Automatically change your device notifications with Profile Changer Pro

By DJ Reyes on 26 Oct 2013 11:02 am EDT
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There are many occasions when you need to turn your notifications to silent or vibrate during the day or even once a day. Sure you can get into the habit if manually putting your BlackBerry device into this mode but why not save yourself the trouble and let your device do that for you. With Profile Changer Pro, you can do this. You can predefine occasions for your BlackBerry device to automatically change sound profiles and it is pretty awesome at doing it.

When creating a profile you give it a name so you can see from your list and Active Frame which profile you're on. You then start to set when you would like to profile to activate. You can select a recurrence of everyday, weekdays or weekly. When you have that chosen you chose what profile setting you want - Silent, Vibrate Only, Normal, Phones Calls Only, All Alerts Off (look familiar?). Then you go about setting up the start time for this profile. If there was a certain time everyday you need your device to go on silent, choose these times. There are other options to choose from too, like Wallpaper, Ringtone and Incoming Call LED Color. So, you definitely know what profile you're on just by glancing at your device. Next you select what happens at the end of the allotted time. Go back to the default setting or what have you. One thing to note, if you changed your wallpaper and want it to go back to the original one, add that wallpaper in the end section, otherwise the wallpaper will stay. When you're done hit save and that profile will change when that time comes. You can add up to 64 profiles.

The app doesn't stop there though. It can also work with your calendar appointments, too. You'll have to do some setting here too but it's pretty easy to do. You have to define calendar keywords, such as busy or even any word you may have entered into the Notes section of the calendar entry. Any calendar appointments that day that have those keyboard will appear in the Calendar Profiles section of the app. You can then proceed to customize the notifications for that event too.

It's pretty slick app at what it aims to do. I have recently added a profile called Sleep Time where, every night, at 10pm, my BlackBerry will automatically switch to silent mode ready for bedtime. There are certainly many other preset times you can use Profile Changer Pro for too, like daily or weekly meetings and anything else you can think of. 

One thing to note is that Profile Changer Pro has to run as an Active Frame in order for it to work. Headless apps are not here yet so for things like this, the app needs to be running. The Active Frame does give you relevant info and reminds you what profile you're currently on, so it isn't so bad. Hopefully, the developer can get headless permission for this app. It definitely is nifty.

Profile Changer Pro will cost you $2.99 but it is a pretty sweet app if you ask me and I'd gladly pay for such an app. It is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices running 10.2 or above.

Learn more / purchase Profile Changer Pro from BlackBerry World

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Automatically change your device notifications with Profile Changer Pro

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Oops, I think you have a small typo on the 3rd paragraph. The second mention of "keywords". Thanks for the review!

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This is really annoying cuz so many apps are waiting for this feature. I can't believe it's not baked into 10.2.

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It is "baked into the OS"
But you have to apply to & be approved by BlackBerry in order to use it ;)

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+1

Kudos to the developer for making this app. But, unfortunately, this app only makes sense for me if it's headless.

However, I'm sure there are others who have no problem keeping an active frame open.

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If you're gonna gladly pay, feel free to pay and send to all those that want it. Apps like these are great but need to be headless.

Only a fool thinks they know me.

I won't pay for another one of these apps that does not run in the background. Way to easy to close something on this phone and then you would have nothing.

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This app does have a prompt when you close the app, so it doesn't just close, like a few others. Hopefully headless apps can become a reality soon

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Need more profiles.

Sometimes, late at night, I'll dim the lights and put my browser in reader mode, just to see my Squircle. Don't judge me

Good idea, but only within the OS as an option when setting or editing calendar events. Otherwise I think this would be more trouble than it's worth.

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I need a holstered/non-holstered profile setting. Otherwise I won't have much use for this app sadly.

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I would buy this in a heartbeat if it was headless. Sorry Dev, I know its not your fault. But if its an active frame it is of no use to me

Nice app. However I find that it need some improvements:
1.- It needs to support recurring calendar events. I have lots of those, classes, daily meetings, et. Right now one has to set those again in the app. It would be nice to have them also link to the calendar, not only for one time but recurring also.
2.- The LED duration should be coordinated with the event. For example the corresponding LED keeps flashing even after I read my email that triggered that LED. Add 'until event is aknowledged' to the list of durations.
2.- It would be also nice to be able to 'save' one time typical profiles for example, 1hour vibrate only, 2 hours silent etc.
Hopefuly those can be implemented and when the app is headless it should be a great app.

Good work by the Dev trying to fill a gap in the OS. But many of the functions of the app should be standard in the OS.

Hopefully this app will headless in the future.

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This is not a native feature in Android either (don't know about iOS, but I would be very, very surprised if they had it native.)

Thanks for supporting BB10 dev!

Not too sure if I'm looking forward to headless apps or not. If the option is there to have it turned off then I'm all for it.. as I'm not looking forward to poor battery life.

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The point being is that if these apps are not headless then they are pointless.
Either bake it into the OS or make it so it doesn't drain the battery via active frames.

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Thinking an app running as an Active Frame will drain more battery than a "headless" app is a common misunderstanding. They're still running as a service or process and consuming battery. The additional overhead of the little UI for the Active Frame probably is probably negligible.

Why do you think some Android devices get bad battery life? If you check the task manger, it might look like nothing is open, but all kinds of processes are running in the background.

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One thing I still miss about any of my BB legacy devices. Long pressing "Q" to toggle between two profiles, without the need to go through an app. But, Glad things are moving in the right direction though.

Had a coin of these on my pre bb10 phones and they were great. Like others, I will wait for full headless.

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This needs to be headless in order to really be useful. Too bad, as I would certainly use it but keeping the app open is too much of an inconvenience.

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I think this looks pretty bare bones... the text is over written on the icon

in-general these app reviews seem like promotions.. lame

I'm amazed at the discontent due to the app not being headless... As far as I know, the technology has yet to be publicly implemented. So could we please hold our complaints about it until then.

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I absolutely need this app I have been wishing bb10 had this feature. Now I gotta wait a few years for 10.2 to show up :(

Why does a developer have to have 'permission' to create a headless app? Such apps use less energy and keep the screen clean and neat.

I miss my legacy device which would automatically behave differently in the holster than out. That is one of the features that kept me from switching to Android. Now I am thinking about switching.

Posted via a physical keyboard on a Q10.

It doesn't work from first to newest version on my Z10.

I have given it so much chances -
it was wasted time. :-(

It has a user friendly user interface, but behind that nothing works really :-(

I cannot understand the positive comments.

Snoopy from Germany