Llama

Ever wish you could automatically silence your phone’s ringer, change the ringtone, or use vibration instead of an audible ringtone for notifications when you leave your home or office? Llama is a free app that lets you make those adjustments automatically.

Here’s how it works. The first time you launch Llama it will ask you to set up areas. You can create home and work areas, or other areas for places you regularly visit. Just long-press on any area and click the start learning button and Llama will search for nearby cell towers. That way any time you enter or leave the area, Llama can make adjustments to your profile without asking you first.

Once you have some areas set up, you can visit the Profiles tab where you can customize different actions such as ringtone and notification volume, media volume, alarm volume, or in-call volume. You can even have the Llama icon in your notification bar change colors when you switch profiles.

Finally you can go to the Events tab where Llama lets you create a set of conditions for switching from one profile to another. For instance, you can mute your phone when you leave home, or switch to a quiet profile after 10:00 at night.

Llama doesn’t give you as many options as AutomateIt or Tasker. For instance, it doesn’t let you disable WiFi when you leave your house. But Tasker costs about $6.38, and while AutoMateIt is free, it’s a bit more confusing to operate than Llama.

Update: It appears I missed some of Llama’s additional functions. From the Event editing menu you can add a number of additional actions such as toggling the GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, or Google account synchronization. You can also adjust the screen brightness, screen timeout length and other settings. I’m actually quite impressed with the number of options you get from this free app — although I’m surprised many of these options show up in the Event screen rather than the Profiles screen.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...