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    Angry Is there an App that mimics Blackberry's profile manager

    I've noticed this question has been asked in the past, but none of the posts in the threads I saw have had a recent answer, so I figure to try again:

    Very simple question: I want an app that does exactly what the Blackberry's stock profile manager does:

    - Set a profile that will, for example, make my Mail App (stock mail app) ring a certain ringtone, while my SMS are vibrate, and my ringer is something else, and my calendar is something else, too, while my GMail app is different as well. And each profile I create has the ability to change all of the above, from within the app itself.

    I've read about these so far:

    - Setting Profiles
    - Profile
    - PhoneWeaver
    - Tasker
    - Some weird instructions by a guy named vent, or something

    None of the above apps explicitly say that they can manage profiles the way I'm asking, just like the Blackberry. I'm not going to do what the "vent" guy suggested because this isn't just for me, it's for a company of people, who's experience can range from IT expert to "what's a browser?". Money/Free isn't a detractor.

    Another question maybe someone here might know:

    - Why didn't Android come stock with this?
    - Why is this feature so difficult to achieve? Is it the devs or Android's fault?
    - Does the iPhone have anything similar, either app based or stock? I'm not an apple fan, but some of my users are, and have asked.

    Thanks in advanced for your replies!
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    I use settings profile. I have used this on many phones and it works very well.

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    i guess you may find it here
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    I use Quick Profiles. Some of the settings I have configured include:

    - Sleep: lowers volumes, some sounds turned off, screen dimmed.
    - Daytime: adjusts volumes and screen brightness.
    - Driving: turns off wifi, turns on bluetooth, auto brightness, adjusts volumes.
    - Home: turns off bluetooth, turns on wifi, sets brightness & volumes.
    - Meeting: sounds set to vibrate only.


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    Default Re: Is there an App that mimics Blackberry's profile manager

    I emailed some developers that create the popular apps I mentioned in my OP. From what they say, it seems this can't be done, as Android doesn't allow an app to control the specific tones of other apps? So they can't make an app that forces the GMail app to have one ringtone, while the Mail app another, and SMS another, and Business Calendar App another, etc.

    Oh well, CM7 on my Thunderbolt gives me something close enough in the Profiles setting. But I was hoping to find something for non-rooted phones, specifically the Inc2.

    To the folks who've replied so far, none of the apps mentioned so far do what I'm asking, but thanks for the response
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    Whoisit

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    I am looking for the same thing, I am on call at night....and with blackberry I could make it Phone Calls only with a very loud alarm type ring to wake me up.

    That is specifically what i'm looking for, no other notifications just a very loud ringtone at night when I'm on call to wake me up. Casio Commando.
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    I have also searched everywhere for a Profile manager that works like the Blackberry one.

    The unique thing about the Blackberry profile manage is that you can individually set the notifications for each email address you have set up on your device (volume, sound, vibrate, etc.)

    For example, if I have 3 Gmail addresses on my Blackberry, and I set the Profile to "Night", I can disable notifications for 2 of my email addresses, but keep one Active (let's say it's an email address I use for monitoring server outages).

    I have tried so many Profile managers and can't find one that allows this kind of functionality. Some allow whitelists, but they only seem to work via Phone numbers and not email addresses.

    I basically want to be able to make the phone silent at Night, but allow one email address to override the Silence when an email is received/pushed to the device.

    The only thing I have found that I could possibly integrate into my needs is something called "SMS Alert". I can set up my server monitoring software to SMS me at my carrier email address when there is an outage. It will then send me an SMS more or less instantly to my phone. SMS Alert claims that it will override any sound profile even if your phone is set to Silent. It uses a keyword you specify to filter incoming SMS messages to know if it should alert you or not.

    Only catch is is costs $1.99, and not trial so I haven't tested it yet. I'm about to, though, as $2 is nothing considering the time it's taking me to find an app that will do what I need. I'm hoping that the developer's claims are true and that it will then be able to alert me if I use a Profile manager to set the phone to "Night" or "Silent".

    I'll report back in a bit...
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    ok, I'm back after testing SMS Alert. Didn't quite work right for me and my GNex.

    My tests with the phone on Silent came through, but only in Vibrate mode and didn't play my selected notification tone. The other issue I had was that the monitoring service I was using is sending me an email through my carrier and phone number (123332123@tmomail.net), which is turned into an SMS. The problem is that none of the filtered words I had set up are recognized this way and I'm not sure why. If I do a test from my own email account with the filter words in it, it works (albeit in Vibrate mode only). I;ve sent the dev an email about this issue and am waiting on a reply.

    Still looking I'm afraid...
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    Did you see my post....whoisit will do what you want

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    Thanks tennvol. I've been trying to get Whoisit Lite working all morning and so far have not been successful in getting any sort of notification to work at all. It is constantly crashing also. Trying to research the issues further hasn't gotten me anywhere in the app section of the forums. From what i can see, it looks like the dev has gone sort of MIA recently or something. I'm hesitant to buy the full version if I can't get the Lite version working at all.

    Here's how I set it up:

    I selected the contact I want to customize the notification for (an email address only contact), then set the specific ringtone for it. I disabled the notifications for the Gmail account I want Whoisit to control. I made sure Whoisit was enabled to control Gmail. Then I sent an email from the contact specified and...nothing. I don't get it.

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    Did you see my post....whoisit will do what you want

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    Update: I solved this issue for me at least.

    The solution was to flash the ROM to Cyanogenmod 9 for the Galaxy nexus. It's still a nightly build, but it's been stable for me for the few hours that I've been using it!

    Cyanogenmod has a built-in Profiles setting that allows you to control notifications for different apps.

    Since I only need to be notified of incoming emails to one address, I set that one up in the native Email app as an Exchange account (this is a mush more reliable method for push email than the native Gmail app, btw).

    The rest of my accounts were set up in the Gmail app.

    I could then use the Profiles settings to disable notifications for Gmail in the "Night" profile.

    Update: Wanted to say that the Cyanogenmod Profiles settings are working perfectly for my needs. Holding the Power button for a couple seconds brings up a one-click button to change the Profile, too. So I can switch to "Work", etc.quickly and easily.

    I was also able to add other applications to the Profile management that aren't listed in the default setup, and it controls those notifications, too.
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    No idea if that will work since Gmail changed the user permissons denying 3rd parties access. I use K9 mail and whoisit works great.

    Also don't forgot to unchecked the use ringer volume on the settings if you want to have a vibration for messages and a ring for calls, etc

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    I came across an app called ICS enhanced ringer control on google play, appears to do exactly that..initial reviews seem pretty good as well

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    Hi Victor,

    First, I feel your pain.....dealing with Blackberry sound profiles is only second to the actual keyboard......

    What I have found to work best is an app called Ringleader free. It allows you to create custom profiles and change the ringtone of each separately....there are a few limitations though, but I was able to work around them....
    Once you install the app, you need to go into each program you want to customize the notification for and select Ringleader as your "administrator"....once you do that for all programs, simply launch Ringleader and start customizing, saving each profile under a different name....
    Unfortunately, there are some programs that will not allow "external" administrators to manage their tones (like Yahoo mail or Skype), so I simply don't use those apps......
    Will be happy to guide further if needed....been spending the first couple of months of ownership of my droid to try and have it act like a Blackberry (only for the good reasons ).
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    Llama profiles. Change your system sound, media, notification, and call sounds. Change it by time, location, whether you're connected to WiFi or not. I absolutely love it. Check it out it does speech more too.

    And I believe tasker does these things as well. I just think the interface for llama is much better
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    Victor, this is the exact same issue I struggled with when I first got an Android. That (amongst other things) made me return it and go back to BB. Now I'm ready to try again.. have you had any luck finding a solution?

    I'm looking all around, and the best ones people are talking about seem to be Sound Profile and Ring Leader. Do you have experience with either of these, or do you have any advice?

    I'm looking to get the Samsung Galaxy S3.

    THANKS for any advice you have!
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    As a former BlackBerry user I've been missing the notifications manager a lot. When I came across this thread I thought I had found the answer to my prayers. But I'm sad to report that we will keep on missing this feature. I did my homework and tested all apps mentioned here. Here are the results:
    - Light Flow Led&Notification - it's the only app able to differentiate between all of the different apps installed and assign unique settings to each, but it doesn't create profiles.

    Quick Profiles -Not able to assign different notifications for different apps and not able to assign icons to each profile in the free version, so you are better off using Sound Profile.

    Whoisit -It's able to differentiate between different apps, but only those apps that are predefined (Gmail, K-9, etc); it doesn't see other apps such as Yahoo Mail, Kik, etc. Also, can't set profiles on free version.

    ICS Enhanced ringer control - can't set profiles.

    Tasker - Not a profile manager.

    Llama profiles - changes profiles based on users physical location, not an adequate substitute for blackberry profile manager.

    Ringleader - almost there but doesn't see some apps like Yahoo Mail or Kik, so like one user said you need to not use the apps that ringleader doesn't see. Crazy. Besides, it's cumbersome to set up.
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    Yeah if you could take the best of blackberry features and add them to android you would have darn near a perfect device.
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    Actually, I have found a way. It's not exactly like the BlackBerry Profiles manager, but it's pretty close, and for my purposes does exactly what I needed.

    But to get this functionality, you have to be able to flash a custom ROM to your phone, namely Cyanogenmod (or one based off of it). Cyanogenmod has a built-in Settings app called Profiles, which allows you to set up any number of profiles you wish. It comes with several presets, like "Night", "Work", "Default", "Silent", etc. You can also access any Profile by simply hitting the Power button and selecting it in the Power menu that pops up.

    Within each Profile, you can individually set which apps will notify you, and also add any app you want to the profile as well. You can also override the volume for all notifications (for example, "Quiet" setting might have all volumes set to "1").

    What it can't do is specific notification settings for a specific contact in your address book. Let's say you have a gmail account set up, and need to know if one of those contacts you in the middle of the night. It can't do that. That's actually the one requirement I had in my own search, but came up with a good workaround for my needs.

    In my case, I monitor server outages, so I need to be alerted by my monitoring service in the middle of the night. The service I use sends me an email to an address I can specify. So what I did was set up a new/virgin Gmail account and sent the email alerts to that address. I then set up the built-in Email app (not Gmail) to check this account using Exchange (seems even more "push" vs IMAP in my tests). I then added the "Email" app to the other applications group within the Profile settings manager. Once added, you can specify how you want notifications from that app handled by the manager.

    The Profile manager take a little getting used to (not unlike Blackberry's endless menus!). I have found this approach works best:

    Leave the Sound overrides as-is (ie No Override), unless it is for Loud profile and you can turn them all up. Or Low profile and you can turn them all down. When you switch to another profile, the volume will then be unchanged from the last profile and the per App settings will take over.

    For example, in Sleepytime mode, all per App settings are OFF except for Email = ON, so notifications for everything (Phone, SMS, Gmail, etc) will not alert you, but Email will (at the previous Profile volume or whatever it is set at currently)

    I wrote some notes about this in my blog posts (there are a couple).

    Hopefully this type of setup will also work for your needs. I've grown quite accustomed to flashing custom ROMs, almost on a daily basis. It's fun and I love the feature enhancements they provide over stock Android. I don't think I could use stock Android ever again now that I've been introduced to the world of custom ROMs.

    I should also note that I installed a backup app, called Mail Alert, that I've set to check that same email address every 2 minutes. There is little to no drain on the battery at all with this app, and it's _very_ reliable, often alerting me before the Email app ever does. It only has the ability to check an email address you specify and at a specific interval, but you can set any notification tone you want, and also override Silent mode if you wish. Between these two apps checking that account, let's just say I'm on top of things!

    I should also add that I am currently running a non-Cyanogenmod ROM that doesn't have the Profile manager in it. I am running AOKP on my Nexus 4 currently. I have found that relying on Mail Alert to override Silent mode is good enough for me at Night. I simply turn the device to Silent at bedtime and Mail Alert has been set to override Silent mode, which works perfectly.

    I miss the Profile switcher, and may switch to Cyanogenmod again soon, just for kicks.

    Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to answer them for you.



    Quote Originally Posted by The1Metallian View Post
    As a former BlackBerry user I've been missing the notifications manager a lot. When I came across this thread I thought I had found the answer to my prayers. But I'm sad to report that we will keep on missing this feature. I did my homework and tested all apps mentioned here. Here are the results:
    - Light Flow Led&Notification - it's the only app able to differentiate between all of the different apps installed and assign unique settings to each, but it doesn't create profiles.

    Quick Profiles -Not able to assign different notifications for different apps and not able to assign icons to each profile in the free version, so you are better off using Sound Profile.

    Whoisit -It's able to differentiate between different apps, but only those apps that are predefined (Gmail, K-9, etc); it doesn't see other apps such as Yahoo Mail, Kik, etc. Also, can't set profiles on free version.

    ICS Enhanced ringer control - can't set profiles.

    Tasker - Not a profile manager.

    Llama profiles - changes profiles based on users physical location, not an adequate substitute for blackberry profile manager.

    Ringleader - almost there but doesn't see some apps like Yahoo Mail or Kik, so like one user said you need to not use the apps that ringleader doesn't see. Crazy. Besides, it's cumbersome to set up.
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    This thread was the most helpful in solving the Blackberry Profiles issue, so I'm posting here. I tried most of the apps and ideas previously discussed except ROMing. My goal was to find a profile switch were I could set phone calls only, and all other audio notifications would be muted. Sound Profile does the trick. My only negative comment is that when you select profile you want, you have to tap "Activate" to activate the profile. I would prefer that the profile activate when I select it and return to the home screen. MyProfiles does this, but I could not get it to disable email notifications. I will also be trying ICS+ Enhanced Ringer Control demo.

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