Google is starting to roll out a new feature that lets some Android 10 users create rules that will automatically enable or disable certain features when specific conditions are met.

By some users, I mean folks with Pixel 2 or later phones running Android 10. And by certain features, at this point I mean pretty much just one feature.

Rules isn’t exactly a replacement for third-party tools like Tasker just yet. But it does have the advantages of being integrated with the operating system and officially supported by Google.

Update: Google has confirmed that the new Rules feature is rolling out to Pixel phones as part of the latest Pixel Drop. Other new features include automatic scheduling fro Dark Theme, new emoji, and support for pausing and resuming music on a Pixel 4 using Motion Sense gestures. 

Google appears to be doing a phased rollout of Rules, but you can check to see if it’s available on your device by opening the Settings screen, choosing the System option, and looking for a section that says Rules.

Once you find it, you can open up Rules and start setting conditions for certain actions… and right now that means you can decide whether your phone rings or not when you’re in specific locations.

Your choices at the moment include:

  • Turn on Do Not Disturb
  • Set phone to silent
  • Set phone to vibrate
  • Set phone to ring

And you can automatically trigger those actions whenever your phone reaches a certain location (as determined by GPS) or when you connect to a certain WiFi network.

In other words, you can create a rule that always silences your phone when you reach the office and connect to your work WiFi, and which sets your phone to ring when you connect to your home network.

It’s possible that this could just be a first step and that Google may allow you to adjust other settings or use other triggers in the future. But for now, Rules only lets you set rather simple… rules.

via Android Police

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3 replies on “Android 10 “Rules” let some Pixel users adjust settings conditionally”

  1. This is great. I hope Google adds more features to this. I’d prefer not to rely on 3rd party apps nor waste time with custom ROMs. Glad this is being officially baked into the OS.

  2. These have long being integrated into the OS of root, Custom MOD, and Custom ROMs. Frankly, I think Tasker does it well. And if you want a free version, there’s IFTT App.

  3. This is nice. I’ve used Tasker for a while but would rather have a more integrated solution. I hope Google adds more features.

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