Tasks — in case you haven’t noticed in the app’s name — are the heart and soul of Tasker. But, a Tasker task is nothing without actions, which are stuff that your phone or tablet does. Tasks and actions are inseparable.
A “task” in Tasker is a collection of actions performed one after another when the said task is invoked. When you lump several actions into one task, those actions become meaningful and relevant to you as a user because the independent actions appear to serve a common goal (i.e., the task). It may be easier to think of a task as a goal or an end result that can be achieved by one or several actions.
It may also help to think of a task as a sequenced list of things to do. For instance, you may want to set up a task for sending reminder emails at certain hours of the day. The task for this might include actions for connecting to Wi-Fi or enabling mobile data, composing an email message, sending an email message, and then disconnecting from the network.
When you create a task, you usually provide a name for it. For instance, I can create a task for saving battery power. The task might consist of actions to turn off Wi-Fi, GPS, mobile data, Bluetooth, and NFC. Then, I can also make another task for use when I’m outdoors — and aptly name it “Outdoors”; the set might consist of actions like enabling auto brightness, enabling vibration feedback, and setting the ring volume to max.
Naming a task makes the task reusable; you can call up the same task in many different profiles and contexts. At times, though, you don’t need to provide a name for a task, especially for one-action tasks created when you create a profile, shortcut, or widget.
To illustrate the concept of tasks and actions more clearly, let’s try actually creating a task. This example task, which we’ll name “Batt Save”, will do the following:
(In another article on Android Authority, you can also read more tips and tricks on how to extend your Android’s battery life.)
Here’s how to set up all those actions in one “Batt Save” task:
You now have a task named “Batt Save”. You can run the task manually if you want. Or, better yet, you can link it to a context/trigger (more about this later). You can even share this task to other people in the form of an APK file that can be installed on other Android devices. Just export the task as APK file (see next section about exporting tasks).
To import a saved task into Tasker, just tap the Tasks tab. Then, select Import from the menu, browse for the XML file, and tap to import it.
To export a task, long-tap on the task name. Tap the Menu button, then select Export. You can export a task as an APK file or as an XML file.
To delete a task, long-tap on a task name on the tasks list, then tap the Trash icon.
To delete an action, open the task containing the action, tap-hold on the action’s icon at the right side of the action name, then drag-drop the action name on the Trash icon at the bottom of the screen.
To move an action up or down a list of actions, just tap-hold on the action’s icon at the rightmost side of the action name, and drag-drop the action name to its new location.
Open the Tasks tab. Tap on the task to be run; the Task Edit screen opens. Tap the Play button at the bottom of the screen.
Tasks can also be manually run through shortcuts or widgets. Just place a Tasker Task widget, or Tasker Task shortcut, or even a Task Timer widget (which has a countdown timer) on your homescreen. Then, select the task to associate with it.
Once the widget or shortcut is in place, you can run its associated task by tapping on the icon just like you’d normally do with any app.
Now that you know how to set up tasks, you can make them execute automatically by associating them with triggers (known in Tasker as “contexts”). You’ll find out how to do that in the next section.