These are the Sound Profile's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Please, take a look at them and find your issue. If you still cannot find your question here or you need extra information please contact me at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está protegida contra spambots. Usted necesita tener Javascript activado para poder verla.

Please, be sure you have the latest SoundProfile release.

 

How to create a new profile

 

-Open the app menu and click on Edit Profiles.

-Tap on "Add". You will be asked if you wish to create a new profile. Tap on Ok.

-Set the values you need scrolling along the screen.

Remember you are able to change some values taping on them. For example, taping on the text Wifi will change its value, so you could choose from Yes to have it activated in that profile, No to have it deactivated and No change to leave as it was.

-Once you are done, don't forget to tap on Save.

 

 

How to assign a ringtone in a profile

 

 

-Edit the profile you want to change the ringtone. To do that open the Edit Profiles screen and select the profile you want to edit.

-Click on the Tone next to call volume slider (please not there are 2 tone buttons. One for calls, the other one for the default notification).

Tone buttons

-A list with the available ringtones in your phone will be displayed. Choose the one you want.

In case you want to use a mp3 file (or any other music file stored in your SD-Card) then you need a File Explorer Browser.
SoundProfile recommends a free one called ES File Explorer File Manager.

-Don't forget to Save your changes.

 

 

Airplane mode doesn't work

 

Since Android 4.2 it is not possible for third party apps to change or toggle the Airplane mode. Android says it is because of "Security reasons" (more info). Nevertheless, some specific releases still allow it. If you have one of those then you are lucky.

Even so, there are some applications that can change internal values in your phone so your Android will start allowing third party apps to change airplane mode. These apps will not work in every phone but it is worth to try.

SoundProfile recommends one called JB 4.2 Airplane mode. Many Android 4.2 (JellyBean) and 4.4 (KitKat) users have reported that they were able to use airplane mode with SoundProfile after installing this app.

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Hide SoundProfile icon on the notification bar

 

By default SoundProfile displays the current profile icon on the notification-status bar. This is very useful because you will be able to see the current active profile quickly. Nevertheless, some people prefer to not display any icon and leave the status bar clean. This, as other many features in SoundProfile, is optional.

You are able to select which profiles will display an icon on the status bar and which will not. Some people don't want the profile Normal to display an icon but they want any other profile (Night, Silent, Meeting...) to do it.

-So, to show or hide the icon open the Edit Profile screen.

-Select the profile you want to modify.

-Scroll down to the entry where you are able to check or uncheck the values "Show dropdown list notification" and "Show also icon in status bar".

Notification bar icon

-The option "Show dropdown list notification" indicates that a shortcut to SoundProfile will be shown on the notification list when you slide it down.

-The option "Show also icon in status bar" indicates if you want the profile icon to be displayed at the status bar bar.

 

Don't forget to Save once you are done.

 

 

 

I change the notification ringtone but the tone doesn't change

 

There is a FAQ about assigning ringtones for calls and for notifications in each profile. Please, read that one first.

If the tone assigned for the notifications doesn't work please have this in mind:

SoundProfile changes the DEFAULT NOTIFICATION sound, for example, let's say that SoundProfile uses "ding" as the default notification ringtone. Most apps uses their own ringtones, so your Text/Sms app sounds "dong" and your email app sounds "dung". Changing SoundProfile notification sound to "ding" will not change your Text/Sms or email ringtones, because in those apps you have chosen those specific sounds.

If you want any specific app to use the DEFAULT NOTIFICATION sound then you need to edit the properties or settings of that app and select the ringtone "default ringtone" for it.

For example, if you want your Text/Sms app to sound as SoundProfile says then open your Text/Sms app, go to Settings, scroll down to Notification sound. On the list select "default ringtone". This way the app will use the one set by SoundProfile.

Many people find this useful, for example to have a serious ringtone for Text/Sms at work and a funnier one at home.

 

 

 

My alarm value doesn't change

 

Not every Android phone allows third party apps like SoundProfile to change the value of the Alarm volume.

If your Alarm app doesn't use the value set by SoundProfile for each profile then there is not much we can do. I suggest to install another Alarm app ad test it. If you find it let me know so I can tell others.

 

I don't want to change my wallpaper

 

By default SoundProfile changes the wallpaper depending on the active profile. Most people find this feature very useful as they have their nice background for Normal profile and a different one for other profile. For example, have a red background for Silent profile so you quickly know that you are in Silent profile. If you don't want SoundProfile to change the background read at the end of this answer. Meanwhile let me tell you other samples, maybe you find useful this feature.

Some people want to have their kids as their background, but not when at work. 

Some people want to have a solid blue background when in Meeting mode so they remember to turn it back to Normal mode when they get out of the room.


Some like having a white background with a bright screen light so they have a torch.

It is useful also for having different pictures. You may have one profile with your girlfriend picture and another one with your friends. it is up to you.

You don't need this? Then follow this steps:

-Open the Edit Profile screen.

-Select the profile to modify.

-Scroll down at the bottom where the Wallpaper entry is at.

-Select the desired value:

 WallpaperWallpaperWallpaper

-Choose "Don't change wallpaper" if you don't want this profile to change the wallpaper and leave it as it was.

-Choose "Assign wallpaper from file" if you want to set browse your own image file in your Gallery. You can select the option Get Current Wallpaper to tell SoundProfile to capture the current wallpaper image in use in this exact moment.

-Choose "Assign fixed color background" if you want to choose a solid color like red, blue, orange, white, black...

 

Don't forget to Save when you are done.

Repeat this action for every profile you want to modify.

 

 

 

How to create a Profile that just accepts calls from specific contacts (an example of Blocklist)

 

Many people want to be able to have a profile that only accepts calls from specific contacts.

Sample 1: In Meeting mode I just want my wife and my kid's school to be able to call me. I want to silent all the other calls and notifications.

Sample 2: In Night mode I just want my parents and my kids to be able to call me. I want to silent all the other calls and notifications.

All this is possible using SoundProfile's Blocklist feature. These are the steps to make it:

-Open the Edit Profile screen and create a new profile (or use any other you already have).

-Select some volume for calls and Zero volume for notifications (very important). You might choose the value for Multimedia volume and Alarm volume (this last one is not available for all devices).
 
Night Profile Volumes
 
-Scroll and select Vibration: No. This is also very important because we don't want the phone to vibrate if an email or Facebook message arrive.
 
-Choose your desired values for Wifi, Bluetooth, Led and the others.
 
-Keep scrolling down and activate the Blocklist utility.
 
Blocklist for calls, black list, white list
 
-Tap on Show to expand the list.
 
Blocklist for calls, black list, white list
 
-For the 3 different kind of callers (Hidden numbers, Unknown numbers and My contacts) select the same value for volume as shown in the image, which is zero. All the calls from those kind of callers will not sound.
Hidden numbers are those private calls that don't display a caller Id.
Unknown numbers are those calls that display the caller Id but you don't have them on your contact list.
My contacts are those calls that you have on your contact list.
 
-Click on Incoming messages until you see the sentence Incoming messages: Accept. This means that the incoming Text/Sms will be accepted but with no sound because we set the value of zero for notifications volume earlier above.
 
-Now tap on "Add exception".
 
Add an exception to the blacklist
 
-Click on Show Contacts. Your contacts list will display. Select the one you want. You might also click on Show groups and the available groups of contacts in your phone will display (to create or modify groups or contact go to your Contact app).
-You are also able to type the number directly in the text box. Then click on Add.
-You are also able to use the wildcard * at the end of the number, for example, 51533255* will use all the numbers starting with 51533255 (for example all the numbers from your office).
 
-Once you add your exception then the Edit Profile screen will show up again. In this sample I added the contact "My wife Sue".  Her calls will sound at maximum volume. Please notice that her Text/Sms will be accepted but they will not sound because we set the value of zero for notifications earlier above. If you want Sue's Text/Sms to sound you need to select "Incoming messages: Accept (even sound in silent)"
 Add an exception to the blacklist
 
-Repeat adding Exceptions as you need.
 
-Don't forget to Save when you are done. Then test it to be sure the behavior is what you expected.
 
 
To Delete an exception click on the trash bin at the left of the name.
 
Reject calls: If you just want the calls to be rejected then use the Reject option. You will be also able to send a message to the rejected number (sending messages may cost you money depending on your carrier rates). If you leave this text box empty then no message will be sent.
 
Add an exception to the blacklist
 
 
 
 

 

How to create a Profile that just accepts calls and Text/SMS but NO any other sound

 

Many people want to be able to sleep at Night while they need to wake up if they receive calls or text/Sms. Of course, they don't need to be awaken for emails, Facebook events or any other beeping that our annoying smartphones love to play. This is possible with SoundProfile and these are the steps:

-Create a new profile (or use any other you already have, for example Night).
-Select some volume for calls and Zero volume for notifications (very important). You might choose the value for Multimedia volume and Alarm volume (this last one is not available for all devices).
 
Night Profile Volumes
 
-Scroll and select Vibration: No. This is also very important because we don't want the phone to vibrate if an email or Facebook message arrive.
 
-Choose your desired values for Wifi, Bluetooth, Led and the others.
 
- Keep scrolling down and activate the Blocklist utility.
 
Blocklist for calls, black list, white list
 
-Tap on Show to expand the list.
 
Blocklist for calls, black list, white list
 
-For the 3 different kind of callers (Hidden numbers, Unknown numbers and My contacts) select the same value for volume as shown in the image. This way the calls from those kind of callers will sound as the volume you set.
-Click on Incoming messages until you see the sentence Incoming messages: Accept (even sound in silent).
 
-Don't forget to Save when you are done. Then test it to be sure the behavior is what you expected.
 
Please note: As in any Blocklist with SoundProfile you may have different values for any of those 3 kind of callers, for example, you could set the Hidden number and Unknown numbers to zero volume and the value of "incoming messages: accept" (they will not sound because the notification volume is zero).
You are also able to create Exceptions, for example, you accept (even sound in silent) messages from everybody but not from your annoying friend who is always sending messages late at night.
 

 

How to use Location Tasks (Part 1)

  

Location Tasks are used to activate a Profile depending on different events. These are a few samples:

-Activate Car profile when entering into the car.
-Activate Home profile when entering at home.
-Switch Wifi on when getting close to home and switch Wifi off when getting away from it.
So far, the available events are: Wifi, Bluetooth, Power, Headphones and Geofences. In this article we will show how to use all of them, but we will leave the Geofences for a second article. The idea of the Location Tasks are to do something when one of those event triggers.

 To start using Location Tasks open the app menu, click on Location Tasks. Then activate them as shown in the image:

Location Tasks

Let's learn to use them with a first example. In this example we will activate profile Home when my home wifi is detected. Firstly we need to add a new task. So tap on the text Add new task.

 Location Tasks

Let's type a name for the task, for example "Enter home". Tap on Profile to activate and choose Home (this profile must be previously created). Our task will look similar to this:

Location Tasks

Now tap on Add new event. Here is where we are going to add the event that will trigger this task and will activate profile Home.

 Location Tasks

-Select the event Wifi.

-Select the State, in this case On (when the Wifi gets connected).

-Then select the Wifi network. In this case I selected ONO3182 which is my home wifi SSID.

Please note that the Wifi service must be enabled otherwise you will get the message ""WiFi network not available. Please, enable it". If it was not enabled, then enable it, exit this screen and open it again.

Click on Add. Our task will look like this one now:

Location Tasks

We are done so far. We just need to click on Save. But there is still an important thing to do. We still need to tell SoundProfile what to do when you get disconnected from that Wifi. To do that create another task, Let's call it Exit home. Will activate the profile Normal (for example) and we need to add the event Wifi OFF and your home wifi SSID. Our new task will look something like this one:

 Location Tasks

Be sure you select the OFF state of the event to trigger when the Wifi gets disconnected.

When testing this situation please consider that Wifi gets disconnected sometimes by radio errors. SoundProfile will wait about 15 seconds after a disconnection to ensure it has really been disconnected. If during that time the device gets connected again then no event will be triggered.

You are able to create as many tasks as you want. You are also able to add several events in the same Task but it is an "AND", so all the events must occur at the same time for the task to get triggered. So events like the next one are completely WRONG because you will never get disconnected from 2 Wifi at the same time. You are not able to create a Task with 2 Wifi OFF events so create 2 different tasks, each one with one Wifi off event.

Location Tasks

 

 

 

Second example: Let's activate Car profile when the phone gets connected to the Car bluetooth. In this situation we need to add another tasks (Enter car). The profile to activate will be Car and the event will be bluetooth ON and the name of the bluetooth hands free device of your car. We will also need the opposite task (Exit Car), when you leave the car. So another task is needed with the event Bluetooth OFF. Take a look at the image with these 2 tasks:

 Location Tasks Location Tasks

Please note that switching bluetooth off manually will not trigger any event so get out of the car without switching off the Bluetooth service. Let the devices get disconnected automatically.

You are not able to have several events in the same task because they act as AND. This means that all of the events will have to execute at the same time. 

 

To delete an event tap on the "-" sign at the left of it.

To delete a task tap on the text Delete Task.

 

The other events available work exactly the same. You are able to activate a profile when the phone starts charging (Power ON) and another when it gets disconnected from the charger (Power OFF). Same thing with Headphones ON and OFF. For Geofences see next article.

 

 

 

 

 

How to use Location Tasks (Part 2)

  

Location Tasks are used to activate a Profile depending on different events. Please read the previous article if you don't know how to use this useful feature. The following article explains how to change the settings depending on your physical position. For example, let's switch Wifi on when getting close to home and switch Wifi off when getting away from it.

Please, read the whole article because there is important information at the end.

To start using Location Tasks open the app menu, click on Location Tasks. Then activate them as shown in the image:

Location Tasks

Let's create a new Task with the name "In my home area". Click on Profile to activate and select Quick settings.

The Quick settings box displays the available options, which at the moment are WiFi and Bluetooth.
In this example let's set WiFi: Yes and Bluetooth: No change.Location Tasks
The idea is to enable Wifi when we enter in my home area. We don't have to change anything with bluetooth. 

Now we have to add the event so tap on Add new event. Then select Geofence. Be sure the State is Enter. This screen will be displayed:


Location Tasks

We need to create a new geofence so we click on New geofence. In order to use the geofence it is needed to have installed the free application called SoundProfile extender which is available in PlayStore.

Once the map is displayed, navigate to the area you want. Set a valid zoom so you are able to adjust as much as possible. Long press on the desired point of the map.

Location Tasks

Please, set a name and a wide enough radius. Very small radius will not work properly.
Location Tasks
Location Tasks

Once the geofence is created the map closes and that new geofence is now available on the list. So select it, be sure the State is Enter. Enter means that you want to trigger this task when you enter in the geofence.

Click on Add. Our task would look like this one:

Location Tasks

We are ready to go now. We just need to click on Save.

But we still need another task to do the opposite job. We need another task to turn wifi off when we leave our home area. So click on Add new task and let's call it Out of my home area. Select Quick Settings tapping on the Profile to activate sentence. Now we set Wifi: No and Bluetooth: No change.
Click on Add new event to add the next event: 

Location TasksBe sure you select the event Geofence, state Exit and choose the earlier geofence Home.
Click on Add. The resulting task should look like this one:

Location Tasks

Don't forget to Save your changes.

 

Important:

Now we need to edit every profile and specify there if we want to use the Geofences feature when that profile is activated. This is needed because there are many situations where you don't want geofences to be active. For example when Night profile is activated, you are not going to move so you don't need geofences to use battery.
So open the app Menu, click on Edit Profile and look at each one of your profiles. Scroll down where the Geofence section is and check both marks as shown in the image:


Location Tasks

If you don't want a profile to use it then just uncheck them.
Don't forget to Save your changes.

Why there are 2 different ways of detecting geofences? Android has its own way of detecting the location of your device. It uses the less amount of battery than possible. But sometimes the location is not correct, it doesn't detect you entered in an area or if you exited it. So SoundProfile is able to check if that location is correct or not. You are able to choose how often SoundProfile will check it. A time of 15 minutes is enough. 
Please, be patience with geofences, it may take a while to detect you are in or out some area. The idea is not to drain your battery. 

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