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bschrib 65 March 27, 2012 at 09:36 AM in Computers (6)
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Last Edited by bschrib March 27, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Hey everyone,

I purchased the Samsung Vitality Cricket bundle awhile ago and found from that thread that you can watch SwagBucks from your Android device to earn points (every 450 points == $5 Amazon Gift Card). With that in mind I decided to see if I could get Tasker (an Android app) to automate watching SwagBucks for me. So far I've had good success with this method so I figured I'd share with everyone else.

The instructions below will wake your phone up at 1AM and let SwagBucks watch movies until 4AM. After that it will kill the program and then at 8AM return your phone to normal phone mode.

So here goes:

1.) First things first, you'll need to root your phone. It's unavoidable because without rooting it you can't emulate certain input events. The simplest way is to use the one-click method provided at this link [androidforums.com] (Note that it says Samsung Admire -- that's the same as the Samsung Vitality that we bought). Just follow the instructions on the post for "How to Install".

2.) After you've rooted you should make sure that you get Busybox updated. I use BusyBox Free [google.com] from the market to achieve this. Just install the app, go into the app and leave everything in its default configuration and click "Install".

3.) Go ahead and find and install SwagBucks Mobile TV [google.com] from the Play Store.

4.) Purchase and install Tasker [google.com] from the Play Store -- If money is an object you can get it for a cheaper price directly at their site [dinglisch.net] but it won't automatically update from your phone.. you'll have to download the new version from their site everytime it updates (not a big deal). Also if you get it from their site you get a 7-day trial.

5.) Tasker alone isn't enough, you'll need to get a plug-in to emulate screen touches since D-Pad presses won't open a video. Go install the Locale Execute Plug-in [google.com].

6.) Lastly, due to some limitations that were implemented in Android as of the Gingerbread update you'll also need to install another application called AnyUnlock [google.com] (and enable it after it's installed, by opening the app and clicking enable). This app will let us wake the phone up when it's time to run our SwagBucks videos, otherwise the event would run but nothing would happen since the screen isn't on (and as such not accepting our screen inputs).

7.) I've already taken the liberty of making the Tasker script to automate this, so enjoy it. You'll just need to download this and then copy it to your sdcard. Put the Tasker folder on the root of your sdcard (e.g. /sdcard/, or drive F: or whatever it is in your system) (Don't forget that you'll need to turn on USB storage from your phone to see the SDCard on your computer). Once you've put it on to the root of your SD card, go ahead and disable USB storage from the phone, then open Tasker and press Menu > Data > Restore and agree to overwrite data.
**One note, the touch input event that we're emulating occurs in the center of the left side of the screen, so I have only tested this script when the phone is in portrait view.
*Second note, I haven't verified that this will add the Locale Execute Plugin data yet, so if you need to enter the Locale Execute Plugin data please enter it as shown below.
Code:
!sendevent /dev/input/event4 3 54 281
!sendevent /dev/input/event4 3 48 120
!sendevent /dev/input/event4 0 2 0
!sendevent /dev/input/event4 1 330 1
!sendevent /dev/input/event4 0 0 0
!sendevent /dev/input/event4 0 2 0
!sendevent /dev/input/event4 0 0 0
8.) Lastly, because of how the root request works you'll need to play the script at least 7 times and wait for the prompt to Allow the root request before it can be fully automated (otherwise your script will be stuck at the root request screen instead of actually running overnight)

I'll provide steps at a later time as to how to build the tasker script (I'm by no means an expert). I'm posting this mostly complete guide so that everyone in the Android/SlickDeals community can benefit from it. Please also be aware that I haven't added any sort of error-checking yet (sometimes the SwagBucks app force closes, othertimes it just stops loading videos altogether). At some point I plan to add these error-checks in but I don't know when I'll have to the time to do it.

*******The input events in this script are specific to the Samsung Vitality/Samsung Admire. It may work with other phones but from what I read it likely won't be many. If you need help with figuring out how to get your screen input events for your device please go ahead and let me know and I can make an effort to put together a guide about how to do it.

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Nice write up!!!

But best way is go to display and click on Screen Time out and select Never. Therefore as long as you internet connection and wifi is good. Your videos will goes on continues to play and wont stop until ur daily limit is done. Thats what i do on my Razr phone.

I am not sure what is this write up for ? Specific phone or users or what?

repped you for your work.
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Nice write up!!!

But best way is go to display and click on Screen Time out and select Never. Therefore as long as you internet connection and wifi is good. Your videos will goes on continues to play and wont stop until ur daily limit is done. Thats what i do on my Razr phone.

I am not sure what is this write up for ? Specific phone or users or what?

repped you for your work.
Thanks -- Just trying to help anyone from newbie up to getting this up and running. Any input that anyone has to optimize this whole process I would gladly take up on that. For what I want my phone to do (which at this point is just to stay at home and function as a land-line replacement phone in the waking hours and a SwagBucks movie watcher overnight) I don't think I want the screen to be on 24/7.

On your Razr do you encounter troubles with SwagBucks randomly force-closing or where it just stops playing videos?
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Thanks -- Just trying to help anyone from newbie up to getting this up and running. Any input that anyone has to optimize this whole process I would gladly take up on that. For what I want my phone to do (which at this point is just to stay at home and function as a land-line replacement phone in the waking hours and a SwagBucks movie watcher overnight) I don't think I want the screen to be on 24/7.

On your Razr do you encounter troubles with SwagBucks randomly force-closing or where it just stops playing videos?
Nope every night before i got to sleep, i leave my wifi on my phone and connects to the apps and leave it on. By morning i have my 50 SB points in my account.
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Nope every night before i got to sleep, i leave my wifi on my phone and connects to the apps and leave it on. By morning i have my 50 SB points in my account.
Strange -- It seems to me, at least on this Samsung Vitality, that the ROM that was included (and even the customized ROMs for it) are a bit buggy. Someone is in the process of porting Cyanogen 7.2 to the phone though it's in Alpha at the moment. I suspect once that gets really going it will resolve a lot of the reboot/force close issues for it. I have a Galaxy Nexus as my main phone, I really didn't want to relegate it to running the script overnight.
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would this work on a kindle fire?
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would this work on a kindle fire?
I believe it would, but the exact process will be slightly different (and you'll have to download the apps from the Amazon Marketplace unless you've rooted/installed Google Play Store on your Kindle). But there's no reason it shouldn't work.

Just make sure you update your touch input events! (I'll get to doing a guide on that when I get time, it's more involved than this guide).
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Strange -- It seems to me, at least on this Samsung Vitality, that the ROM that was included (and even the customized ROMs for it) are a bit buggy. Someone is in the process of porting Cyanogen 7.2 to the phone though it's in Alpha at the moment. I suspect once that gets really going it will resolve a lot of the reboot/force close issues for it. I have a Galaxy Nexus as my main phone, I really didn't want to relegate it to running the script overnight.
Ever tired running it overnight on Samsung Vitality and Galaxy Nexus Phone? Should work on Nexus def. Not sure about Vitality.
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My good sir, you have been repped for your creativity and ingenuity. However, for some people after watching 10 videos and are at 100%, it will ask them to input a CAPTCHA. Or maybe theres no CAPTCHA on mobile version of swagbucks? What then, in that case? Nonetheless, great idea!
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My good sir, you have been repped for your creativity and ingenuity. However, for some people after watching 10 videos and are at 100%, it will ask them to input a CAPTCHA. Or maybe theres no CAPTCHA on mobile version of swagbucks? What then, in that case? Nonetheless, great idea!
As far as i know or never heard from orginial thread, there are no captcha for Mobile SBTV. Regardless if there is captcha nothing will work unless you physically punch in the code. No Software or nothing can beat CAPTCHA as far as i know.
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Ever tired running it overnight on Samsung Vitality and Galaxy Nexus Phone? Should work on Nexus def. Not sure about Vitality.
I'm not sure I understand the question -- Are you asking if I've run it overnight on the Vitality? If that's the question I have and it definitely worked (though like I said it seems the phone's ROM itself is a bit flaky as the app sometimes force closes or the phone reboots.. But I usually wake up with 30-50 SwagBucks).
Quote from Kin23 View Post :
My good sir, you have been repped for your creativity and ingenuity. However, for some people after watching 10 videos and are at 100%, it will ask them to input a CAPTCHA. Or maybe theres no CAPTCHA on mobile version of swagbucks? What then, in that case? Nonetheless, great idea!
Lucky for us the mobile version on Android has no CAPTCHA, so this definitely works as implemented.
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As far as i know or never heard from orginial thread, there are no captcha for Mobile SBTV. Regardless if there is captcha nothing will work unless you physically punch in the code. No Software or nothing can beat CAPTCHA as far as i know.
Lucky for us you can beat CAPTCHA -- The premise is that you take a screencap of the CAPTCHA and send it off to a site which analyzes the image and sends back the proper response -- usually you have to pay for these services and I'm not sure how you'd implement it in Android but it ~SHOULD~ be feasible to beat a CAPTCHA if they decide to add one. Smilie
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As far as i know or never heard from orginial thread, there are no captcha for Mobile SBTV. Regardless if there is captcha nothing will work unless you physically punch in the code. No Software or nothing can beat CAPTCHA as far as i know.
There are CAPTCHA services that answer captcha for you, but at a cost of X amount per Captcha. Yep they charge by the amount of CAPTCHA's!!!
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thanks for the write up. i wanted to automate my swagbucks too but it seems a bit too much more work than just log into my android swagbucks mobile on my Evo and let it run before i go to bed.

you cant have more than one acct per 1 IP address or they may ban you right?
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There is a workaround to use on your computer also, google for it... It uses bluestacks. Good write up though!
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There is a workaround to use on your computer also, google for it... It uses bluestacks. Good write up though!

I just let it run at night on my tablet in the charger. Comedy Time goes the fastest and I get the 50 in a few hours.
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