Automate your everyday tasks with On Location

By Alicia Erlich on 23 Jul 2014 07:03 am EDT

In this day and age being able to perform tasks quicker and easier is key. One employer of mine stressed the importance of "one less click" when devising a new task management system. From the developer that brought you SMSbyNow On Location is not as drastic as that but it is a headless application that performs specific actions when entering or leaving a location. While this is not a new concept to the platform, it certainly is a useful and interesting one.

In terms of layout, the developer offers a plain black background with the potions accessible by adding a place or location. You can add as many locations as you want using the BlackBerry location picker, using your current location, or manually inputting the coordinates.

All the user needs to do is long press on that location to bring up the side menu. Using this menu there are several actions that can be performed including Foursquare check-in, sending an email or text message, change the wallpaper, or modify the notification profile.


  • Setting notification profile(Normal, Silent, Vibrate, Phone Calls Only or All Alerts Off) and notification volume
  • Turning On Wifi
  • Turning On/Off Bluetooth
  • Wallpaper change
  • Foursquare check in: For every location you can select nearby Foursquare venue. You will be automatically check in and either public or private notification as well as option publishing into Facebook and/or Twitter.
  • Sending email and/or text messages. You can configure default list of emails and phones numbers that will be applied for every location or set custom list for every location. You globally disable notification at any time. As option name and Google map link to your location can be added to the message automatically
  • Hub notification

There are additional options available by swiping down from the top. Users may set the notification message, contacts to notify, set the default email, set the time frame for it to monitor your location, and connect to Foursquare.

On location offers additional capabilities to get things done, especially for automating repetitive and simple tasks. It takes up very little space, does not negatively impact battery life or performance, and is headless. You can purchase for all BlackBerry 10 devices for $1.99.

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Reader comments

Automate your everyday tasks with On Location


I think it's a limitation of BlackBerry 10. It doesn't allow you to automatically turn wifi off.

Posted via CB10

When you leave a location and pass a certain distance your WIFI will not longer be available, so it quits automatically, correct?

Rick Pringle, Z30 on CB.10

Maybe we can get an OS-wide setting in BB10 instead of relying on an app or waiting for and API to appear.

Pasted via CB chen

I like that it has potions instead of options! Not sure this is different than the other apps that do this same thing.

Posted via CB10

Thanks! My buddy was showing me a app like this on his Android phone about 2 months ago and couldn't help but think how useful it would be if I had this on my BlackBerry. Thanks a million CrackBerry! wouldn't have known about it until I visited this useful site.

Could be useful if it only uses cell towers and once BlackBerry adds a way to turn off Wifi.

Blackberry also restricts use of BBM apk - so you can not send a BBM when you arrive or depart. Need to be able to turn off any and all antennas or services.

No, App is headless... it checks your location regularily... say 10 min...
The location service is "on" when you deliberately call the App and have it as an active frame (not necessary, but the changing of the setting is then faster/immediate).
No idea how it interferes with battery life... someone has written, non significant power loss.

BlackBerry*Q10, T-Mobile Germany - SQN100-3, Running OS

Would buy it instantly if it allowed me to open apps upon reaching certain locations (i.e. Grocery store app when I get to the store).

If I cared if anyone knew where I was I'd use this app for that. It does look useful.

Posted via CB10

I guess it will require 'Location ' to always be on.. that will drain the battery or will it not?

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

I commented this a few messages above. Cheers!

BlackBerry*Q10, T-Mobile Germany - SQN100-3, Running OS

My wife is the only NSA I shared my location with! I understand you commented without trying the App.
I tried it, it is good!

BlackBerry*Q10, T-Mobile Germany - SQN100-3, Running OS

She did say it doesn't negatively impact battery life. Whether she verified this or is just repeating the dev's claims is the question. I had one location based app on my 9930 that didn't appreciably affect my battery life but haven't tried one on my Z30 yet.

Location is only turned on when App as active frame (say summoned by user to modify settings)...
Else App is headless and checks out location regualrily only a few seconds, every say 10 min or so. (I noticed this delay).
I still haven't monitored my battery power though.

BlackBerry*Q10, T-Mobile Germany - SQN100-3, Running OS

It is right, in fact headless service does not run most of the time. It only activated by BB10 OS when geo monitoring event (entering or leaving location) occured

The constant wifi searching is a battery drain. The app itself is low battery usage. the name of the app is On Location, if I'm on location of a saved wifi spot turn on, if I'm not, turn off.

Posted via CB10

I don't know what people are complaining about with Location Services draining the battery; I can't tell the difference between having them on or off.

I don't find leaving wifi to be a significant battery drain either. Unless I'm low on battery and know I may not be able to recharge for awhile, or I forget to plug my phone in overnight and need to make the phone last as long as possible, I keep the wifi on...or if I don't want to be connected to public wifi...

Green_Ember, I can only speak regarding my own experience. Leaving Location Services on uses more battery.
Leaving WiFi on also does, leehardbaler12. But this is just my own experience.

So I'm not saying the app is a battery drainer (in my own case), but the fact of leaving Location Services on doesn't help my battery. I realize that it isn't an earth shattering amount of power usage. I just know I usually can go an entire day on a single charge.

Would buy it right now if BB allowed it to turn wi-fi off.

Gotta agree with everyone else, no values to me without this feature

This thing was a massive battery hog when I tried it last month due to it constantly checking where you are using location services. Deleted it, battery woes solved.

Posted from my BlackBerry Z30 STA100-2 / on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.3

The headless part of OnLocation does not query location on its own. Instead it uses geo monitoring capability integrated into BB10.

I think there are many apps like it already, I already own SMSBYNow, and it's awesome, this app just makes us more lazy or forgetful. It would be better if BlackBerry developers consolidated to smaller groups but brought way more solid apps.

Posted by Phobe's Owner on the BlackBerry Q10