Tasker: What It Is & How to Use It

Tasker can make your Android phone a lot smarter

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Tasker is a paid Android app that lets you trigger certain actions to be run if and only if certain conditions are met.

Open your favorite music app when you plug your headphones in, text someone a predefined message when you arrive at work each morning, lock apps with a password, enable Wi-Fi each time you're at home, dim your brightness between 11 PM and 6 AM when you're connected to your home Wi-Fi... the possibilities are nearly endless.

The Tasker app works like a recipe. When making a meal, all the necessary ingredients are required in order for the final product to be considered complete. With Tasker, all the necessary conditions that you choose must be active in order for the task to run.

You can even share your tasks with others through an XML file that they can import directly into their own app and start using immediately.

The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

A Simple Tasker Example

Say you choose a simple condition where your phone's battery is fully charged. You can then tie that condition to an action where your phone will speak to you to say "Your phone is fully charged." The speaking task will run in this scenario only when the phone is fully charged.

Screenshots of the process to create a basic Tasker task for speaking when the battery is full
Screenshots by Tim Fisher.

You could make this very simple task a lot more complex by adding additional conditions like between 5 AM and 10 PM, on the weekends only, and when you're at home. Now, all four conditions have to be met before the phone will speak whatever it is that you typed.

How to Get the Tasker Android App

You can purchase and download Tasker from the Google Play store:

Download Tasker [play.google.com]

To get a free 7-day trial of Tasker, use the download link from the Tasker for Android website:

Download the Tasker Trial [tasker.dinglisch.net]

What You Can Do With Tasker

The above examples are just a few of many things that you can have the Tasker app do. There are many different conditions you can choose from and over 200 built-in actions that those conditions can trigger.

The conditions (also called contexts) you can make with Taker are sectioned off into categories called Application, Day, Event, Location, State, and Time. As you can probably guess, this means you can add conditions that relate to a broad number of things like when the display is on or off, you get a missed call or an SMS failed to send, a particular file was opened or modified, you arrive at a certain location, you connect it over USB, and many others.

Screenshots showing the Application, Day, and State conditions and contexts
Screenshots by Tim Fisher.

Once 1 to 4 conditions are tied to a task, those grouped conditions are stored as what's called profiles. Profiles are connected to tasks that you want to run in response to any conditions you've chosen.

Multiple actions can be grouped together to form one task, all of which will run one after the others when the task is triggered. You can import actions that have to do with alerts, beeps, audio, display, location, media, settings, like to make an app open or close, send a text, and a lot more.

Once a profile has been made, you can disable or enable it at any time without affecting any other profiles you might have. You can also disable Tasker as a whole to immediately stop all your profiles from running; it can of course be toggled back on with just one tap.