power+volume down for approx 10 seconds, it will reboot the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gling View Post
    " and I've heard that you hold the power button and a volume button or something and that's supposed to reset it. I just tried it. It doesn't seem to work. Also, that still sounds like a soft reset, and not something that cuts power to the device. Anyway, I think this topic is for another thread".

    If you hold power+volume down for approx 10 seconds, it will reboot the phone.
    Okay. Thanks. That does work. I guess I just wasn't holding it down long enough, or perhaps I need to make sure I press them both at the exact same time. Still, let's hope it still functions if the phone locks up. However, after some thinking, I realized that it probably would work. My Xbox 360 freezes up during games sometimes, so I hold down the power button to force a shutdown. Same goes with modern PCs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vertigoelectric View Post
    I'd like my phone to be scheduled to reboot automatically based on specific conditions. Is there any way to get Smart Actions to do this?

    I realize there are other apps out there that can schedule reboots, but I'd prefer to use the built-in Smart Actions if possible because it's already running on the system and I want to add specific triggers/conditions.

    One idea I had was to find an app that would act as a one-touch reboot, and then set a Smart Action to launch that app, but I can't find any app that reboots the phone just by launching it.

    I'm open to more ideas if you guys have any.

    Thanks.
    Although Smart Actions can't call a home screen shortcut or a widget, it can call an app. Unfortunately I can't find an app that works simply as an app to reboot on one touch, however there is an app called Quick Boot that requires Root Access, but it does a FULL REBOOT in a one-touch widget as one of its options by;
    1. Pressing and holding a blank part of the screen,
    2. Selecting "Shortcuts",
    3. Selecting "App actions",
    4. Selecting "Activities",
    5. Choosing "Quick Boot",
    6. Selecting "Reboot" from the drop-down.
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    Found the one mentioned below, and two more...

    https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

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    https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

    There may be others but both of these do exactly one thing...shut down and restart the phone with no other functionality and with only one press of the home screen widget...no prompts, just a pause of a few seconds, and then blank screen followed by a complete cold reboot.

    Also https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result works to silence the reboot sounds, so it can be completely in the background whether a scheduled, triggered, or manually activated reboot, the phone will not make the DROIIIIIDDDD sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxKat View Post
    Although Smart Actions can't call a home screen shortcut or a widget, it can call an app. Unfortunately I can't find an app that works simply as an app to reboot on one touch, however there is an app called Quick Boot that requires Root Access, but it does a FULL REBOOT in a one-touch widget as one of its options by;
    1. Pressing and holding a blank part of the screen,
    2. Selecting "Shortcuts",
    3. Selecting "App actions",
    4. Selecting "Activities",
    5. Choosing "Quick Boot",
    6. Selecting "Reboot" from the drop-down.
    I already have and use that app. It's great for when I want a fast manual reboot, but it doesn't help me with my original question.


    Quote Originally Posted by FoxKat View Post
    Found the one mentioned below, and two more...

    https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

    &

    https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

    There may be others but both of these do exactly one thing...shut down and restart the phone with no other functionality and with only one press of the home screen widget...no prompts, just a pause of a few seconds, and then blank screen followed by a complete cold reboot.

    Also https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result works to silence the reboot sounds, so it can be completely in the background whether a scheduled, triggered, or manually activated reboot, the phone will not make the DROIIIIIDDDD sound.
    Smart Actions cannot launch a widget. It can only launch an app. Thus, reboot widgets do not help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vertigoelectric View Post

    Smart Actions cannot launch a widget. It can only launch an app. Thus, reboot widgets do not help.
    Yes, I said that in the beginning of the message you quoted above. I would certainly like to see it be able to launch both widgets and shortcuts. Hopefully they will add that feature in a future update.


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