Fresh from introducing the Tasker App Factory, Tasker gets a new companion app that makes it an even powerful and smarter tool. The AutoRemote app lets you gain full control over your phone – even when it’s sitting miles away.

We’re pretty sure you know what an awesome app Tasker is in providing that extra boost of intelligence. From something simple as setting your phone to automatically switch from 4G to 2G or WiFi when the screen is off, to something more elaborate, it’s all within reach. The app comes with over 200 built-in actions and triggers to automate most tasks.

With AutoRemote, you can now send message to your phone to trigger any preset actions. Once the app is installed, you’ll be given a personal URL that you can access from your computer and tablet, one where you’ll be sending the commands from.

The developer has provided several scenarios of how the AutoRemote app can work intelligently in tandem with Tasker. As listed on the app’s Google Play page, here are some of them:

  • Can’t remember where you put your phone? Create a lost-my-phone” command:
    You could send a “Where are you?” message to your phone, and have Tasker respond with a repetitive “I’m here! I’m here!”.
  • Track your phone:
    Lent your phone to someone and wonder where it is? Send a “location” command to have Tasker save its current location to an internal log, or send it via SMS.
    And many many more! Your imagination is the limit!
  • Let your wife send you a spoken shopping list when you get off work:
    You can use AutoRemote with other Tasker conditions, such as the Date and Time conditions. Create a “shop=:=” command and combine it with a 5PM condition. Then, share your personal AutoRemote URL with your wife and have her send stuff she needs you to buy like “shop=:=carrots and ice cream”. Then, at 5PM your phone could say that list out loud: “You need to go shopping! You need to buy carrots and ice cream”

The AutoRemote app is a separate download from Tasker and it will cost you $1.11. Note that AutoRemote won’t work on its own, so you need to have Tasker installed as well.