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Open Android App or App activity via URL formatted Shortcut

Paulo Nóbrega 2 years ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 days ago 125

hi there....

Is there a way to open android apps, ou executy an app activity?

I use chromecast audio for multiroom, i can't seem to find a way to open the Google Play Music within smartthings...
In my dashboard and just wanted at least to open the app, and then the music app can handle where to play the music...

Does anyone found any shortcut to open Play Music? I've tried as shortcut the app name, the activity to open app but nothing works... In the dashboard when i click that shortcut it takes me to configuration of the tiles. LOL

Does it make sense?

JB Bentz 11 months ago

The latest Fully Kiosk Browser release has helped a bunch with opening Android apps from actiontiles. You can now select apps for the whitelist.  You can also figure out the app intent URL very easily, by turning on the new single app mode and selecting the app you want.  It will then load the intent URL which you can copy and paste it into a shortcut tile.  So far I have gotten it to work with Spotify and Hangouts.  Works like a charm.


Arbitrary Target window/frame ID option for Shortcut Tiles

Orange Bucket 2 weeks ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 0

The Shortcut Tile settings currently allow a choice between 'Open shortcut in a new window', 'Open shortcut in the same window' and 'Open shortcut in a dialog within the Panel'. The first two are essentially HTML targets '_blank' and '_self'. However what I'd find more useful than either is to be able to type in my own choice of target id. Here are my usage examples:

When using a web application the 'new window' option fires up a separate fully featured browser window so being able to use the 'same window' has some appeal on occasions. However I display panels side by side in a frameset so I would need to break out of the frames. If I could choose my own id I would be able to have '_top' and achieve this. A variation would be to be able to reuse one of the other frames already on screen as the target.

I also use multiple shortcuts to link to things like arrival times at different bus stops. In this case a separate browser running can be quite useful. However what I don't need is a separate new window or tab every time. I would like to be able reuse the same tab or window. If I could choose my own id I could have e.g. 'buses' and then the same window would be used every time.

So my request is to add an option to the Tile Settings for the Shortcut Tile to allow an arbitrary target id to be typed in.


Spotify, Fully Kiosk and AT

Neil Kaye 1 year ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Daniel Grønbek 2 months ago 4

Hi seems like i've hit a dead end:

Ideally I would like to have URL tiles point to a playlist in spotify and start playing.

The perfect setup for me is to us Fully browser which unfortunately does not support Spotify. Chrome does but then there are issues with waking and full browser mode.

Has anyone had any luck using Tasker to launch apps in Fully kiosk?

For my problem i guess the sequence would be; when specific tile is tapped in FK it launches the spotify app. I can then navigate the spotify app and when I push the back button in the tablet  tasker pushes me back to FK


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Z-Wave Somfy Blinds

anap40 4 months ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by whoismoses 4 months ago 8

When I authorize my somfy Z-wave shades it only shows up as a battery tile, it doesn't let me open or close the blinds like it does straight from the smart things app


Intent URL for Spotify on Denon Heos on Fire Tablet

Supergolfstick 6 months ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 months ago 0

Can anyone help with finding/creating the Intent URL to integrate Spotify and Denon Heos Drive for action tiles.  I have tried from other posts intent URL's that are out there and they seem to only be IOS based and not proper string for android or more specifically the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017).  Any help is greatly appreciated.


Launch Ring to Live View

Isaac Bergman 1 year ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Arn B 11 months ago 9

I decompiled Ring's android apk and found this this activity (launched in landscape) which appears relevant to pulling up the app to get a live view:

<activity android:name="com.ringapp.ui.activities.LiveViewLoadingActivity" android:screenOrientation="landscape" android:theme="@android:style/Theme.NoTitleBar.Fullscreen"/>

How does one craft the url schema to call this activity? e.g.

Fire Android

Allow choice of "same tab" or "new tab" (default) for Shortcuts

Adam 2 years ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 11 months ago 8

I find that Shortcut tiles are opening in new tabs (safari Mac & iPad)

This is frustrating, because if you're running Actiontiles in a fullscreen window on an iPad, it actually opens Safari on a new app, so you can't even just swipe back, or tab back.

Could this be an option on the Link Settings?


Shortcut Tiles break when given custom label on a Panel

RobH 1 year ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 12 months ago 4

I have noticed that when the "Tile Label" field is filled out for a Shortcut Tile, the tile links to instead of the intended URL.  I was able to reproduce this with several of my Shortcuts, all of which work fine when the "Tile Label" field is cleared in the tile settings.

Is anyone else able to reproduce this?  I have only tried on Windows.


Launching Apps via a Javascript Tile (& other Javascript modules?)

faze 1 year ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Alan 1 year ago 10

I was unable to find a way to get an external app to launch via a shortcut in ActionTiles via Fully Kiosk Browser. Despite what the Fully documentation says the URL and intent methods don't work...

However the javascript method does, therefore I have knocked together a quick bit of JS (mostly sourced from Stack Overflow!) which I have dumped in a plain old HTML page (to make hosting easier). No documentation yet but its very basic so not really required file is here

As a side it would be really handy to be able to use JS in ActionTiles! This is just one use, back navigation would be another etc..

Fire Android

Thank-you for your creative and innovative research, Faze! -- Especially for sharing it with the ActionTiles Community...

This is worth exploration and discussion.

We can't allow "arbitrary" JS to be added to ActionTiles as it would introduce a range of risks. We may, however, be able to come up with a way for "plug-ins" to be officially submitted, reviewed, and made available.

For basic functionality like "back navigation", though, it is a lot easier for us, and both simple and beneficial to the maximum number of Customers, to just offer Special Tiles for the most obvious and popular requests.


iOS calendar shortcut goes to 2001

tradeorbuy 2 years ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 years ago 3

I've created a shortcut to iOS calendar, but when I click on it it goes to the year 2001? Any ideas?

The url is