Will Verduzco · Jun 7, 2013 at 08:30 am

Never Miss an Urgent Message with TeXTe

Ok, let’s face it. Lolcat link-containing SMSes aside, messages from some of your high-priority contacts are simply more important that from others. And yes, while we all enjoy hearing the latest gossip from that acquaintance who thinks that you are buddy-buddy, you don’t really want to hear about this at 2 AM, when you have to go to work then next day.

It is with this in mind that XDA Forum Member CurlyY created TeXTe Emergency SMS. So how does it work? You predefine a code word and give it to a few contacts you trust. Then, if they send you an SMS that contains the magic word, a loud alarm will sound, alerting you even if your phone is muted.

The best part is that since the app doesn’t rely on any particular sender phone number, but rather a code word, it will work if anyone with the code word sends a text. This could be extremely useful if, let’s say, your emergency contact happens to run out of battery but is able to find another phone to message you from.

In the words of the developer:

TeXTe (Sounds like texti) is a very simple and straightforward emergency SMS app.

With TeXTe you can set-up a code word that will start a high volume alarm sound whenever someone who knows the code word will send it to you via SMS .

So in case of an emergency, your : husband / wife / son / daughter / friend / pet.
Can send you a text message containing the code word and get your immediate attention, even if you are in a meeting with your phone on silent mode, or you just forgot your phone on vibrate…

If you value your sleep, and would like to bestow certain contacts with the ability to alert you in the event of an emergency, I can think of no reason why you wouldn’t want to give this a shot. To get started, all you have to do is visit the application thread. While you’re at it, be sure to leave some feedback for the developer, especially if you’re using a third-party SMS app!


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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