Who doesn’t love automation? Let’s face it- most of us are lazy (I am!), and we’d love it if most of our daily chores were done automatically. The good news is that recent advances in technology have made that possible. Drones, robots are now capable of performing many day-to-day activities. But what about our phones? Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of navigating to the music app to play music, it did that automatically as soon as we plugged in the earphones? Or say, have our phones automatically change the wallpapers every weekend, giving our home-screen a fresh look. Thankfully, there is an app to do just that: Taker. So, we have made a list on how to create best tasker profiles which will be useful for you!
- 1 What Is Tasker?
- 2 7 Ways To Make The Best Tasker Profiles
- 2.1 Trick 1: Change Wallpaper Automatically
- 2.2 Trick 2: Set An Alert When Your Friends Try To Open An App
- 2.3 Trick 3: Set An Alert When The Battery Is Fully Charged
- 2.4 Trick 4: Play Music Automatically When Earphones Are Connected
- 2.5 Trick 5: Mute Receiver Calls By Turning The Device Upside Down
- 2.6 Trick 6: Set Up App Lock For Certain Apps
- 2.7 Trick 7: Create A Sleep Timer For Certain Apps
- 3 FAQ
- 4 Conclusion
What Is Tasker?
Tasker, an app that has been around for some time, can automatically execute some predefined tasks once the conditions are met. But I have to warn you, it’s exclusive to Android (for now, at least.). It costs $3.49 on the Play Store, which is relatively cheap when considering what it does.
Tasker can execute some actions (or Tasks) based on a specific context. These contexts are grouped and connected to their respective tasks using Profiles. Did that hurt your brain? I’m sorry, let me put it in Layman’s terms: You design some conditions, and you also create some tasks that are to be performed when those conditions are met. All of the dirty work and behind-the-scenes stuff will be handled by Tasker, so you don’t have to worry about that. It might seem a little confusing at the start, but don’t worry, you’ll soon get the hang of it.
7 Ways To Make The Best Tasker Profiles
There are a lot of tasks that can be made to be performed automatically using Tasker. But you’ll have to create the right profile. We’ll help you with that. In this article, we’ll show you how to create some of the most excellent profiles on Tasker, which are also incredibly useful.
Important Note: If you’re using the app for the first time, we recommend following the on-screen instructions before reading this article. Also, you might need to grant Tasker specific permissions to create some profiles.
Trick 1: Change Wallpaper Automatically
Don’t you get tired of looking at the same wallpaper every day? But if you’re like me, you’re probably too lazy to change it. Tasker allows you to change your wallpaper after a specific time automatically if you can create the best Tasker profiles. Let’s see how we can do that.
You’ll want to keep all the images used as wallpapers in a single folder. It’ll be more accessible. Also, rename them to be something like: “img_1.jpg”, “img_2.jpg”, “img_3.jpg”, and so on.
- Launch the app.
- You want to create a new Profile. So press the (+) icon in the Profile tab.
- Select ‘Time’ in the drop-down menu
- Look Closely. This is the part where you have to select the period of a wallpaper. For example, let’s say I want to change my wallpaper every hour. So I type ‘1’ in the ‘Every’ tab. Go back once the time is set.
- Now you’ve to create a task. Press the ‘New Task (+)’ button and name it anything you like.
- The ‘Task edit’ screen is now open. Press the ‘+’ icon in the lower right corner to select an action.
- Select the ‘variables’ category in the menu that appears. Then select the ‘randomize variables’ sub-category.’
- Set the minimum and maximum limit of wallpaper images. (Set min to 1 and max to the number of wallpapers) Name the variable(beside %) anything you like. Remember the name. Go back once you’re done.
- You’re back in the Task edit screen. Press the ‘+’ icon again and select ‘Display’ and then select the ‘Set Wallpaper’ sub-category. Give the required permission (if you’re doing it for the first time).
- Now press the search button and select the folder where you saved the file.
The path will appear and it’ll look something like this:
“/downloads/wallpapers/img_1.jpg”. Edit the path and replace the number with the variable name (with the %sign). It should look something like “/downloads/wallpapers/img_%var”.jpg” where %var is the variable name. Also, select the ‘scale’ and the ‘crop’ button. Go back once you’re done.
You’re done! Tasker will now automatically change the wallpaper after the given time. And this is just another way by which you make best tasker profiles.
Trick 2: Set An Alert When Your Friends Try To Open An App
Nosy friends can be a real nuisance. Thankfully, Tasker can warn you when your friends try to dig through your stuff by opening an app.
- Press the ‘+’ button on the Profile tab. Select ‘Application’ from the drop-down menu.
- Select the app(s) for which you want to get an alert. You might have to give some permissions.
- You’ll have to create a new task. Name it anything you like.
- Select the ‘Alert’ category and then the ‘Beep’ category. You can change the settings, such as the frequency of the beep and so on. Or you can keep them as it is.
That’s it! Your friends are in for a cruel reminder the next time they try to open that app!
This will help you in making one of the best tasker profiles.
Trick 3: Set An Alert When The Battery Is Fully Charged
If you care about your phone’s battery, then you’ll know that overcharging the battery can decrease its lifetime. In case you don’t, this article will help you. In any case, Tasker can help us create a profile that alerts us once the battery’s fully charged.
- Make a new profile by clicking on the ‘+’ icon in the profile tab.
- Select ‘Event’ in the drop-down menu and then select the ‘Power’ option. Then select ‘Battery Charged’ in the new menu that pops up.
- Create a new task. Name it anything you like.
- In the ‘Task Edit’ menu, select ‘Alert.’ Select ‘Notify’ in the sub-menu.
- You can now set the alert sound file, priority, and tweak other settings as you see fit.
- Tasker will now alert you when your battery’s fully charged.
Trick 4: Play Music Automatically When Earphones Are Connected
Wouldn’t it be great if the music app launches automatically as soon as you connect the earphones? Tasker allows us to create a profile to do just that.
- Make a new profile by clicking on the ‘+’ icon.
- Select the ‘State’ option in the drop-down menu, then select the ‘headset plugged’ chance. Specify the type of headset you want the phone to detect (with or without mic). Or you can keep the default option “Any.”
- Name the task. Select the ‘+’ icon in the ‘Task Edit screen and then select the ‘App’ category. Then select the ‘Launch App’ sub-category. Select your music player app.
- Connect your headphones. Your music app should launch automatically.
This way you can create another one of the best Tasker profiles.
Trick 5: Mute Receiver Calls By Turning The Device Upside Down
We can create a profile in Tasker that will mute our phone in case of an incoming call if we turn it upside down. This can be pretty useful when we cannot take a call and want to mute it quickly.
- Make a new profile by clicking on the ‘+’ button in the Profile tab
- Select the ‘State’ option in the drop-down menu and then select the ‘Sensor’ category and then select the ‘Orientation’ option. Select ‘Face down’ under the ‘Is’ panel.
- Name the task. Then select the ‘+’ icon and select the ‘Audio’ category. Select ‘Ringer volume’ and turn type ‘0’ under the ‘Level’ panel.
- You can now mute your phone by turning it upside down.
Trick 6: Set Up App Lock For Certain Apps
- Make a new profile by clicking on the ‘+’ button in the Profile tab
- Choose ‘Application’ from the drop-down menu and choose the apps that you want to lock.
- Name the task and select ‘Display’ in the ‘Task Edit screen. Hence choose the ‘Lock’ option.
- Write a proper passcode under the ‘Code’ panel. Go back once you’re done.
- Try accessing the apps which you’ve locked. You’ll now need to enter the passcode.
Trick 7: Create A Sleep Timer For Certain Apps
We can create a profile on Tasker that will stop certain apps after a time, preventing them from draining the battery.
- Create a profile by pressing the ‘+’ button in the ‘Profile’ tab
- Select ‘Application’ from the drop-down menu and select the apps which are to have a sleep timer
- Could you create a new task and name it? Open the ‘Action Edit’ menu by clicking on the ‘+’ button. Select ‘Media’ in the ‘Action Edit’ screen and hence select ‘Media controls.’
- Select ‘Stop’ in the drop-down menu under the ‘Cmd’ option.
- Now select the Tasker Timer Widget from the widget menu and place it on the home screen.
- That’s it! It will activate the sleep timer once the selected app launches.
- This is another trick you can use to make one of the best Tasker profiles.
What can I do with Tasker?
Tasker is one of those programs that you won't be able to live without once you start using it. The software allows you to tap into the power of every component of your Android to utilize everything your Android is capable of fully. Consider not having to fumble in the dark to activate your flashlight app.
How do I use plugins in Tasker?
Does Tasker still work?
Wifi and cell-based profiles are available on Android 8+ if desired. Check that your device's location is enabled and that Tasker has location rights even when it is in the background. Tasker is unable to employ a workaround due to an Android requirement.
Tasker is a handy app to have as it allows us to automate specific repetitive tasks. The profiles mentioned in this article are not the only profiles you can create! You, too, can make your unique profile once you start playing with the app and know what the different options do.
Carly Earl is Guardian Australia picture editor. She has worked as a photographer and picture editor in Sydney for 8 years, previously for The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.