Use Phone-Locating Android Apps To Screen For Emergency Calls

Use Phone-Locating Android Apps To Screen For Emergency Calls

Many of us keep our mobile phones on silent or vibrate when we’re out and about, but this can let important calls slip through your fingers. Reader nikils015 shows us how to let calls from a few choice numbers alert you loudly.

The easiest way to do this is using previously mentioned Where’s My Droid:

I work the third shift, and have missed many important calls during the day when my phone volume was off or on vibrate so I could sleep. Finally, I thought to give certain trusted people the password I had set to my phone’s Where’s My Droid app. Voila! In an emergency, if a certain word or phrase is texted to my phone, the ringer turns itself on and rings to wake me up, and I can always be reached.

This is a really good idea. It’s common courtesy to not let your phone blare its ringtone in public places (especially in certain places like the office, or funerals), but it’s nice to have this backup in case a close friend or family member needs to notify you for an emergency. Note that if you already have an app like Tasker installed, you can build a very similar profile based off a received SMS.


  • I haven’t needed to check if this is possible on my android phone, but my old SE smartphone (from 2005) had a feature where I could set a list of those contacts I would accept calls from. All others were rejected and went to voicemail. You still had the option of leaving it on silent to vibrate or having the ringer on.

    A whitelist doesn’t work with private numbers, but it worked for me. A lot better than the proposed solution above, that is either using fancy features just for the sale of it, or a poor workaround to a feature that should be included in android by default.

    I also used to use a paging service instead of voicemail, so I got a text that I could check to see if I wanted to call back. That way I could determine how important the call was.

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