Tasker alarms

I hacked together a simple setup in Tasker for Android to make sure I always get alerts. Whenever I get an SMS containing $KEYWORD:

  • Current sound settings (notification volume, media volume, silent mode) are recorded
  • Notification volume is turned up and silent mode is disabled
  • Media volume is turned to a low level
  • A song ($TASKER/alarm.mp3) begins playing on loop (media volume)
  • The song volume increases every 5 seconds
  • The only way to disable the alarm is to unlock the phone and physically shake it for a few seconds
  • When disabled, the phone restores previous volume settings

This setup satisfies the following constraints:

  • Allowing me to turn on silent mode without fear of missing anything incredibly urgent
  • Quickly getting my attention (the song is one I’m familiar with and unlikely to hear elsewhere)
  • Disturbing others as little as possible (the gradual increase in volume alerts me before most other people notice it, or wakes me up before anyone else in the apartment)
  • Verifying that I’m awake and aware of the alarm before turning off (the shaking)
  • Not disturbing the current volume preferences outside of alerting me (I don’t want the subsequent email chains blaring and waking up people in the middle of the night when I already had silent mode enabled for that reason)

It took some tweaking in the beginning, but I’ve been using it for over a year without fail. The setup consists of two profiles (one for the alarm, one for stopping the alarm), and you’ll need to provide your own alarm.mp3 of your choice.

Alarm

StopAlarm

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