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Tasker – Turn Your Smartphone Into A Genius Phone

There are so many applications on Google Play Store that are simply a must haves on any android phone and tasker is one of them.

What is Tasker?

Tasker is an android application that automates almost everything you can think of on your android by performing tasks (set of actions) based on the contexts (application, time, date, event, state) . It is like a programming tool but with a GUI interface. So, you don’t need to be a coder to user this.

What tasker can do?

Tasker can automate anything from simple tasks like launching applications to complex tasks like sending mails, scheduling sms etc. Sky is the limit for using tasker’s amazing capabilities. Tasker can be used as a anti theft tool, sms scheduler, alarm, wallpaper changer, battery saver, creating backups, call and sms manager and many more. You can use it as an anti theft app, where you can create a profile such that when you send a message to your phone containing a predefined keyword, it turns the GPS on, get the location with accurate coordinates, replies the sms with location, walking speed, battery level. Then turns on the front camera in stealth mode, take the photo and sends it to a predefined email. This way, you can use tasker when your phone gets stolen.

No need to install any third party applications for all these, just install tasker and create profiles to customise your requirements.  I will be posting how to create these profiles in my coming posts.

Tasker Interface :

By default, tasker has three tabs : Profiles, Tasks and Scenes.

Tasker - Turn Your Smartphone into A Genius Phone
Tasker – Turn Your Smartphone into A Genius Phone

Profile is a set of contexts which can be combined with AND operators to meet multiple conditions. For instance, you can create a profile that is active only when your battery is more that 30% and the day is Sunday and time is 6 AM. A profile may contain many contexts like Applications, Time, Date, Day, Event, State and Location.

Tasker - Turn Your Smartphone into A Genius Phone
Tasker – Turn Your Smartphone into A Genius Phone

A Task is what a profile does when it gets triggered. You can set a task to create backup of your files to google drive when the above profile is true. Tasker will trigger the profile and start creating backup on your google drive, when it is Sunday and the time is 6 AM and the battery is more than 30%.

Tasker - Turn Your Smartphone into A Genius Phone
Tasker – Turn Your Smartphone into A Genius Phone

A scene is something where users can create a custom made window containing buttons, texts and menus of his own choice.

Another tab called variables is also present but it can be viewed only when beginner mode is off in tasker’s preferences. Here you can set variables and give them values.

Example Profile – Launch Music When Headphones Plugged In :

Now to demonstrate tasker, I will show you to create a simple profile where Music Players is launched automatically when you plug your headphones in.

1. Click on the + Sign in the Profiles tab to launch the context menu.

2. Select State -> Hardware -> Headset Plugged

3. Now select Type as Any.

4. Press Back to save the context and a Task Menu is popped up. Click on New Task and Give it any name like Launch Music.

5. Click on + Sign and select App from the menu that appears. Then select Launch App option and choose Music Player app. Press Back to save the Task.

6. Press Back again to save the profile. Now test it by inserting a Headphone to see music app getting launched automatically.

If you do not want to do this manually, then download this profile from HERE

After downloading, to import the profile, Long Press on Profiles tab to import the profiles and select the profile you downloaded.

Tasker, inspite of a paid app is a very popular app among the android users. You can buy the app for just $2.99 on playstore and its worth every penny. You can also lookup on google.

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In my coming posts, I will be showing how to create useful profiles and automate amazing tasks with tasker. If you like this post, then please share it and like it on your social networks.

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