Answer Skybell Automatically on Android Using Tasker – Electronic Door Viewer

Skybell and other video doorbells ring your phone and allow you to see who’s at the door. But they require you to click on the notification and by the time you do that a minute or two may have gone by. In addition you may want to hang a tablet from a wall to act as an electronic peephole, allowing you to see at a glance who’s at the door and to communicate with them.

If you have a Skybell you can do this with Tasker.

  1. Make sure you have installed your Skybell app.
  2. Go to the Google Play store and purchase and install Tasker. Tasker allows you to automate tasks on Android devices. Tasker’s currently $3 and well worth the price.
  3. Also from the Google Play store install “Notification Listener” a free plugin for Tasker.
  4. In Tasker, click on Profiles tab, then the + sign, and add an Event, Tap “Plugin”, then “Notification Listener”, then “Notification Listener” again:
  5. Click “Configuration”, and change the event to “Notification to Any”, Click on the App button to select the Skybell App, and change the “Text” option to “You have a visitor at your door.”, settings should look like this:
  6. Save by clicking on the Checkmark and exiting out.
  7. Back at the Profiles screen, click on “New Task” on the dialog that pops up, name it as “Open Skybell On Ring”, Tap “+”, select “Plugin”, “Notification Listener”, and then “Gestures”:

  8. Fill out the Gestures screen by adding “%nlkey” to “Notification Key” and toggle on the “Click on notification”:

  9. Click the checkmark and make sure Tasker and the new profile is enabled. You are done. Your profile tab should have an entry that looks something like this:

    Now whenever your Skybell rings, tasker will automatically “Tap” on the Skybell notification, and the tablet should automatically open to the live streaming view of your door.

    Troubleshooting: If you are getting notifications but the Skybell app is not opening automatically, make sure you have Tasker and the event/task profile you created above is enabled, and you have permitted Tasker and Notification Listener to have access to the Android notification services (you should have allowed this during setup). If Skybell notifications are not occurring at all, try changing the tablet’s WIFI IP to a static one and use Google’s 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 DNS as described in my previous post, or uninstalling and reinstalling the Skybell app.

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No Notifications on Android ? Try Changing Your Phone’s Wifi DNS

Android Notification Photo by Jamie Street on UnsplashAndroid Notification Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

It seems ever since my Android phone updated to Oreo I have been missing many notifications. I would be on my home network and when I left home, my wifi would switch to data and my phone would start going off with delayed notifications I should have received when I was on my home’s wifi. I finally found what seems to be the fix. After fiddling with the Wifi Settings I discovered that by changing the DNS to Google’s own (8.8.8.8. and 8.8.4.4) the notifications would work on WIFI.

  1. Long Press on your Wifi Wireless SSID Name
  2. A menu should pop up, select “Modify Network”
  3. It will show you several options – SCROLL down on the dialog (mine only appeared to show Password and Proxy Settings, I had to scroll to see the DHCP settings)
  4. Under IP Settings, select the down arrow and change from “DHCP” to “Static”
  5. Change “IP Address” to a free available ip address on your network. If you don’t know what to do here then google it or check your router settings. It will be something like 192.168.0.120. The first 3 groups of numbers should match the ip address of your router, the 4th group is a number that hasn’t been assigned by your router yet to a device on your network.
  6. Change “DNS 1” to 8.8.8.8 and “DNS 2” to 8.8.4.4
  7. Click “Save”. That’s it. You may have to disable and re-enable the wifi on your phone but you should now be getting notifications.
  8. I later found an explanation and guide on Quora that also explains the steps. See this list of steps which has screen shots.

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Extend the Life of Your Micro USB Cable and Fix Your Loose Android Connection

Here’s a quick fix if you have a loose micro USB connection (for example of the type that is commonly used to charge Android phones).

Have you ever noticed the 2 prongs on a micro usb connection ? These prongs are used to tighten the hold when that end is inserted into the phone. Thee prongs wear out or bend over time so they no longer serve their intended purpose, resulting in a loose and no longer working connection to your phone.

As a quick fix you can raise the surface of the micro-usb end by applying a drop or two of super glue to create a bump or raised layer which will tighten the fit.

Squeeze a a small drop of superglue on the side of the micro usb end where the prongs are:


Be VERY careful not to let the superglue drip into the phone. Your goal is to have the superglue dry into a “bump” on the surface of the micro usb just enough to tighten the fit into the phone as a substitution for the worn prongs. Do the same to the edges of the micro usb but only a small bit.

Let it DRY for at least one hour. You don’t want wet super glue in your phone! When it is thoroughly dry, reinsert. You should now have a supertight connection!

I have done this several times with success. The same method has worked to fix a loose AC adapter plug on another device (raising the surface with a thin layer of superglue to tighten the fit). Note that this won’t last forever but I’ve found it is good for at least several months and almost as long as the prongs lasted.

WARNING: DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. You could damage your phone if the superglue gets in your phone or inside the micro usb. All liability is disclaimed!!

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