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    Default Shortcut to Nearby Devices?

    Hi -

    On an ATT Samsung Galaxy S3 running 4.3 Jelly Bean (not rooted), I want to create a shortcut to Nearby Devices so I can easily toggle on/off my DLNA. It is found in Settings | Connections | Connect and Share.

    Exploring the launcher shortcut options in Apex, Buzz, Nova, TouchWiz home and ssLauncher (my default), I could find no shortcut to Nearby Devices.

    Using ES App Manager set to System Apps, I found Nearby Devices at com.sec.android.pernission.PERSONAL_MEDIA, but the 'Add To Desktop' feature in ES seemingly does nothing with this app.

    I know I could probably use an app like Tasker to do this, but it seems there should be another way.

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated - Ken
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    Default Re: Shortcut to Nearby Devices?

    I don't use DLNA, but I do stream stuff from my SMB shares. Using ES File Explorer, you can long-press a network shared media folder, and once it is selected with a tick-box, open the triple-dot "more" context menu and use "Add to desktop".

    This will create a link on the home screen, leading straight to your content. From there you can access your music/movie with the file browser.
    "All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility."
    - The Ascent of man.
    J. Bronowsky.
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    Default Re: Shortcut to Nearby Devices?

    Hey sauce_a_poutine, thanks for the reply, but I just want to toggle my Nearby Devices on and off. When Shared Devices is on, my DLNA-enabled television recognizes media on my Galaxy S3, I don't even need to specify a folder. But I don't want to leave it running all the time. I did try using ES App Manager, which also has an 'Add to desktop' option when I navigate to Nearby Devices, but it didn't add it to my home screen (or any screen) for some reason. I may try the Tasker app if I don't get any answers.

    Shortcut to Nearby Devices?-shared_devices.jpg
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    Default Re: Shortcut to Nearby Devices?

    My better half's Motorola has something called "Smart actions". Don't know if you can install it on a different handset, though. Depending on geolocation, it activates/deactivates things. Perhaps you should search the Playstore for keywords like "Geolocation activated" or something of the same ilk...

    The reviews of the Motorola software seem rather harsh to me. It works fine and dandy for her, and she has no issues with it.
    "All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility."
    - The Ascent of man.
    J. Bronowsky.
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    Default Re: Shortcut to Nearby Devices?

    I gave up on Tasker. Was able to create a regular shortcut as an 'Activity' to Settings$NearbySettingsActivity, which gets me pretty close to the toggle.

    Shortcut to Nearby Devices?-activity.jpg
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    Default Re: Shortcut to Nearby Devices?

    Seems like an elegant solution.
    "All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility."
    - The Ascent of man.
    J. Bronowsky.

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