Does the app have URL support for IFTTT/Launch Center Pro?

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My Automatic link is working very well and reliably, especially if I open the app when I first start out, as suggested. So I thought, make or find an IFTTT recipe that will open the Automatic app with Launch Center Pro when I start the engine. Unfortunately it can't be done. No URL support with the Automatic app?
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Thanks for your question and welcome to the community Mahlon! It looks like this is the recipe in question. I'm currently checking on whether the Automatic app has support for URLs and will let you know when I hear back from the team.
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Thanks Tom!
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I have some good news, Mahlon. The app does indeed support URLs :) Want to help test it out on Launch Center Pro? You can use the following URL to launch Automatic:  com.automatic://

Let us know how it goes!
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It does work! I'll have to test it some more. I'm not sure the push notification will be fast enough to open when I'm ready to start driving. We'll see... Thanks for your help!
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This seems almost like a backwards situation given the technical way things work if you ask me.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the Automatic adapter attempt to start the Automatic app in the background as soon as the car starts?  I know it's not incredibly reliable - at least with my version 1 adapter, but I've been told it can work.  I think if I had the app running in the background to begin with it would fire it up (well, connect to the app anyway ...not bring it to the front).

What I'm getting at is ultimately Launch Center Pro or any other app (like IFTTT) has to receive notifications from the Automatic API in order to know anything that's happened right?  Then it can act upon that notification.  In order for that notification to occur, it is my belief and understanding that the app must be properly opened and paired with the adapter - if even just running in the background left open from a previous trip.

Because of these mechanics, I am not really sure that you're truly seeing this work, or if it is simply the appearance of working due to having already had the app running in the background....which was probably run recently, as I've not had so much luck when it had been a while....but especially when it was not in the background (completely closed out).

I hope I'm making sense.  I think you've got a false positive on your hands.

It's nice to know that there's url support though.  I'd like to know more about it - if there's any options I can use with it, etc.  I believe Workflow now has url support, and it would be interesting to see what could be automated that would open the app.  Maybe using a callback url to go back to Workflow returning some trip data or something.
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Hi All,

@jason yes you're completely right. The Automatic app needs to be active (at least in background) for the event to be sent up to IFTTT. So using this as a means of opening the app from a completely closed state wouldn't be very productive.

However, the Automatic app is rarely completely closed, as we keep it background alive by use of silent push notifications.

Still, this flow described above could be useful if your goal were specifically to want the Automatic app to open to the foreground every time you start driving.

Adam
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Hi Mahlon,

I wanted to confirm what Jason mentioned above.  If the IFTTT recipe were able to receive your ignition event, that means your adapter and phone are already connected.  Opening the Automatic app at that point won't improve connectivity.

If you are experiencing significant connection issues, please write in to support@automatic.com - the wizards will take good care of you. :)

Adam

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