Tasker: What is it and how to use it

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

Open your favorite music app when you plug in your headphones, text someone when you get to work each morning, lock apps with a password, turn on Wi-Fi whenever you’re home, dim your brightness between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM when you are connected to your home Wi-Fi connection…. The possibilities are almost endless.

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

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

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

Example of a simple task

Suppose you choose a simple condition where your phone battery is fully charged. You can then link that condition to an action where your phone will tell you “Your phone is fully charged.” The voice task will be executed in this scenario only when the phone is fully charged.

Screenshots of the process to create a basic Tasker task to speak when the battery is full Tim Fisher screenshots.

You could make this very simple task much more complex by adding additional conditions like between 5 AM and 10 PM, only on weekends, and when you are home. Now, all four conditions have to be met before the phone will say whatever 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 on the Tasker for Android website:

Download the Tasker Trial [ tasker.dinglisch.net ]

What you can do with Tasker

The examples above are just a few of the many things you can make 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) that you can create with Taker are divided into categories called Application, Day, Event, Location, Status , and Time . As you can probably guess, this means that you can add conditions that relate to a wide number of things like when the screen is on or off, you receive a missed call or an unsent SMS, a particular file was opened or modified, you get to a certain location, you connect it via USB, and many others.

Screenshots showing application conditions and contexts, day and status Tim Fisher screenshots.

Once 1-4 conditions are linked to a task, those grouped conditions are stored as what are called profiles . Profiles are connected to tasks that you want to run in response to conditions that you have chosen.

Multiple actions can be grouped together to form a task, all of which will be executed one after the other when the task is triggered. You can import actions that have to do with alerts, beeps, audio, display, location, media, settings, such as making an app open or close, sending a text, and much more.

Once a profile has been created, you can disable or enable it at any time without affecting any other profiles you may have. You can also disable Tasker entirely to immediately stop all your profiles from running; of course, it can be reactivated with a single touch.