Macrodroid Tutorial: How to Create Macros and Scheduled Actions on Android - The Happy Android

Macrodroid is one of those apps that should come standard in Android. Thanks to this fantastic app we can create macros and automatisms on our device to personalize it and get the most out of it. With Macrodroid we can do anything: from asking the phone to read us notifications aloud, to hanging up a call if we turn our terminal upside down. A whole world of possibilities at our fingertips.

In today's post, we are going to develop a small tutorial on how to use Macrodroid so that you can see how it works and from there, you can create your own macros and programmed actions.

Macrodroid Tutorial: Indicates a trigger to launch an action

That's what macros are all about: detailing a trigger (also called activator) that will cause certain actions to be executed. It's something like telling the system "If this happens, do this another”.

With this, what we achieve is to create scheduled actions or tasks that will be working as long as we have its corresponding macro activated in Macrodroid. The free version of the application allows simultaneous use maximum of 3 macros.

Macrodroid offers the possibility of both using templates already created how to add our own creations.

Macrodroid templates

For those who do not want to think much or cannot program a specific macro, Macrodroid offers a large number of macro templates already created. Keep in mind that some macros require root permissions, so if your device is not rooted, avoid these types of macros.

Within the list of templates already created there are many really useful ones:

  • Shake to share a photo.
  • Low battery warning.
  • Play media by plugging in a headset.
  • Turn upside down to reject a call
  • Read notifications aloud
  • Activate flashlight when shaking.
  • Take a photo if someone wrongly entered the unlock code twice, and sends it to you by email (photo to the thief).
  • Record a conversation if we turn the device over (spy recording).
  • It automates the WiFi connection and deactivates it if the screen is off for more than 5 minutes.

These are some examples, but we can find all kinds of macros created by both the developers and the Macrodroid community.

If we want to use any of these templates we just have to go to "Templates”, Select the desired macro and activate it by clicking on the + icon.

We have to keep in mind that they are templates, like this that in some cases it will be necessary to modify some data of the macro so that it works to our liking.

If you want to download more macros in the Macrodroid forum You will find many other automations created by the community.

How to create a new macro

Each macro consists of 3 phases:

  • Trigger or trigger: Condition for the macro to start.
  • Actions: Actions to be carried out if the condition is met
  • Restrictions: The macro will only be executed if the set restrictions are met.

Set a trigger

The first step is to set a trigger. A condition that when fulfilled, will be the one that triggers the rest of the actions. Macrodroid offers an infinite number of triggers.

For this example we are going to create a macro that makes every time we shake the phone the flashlight is activated.

So, the first thing we will do is select the trigger "Shake device”.

Indicates the actions to be taken

Now it's time to establish which actions will be triggered as a consequence of the trigger. The possibilities offered by this section are very wide. Let us also bear in mind that we can add more than one action to the list, which gives us the possibility of creating really complex macros.

In this case we will select "Flashlight on / off”.

Click on the "V" symbol to continue.

Check the restrictions

In the last phase of creating the macro we will have the possibility to establish restrictions. A macro will only be executed if the condition of the constraint is met. This field is optional and we do not have to fill it in.

In our case, we do not want to put any restriction on turning the flashlight on / off, so we will leave this field unconfigured (if we wanted we could put the flashlight on only at night, or when we are at home, for example).

Click on the OK button and we will only have to put a name and assign a category to the macro so that it is created and put to work automatically.

From here, to activate or deactivate the macro, just go to the section “Macros”.

What do you think of Macrodroid?

This has been a very basic tutorial, and it will hardly help you to see everything that this application can give of itself. In addition to what we have seen, there is also the possibility of setting variables, cloning, exporting, creating methods and much more. A whole world.

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If you like programming and want to squeeze your smartphone or tablet a little more, you should definitely try Macrodroid or similar applications such as Tasker (this is paid). And if you want to continue learning more about this great tool, don't lose sight of the app's forum. Highly recommended.

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