Actions that are grouped in tasks won’t do much unless they are actually run — either automatically or manually.
As I’ve mentioned in the previous section, you can run tasks manually. Although it’s already convenient to manually execute several actions all at once, it’s more convenient to run them in some kind of automatic way. Here’s where Tasker actually shines — it can automate task execution according to rules, conditions, or triggers (also known as “contexts” in Tasker).
You can think of Tasker contexts as conditions or situations, which, when true, will instruct the app to run the associated task(s). You can also think of contexts as the “if” part of a conditional statement, while the tasks are the “then” part.
Tasker provides numerous contexts, grouped into 6 categories:
Let’s go back to our “Batt Save” task. You can set this task to run, for instance, every time your battery level goes below 50%. Here’s how you might set all that up:
Now, each time your device reaches 50 percent of its battery power or lower, Tasker will execute the actions listed in the Batt Save task that you defined.
In the next section, I’ll talk a bit about creating scenes in Tasker. These are custom user interfaces that can help you design your own mini apps using Tasker. I’ll also discuss variables very briefly. Both topics deserve their own separate tutorials, but I’ll tell you about them broadly in the next section — so, go ahead and go to the next page.
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Tasker is the first app I install on any android device. You can easily automate anything on your phone. Here are a couple of my tasks.
-nightly Rsync of SD card to my server if the device is connected to my home WiFi and plugged in.
-auto enable GPS anytime an app that requires GPS is launched.
-disable screen lock, change volume, enable airplane mode, connect to wifi, change Google voice forwarding destination, register SIP account to my PBX… via task called from NFC tag
-launch Spotify, disable screen lock, launch wave control, when headphones are detected.
The list goes on and on… this app is totally worth it.
how to Rsync of SD Card?
Excellent breakdown, you explained each component of Tasker beautifully. Hopefully it will encourage more people to give it a try. Well done!
Tasker is intimidating, but you warm up to it really fast, so I encourage everyone to try it. I am just a basic Tasker user (so far) and I have already set it to do the following:
Turn off bluetooth, disable screen lock, enable wi-fi when I pull into my driveway
Silence ALL volume on my phone the minute I get to church on Sunday, and restore all volume levels after I leave
Since I leave my phone on all the time I have my volumes reduced to 20% at night and no notifications, so if I get an emergency call at least it won’t shock me awake.
Reminds me to take the trash out on trash day
This app separates Android from all the OS …
Really worth paying for this one
Hat’s off to you, Elmer for writing this article. Advanced and beginners alike, should give Tasker much more attention than it currently gets. It truly deserves it! Android + Tasker is a very, very, very powerful combination and once the basics are covered, the sky is the limit. I remember once reading a comment in Google Play from somebody complaining that Tasker was too expensive at $6.99. When one truly reveals its potential, this amount apears ridiculously trivial – in parallel software universes Tasker could easily be compared to Adobe Photoshop, which happens to cost just a “little” more than merely $6.99.
Tasker is by far the most useful app I’ve ever purchased. This app alone makes the whole iOS vs Android debate seem ridiculous. Android wins, no matter what anybody says.
Very nice guide, Tasker can be a little complicated for a lot of users. Thanks for writing this.
i had tasker for quite a while got it on sale.
never used it though i knew it was good purchase at the time,
i am absolutely gobsmacked this this thing is the bomb duffer.
just wish there was more tutorials like this thanx.
Will it allow me to auto record all phone calls in my Samsung Galaxy chat. No auto call recording software works with the Chat. And it is legally ok to record here. Please reply fast. Thanks in advance.
Excellent job. This is the clearest explanation of Tasker I’ve seen.
Help! How can I use Tasker to allow bluetooth voice dialing when screen is locked? (kenwood receiver, Samsung S4)