Android customization – Never miss an alarm, using Tasker

by: Jonathan FeistJune 19, 2014

Android Customization Tasker Alarm Volume June 19

If you are like me, you want your phone to go silent during your sleeping hours. Silencing a phone is easy enough to do manually, but if you are again like me, you may have slept through the alarm the next morning because your device was set to silent. There are a number of ways to avoid/prevent missing your alarm, I’m going to show you how to do it with Tasker.

Tasker is an impressively powerful program that is able to read and control most aspects of your Android device. We’ve introduced you to Tasker before, even worked through how to use it in conjunction with Zooper Widget to push commands and pull system info. I am looking forward to sharing Tasker recipes with you in our Android customization series, so make sure to follow along to learn some stuff and grow your Tasker skills.

Before we get started

You will need to install Tasker before we proceed. Tasker is currently $2.99 in the Google Play Store, which is some of the best money you’ll spend if you are dedicated to getting your hands dirty coding Tasks to control your device.

You will find this an extremely simple task for Tasker, so please pay attention to the process as much as anything, the basic steps presented here are near identical to most Tasker usage. The process is easy too, we need to first create a Task, which is the performed action on your device, then decide when we want to perform that action.

First, let’s tell Tasker what volume you need your device set at to wake you up when the alarm goes off.

Tasker Task Set Alarm Volume

In the Tasker Task pane, select the “+” symbol at the bottom to create a new Task.

Name the Task uniquely and concisely. I will call mine “SetAlarmVolume.”

Tap the “+” symbol to add an action.

Select Audio.

Select Alarm Volume.

Move the slider or type in your desired volume.

Tap the system back button to return to the Task Edit screen, then back again to the Tasks screen.

Now we will need to figure out when Tasker should run the Task created above. To do so, we create Tasker Profiles. A Tasker Profile contains a trigger which determines when to run the Task.

Tasker Profile Set Alarm Volume

In the Tasker Profiles pane, select the “+” symbol at the bottom to create a new Profile.

Some older versions of Tasker required that you provide a unique name for each Profile, if asked, name the Profile concisely. I would call mine “SetAlarmVolume.” (Note that you can call a Task and a Profile by the same name, but you cannot have two Profiles of the same name, nor two Tasks of the same name.)

Select Event.

Select Date/Time.

Select Alarm Clock.

Tap the system back button, no further options are needed at this time.

You will now be presented with a list of all of your available Tasks, choose your “SetAlarmVolume” Task.

Tap your system back button to return to your device Homescreen.

That is all there is too it.

Quick Recap

What we did today was create a Tasker Profile that identifies when your alarm is about to go off. Just before your alarm does go off, Tasker runs the Task you created, which adjusts the alarm volume to an appropriate level, ensuring you never miss that alarm again.

What’s next?

As you followed along, I am certain you noticed that there were many options you could have chosen. Although none of the options were absolutely necessary today, you may opt to go back in and play with them, hit the Help button for more info on how they all work, and use them to further customize the experience.

Tasker Run / Play TaskAs an added bonus, you will find a Play button in the lower left of the Task Edit screens, it will allow you to test run a Task right there to see what it will do. I promise you will find the test runs very handy as you move forward with Tasker.

With the alarm volume Tasker Task and Profile, we’ve made sure that you get up in the morning, why don’t we make sure you get a full nights uninterrupted sleep too? Check in next week when we’ll be using Tasker to automate the process to silence a phone at night and turn the ringers all back on in the morning.

How did the process go for you? Any long time Tasker users out there that wish to share a different approach? What app did Tasker just render unnecessary on your device?

  • TDN

    My “Night Mode” includes setting the alarm volume to full, everything else is set to 0. That way the only sound that can wake me is my alarm.

    • Excellent TDN. I like to keep my “night mode” separate from my alarm volume, but I use alarms all through the day for various things.

  • Rawr

    Great timing, I was trying to do this the other day. I knew it was simple, but my tasker skills are getting rusty.

  • AussieGreek

    My HTC one stock clock alarm will go off even on silent mode unless you change the setting, why would I pay $2.99 for this?

    • Azeem

      It is far more versatile than just “changing the alarm”.

    • Tiago Azevedo

      Let me give you an advice and go checking what Tasker is capable of doing and you’ll see that $2.99 is nothing. I have that app for almost 2 years now and I can’t imagine my Android devices without it!

      • mobilemann

        that being said, this is a pathetic use of it’s powers:D

        it’s also more than $3, as it’s useless without plugins imo.

        • Tiago Azevedo

          It’s far from being useless without plugins! It all depends what you want it for! I’ve used it for a long time without any plugin!

          • mobilemann

            no it’s not. Changing volume, phone stats, starting music etc. is all shit the OS should handle, and we are not on 2.3 anymore. I’m much more interested in tasker for things like, i have one set of tasks that control my home automation lights, air conditioning, Television, stereo, plex, flashlight.

            They connect to a zooper widget, and to autovoice so i can activate them in several easy to use ways. This is actual use.

            changing your volume or lock screen, or media playback options is pointless bullshit to me. which is why i qualified my statement with “in my opinion”.

    • These guys all covered it. As they say, changing the alarm volume is an extremely light-weight use of Tasker. The good thing is that it is so light-weight, it is a great project to learn how Tasker works without confusing the matter. I’ll be doing a couple more simple ones over the next few weeks, then we can get into the good stuff.

      The thing about Tasker that I think most people overlook, for every simple Task you make it perform, there is an app you need not install. For me, Tasker replaces over a dozen single purpose apps or widgets that I’ve previously used. Alarm volume is a simple one, so is adjusting volumes when I plug in headphones, an automated sleep mode that silences my devices at bedtime and turns things back on in the morning. A few other simple tasks include:

      – Keep my screen turned on for certain apps
      – Custom camera button
      – Custom media playback controls
      – Control various settings like WiFi, display rotation and display brightness
      – Custom timers
      – Music sleep timer
      – Custom notifications
      – Call blocker
      – Battery overheat warning
      – Plugin to Zooper Widget to add settings controls to my Homescreen
      – Plugin to PushBullet to share notifications across devices
      – Plugin to Tesla flashlight
      – Severe weather warnings
      – Voice controls (from before Google Now)
      – So much more.

      Everything I listed can be done either by pushing the buttons, diving into settings or with a free app, but I don’t have to push any buttons to make any of it happen and I do not have a hundred extra apps clogging my storage and memory, Tasker does it all and I can just go on with my day.

      Anyway, Tasker is a lot of work, but I got in when it cost $7 and I have not regretted it a single penny.

  • Sequoia46.2

    Tasker and Llama lovers, try this: remove your lock password while at home, but re-enable it when leaving home.

  • MGB65

    I’ve been using a Free app named ‘Mute’ by MNO Company (Google Play Store) on my phone for over 6 months now. You just place the widget on your screen and press once to silence all sounds except the alarm. Press again to turn all sounds back on. A much easier solution (for me at least).