How to use Tasker

May 1, 2013

Video Tutorial

Learn how to use Tasker with the help of our video walkthrough:

Conclusion

Tasker is a powerful, complex, and flexible automation and programming app, but it can be intimidating to some and may not be for the faint of heart. It also has a steep learning curve — I myself can attest to it — but it’s worth the trouble. It does take some time to become familiar with, much more to be proficient with, but the time will definitely be worth it. It’s a small price to pay for the power, flexibility, and control that Tasker allows you to wield over your Android device.

Do you use Tasker? What do you use it for? Or, are you new to Tasker? How’s your experience with it so far? Share your Tasker experiences with us. Sound off in the comments.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez  and Carl Parker)

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000794127341 Nisarag Cricmaster

    Excellent!

  • Joe Morrison

    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.

    • Stephen Ting

      how to Rsync of SD Card?

  • Kevin

    Excellent breakdown, you explained each component of Tasker beautifully. Hopefully it will encourage more people to give it a try. Well done!

  • Mr_Je11yman

    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

  • Sudeepto Dutta

    This app separates Android from all the OS …

    Really worth paying for this one

  • Nacos

    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.

  • Guy De Vos

    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.

  • http://www.tekshop.us/ TekShop

    Very nice guide, Tasker can be a little complicated for a lot of users. Thanks for writing this.

  • brian robinson

    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.

  • Leonid Joseph

    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.

  • Philip DiDomenico

    Excellent job. This is the clearest explanation of Tasker I’ve seen.

  • kyoshi

    Help! How can I use Tasker to allow bluetooth voice dialing when screen is locked? (kenwood receiver, Samsung S4)

  • Siddharth

    The science way to say this look they have given us a PCB special