How to use tasker to automate your android phone

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People have long used Tasker to take care of repetitive tasks on their Android device, or to customize its features based on things like whether they’re at home or at the office. Now the app’s features are a little easier to use since you can trigger them via Google Assistant. XDA points out a post by the developer on Reddit where he points out the currently available triggers, which you can use to run your favorite automations by name.

Tasker is an incredibly powerful utility, but it can be a bit complex and intimidating, and voice control could be the difference in making it usable on a regular basis around your home. If you have the Google Play Pass subscription then access is free, and there’s also a seven day trial available, otherwise it costs $3.49 in the Play Store.

Tasker application is considered one of the best in the list of automation and productivity, but most of the people out there find it complex to use. In case you are someone who finds this application a complex one, then here in this guide, we are going to discuss everything about the Tasker app with which you can work efficiently.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Highlights of the Story

  • Plenty of applications are out there on Google Play Store with the help of which you can take advantage of some automation features such as controlling your applications and other outer systems.
  • In some cases, you can even take advantage of task control features such as controlling your smart home, garage and many more such things. But you would not be able to create your specific tasks to get completed.
  • If you are trying to find such an application that helps you create your tasks, then Tasker is the most appropriate application for you.

Automation is the primary reason because of which more and more applications are being developed for the Android platform. People want everything to be controlled with the help of their smartphone where they don’t have to do anything. Here in this article, we are going to talk about one such application for android, and that is Tasker. This is one such application with the help of which you can make customizations in your smartphone and hence can let your smartphone work for you.

Tasker is a complex application if you are new to it, but after some regular usage, you would be able to configure it correctly and can use it efficiently. In case you are also new to Tasker application or want to learn more about it then make sure to follow this article till the end, as our main focus in this article would be “How to use tasker for android?”.

What is Tasker?

As it is clear from the name of this application that it is created for handing various tasks, which is true. Because in this application, you would be able to create a list of actions that this application will perform on its own.

All the actions that you get with Tasker application are easy to use, as there are on/off buttons with the help of which you can manage those tasks. In these tasks, you can handle actions such as Bluetooth connectivity, command controlling, using specific media files and many more.

This is all about a short introduction for the Tasker application, but till now, we have not even discovered 25% of this application. In case you want to know everything about the Tasker application for its exceptional usage, do follow all the sections listed below.

How does the Tasker application work?

The Tasker application is divided into various parts with the help of which we would be able to work with this application. In the first section, you would be able to get the Profiles section, where you can create different profiles based on your usage and can add a different list of actions in it.

Scenes are the next section which can be used as visual effects between the execution of tasks. This section contains options such as popup on screen during any notification, waking up the screen, it offers various global variables that you can use, but along with that, you can create your custom variables too.

How To Use Tasker For Android!

Let us have a look at how you would be able to create a task in the Tasker application. These are the steps you need to follow:

  1. In the first step, you would have to give a particular name to your task, and this is the initial stage of your task.
  1. Once you have given the task a name, then you would have to add and assign actions in the task. In case if you want to assign the same grouped actions, then you can place all such actions within a group, as it makes the management easier.
  1. Right after assigning an action, you would have to configure it too, like what that action is going to do. If you are creating some complex actions, then Tasker also offers you the support of Plugins that can be installed and hence you can take advantage of various extra add-on features.
  1. You would be able to use these created tasks by clicking on the Play button, or you can even provide them with a specific time to be launched.

Uses of Tasker Application

Tasker is one of the most potent android applications that can handle several tasks at a time. Here we are going to have a look at some of the most used tasks with the help of this application by its users.

Jack Wallen starts you off on a path of full Android automation with the help of Tasker.

There are a few apps on the Google Play Store that are simply must haves for every single Android user. One such app, Tasker, helps you automate just about any task on your Android device. What tasks, you ask? How about:

  • Alerts
  • Apps (such as Calendar Insert, Go Home, Kill App, Load App, Open Map)
  • Audio (alarm/call/DTMF/media/notification/ringer/system volume, haptic feedback toggle, mic mute, notification pulse, notification/ringer vibrate, silent mode, speakerphone, sound effects toggle)
  • 28 system settings dialogs
  • Display (such as auto-brightness, close system dialogs, keyguard, keyguard pattern, display brightness, display off timeout, display rotation, set wallpaper, stay on, status bar)
  • Files (browse files, directory create/delete/move, file copy/delete/move/open, write to file, read line, read paragraph, zip/unzip file)
  • Input (input method select, soft keyboard)
  • Media (such as media button events, media player control, music file/dir, play/forward/back/stop, photo/series/timeSeries, record audio, record audio stop, ringtone, scan card)
  • Network (such as switch on airplane mode, autosync, compose email, browse URL, mobile data (on/off), USB tether, Wi-Fi toggle, Wi-Fi disconnect/re-associate/reconnect, Wi-Fi sleep, Wi-Fi tether, Wimax toggle)
  • Phone (such as place call, call log, call block/divert/revert, contacts, end call, silence ringer, take call)

And, believe it or not, there are many more.

Installation

Tasker isn’t free. However, getting this amount of automation for $2.99 (USD) is well worth the price of admission. Here’s how to install this little wonder:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your device
  2. Search for Tasker
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Crafty Apps EU
  4. Tap the $2.99 price button
  5. Read through the permissions listing
  6. If the permissions are acceptable, tap Accept
  7. Tap Buy
  8. Enter your Google Pay password and tap Confirm
  9. Once authentication succeeds, installation will commence
  10. Allow the installation to complete

Once it’s installed, you’ll find a launcher on the home screen or in the app drawer (or both). Tap that to launch Tasker, then okay the disclaimer and read through the Quick Overview.

Usage

Tasker works using Profiles, which can be very simple or complex. There are plenty of repositories where you can download user-created profiles and add them to Tasker (like from the Tasker Wiki). You don’t have to worry about manually writing complex profiles, because Tasker has a great GUI to help you create them. Let’s walk through the process of creating a Profile with the Tasker GUI. In this example, we’ll create a Profile that starts a music player (an application) when you insert headphones (a state). The first step is to create a context.

From the main window (Figure A), tap the plus sign [+].

Figure A

Creating an automated task on a Verizon-branded LG G3.

From the resulting pop-up menu (Figure B), tap State.

Figure B

Tap the State entry to associate the insertion of headphones.

From the category listing, tap Hardware and then tap Headset Plugged (Figure C).

Figure C

Selecting the Hardware State for your Profile.

The next step is to customize the type. For instance, if your headset has a mic, you’ll want to select Mic from the Type drop-down. If you’re headset is a standard (non-mic’d) set, you can leave the default (any) set.

Tap the back button in the upper left corner. You should see the context listed in the Profiles window and the New Task button (Figure D). Tap that button to create the new task.

Figure D

Context for the Profile is complete.

The task can involve a single action or can be rather complex. For the purpose of this example, we’re just going to have Tasker launch a music player. When you tap the plus sign [+], you’ll be asked to give the Task a name (such as Open Music App). Do that, and tap the checkmark (Figure E).

Figure E

Naming your new task.

Tap the plus sign [+], tap App, and then tap Launch app. Scroll through the app listing until you find the music app you want it to launch. You shouldn’t need to customize the launching of this app, so just hit the back button (upper left corner) once the Action Edit screen appears (Figure F).

Figure F

Customizing the app launch.

At this point, you can either be done with the automated task or add new actions (such as, in this case, making sure the volume is set to an ear-pleasing level — for this, you would tap the plus sign [+], select Audio | Media Volume, and then set the desired volume). You can even take this Profile one step further and have the music automatically start playing. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the plus sign [+]
  2. Tap Media
  3. Tap Media Control
  4. Select Play [Simulated Only] from the Cmd drop-down (Figure G)
  5. Tap the back button (upper left corner)

Figure G

Making sure your music starts automatically.

By default, the Profile is switched on, so any time you insert your headphones, the music player will open and automatically play music at your desired level. You can switch it off by going to the Tasker Profiles tab and switching the task to Off (Figure H).

Figure H

Once you start using Tasker, you’ll quickly realize just how much potential it offers. With just a bit of creativity, you can turn your Android device into an fully automated tool, ready for the singularity.

Do you look for ways to automate your Android life? What apps have you found that help achieve that ideal automated existence? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.

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Every day, we repeat the same routine tasks: turning on Wi-Fi at work, decreasing the brightness in the evening, enabling silent mode at night, and so on.

By now, you probably perform these actions subconsciously, but what if you could “train” your phone to automatically complete these tasks, so you don’t have to?

Tasker, a $6.49 app for Android, lets you do just that. It works like this: If the phone is in X situation, then Y happens. Within the app, this formula is defined by using “contexts” and “tasks.”

  • The context defines the situation in which the task is triggered. For example, time of day, location, or the state in which your phone is in (like charging).
  • Tasks are the actions the phone takes when it’s in any given context, or situation. This can be anything from toggling a system setting to sending a text message.

For example, when my phone is at 20 percent battery life (context) disable Wi-Fi (task).

There are endless combinations of contexts and tasks that can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Android user forums are filled with the many creative ways users are taking advantage of Tasker, but if you’re a newbie, you’ll probably want some basic guidance first.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

When you launch Tasker, you’ll arrive at the Profiles tab. This is where the formulas you created (contexts and tasks) are listed. At the bottom of the screen is a large green plus sign, the button you’ll use to create new profiles.

The best way to master Tasker is to get your hands dirty. So, try programming one (or more) of these useful tasks to get a taste of how this powerful app works.

1. Launch music apps when headphones are plugged in
With this Task programmed, every time you plug in your headphones, a menu of your music apps will appear.

Tap the plus sign to create a new profile. Name it something like “Music” and tap the check mark. In the Context menu, select State > Hardware > Headset Plugged. In the next screen, just tap the green check mark.

Next, the Task Selection menu will appear. Select “New Task” and name it something like “Launch music.” In the next window, tap the blue plus sign. Basically, everything your phone can do is listed here. For this example, select Alert > Menu.

In the “Items” section, tap the grayed-out “Action” button. Then select App > Load app, and select one of the Music apps you’d like to load. To add another app to the menu, select the green plus sign, tap “Action,” and repeat the same process.

When you’re done, tap the green check mark.

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2. Disable features when battery is critically low
This task will disable energy-hogging features when your battery is critically low.

Tap the plus sign to create a new profile. Name it “Battery” and tap the check mark. In the Context menu, select State > Power > Battery Level. Keep the “From” slide at 0, and change the “To” slide to 20 (or your preferred battery level.) Tap the check mark.

In the Task Selection menu, tap “New Task” and name it something like “Low Battery.” In the next window, tap the blue plus sign. Here’s where you’ll select the settings that are disabled when your battery is critically low. To disable Auto-Sync (push data), go to Net > Auto-Sync, and tap the check mark.

Tap the blue plus sign again to add another task, like disabling Wi-Fi. Again, go to Net > Wi-Fi, and tap the check mark.

Repeat this process for any other settings you’d like to disable. Bluetooth can also be found in the Net menu, and brightness can be found in the Display menu.

3. Trigger a task with an app-like icon on your home screen
Tasks are usually associated with triggers, like location, time, state, etc. However, you can assign a task to an icon-like widget that appears on the home screen, so that the task is only triggered when you tap it.

To create a widget, or shortcut, long press a home screen and tap “Add to Home Screen.” Then, tap Apps and go to the Widgets tab. This process may vary depending on the version of Android you’re running and your OEM’s skin.

Find the Tasker widget and add it to a home screen. Immediately, a “Task Selection” menu will appear. This is where you’ll decide which tasks are triggered upon tapping the widget icon. Tap “New Task,” give it a name, and tap the blue plus sign to add your first task.

What you select here will vary, but there are more than 100 options, from composing a text message to a specific person, to disabling Wi-Fi and opening settings menus. You can add any number of tasks to this widget — just tap the blue plus sign to add more tasks.

As you can see, Tasker is a seriously powerful app, and with a little practice, you can use it to make your life a whole lot easier. The crazy thing is that these few examples hardly scratch the surface of what Tasker can do. Once you get comfortable with the interface and have programmed some tasks, there are a few ways you can advance your Tasker mastery:

    where users are exchanging ideas for tasks
  • Get seven more awesome tasks from CNET UK’s guide to Tasker
  • Learn how to use motion gestures to trigger tasks
  • Combine NFC Task Launcher with Tasker to trigger tasks whenever an NFC tag is scanned (tutorial incoming)

And, by all means, if you have any cool ideas for Tasker, please share them in the comments. We’d love to include them in a future roundup of Tasker profiles.

Andrew is a professional software developer based in Florida. Interests include home automation, real-time strategy games, guitar and audio production.

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How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Tasker is the best automation app for Android devices. It can hook into practically any event and trigger whatever action you want. If you also install its companion app, AutoRemote, then you can trigger tasks on your phone from any web client, such as HomeAssistant.

Here are some example automations you could do easily with Tasker+AutoRemote:

  • Play a sound on your phone when a door opens
  • Turn on a tablet screen when HA detects motion in the room
  • Control media playback with a smart switch
  • Sync phone brightness with light brightness

Garage Door Alerts

In this guide I will show how I set up an automation in HomeAssistant to alert me when my garage door is opened. When the door sensor trips, my phone will get notified and play a doorbell chime, and some lights in the house will toggle on and off.

Device Setup

I used the following for this guide:

  • Smart phone with Android Pie installed
  • Tasker for Android v5.8.3 (Costs between $1 and $3, but WORTH IT)
  • AutoRemote plugin for Tasker v3.1.2 (Another $1)
  • HomeAssistant v0.98 running on Raspberry Pi 3
  • SmartThings door sensor, connected to HA via deCONZ
  • Free doorbell mp3

AutoRemote Configuration

After installing Tasker and AutoRemote, launch the AutoRemote app and note your personal URL. Open the app preferences and set up a device name and password (optional).

Navigate to your personal URL on a PC. Enter a hello world message, and enter the password if you set it up on the phone. Click “Send Message now!” and you should see a toast on your phone if it worked. (Toasts are enabled by default in the app preferences but make sure they are turned on if you don’t see them).

How to use tasker to automate your android phoneAutoRemote web client How to use tasker to automate your android phoneMessage received on Android phone

Once you know the messages are working you will probably want to disable the Toasts.

Now change the message text to “garage_open” and copy the URL from the blue box on the right side of the screen. This is your REST URL so copy it down for later. It should look something like this:

Tasker Configuration

Next, we need to set up a new Profile in Tasker. A Profile in Tasker is analogous to an Automation in HomeAssistant – some kind of trigger tied to an action. In this case our trigger will be the AutoRemote message we just set up, and the action will be a notification on the phone.

  1. Open Tasker and tap the + icon to start adding a new Profile.
  2. Choose Event > Plugin > AutoRemote > AutoRemote
  3. Tap the pencil icon to edit the Configuration. This should launch AutoRemote.
  4. Edit the message filter to “garage_open”
  5. Back out of AutoRemote and you should be in Tasker again with the Event details all filled out
  6. Back out of the Event Edit page and you should be prompted to select a Task. Choose New Task.
  7. Enter the name Garage Open and apply the change. You should now see the Task Edit screen.
  8. Tap the + icon to add a new Action to the Garage Open Task. Choose Alert > Notify Sound.
  9. Enter the Title “Garage Opened”
  10. Enter the Text “Detected Garage Open (%DATE %TIME)”
  11. Choose an icon for the notification
  12. Browse for the sound file on your device if desired
  13. Change Notification Priority if desired
  14. Check Repeat Alert (otherwise the sound will not chime unless you dismiss previous notifications)
  15. Back out to the Task Edit screen. Tap the Play button in the bottom right to test the Task. You should get a new item in your notification tray and the sound file should play (make sure your phone is not on silent).
  16. Back out to the Profiles screen and tap the check mark to apply your config

Now you can test your changes by navigating to your AutoRemote URL. If everything is set up correctly, you should get a notification on your phone and the supplied audio file should sound off.

How to use tasker to automate your android phoneAndroid Notification How to use tasker to automate your android phoneEvent Configuration How to use tasker to automate your android phoneAction Configuration How to use tasker to automate your android phoneApply changes on Profiles screen

HomeAssistant Configuration

Now that the phone is set up to receive REST commands, we just have to configure HomeAssistant to call our REST service. The simplest way to do this is with the RESTful Command integration.

Add the following to your configuration.yaml using the URL you generated earlier. You may want to use the secrets file to obscure your private key.

Now restart HomeAssistant for the changes to take affect. A new service called rest_command.autoremote_garage_open will be registered. Use the developer tools in HA to test out the rest service.

Finally, wire up the REST command by adding a new automation:

Restart HA one last time and then trigger your automation to see it in action. Now you can repeat this process using ANY trigger/condition in HA to fire off ANY task on your Android device. You can also get more advanced by passing arguments.

Wouldn’t it be more cool if your phone activates airplane mode when you go to the theatre, or texts your spouse when you leave work? IFTTT can و Tasker Automate countless tasks Like these to turn your phone into personal assistant springy.

Automation enthusiasts are sure to know Tasker app , an Android app that lets you automate almost anything you can imagine on your Android device. Another big name in automation is IFTTT (If This Then That), which was recently performed by Android app version , with new channels for Android. If you are already using Tasker, can you benefit From having IFTTT on your device? Let’s find out.

  • IFTTT: a brief overview
  • New IFTTT Features on Android
  • How does IFTTT and Tasker compare?
  • Tasker and IFTTT: the happiest duo in Android

IFTTT: a brief overview

If you haven’t heard of IFTTT, it will tell you Our ultimate guide to everything you need to know. Basically, the service allows you to set up recipes, which each use two different channels. one of the these channels As action, other as implementation. Channels are compatible with different sites or services: Facebook, Gmail, Pocket, and Dropbox are just a few of the options you have.

Once you set up some channels, all you have to do is choose how they interact with each other. For example, you can choose to post a tweet when your favorite NHL team wins. Or you may want to add all the new Instagram photos from a specific account to your Dropbox for later use. You are only limited by your imagination.

New IFTTT Features on Android

lets you IFTTT app on Android Access the Service just as you would on the web. You can view a running history of when your recipes are running, you can browse recipes shared by other users, or edit and activate channels. However, where the app is already gaining functionality through the six new channels that are exclusive to Android. Let’s quickly examine each one of them.

Android Device It is the most public channel. As an operator, it can monitor when your device is connected or disconnected from Wi-Fi. As an action, it can mute the ringtone, change the volume of the ringtone, or change your background.

Android Location Not surprisingly, it can monitor your device’s location. As a trigger, it works when entering or exiting an area, selecting the area immediately after selecting it. It cannot be used as a business, for obvious reasons.

Android Notifications It is the most useful new channel. It’s the only one out of the six that can’t act as a trigger, but as an action it lets you put anything in the notification drawer. Along with channels like ESPN, Craigslist, or Weather, you can instantly be notified of what’s most important to you. Before this channel existed, you could have used a service like Pushbullet , which we covered before.

Dealing Android Phone Call With phone calls clearly. With everything phones can do today, it’s easy to forget that they can actually make calls. As a trigger, this action can answer or answer missed calls or make calls. Like the site, it has no action parameters.

can react Android Photos , as a player, with any image taken. If you like, you can also limit it to photos in a specific area only or screenshots only. It cannot be used as a procedure.

Finally, deal Android SMS with text messages. As an operator, SMS messages sent to any number, or even messages with certain content, can be answered. As a procedure, he can send an SMS to a number of your choice.

If you need some recipe ideas, there have been plenty of posts dedicated to this very topic.

How does IFTTT and Tasker compare?

If you are already using IFTTT on the web and you are an Android user, it is not difficult to install the Android app. But if you are already using Tasker to automate your Android device, should IFTTT be adopted? I think the answer is yes. Let’s take a look at how the services differ and how to increase productivity by using both.

The first and most obvious difference is that Tasker is much more complex than IFTTT. If you’re new to Android or don’t consider yourself to be tech-savvy in general, Tasker will likely seem daunting at first. IFTTT is a good way to cool yourself off in the world of automation, with an “if this, then” service.

However, the two deal with different classes. For the most part, Tasker lets you manage everything on your device, while IFTTT is all about websites and services.

For Tasker, a task like opening Pandora when headphones are connected is key, but you can’t do that with IFTTT. As of now, IFTTT cannot monitor apps or hardware changes like charging your device. If that’s the only kind of automation you want, you’re better off with Tasker.

However, professional users do not need a Tasker account. IFTTT can interact with a wide variety of triggers. Tasker has no way of alerting you when a baseball score changes, or of giving you updates about the stocks you’ve invested in.

The amount of usage you will get from IFTTT on Android depends on the number of available platforms that you use regularly, and this is the difference between the two services.

Tasker aims to automate your device’s running processes, such as disabling PIN lock while you’re at home or enabling auto-rotation of only selected apps. IFTTT is used to automate your life on the internet: automatically share your blog posts on Facebook or alert you when there is a featured post in one of your favorite sub-items on Reddit.

There are a few tasks that both services can perform, such as sending messages to your spouse when you leave work, but there aren’t many of those repetitive situations — and that’s certainly not enough to say that IFTTT is another “other” automation app.

Tasker and IFTTT: the happiest duo in Android

Android really is the automation platform. IFTTT for Android brings more functionality to the table for existing users, while also fully completing Tasker tasks. If you use a lot of web services and are already using Tasker, IFTTT gives you more ways to automate. If you’re new to Android but worried about using Tasker, IFTTT is a great way to get your feet wet with some automation.

iOS users, they should not be left out. IFTTT already contains iOS app And it has its own iOS channels.

Are you an IFTTT or Tasker user? Do you think they can coexist in harmony? Have you tried the new IFTTT app for Android? Leave a comment and let us know!

When it comes to automation apps on Android, Tasker is widely regarded as one of the best options out there. The app lets you create Profiles that automatically trigger based on certain conditions to execute Tasks, and it offers a wide variety of plugins that can help you automate pretty much anything on your Android device. What’s even better is that the app is updated quite regularly, and the developer keeps releasing new features to help you achieve even more with Tasker. Over the last few months, Tasker has received a couple of significant updates on the beta channel that have introduced new features like WhatsApp call automation, Do Not Disturb customization, Sensor actions, and more. Now, the developer is rolling out a major update for the app that brings most of these features to the stable build.

As per a recent blog post from developer João Dias, Tasker v5.9.3 has started rolling out to users on the stable channel and it includes quite a few interesting new features. Here are some of the most noteworthy changes in the latest Tasker update:

Tasker can now read any sensor on your phone

The update brings 2 new conditions and 2 actions to that app that will help you take advantage of any sensor on your phone. This feature was first made available in a beta release earlier this year in February and, with the latest update, is finally available to all users. Thanks to the feature, Tasker will now be able to scan your device for sensors, and it will let you automate tasks based on the sensor states.

The Any Sensor event and state will let you monitor the sensors and react to any changes, the Test Sensor action will get the current values from your smartphone’s sensor to help you use them in tasks, and the Sensor Info action will let you get information about the sensors themselves, including things like their name, how much power they consume, their max range, etc. With this feature, you’ll be able to do things like turn on the flashlight whenever you double twist your device.

Contact Via App

Tasker will now also let you automate sending text messages or make calls via any third-party app, like WhatsApp or Telegram. Check out the video linked below to see the feature in action:

Full Do Not Disturb control

Full Do Not Disturb customization was another feature that we covered in a beta update for Tasker earlier this year, and the feature has now finally made its way to the stable release.

With the feature, you will be able to change any of the Do Not Disturb settings within Tasker and customize things like who can message or call you, what notifications are allowed to show on the screen, and more.

Trigger Tasker via Links

The update also includes a nifty new feature that will let you trigger events in Tasker via links. As you can see in the attached video, you will now be able to trigger an event by simply opening up a compatible URL (like tasker://secondary?text=hello&other=hi) on your phone.

Along with the features mentioned above, the latest update for Tasker includes several other changes that you can find in the changelog section below. If you’re interested in trying out these features on your device, you can download the update from the Play Store link below or you can download the latest APK by following the source link.

Tasker is undoubtedly one of the most popular Android apps in the advanced segment. It has over a million downloads and 4.6 rating in the Play Store. The fairly new developer behind the app, João Dias, has been releasing quality updates ever since he took over the project. Today, he released yet another update, Tasker 5.8, to the stable channel. It brings a lot of new features and changes which improve the overall experience of the app. Without further ado, let’s dig into the update.

The biggest and most important feature Tasker 5.8 brings is 3rd-party app integration. This one simple change lets you automate virtually anything concerning the apps on your phone. “App Changed” event lets you trigger a command every time you switch to this app. There is also “App Info” action which gives you all kinds of information about any app, like usage statistics. You can create variables and assign them to tasks to limit apps’ permissions or automate various functions. The next big feature is concerning Bluetooth connections. Starting with Tasker 5.8, you can automate tasks every time a Bluetooth device connects to your phone. You can also get information from connected devices and force connect/disconnect and pair/unpair them. You can see the examples in the video below.

There are also new actions which let you handle HTTP requests, even the authorization via OAuth 2.0. I can already see loads of useful tasks made by scraping 3rd-party or your own websites. Tasker 5.8 also includes new InputDialog which will help you customize the specifics of the imported tasks. Tasker can now adapt to music playback by identifying the change of the track. This can lead to many audio or streaming service-related tasks. There is also now a full backup option, which will help you transfer your Tasker setup (even the variables and settings) to a whole new device. Tasker is available in the Play Store for $2.99, and I assure you that it is worth every cent.

Tasker 5.8 Changelog

  • Added App Changed event which triggers every time the foreground app is changed.
  • Added App Info action which returns a lot of info for the chosen apps. You can get info for the current app, for a previously opened app (like the previous app that was open, the second to last app, the third to last, etc), for an app that was opened X seconds ago (for example, the app that was opened 60 seconds ago) and for your most used apps (including the time you spent on the apps or the times the apps were open in a given timespan)
  • Made all actions that allow you to select apps (like the Launch App, Kill App, Network Access and Media Control actions) be able to set the app as a variable instead of just a static selection. Demo for 3 above features here. Get the demo project here.
  • Added HTTP Request action which allows you to do HTTP Requests of any type (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc) with any headers, body and file contents
  • Added HTTP Auth action which allows OAuth 2.0 and Username and Password authentication. Demo for the HTTP features here.
  • Added Bluetooth Connection action which allows you to force connect/disconnect/pair/unpair a BT device. Demo here.
  • Added Bluetooth Connection event which triggers when a BT device is connected/disconnected and gives you a bunch of variables with the BT device’s info. Demo here.
  • Added Bluetooth Info action that allows you to get info on a single device, bonded devices or devices that can be scanned
  • Added Music Track Changed event – triggers every time music starts/stops/changes track; provides a lot of variables with track info (%track, %artist, %album, etc)
  • Added Input Dialog action to easily get a value from the user, without having to use the Variable Query Tasker scene. May be useful when sharing a project via Taskernet and setting a Launch Task to gather input from the user. Previously if user already had Variable Query scene, import would not work because of existing scene. Demo here.
  • Added option in Media Control action to try to use notifications to control if available, making it much more reliable
  • Added option in Preferences > Misc to include user variables in backups
  • Added option in Data Backup action to include user variables
  • Added Max Rounding Digits option to the Variable Set action when Do Maths is enabled: allows you to choose how many decimals you want to use for your math operations
  • Ability for Tasker events to set local variables in the entry task like plugins already did. The App Changed event is using this new system
  • Allows you to once again use the Services option in the App State condition by granting Tasker the android.permission.DUMP permission
  • Made %WIN updates faster and more reliable
  • %MTRACK now uses notification listener (in addition to the old method) to make it more reliable
  • Made adding new events much easier for the developer, so I’ll have a much easier time to add new ones now 😉
  • Made all newer actions (the ones I’ve implemented) proceed in the task right away instead of some of them waiting

Android’s greatest strength has always been its open-source nature. There’s nothing quite like having a whole operating system open for modification and hacking. It makes for some pretty great additions that you can add onto your phone. For example, you can change your phone’s multitasking settings with the V6 SuperCharger or set it up to run Linux.

One of the coolest hacks for Android, however, isn’t even really a hack. It’s a legitimate app on the Play Store. There’s no complicated install involved, just a simple download. Tasker is a uniquely useful app that can revolutionize your phone if used correctly. What can you do with Tasker? Why is it worth downloading? Read on.

So How Does Tasker Work?

Tasker works through if-then statements at its most basic level. Within Tasker, you set up certain trigger events. An event could be anything from opening an app to turning on the screen.

When Tasker registers a special event, it executes a series of actions which you attach to that event. There are a huge number of potential actions that cover a wide range of possibilities, including power governor control and switching data on and off.

For example, we use Tasker to save battery. Normally a phone consumes a large amount of power, even when the screen is off. However, with Tasker, we can set the phone to automatically underclock the processor when the screen is turned off for more than two minutes.

Stringing together if-then pairs is how Tasker works. It’s a great way to automate boring work that can be done without human input. Think of this as a helpful personal assistant.

What Can I Do With It?

Unfortunately, there are few tasks which are universally helpful. We don’t know how you use your phone, so we cannot recommend a whole lot of specific ideas. The best way to find uses for Tasker is to cast a critical eye at your phone habits. Do you do a great deal of repetitive work? If so, could it be automated?

There are a few really cool tasks that we’ve found. The previously mentioned underclocking task is a favorite, especially when paired with a task that returns the CPU governor to normal speeds when the screen turns on.

Another use suggested by a Tasker fan was to alert his wife when he was working late. If his phone was at work past a certain time, it automatically sent a text to his wife saying that he would not be home on time.

We set up a task that silences our phone while attending classes. If you know your school schedule in advance, make a task that puts your phone in silent mode during class. That way you don’t have to worry about it making noise and angering the teacher.

The App Factory

Previously covered Tasker App Factory is a feature which allows you to export tasks as standalone apps. It’s like separating the “then” part of an if-then Tasker pair and making it a unique app. You can string together all sorts of functions within a Tasker app – maybe when you open this app, Wi-Fi turns on and Google Currents launches.

The app factory part of Tasker gets even better when you consider scenes. They let you draw bits of a user interface to go with certain actions. It’s pretty awesome. You can create a primitive interface for your homegrown apps.

Is Tasker an App You Should Have?

Tasker is a hell of an app. It’s got a lot of possibilities, especially if you’re the imaginative type. We’ve had the app for quite some time and still occasionally find new uses for it.

A word of warning – some users have complained that Tasker takes up too much memory. Try it for a few days, see if it slows your phone too much.

We hope you enjoy Tasker as much as we do. For more cool task ideas, check out the Tasker website.

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How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Android is about customization and making your phone work for you, and nothing exemplifies that quite as well as Tasker… except maybe Nova Launcher. Tasker is an automation app that lets us mere mortals work a little Android magic. Yes, magic. Magic is science we don’t understand yet, and that makes it a perfect analogy for Tasker, as really the biggest obstacle the app faces is people not knowing what it is, how it works, and just what it can do for you.

So, let’s answer those questions and make a little magic.

What is Tasker?

Tasker is an automation app. You create a list of actions, called a task, which can then be executed according to a variety of contexts. You tell Tasker you want it to do A, B, and C when X and/or Y happens. You might be thinking that Tasker’s like IFTTT, and you’d be half right. Tasker tasks are similar to IFTTT applets, and both services have a wide variety of plugins. IFTTT has wider service support and cross-platform usability, but Tasker can do more on the Android devices it touches with more complex actions.

Actions in Tasker tasks can be as simple as turning on or off a setting like Bluetooth, or as complicated as sending app-specific media and control commands through third-party plugins. Contexts can be a variety of things, from automatic profiles or plugins, shortcuts, or simply opening the app and pressing play.

How does Tasker work?

When you open up Tasker, you have four tabs to work with: Profiles are contextual ways to trigger Tasks, which are the lists of organized Actions you want to perform. Scenes are visual interfaces that users can build to execute tasks, as well as Popups and other visual elements that can be used in Tasks various ways — such as waking up the screen on my phone without the use of root. Variables are values that can be assigned and changed over time. Tasker has a lot of global variables built in, and you can assign your own variables, should you desire.

To create a Task, you first give it a Name, and then you can begin assigning actions to that task. Actions are grouped according to type, but you can also search for actions by name, which makes things significantly easier for Tasker builders… so long as you know the proper name for the action you’re looking for.

Once you select an action, you configure it, such as telling Wi-Fi to turn off rather than on, or telling a plugin which app to direct commands to. Once you have your actions in order, you can execute the task by pressing play, or by adding it to a Profile, which can be launched at a certain time, when a certain app is open, or a number of other contexts.

Just what can it do for you?

Tasker can do a multitude of things to your phone, and it has done this for me over the years. Even before Android had automatic rules for Do Not Disturb, Tasker ensured my phone wouldn’t disturb me while I got my beauty sleep. At show time, Tasker would set my phone to silent, ensuring my Fantasmic ring tone didn’t blare out in a live broadcast. When I was getting in the car, Tasker recognized the Bluetooth head unit and executed a task that would turn off my Wi-Fi and turn on my music.

Before Google Assistant put so many commands at my fingertips, Tasker and AutoVoice — a third-party plugin that allows users to program specific voice commands for our tasks — combined to give me vital hands-free commands, and when it combined with Moto Voice on my Moto X, it felt like actual magic.

The Tasker use that keeps me around, however, is my Tasker + Google Play Music alarm clock. This alarm profile and task brings back the convenience and nostalgia of my old CD and iPod alarm clocks, turning back on my current Google Play Music queue rather than playing the old song or alarm tone day after day after day.

The limits of Tasker

Tasker can do so, so, so much, but the same time, there are some very grey, very hazy limitations to what Tasker can do. What you can do varies from phone to phone and some of the cooler examples you’ll see require a rooted phone. Beyond devices, the biggest limitation Tasker can face is your time — how much of it are you willing to spend to do this stuff? I’ve spent weeks fine-tuning my precious alarm after I switch phones, but that alarm also gives me something nothing else on Android can.

That’s the heart of Tasker. It can work Android magic, if you’re willing to take the time to understand the logistics and the programming behind it. That magic tests the limits of Android and the limits of user ingenuity, and if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, it can leave you in awe.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she’s not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she’s wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

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Hack 80: Automate Android Functions with Tasker

Although mobile phones introduce many new conveniences to your life, they also afford ample opportunities in which to embarrass yourself: Forgetting to silence it before a movie, meeting, or class is one of the most common ways to do so. Even if your phone doesn’t ring, you scold your forgetful self and add it to the list of things you have to remember to do repeatedly and, undoubtedly, forget about at your own peril.

Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if your phone were smart enough to silence itself when you walked into your favorite movie theater? Or if it were aware that when you’re driving, it should read your text messages aloud so you’re not tempted to do something irresponsible? Or, more simply, what if it could automatically launch your music app when you plug in your headphones?

The Android application Tasker ( https://market.android.com/details?id=net.dinglisch.android.taskerm ) is capable of doing all these things, and a great deal more, by enabling you to set up specific actions for your phone to take based on various contexts you define. In the spirit of Chapter 7, “Automate Repetitive Tasks,” this hack explains how to use Tasker to automate common or repetitive tasks on your Android phone.

The Anatomy of a Task

Each automated workflow you set up in Tasker is called a Profile . Profiles consist of two parts: a Context and an Action . The Context defines when a Profile should run; the .

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Android is always known for its flexibility and power offerings with the device. In comparison to an iOS device, Android offers better customization, plenty of free apps, easy installation from unknown sources and power usage. Power usage means using the full potential of your Android device and automation is part of it.

Automation is a cool thing you can do to your device, on the other hand, it’s bit tough and needs research to do, But the efforts are worth the result and Automating each task you want is a handy feature. If, you repeat several things on your Android smartphones.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Perhaps, Tasker is the best app to automatize your android device. Tasker is a powerful app designed to automate any task on an Android device, through various triggers. Triggers are any action, location or event set to ‘trigger’ another automated action in the device viz. on reaching certain coordinates Tasker triggers your Wi-Fi and launch your web browser. This is a custom location-based trigger. Tasker leaves the user with total automation and zillions of possibilities right from settings to send an SMS.

Task and Triggers

Tasker uses, time, day, location, event, state, QS Tiles, shortcuts, widgets, timers and other plugins to trigger task automation. Once desired condition, i.e., Time, Day, etc. met Tasker start executing the action programmed for those conditions as per programmed variables. Tasker can perform more than 200 plus task directly from the application including, kill the app, load app, open app, trigger alarms, set alarms, browse file, move a file, create zip, set wallpaper, play music and many more. The number reaches even higher once you installed the desired plugins to execute your task. Moreover, Tasker also processes task based on phone state and NFC tags viz.

“Turn Wi-Fi if switched to Airplane More or remain in the same state.”

“Switch off the (smart) light if, tapped on programmed NFC tag.”

Tasker has the ability to work once programmed accordingly to phone state, i.e., according to NFC, Bluetooth, If docked, Wi-Fi, headset plugged in, device orientation, etc. It also has the potential to programme an NFC tag for Tasker itself or in general.

Look and Feel

On the initial launch, Tasker looks white dipped in orange, nonetheless it features eight themes and different accent colors for customization. Tasker is also packed with the Black theme for AMOLED displays. The sibling theme for Android P is ‘Device Default Light.’ Device Default Light overhaul Tasker with the all-new Android Pie’s material design. Price factor: Tasker is priced at ₹199.99 in Indian Play Store and worth every penny as per the massive amount of functionality it provides. You can also try tasker for seven days, followed by the purchase of a license from Play Store in order to use permanently.

Tasker and Automate are automation tools for Android.

After setup, you can react to events that happen in Sleep as Android (such as alarm was dismissed), and you can call actions (such as start sleep tracking).

2. Where to find it

Sleep as Android → Settings → Services → Automation → Tasker

You need to have either Tasker or Automate installed.

3. Guide

This page offers a guide for Tasker.Automate has a little different interface but the concepts are the same.

3.1. Events

To react to an event in Sleep as Android, do the following:

Go to Profile tab and tap (+) button

Give a name to your profile

Tap Event > Plugin > Sleep > Configuration (pencil) > [your chosen event]

Select the task that should be run when the event happens

You can use any of these events from Sleep as Android and link them to any actions on your phone:

the user has snoozed a ringing alarm

the bedtime has just occured

the user has dismissed a ringing alarm AND solved the CAPTCHA if present. This event will also be fired when alarm has been dismissed while snoozed

alarm has been dismissed while snoozed

the REM phase has been detected. More on REM phase detection here.

Sleep as Android has detected one of the supported sounds: snoring, talk, coughing, laughter, baby crying. The maximum frequency of the event is once per 30s. Audio recognition has to be active for this event to work.

Sleep as Android has detected snoring and executed an anti-snoring action (vibration or tongue click or both). Anti-snoring has to be active for this event to work.

fires 45 minutes before smart period starts (to gather data for the smart period)

3.2. Actions

To triger an action in Sleep as Android, do the following:

Go to Tasks tab and tap (+) button

Give a name to your task

Tap (+) button > Plugin > Sleep > Configuration (pencil) > [your chosen task]

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

There are various applications on the play store that will help you automate your android phone and have its full utilization. And using these apps, you can actually automate the tasks on your android device. So have a look at the complete guide below to proceed with this.

You do some things daily, and those daily things make you wish that if you could automate some of those things with the help of your android phone. Therefore, today this post is about automating your android phone to do a particular task through the help of various sensors in your phone so that you can operate a particular function at the tip of your hands.

Some Apps To Automate Android Phone:

  1. AutomateIt
  2. Atooma
  3. Llama
  4. MacroDroid
  5. Automated Device

What Is MacroDroid?

If you are using Android for a while now, you might be well aware of Tasker. Macrodroid is very similar to Tasker, and it simplifies things while keeping the functionality on the spot. It’s one of the best-automated android apps.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Almost every feature you will find in MacroDroid is similar to Tasker, but Macrodroid comes with a nicer-looking interface, and it’s much easier to learn. You will find the free version of MacroDroid on the Google Play Store. But, the free version is limited to only five macros. So, MacroDroid is one of the best android automation app.

Features of MacroDroid For Android

  • Since Macrodroid helps users to automate all tasks, users can optimize their daily workflow on their phones.
  • You can trigger different features of your phone via Macrodroid. For example, switch on Bluetooth and start playing music, switch on WiFi when you are near your house.
  • MacroDroid offers 65 triggers to start your macro, i.e., location-based triggers, device status triggers, sensor triggers, and connectivity triggers.
  • Well, with MacroDroid, you can automate more than 100 actions. For example, you can automate your device to enable the silent mode while playing games; you can set volume levels to increase during the calls, you can dim your Android display based on time.
  • Another great thing about Macrodroid is that it allows users to add constraints to fine-tune the conditions under which the macro can run. This feature gives more power to the users.

How to Automate Your Android Phone Using MacroDroid App (macrodroid tutorial)

The process is quite simple, and you need to follow up the simple steps below to proceed with automating tasks on your android device.

Steps To Use MacroDroid To Automate Android Tasks:

Step 1: First of all, you need to download and install this cool MacroDroid app on your android device.

Step 2: Now, launch the Macrodroid application after installing it on your device.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Step 3: Now there create a macro from the templates section of the application(Note-It can be done by choosing the add macro option too).

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Step 4: Now, choose the macrodroid macros you want to use. I am selecting the flashlight one to automate it.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Step 5: Tap the + button on the right side. (If you want to, you can modify it according to your needs.). You can also set macrodroid triggers.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Step 6: Slide the button to activate it, and now you can access the feature of turning on your flashlight by shaking your device, and for turning it off, do the same thing.

Step 7: That’s it, you are done, now the selected will get automated and that too according to your wish.

By following these steps, you can add any macro you desire in your phone and then automate any of your desires tasks that you wish to do. Go for it. If you have any queries, leave them in the comment section, we will reply to them as soon as possible.

When it comes to the top automation apps for Android, Tasker is pretty much in a league of its own. It can do practically anything, from changing system settings and launching apps to sending text messages and taking pictures.

But if you’re looking for an app that can do many of the things that Tasker can do on your Android device, but with better design and ease of use, take a look at AutoWear .

Let us first talk about what is tasker?

In simple words it can be quoted that tasker is called as essence of android. Android is all about customising user experience and automating your task which is performed on your phone.

Basically tasker is also an automation application which is used for creating task.

In tasker what exactly you do is, you create a list of tasks which you want to be executed according your requirements and depending upon variety of contexts.

Not only you have to specify tasks or actions but you also need to mention when to perform task. In simple words, consider you want to perform three tasks which are A, B and C. Along with tasks you will specify ,tasks A, B and C to be executed when X and/or Y will happen.

Actions which you will specify using tasker can be anything.

It can be a very simple task or it can be something complex. Let’s talk about few examples such turning on/off Bluetooth or something complicated such as sending media and also controlling commands through third party plugins available.

Now are you wondering how it works?

Then let me tell you about tasker.

The very first thing which is important is to give a name to your task.

Name can be anything which you like to add.

Then once you are clear with finalising your task you need to tell what action you want each task to perform. Now configure all actions and to execute all tasks by playing it or adding it to the profile.

Every task will be opened at a particular instant of time.

Let’s find out what are the best examples of tasker alternative applications available online to you.

What do you know about Tasker Profiles? Well, Tasker for Android is very strong and powerful, it can certainly be difficult to use. After setting up Tasker profiles becomes quite difficult, then it’s up to you to enjoy some automation on your mobile device.

Best Tasker Profiles To Automate Your Mobile Device:

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

These are the best tasker profiles to automate your mobile device:

Set Up Music Player When You Connect in Headphones

Your selected music player begins playing music whenever you connect it to your earphones. Be ready, as you’ll get an earful whenever your headset makes contact with your mobile phone’s 3.5mm jack.

Step 1:

Initially, make a new Tasker profile by tapping the ‘”+”’ icon.

Step 2:

Choose “State” from the menu and then select “Hardware.” A new set of choices will pop up. You can simply select “Headset plugged.” Go back.

Step 3:

Provide this task any name you like when prompted.

Step 4:

Now click the “+” button. Select Apps, then “Launch App”. Pick your preferred music app. All done!

Set Mobile to Mute Calls When Turned Upside-Down

During a lecture or a meeting, this Tasker profile can provide you some real embarrassment. It uses your mobile orientation feature to detect or examine a change in your phone position.

Step 1:

Initially, make a new Tasker profile, but this time select “State,” and then choose “Sensor.”

Step 2:

In this step open the menu options and choose “Face Down.” Return back.

Step 3:

Assign a name to this task. Then tap on the ‘‘+’’ button. Choose “Audio,” then “Ringer Volume” in the new options. Then set the volume level to ‘0’.

Open Some Apps in an Order

If you want to consume information fast, check your profile. It’s helpful or essential if you enjoy the feeling of automating your day.

Step 1:

Initially, create a new Tasker profile and choose “Application.” A list will display on the other display screen. Select the application you wish to open first. Return back.

Step 2:

Assign a name to your Tasker profile. Tap again on the “+” button. Tap on “Choose App” and then “Launch App.” Now choose your other application. Return back. On your Tasker profiles list, long-hit the second app and choose the choice “Move to Exit.”

Step 3:

Assign a name to your task when prompted and tap on the “+” button. Choose “Display,” then “Display Timeout.” Now you can set the value as you consider fit.

Send Message When Battery Is About to Run Out

Certainly, you might be on a trip or a volunteer mission and can’t afford to connect your mobile to charge. Having a bad battery means that you are cut off from your loved ones for a while.

You don’t need them worrying about your safety. This Tasker profile sends a message to them whenever your mobile hits a set low battery percentage.

Step 1:

Set up a new profile and select “State.”

Step 2:

From the choices, select “Power,” and then choose “Battery Level.”

Step 3:

The change the battery level for which you like Tasker to send the message. Return back.

Step 4:

Also, name the task and tap the “+” button. Choose “Phone,” then select “Compose SMS.” In this new display screen, enter the details of the message and make a list of recipients.

Use Tasker Profiles to Protect Your Apps

Privacy is the major issue of everyone, and you want as much of it as you can get. Hopefully, the Tasker app gives the means to lock some of your useful apps from prying eyes.

Step 1:

Make a profile and select “Application.” Using the list, choose the applications that you want to secure. Return back. Select a name for the new task and press the “+” button. Choose “Display,” then select “Lock.”

Step 2:

Now choose the lock key for the section.

Switch off Mobile Data When Battery Is Low

This Tasker profile also helps you to preserve battery and regulate your mobile use, especially on trips of adventure. It turns on to shut down your phone data connection when your battery is getting below a specific value.

Step 1:

Simply make a profile and head over to ‘” State -> Power -> Battery Level.” From the “Options,” edit the “Battery Levels” for which you wish to trigger the profile.

Step 2:

Select a name for the new task profile and click on the “+” button. On the other screen select “Net,” then “Mobile Data,” and then choose “Turn On.”

Launch an Alarm to Catch Privacy Invaders

Keep in mind that those apps you rescue for privacy reasons. This Tasker profile helps you to secure them further. It uses an alarm that notifies you the moment when anyone tries to open them.

Step 1:

Make a profile and select “Application.” Choose all the applications you like to secure. Move back. Provide this task a name. Tap the “+” button. Head over to “Options,” choose “Alert,” and then “Beep.”

Step 2:

In the other set of options, simply tweak the settings like duration, frequency, and amplitude per your liking.

Turn On WiFi When You Open Google Maps

Google Maps work well while using WiFi, so it’s good that you switch to this mode after using maps. Also, WiFi helps you to save mobile data costs. These steps show how to configure the Tasker mode to help you to achieve this.

Step 1:

Make a profile and select “Application.” From the menu, choose the “Google Maps Application.” Assign a name to this task and tap the “+” button. Click “Net,” then WiFi.

Step 2:

On the other screen, modify the status to “On.” Now you are all set.

Switch Off Auto-Rotate During Bedtime

Nothing is as irritating as having your mobile flip orientation while using it on the bed. This Tasker profile automatically switches off the auto-rotate feature during hours of bedtime.

Step 1:

Make a new profile and select “Time.” Choose your bedtime hours. Use these hours on this display. Select a name for this new task, and tap the “+” button. Choose “Display,” then “Auto-Rotate,” and then switch off it.

Conclusion:

Tasker is a sturdy tool that can turn your mobile phone into the strongest personal assistant. If you ever use the Tasker app, this is your chance. If you want to more about it then let us know in the comment section below. Or else if you know anything else that we do not mention in this article then share it with us!

That's it. I always install Tasker to set up some quick tasks, without them I feel really uncomfortable using my phone. What tasks do you NEED for using confortbly your device, using Tasker, Automate, or any other equivalent software?

Long press volume buttons to skip a song when screen is off. I can't believe that's still not a stock feature

And This was the reason I rooted my first Android phone in 09 😀

How'd you do that with Tasker? I'm using a Xposed module right now.

I never fuck with volume buttons because I fear that one day I'll shoot myself in the foot by cranking the volume up all the way, completely destroying my ears.

This and a physical button to trigger flashlight were the two main reasons I use to root. Button remapper can now do it but it has it's flaws. If it was stock I'm sure it would function slightly better.

This is one reason I still rock a Pebble Time 👍

Can do this with Poweramp I believe. I remember doing it back in 2011 with my Xperia Arc.

This was already a stock feature on J2ME Sony Ericsson phones lol.

I'm still mad that so many android vendors and Apple hasn't seen anybody do this on their own and thought "Huh, that's a good idea"

It was one of my essential things to implement when I used Android before I switched to BT. On iOS now I just use my watch, steering wheel buttons, or the buttons on my BT headphones so it's whatever but damn thats still a super useful feature to have.

I actually don't like that feature and turned it off on my device

I choose LOS over aosp just for this.

I'm pretttttty sure that is a stock feature nowadays. I could be wrong tho.

Have a few tasks for Tasker.

Lock Screen On/Off when connected to home wifi.

Mute Media Volume when not connected to home wifi.

Enable High Accuracy Location when opening Google Maps and disabling when closing.

Enable NFC for certain apps when opened and disable when closed.

Incoming calls in do not disturb make phone ring.

The NFC one seems excessive. NFC is only active when the screen is on anyway, so you're probably not going to trigger it accidentally,* and some of the best functions (like connecting to a WiFi network) don't involve the use of any app or can launch the relevant app for you.

I also have a task to mute media and ringer volume when not on Home WiFi, but mine is limited to 8-5, Monday-Friday.

When compared to other smartphone operating systems, Android is all about control and freedom. The power of complete control over the device and the freedom to do it in various ways. Automation is one of the many reasons Android is loved by its users. You might have heard people talking about an app called Tasker, which can automate almost anything on your Android.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Despite the fact that the app is way too powerful when it comes to creating automated tasks on Android, most users don’t actually use it. Even I quit just a few hours after I downloaded the app because of the complex interface. Other users just don’t want to pay the $2.99 for an app they never tried their hands on.

But that doesn’t mean you cannot automate tasks on Android and ease your life a bit. Check out these 4 easy-to-use, free Tasker alternatives you can install on your Android device today to get started with automation.

Condi

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All the triggers that can be used are displayed in the category list. Actions can be saved to these triggers to streamline your Android experience. You can also tap on the cloud button and import some of the trending automated tasks created by the users. One of them can be to start playing music when you plug the headphones in.

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Condi is indeed simple and lacks features like dual triggers, which are decisions based on multiple checks. For example, I want to turn on my Wi-Fi in a particular location only when my battery is more than 20%. The extra steps can be added later, but not right away during initial creation. But don’t worry, the next app we are going to discuss has it covered.

Automate

Automate is an ideal automation app for those who love flow diagrams and know how to work with flowcharts to get a logical task done. Also, if you don’t want to go through all this configuration, but need some ready-made automated scripts, Automate can take care of that too.

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While creating a condition manually, you will get a white board to add different conditions and actions. You can add different blocks from the navigation pane and connect them to the diagram using flow lines.

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Once you create a flow diagram and save it, tap the start button to start the task. If things look difficult, tap the community icon and download the tasks created by a large number of users. I am sure, you will definitely find a recipe you are looking for. After the recipe is downloaded, you can edit and see how it actually works through a flow diagram itself.

MacroDroid – Device Automation

We have covered MacroDroid in the past, which still remains one of the top contenders to Tasker. Automated tasks are called macros in the app and you need to select the trigger to launch the action that’s configured in the macro.

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Cool things about the app are that you can set constraints on a task like battery level or external power source to make sure a task is not executed if conditions are not favorable.

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Another interesting feature is the ability to store the outcome of a task to a local variable as a Boolean (true/false) value and then use the output as a trigger or condition for a second automated task. Absolutely amazing feature if you use it, and it’s not found in any of the other alternative apps.

AutomateIt – Smart Automation

Last but not least, we have AutomateIt. AutomateIt is just like Automate, but gives a simple interface where a user can select triggers and tasks one after another.

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Creating an automated task cannot get simpler with this app. You also get a large online community from where the tasks can be downloaded and used on your device hassle free.

Conclusion

These were some of the best automation apps available for Android that can be used as free alternatives to Tasker. Let us know which one you choose.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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The solution to automation is called Tasker. It is an app you download and by activating different scripts you can automated your phone into almost doing everything you want. The tricky thing however is to come up with the scripts. That is were your intelligence comes into play. Fortunately for you there are loads of scripts just a google away…

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Tasker comes with a price but I can ensure you it is well spent money. There are of course similar apps available of which some are free. I have tried a few of them but they are not on the same premium level as Tasker.

So why only on Android phones? The simple reason why Tasker is a great tool for Andriod phones and doesn’t exist for Iphone is due to the fact that Apple protects the core of the Operative System (OS). This means that apps cannot reach certain functions of the OS to create functional automation. Good or bad is up to you but if you ask me (user of both Andriod and IOS devices) I really would appreciate if Apple would relax the OS protection a bit.

Script examples

Muting your phone

Everytime I come into the office I’d like to mute my Samsung automatically and every time I leave the office I’d like it to unmute. Easiest is to find an event that is always related to work. Could be proximity using the GPS or ,in my case, when I connect to our wifi.

Task: Silent Mode: Vibrate

Low battery SMS

Since I’m using my private Iphone as my primary phone/Smart device I want to get notified when my Samsung gets low on battery. When my Samsung reaches 10% battery and SMS is sent to a pre-determined phone number.

Task: Send SMS: +xx xxxxxxxxx (input your phone number)

Missed Call SMS

Since I’m using my private Iphone as my primary phone/Smart device I want to get notified when I miss a phone call on my Samsung.

  1. Variable Add: %MissedCalls, 1 (increases the variable with 1)
  2. If %MissedCalls > 1 Then (first missed call will not send an SMS since variable is 1)
  3. Send SMS: +xx xxxxxxxxx (input your phone number)
  4. Variable Set: %MissedCalls, 0 (resets the variable)
  5. 5: End If

Recieved SMS

Since I’m using my private Iphone as my primary phone/Smart device I want to get notified when I get a text message on my Samsung.

Profile: Recieved Text SMS C:Any (Recieved Text Event) -> Send SMS When Recieving SMS (Task)

  1. Variable Add: %RecievedSMS, 1 (increases the variable with 1)
  2. If %RecievedSMS > 0 Then
  3. Send SMS: +xx xxxxxxxxx (input your phone number)
  4. Variable Set: %RecievedSMS, 0 (resets the variable)5: End If

Possible other scripts

Car mounted

If you want to have Spotify open and your favourite nav app (maybe Waze) when car mounted you think like this:

  1. Use an event to indicate phone orientation is ”Up” (like mounted in the car)
  2. Use and event to indicate power is plugged in
  3. Use action to open Spotify
  4. Use action to open Waze

When the conditions are not met the profile simply don’t run or are not active anymore (goes back to previous state).

Android is an astounding operating system with its open-source flavor. Its openness allows majority of possible operations but not all. This is where total automation solution such as Tasker walks in. Although the app provides a premium service, users are able to benefit its use for 7 days. Pricing is as low as $4.99 (one time) and some of the supporting apps (basically plugins and third-party apps) will cost you too, only if you need to unlock more and make the most out of Tasker.

What is Tasker?

A nifty android application to perform tasks based on contexts (such as application, time, date, location, event, gesture). It predominantly controls the device without the need of a special home screen or rooting. Tasker works manually as well as automatically. It monitors the phone for contexts and performs tasks based on them. A profile stands as combination of a context and a task. This amazing application placed 3rd in the Productivity category in the Android Developer Challenge 2.

Want to turn on WiFi when you get in the car? Tasker can do that. Want to put your phone on silent/vibrate while you’re at a meeting? it can do that, too. Want to text your loved ones when battery is about to die? yes! can do that, and many ofits plugins can do it even better. Tasker can replaces many apps for many people, if they delve into the app and understand its core.

How did I get along with the app?

As much as it is interesting to meddle with the app, its pretty much complex for any user at first. Especially, for those general users who wouldn’t understand the codes and concept of the app. IMHO, the official website isn’t even the easiest to digest. Nevertheless, I purchased the app sometime ago, but did not really had a time to meddle with or to actually use it. Furthermore, my smartphone was not really smart to have such a tremendous app running smoothly. 😀

It took some time to sync-in and understand the concept and then the ideas of my own started flowing in. I’d suggest looking at “Tasker 101 Tutorials“, video playlist. The author had done an amazing work explaining top to bottom and is a real eye-opener. Nevertheless, if you are planning to use, or already using the app below are the key factors that you need understand and look at. Visit this link, and you’ll find explanation for every aspect of the application. Guides and images are a bit older version of Tasker, but the feature/option explanations are pretty much the same as it is now.

What have I done with Tasker?

Opportunities with Tasker is endless. I have managed to work with some location based and time based profile contexts. Even using variable made me learn more and more. A screenshot of my profile contexts are seen below. There are many websites and video logs about Tasker and its usage and as linked above, you may visit to explore more. I’m hoping to root my device to get more things and shall duly update some of my works here in this post. Keep an eye on it and till then adios!

How to use tasker to automate your android phone

Ever heard of Tasker? I hadn’t until I had to research this post. It is an app that enables some neat automation for mobile devices and works with profile configs to add even more functionality. Here are five of the best tasker profiles for Android automation around right now.

Tasker

Tasker is a standalone app that performs tasks. These tasks can be configured to work in different contexts such as time of day, location, gesture, application and some others. This is configured in a profile that you can either set up yourself or download.

If you know If This Then That (IFTTT), the principle is similar. The core app works with a bunch of profiles that can automate either cool or more mundane tasks to make your life easier or more interesting. Which is which depends on what you want to do with your device.

If you want to know more about working within Tasker, this guide from Android Authority is very good.

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Tasker profiles for Android automation

Tasker is a premium app available from the Google Play Store. Download and install it to begin automating your device. Once installed, we can set up some profiles.

Enable battery saver when battery is low

One very useful tasker profile is automatically switching off battery drains when your battery is low.

  1. Open Tasker and select ‘+’ to add a new profile in the Profiles tab.
  2. Select State and then Power.
  3. Select Battery Level as we want to initiate battery saver when the battery level hits a certain point.
  4. Select Low Battery.
  5. Select Action then Net and then Wi-Fi.
  6. Set Wi-Fi to Off and tap back.
  7. Select Action then Net then Bluetooth (if you use Bluetooth).
  8. Set Bluetooth to Off and tap to go back.
  9. Select Action then Data to off, tap to go back.
  10. Select Action then Auto Sync to off.

Now, when the Low Battery event is triggered at around 20%, Tasker will turn off Wi-Fi, data, sync and Bluetooth off as they are all power drains.

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Keep screen on when reading

One key annoyance with reading on my phone is when the screen keeps dimming. Changing the timeout just for an hour is a pain so Tasker comes in useful here.

  1. Select New Task and give it a name.
  2. Select the ‘+’ button, select Display and then Display Timeout.
  3. Increase the timer to maximum.
  4. Select Application and then select your eBook reading app.

Now, whenever your eBook reader is open, Tasker will stop the screen dimming. Once you close the app, the dimmer will revert back to its default.

Automatically launch Chrome when you connect to Wi-Fi

This is a quality of life hack but is very cool. You can link it to whatever browser you use not just Chrome.

  1. Open Tasker and select ‘+’ to add a new profile in the Profiles tab.
  2. Select State then Net then Wi-Fi Connected.
  3. Tap to go back and select New Task.
  4. Give it a name and check the box next to it.
  5. Select the ‘+’ icon at the bottom and select App.
  6. Select Launch App and then Chrome.

Now whenever you connect to a Wi-Fi network, Chrome will automatically open. You can refine it further by adding an SSID to only have it open within a certain network too.

Turn on Wi-Fi when you get home

Automatically turning on Wi-Fi when you get home is a useful life hack. Your phone can then perform it’s updates and download messages and whatever it needs without bothering you.

  1. Open Tasker and select ‘+’ to add a new profile in the Profiles tab.
  2. Select Location and then either use your GPS to pinpoint your home location or use the map pointer. Tap to go back once complete.
  3. Select New Task and give it a name.
  4. Select Action then Net then Wi-Fi.
  5. Select Set to On.

Now whenever your GPS detects you at home, Wi-Fi will automatically switch on.

Turn off Wi-Fi when you leave home

Turning off Wi-Fi when leaving home will do a lot to preserve battery life so let us do that next.

  1. Open Tasker and select ‘+’ to add a new profile in the Profiles tab.
  2. Select Location and then either use your GPS to pinpoint your home location or use the map pointer. Tap to go back once complete.
  3. Select New Task and give it a name.
  4. Select Action then Net then Wi-Fi.
  5. Select Set to Off.

Whenever you leave home your Wi-Fi will automatically switch itself off to save battery and to keep your phone more secure.

Do you use Tasker? Good any cool profiles for us to try? Tell us about them below if you do!

Most people describe Tasker as a task control and automation app. I see an Android programming app for the masses. Instead of scaring you with code lines, this tool lets you use a friendly interface to create mini Android apps that do your bidding.

How does the Tasker app work?

Tasker is an application for Android which performs tasks based on contexts (application, time, date, location, event, gesture) in user-defined profiles, clickable or timer home screen widgets. Tasker can automate your Android device. You can also add more functionality to Tasker using Tasker Plugins.

How much does Tasker cost?

Tasker for Android now available for $1.99 in the Play Store.

What are automation apps?

In essence, an automation app allows you to make your device even smarter. These apps provide shortcuts, configurations, and rules that can help you get the most out of your mobile. Automating Android apps was a logical conclusion for coders who saw a void in the market and knew how to fill it.

What is Android automate?

The free Android™ application Automate lets you automate various tasks on your smartphone or tablet. You can automate almost everything on your device, Automate even support plug-ins made for Tasker and Locale.

Can you make macros on Android?

MacroDroid. MacroDroid allows you to create a custom macro to automate tasks on your Android device. You can use it to turn off Bluetooth, silence your phone, disable data when you’re at the office, home, or outside.

How do you run a macro on a mobile game?

[Phone] What is Macro in Game Genie and how to use it?

  1. Swipe to call out Game Genie, then click Macro.
  2. Select Create a new macro.
  3. Click Record button to record your macro.
  4. After you’ve finished recording your macro, select it.
  5. Click button to start using.

What is macro on Agario?

Macro can refer to macro split (splitting in 16 pieces), however, in the context of the mobile Agar.io app it refers to a manipulation that allows players to eject a lot of mass in a very short time.

How do you feed in Agario PC?

Eating pellets will also increase your score….Once you’ve entered the game, the controls for Agar.io are simple:

  1. Move the mouse to move your blob. Your cell will automatically move toward your mouse cursor.
  2. Press the Space Bar to split your cell or cells in two.
  3. Press W to eject mass.

How do you zoom out on Agario?

To change the level of zoom, use the mouse wheel. The level of zoom is relative to the number of cells of the player and their size.

How do you get Agario on PC?

How to Download and Play Agar.io on PC

  1. Download and install BlueStacks on your PC.
  2. Complete Google sign-in to access the Play Store, or do it later.
  3. Look for Agar.io in the search bar at the top right corner.
  4. Click to install Agar.io from the search results.
  5. Complete Google sign-in (if you skipped step 2) to install Agar.io.

Is Agario gone?

Can Agar PC play with mobile?

Yes, you can by clicking the create then if you want to play with your friends you can make a link or code then you can send it to your friends.