Make the most out of Tasker: profiles, tricks and ideas

Tasker


At one time or another we’ve talked about Tasker, an application that allows us to automate our Android so that depending on the context, behave or “set” in a certain way.

Today I show a tutorial with some tricks, we will give you some examples and try reveal some things that if used wisely, can turn this app into a more crucial, but more for many people. me, is one of the most used applications give by far, and that I am “toying” continuously, because the possibilities are almost endless. We go.


Short introduction

For those who do not know Tasker is an application that lets you create profiles to that automatically, change mobile various parameters so we can forget some of it . At first glance it may seem, since the old Nokia and allowed the configuration somewhat different profiles (Silent, High, meeting …), but nothing can compare with what we can offer Tasker, I will go looking for it throughout the article.

Interface

 2013-05-01 14.00.10 The interface has been renovated fairly recently, adopting Holo appearance, the truth is that they have done an excellent job , since before the truth is it was a bit “crude” and ugly, to deceive.

Let’s review the different choices of the two modes there (the simple for novices, and comprehensive for advanced). In the catch is on the advanced interface, in the simple upper tab “Tags” does not appear, and the lower lashes (Drums, Apps, Variables) either, these are projects created by me that I explain below.

We start with the simple:

  • Profiles : This is where it focuses the “activity”, and where we will create our profiles adapted to different situations, such as profile “House”, “Car”, “Class”, etc..
  • Tasks : This section compiles the different actions that can be performed, whether individual (“Wifi On” , Wifi off “) or a stack of them, such as” Home “,” Night “, etc.. where there are several tasks grouped. Clarify that although they have the same name as the profiles are completely different things. Then we explain in more detail.
  • Scenes : This section keeps possible “windows” or “Pop-ups” that we can create, such as pop-ups, floating messages, etc.. It is complicated to handle and I do not use more than the default is to use create certain actions, so you do not go into the details.

In Advanced mode you have the same before, but with a few more options, but only recommended to use it when we have more control with the application.

  • Variables : Here be saved variables that we (of create, not to believe) to use in our jobs and profiles. The variables are like tags that they can Assign a value or “content”, in order to compare then of whether or not a certain condition, so that we know whether to perform or not some action (is somewhat complicated, but try to give an example further down).
  • Projects : This point is, for me, one of the more interesting when classifying our profiles. If we have many, can be classified into different groups so find them more easily. For example, “Apps” (only with applications related profiles), “Battery”, “Variables”, etc..

Very briefly these are the choices we have, and now let’s dig a little more in them. It’s dense, so if you can have the application in hand to keep trying, the better.

Profiles

 2013-05-01 14.00.39 At first I must say that the application, due to its complexity, it is difficult to master, but with time you get used to and becomes a game . The application is mainly based on two parts: the profiles and tasks, both supplemented.

Profiles are certain circumstances, contexts or actions that must (or may) occur either in our phone usage, location, time of day, etc.. That is, we impose conditions are . Tasks are the actions you want to perform the phone, the settings you want to modify, and so on. Stated another way, if this happens (profile), do this (task).

To create a profile, you must perform the following steps: the first is choose the condition (by pressing the + button at the bottom) of a long list of possibilities that I detail in the following paragraph: time of day, battery level, location, connected to a wifi network, the phone is face up or face down, etc.. Once we have this condition or selected context, we choose the task to be performed when this happens, and we can do it in 2 ways: if we do not put a name to the task will not be stored on our to-do list , simply remain associated with the profile in question. However, if we decide to put a name, we can use it for other more conveniently profiles . So, if we create a task named “mute” and add to profile “turn the phone upside down”, the phone will automatically mute. In reversing, the silence will be disabled. Another example:

2013-05-01 14.00.49 From Monday to Friday, from 00:00 to 07:00 (profile), which put mobile in silence (task). Easy, right? And just at a time. Also, when creating the profile see that the task has a green arrow pointing to the selected task , that is the task of “input”, which will be applied to activate the profile. If we want to do one thing off specifically to hold down the green arrow until a menu that lets you add “task output” . Something similar happens with the context: if you click on which we initially stated, we can add more, so that should satisfy all these that the profile is activated.

The tasks we perform are almost endless, from something as simple as putting the phone in silence, until the same task (in stack) we say “Welcome Home”, will disable the lock screen, the brightness is down to minimum, the volume is set to maximum, you disable mobile data and open the music player to start playing. Now no longer seems so simple, right?

Contexts

We now turn to the contexts or conditions, which are part of the profiles. By creating a profile we have lots we can select, separated into several categories:

  • Application : This is the simplest, since only must select a implementation of our list . Thus, when the application (or applications) that select, activate the profile automatically.
  • Day : Here we select days, whether of the week or month, or months integers. For example, every Monday, only the 5th and 14th of each month, only odd … here and each one mounts it as you will.
  • Status : Here and we get on, to select this category as we go further subcategories “battery”, “screen”, “Phone”, “Sensor” , etc.. Each of them has related conditions and battery category has the status “loading” or “battery level”, the screen, “guidance” or “state”, the phone, “antenna close”, “call” or “missed call” and the sensor, “light level”, “guidance” or “proximity sensor”. All these (and many more), refer to the state in which you will find our phone, to act one way or another.
  • Event : You also have subcategories, many of them the same as above, but with different options. Thus, the category “battery” has the option “battery charged” or “overheated battery”, the sensor category, “gesture” or “shake” and the phone, “off-hook” or “phone ringing” for example. The conditions that occur here are perhaps “point”, so do not occur over long periods of time .
  • Time : This is much simpler; should only select a range of hours in which we want to activate our profile.
  • Location : More of the same. We select a point on the map so that when you enter the area, the profile is activated . If we use network triangulation, we must give considerable scope to avoid problems, as using GPS is recommended for its high battery consumption.

These contexts can accumulate, so that we can further restrict the conditions, and we forced to fulfilling all we add to profile: only Monday to Friday, between 00:00 and 07:00, and if the phone is charging. If any of the three conditions fail, the profile is not active.

Task

 2013-05-01 14.00.26 As for tasks, the chances are again immense, and again we have several categories (many more than in the contexts), and just name some:

  • Settings Audio : Here you can control the phone volume level separately: doorbell, alarm, notification, multimedia, etc.. Hence also activate silent or vibrate mode.
  • Alert : We can trigger a notification in the notification bar, a pop-up, a vibration, a sound notification … We can we use to display a pop-up, for example, to activate a profile.
  • Application : We can open an application, add an entry to the calendar, set an alarm, open a map …
  • Misc

  • : Here’s a bit of everything from changing the timezone, to copy to clipboard, get-away, activate the GPS option or useful “Saying “we will read what you say.
  • Red : Here we control the wireless, mobile network, the BT or open a web address.
  • : There are many more possibilities, but it is impossible to put them all. It is best to exploréis yourselves.

As I said before, we can add multiple tasks to be performed at the same time (well, actually one after another, but in one package) , and save them all by name. For example, the task “Night” is associated with the volume turned down except the alarm and turn off the vibration data.

Repeat again we can save or not the / s task / s with name if you wish for if you’re going to use this set on future occasions. If we know that we will only use them in a profile, it is necessary to assign a name, so we do not have jobs “useless” on our list.

Variables

 05/02/2013 13.18.46 entered the advanced mode , so you have to be careful because it gets tricky. Variables, as I said before, are labels that we can create to use in certain situations. The system already brings a lot of variables that we can use, and in general is that we use, but they (the system) continuously changing because the phone is never found in the same conditions . For example, the variable “% TIME” that brings the system, is associated with the value of the time at that time (if 14:32, that variable has that value). The same applies to the variable “% LOC”, which has saved the location, so as we move, the coordinates will not be the same as before. There are dozens of local variables, such as levels of volume, time, network status, signal strength …

In addition, we can create variables and make us have one or the other depending on what value we interests, even copy the value of a local variable to one created by us. Then I will show some examples of its use, but these are almost exclusively for advanced applications.

Projects

 05.02.2013 13.19.43 And finally, I will discuss some of the projects. These are groups that you can create to classify not only our profiles, but our tasks, so that each project has its profiles and tasks, although it is only at “organizational”, since from any profile can use any task, although they are in different projects. In my case, I have several projects, including:

  • Home : The main default one and that I have my basic profiles such as Home, Night mode or University .
  • Battery : Here I have grouped all the profiles that are activated depending on the status of the battery.
  • Apps : The same, but depending on applications and tasks that affect them.
  • Variables : This is the profiles and tasks I change the different variables that I created.

But like I said, if I create a profile in the Home project, I can use a task variables saved in the project without any problem, this functionality only to have controlled our profiles and tasks.

And now, we move on to show you some profiles so you can start to try and tinker a bit, but as more is learned is to test yourself and have patience, patience.

First profiles (Low)

Let’s start proposing some basic profiles for familiaricéis you with the application, subject to certain conditions and simple tasks.

Night

  • Condition: Monday to Friday from 00:00 to 07:00 + mobile + loading.
  • Task: Silent Mode = on.

Class

  • Condition + Monday to Friday 14:00 to 20:00.
  • Task: Silent Mode = vibration.

Reading

  • Condition: Opening applications Adobe Reader, Feedly and Flipboard.
  • Task: Screen Timeout = 10 minutes.

lock apps

  • Condition: Opening Facebook or Whatsapp.
  • Task: Enable Apps with pin lock.

Mute stomach

  • Condition: Screen is upside down
  • Task: Silent Mode = On

average profiles

House (about)

  • Condition: Being near phone masts X
  • Task

  • entry: Enable Wifi
  • output Task: Wifi Off

House

  • Condition: X Being connected to wifi network
  • Input Tasks: To say “Welcome home”, disable the screen lock, lower the brightness to minimum volume by half and the variable “% HOME” passes the value “Yes”.
  • Task Out: Clean the variable “% HOME”.

FIB (Uni)

  • Condition: That in my calendar that I have been targeted have X class + phone masts close
  • input Task: Enable Wifi, Silent mode = vibration Timeout screen = 2 minutes
  • Task Output: Disable Wifi

50% (Several profiles same with different percentages)

  • Condition: The battery is to be X% + not + the% loading Volm is other than “0” (zero)
  • Task: Say “Battery at X%”

advanced profiles

On Camera

  • Condition: make a concrete gesture with mobile predefined above
  • Task: Open the camera

car mode

  • Status: Connecting to BT Car
  • input Task: Turn GPS on, open Google Maps, maximum volume
  • Task output: Close Google Maps, get-away for 20 seconds to copy the value of variable “% LOC” to the variable “% LUGAR_COCHE” disable GPS

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  • Condition: none (use a shortcut to a task directly)
  • Task: Turn GPS on, open Google Maps navigation mode to the location stored in the variable “% LUGAR_COCHE”

SOS

  • Condition: Receiving a message SMS text with the word SOS
  • Task: Activate GPS, get-away for 30 seconds, send an SMS to X number of phone with the value of the variable% LOC (Current Location), beeper, display pop “mobile grateful calling me back to X number. Thanks “GPS off.

Here are some sample profiles, but with a little imagination and patience, you can create much more interesting, just have to play around with the possibilities and give the coconut . There are things far more advanced and already come almost as if we create programming tasks, using “if”, “else”, jumps to a certain point of the task if it meets certain condition or not, etc.

Obviously, I invite you to leave us comments your profile and whether you have any doubts, try to resolve it as best you can, so we’re taking to try things and share it with others.
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May 5, 2013


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