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By IMalchev, Junior Member on 21st December 2019, 07:42 AM
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Hello guys,
I was looking for kids mode like the one from Samsung. Unfortunately my kid's phone is not samsung and i wasnt able to port the application to work on Sony Device.
The main reason for this is that they had a Dialer application for kids which shows no phone number but ONLY the name of the mother/father contacts while calling. I want to use this function to make the phone more secure in case is stolen or robbed. As well it offers to block any other incoming calls except the selected ones.

@ktmom suggested me to try with a Tasker. I've never been experience a similar software for this kind of things.

Could you please gimme some advices or help regarding my needs and suggest me from where to start.

Thanks in advance.
21st December 2019, 02:36 PM |#2  
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Hi Ho

The plan I would start with is to create a shortcut on the desktop or a notification with call mom (or dad) buttons. Then use tasker to directly dial the numbers (as variables) without having them entered into the phone's contacts.

The trick is the dialer history will keep a history of called numbers, but I think that can be deleted; though we may need one or two plugins to tasker to achieve that reliably.

If this is in line with your goals, then I'll be happy to create a task or two to handle this that you can import. That is easier than teething to develop it yourself as a beginner.

I'm at the airport waiting for my daughter's flight, but let me know if this will work, or any ideas you have.
21st December 2019, 03:50 PM |#3  
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Sure, let's do it like that with your help. And in the process of developing we can sharpen it.

BTW thank you so much for your help and patience. I do really appreciate your help. 🤗🤗🤝🤝
21st December 2019, 10:59 PM |#4  
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I actually just got home. Is there a timeframe for this? I'm thinking Christmas or similar. Otherwise I'll spend some time this weekend to come up with something for you.
22nd December 2019, 01:31 AM |#5  
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This is just a basic set of tasks to create quick dialers to Mom and Dad, without needing the numbers to have been entered into the contacts app.

One task, "create shortcuts", sets two of Tasker's quick setting tiles. One will call Dad, the other will call Mom. The use of the quick settings tiles should help prevent accidental calls and still be convenient.

After importing the linked project, go to the device's quick settings editor and drag the first two Tasker tiles into the active area. The tasks won't actually appear set to the tiles until they are in the active area.

The task, "create shortcuts" should run on import of this project, performing the configuration mentioned above; associating the tiles with the "call mom" and "call dad" tasks.

The icons are set in the respective "call mom" or "call dad" task. To change the icon, enter the task then tap the icon at the bottom and select a new one. The "create shortcuts" task may need to be run again (manually) to update the tile's icon.

You must go to the "dialer" task and edit the value in the "To" field within the first two actions to the appropriate phone numbers.

The left facing arrow at the top left of the screen exits out of the task and saves the changes. You should also make a habit of tapping the checkmark at the top of the screen after saving a task, which saves the changes to Tasker. That checkmark is available only when there are changes to be saved.

This is just a start, hoping to get feedback if this is the right direction for you.


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22nd December 2019, 01:32 PM |#6  
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Hey,
thanks a lot for the time you spent for this.

I've tested it and it calls with no issues.
Now we have to make the phone numbers to disappear. Can we put a fixed custom title? This is because it uses the name written in the contact list.

BTW is there an option to drop an icon on the desktop of the phone?

Thanks again for your great help!
22nd December 2019, 01:44 PM |#7  
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Originally Posted by IMalchev

Hey,
thanks a lot for the time you spent for this.

I've tested it and it calls with no issues.
Now we have to make the phone numbers to disappear. Can we put a fixed custom title? This is because it uses the name written in the contact list.

BTW is there an option to drop an icon on the desktop of the phone?

Thanks again for your great help!

Yes, we can create a desktop shortcut. Instead of the tiles?

What do you mean "it uses the name in the contact list"? Do you mean in the call history?
22nd December 2019, 02:44 PM |#8  
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I meant that when I run the call from the tasker it uses the name from the contact book/history. This is not big issue, but it just wondering if it's possible.
Thank you
22nd December 2019, 06:33 PM |#9  
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I meant that when I run the call from the tasker it uses the name from the contact book/history. This is not big issue, but it just wondering if it's possible.
Thank you

That is the relationship the phone app has with the contact app. You have to remove the names from the contact app.

I'm confused. I thought the goal here is to obfuscate the phone numbers so if the phone is picked up by a "stranger", the numbers are not evident.

If I was, for example, a stalker, and I took the child's phone to get phone numbers, the first place I would look is in the contacts app. The second place is in the call log. Can you help me understand what is and isn't necessary here.

To create the task to remove the call's history from the history, I have to sort out the contentrovider structure for the phone database. I've explored the text messaging DB, but I need to be on my computer to find the phone DB structure.
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