When you ask many an Android fan what sets it apart from the rest, what special app or feature, at least two or three of them are bound to say Tasker. Tasker is the automation app most other automation apps are compared to.
Through Tasker, you can do many miraculous things and replace many apps on your phone. Tasker silences my phone during newscasts so that it cannot disturb me or distract/embarrass anyone on the air. Tasker also silences my phone at night so I can sleep, and in the morning while it’s turning the sound back on, it also acts as my alarm clock, turning on Google Play Music to wake me up with dapper park music and some mind-numbingly happy pop.
The basics of Tasker seem like rocket science but are amazingly simple: you create tasks and then you can trigger them manually or through automation. Tasks are made up of actions, and they can be as simple as one action, such as setting a phone to silent mode, or as complex as you’d like. There is an action for almost everything you can think of, if not in Tasker proper than in the many, many plugins that you can download for it. The plugins and support from João Dias are exceptionally good.
Total Automation, From Settings to SMS.
– Triggers: App, Time, Day, Location, Hard/Soft State, Event, Shortcut, Widget, Timer, Plugins
– Actions: 200+ built-in, plugin support
– Tasks: loops, variables, conditions
– Scenes: design your own screen overlays
– App Creation: create your own standalone apps to share or sell! (Android 2.3+)
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Actions By Category
[not all actions available on all devices]
– ALERT: Flash, Notify LED/Sound/Vibrate, Cancel Notification, Popup Timed/WithTaskIcons/Names, Torch, Vibrate, Vibrate Pattern
– APP: Calendar Insert, Go Home, Kill App, Load App, Open Map (/StreetView/Nav)
– AUDIO: Alarm/Call/DTMF/Media/Notif./Ringer/System Volume, Haptic Feedback Toggle, Mic Mute, Notification Pulse, Notification( – DIALOG: 28 System Settings dialogs
– DISPLAY: Auto-Brightness, Close System Dialogs, Keyguard, Keyguard Pattern, Display Brightness, Display Off Timeout, Display Rotation, Set Wallpaper, Stay On, Status Bar (expand/collapse)
– FILE: Browse Files, Directory Create/Delete/Move, File Copy/Delete/Move/Open, Write To File, Read Line, Read Paragraph, Zip/Unzip File
– INPUT: Button, Dpad, Type (root only), Input Method Select, Soft Keyboard (show)
– MEDIA: Media Button Events (grab), Media Player Control, Music File/Dir, Play/Forward/Back/Stop, Photo/Series/TimeSeries, Record Audio, Record Audio Stop, Ringtone, Scan Card
– MISC: (Broadcast) Action Intent, Component Intent, Get Location, GPS Status ( – NETWORK: Airplane Mode ( – PHONE: Call, Call Log, Call Block/Divert/Revert, Compose MMS/SMS, Contacts, End Call, Radio, Send SMS, Send Data SMS, Silence Ringer, Take Call
– TASKER: Change Icon Set, If, End If, Goto Action, Perform Task, Profile Toggle, Query Action, Set Widget Icon, Set Widget Label, Stop, Wait, Wait Until
– VARIABLES: Set, Clear, Inc, Dec, Query, Randomize, Split, Join, List
– 3RD PARTY: Android Notifier, Astrid, BeyondPod, JuiceDefender Data/Toggle, Gentle Alarm, NewsRob, OfficeTalk, SleepBot, SMS Backup+, TeslaLED, WidgetLocker
Airplane Mode, BT Connected, Calendar Entry, Docked, Headset Plugged, Incoming Call, Keyboard Out, Light Level, Media Button, Missed Call, Mobile Network, Device Orientation, Power, Various Sensors, Signal Strength, Unread Text, Variable Value, Wifi Network, Wifi Near
Alarm Clock/Done, Date Set, Time/Date Set, Timezone Set, Display: Off/On/Unlocked, File Closed/Deleted/Modified/Moved/Opened/Attributes Changed, Camera/Search Button Long-Press, Card Mounted/Removed/Unmounted, Gesture,Missed Call, Phone Changes, Received Text, SMS Send Success/Failure, Battery Changed/Full/Low/Overheating, Device Boot, Device Shutdown, Storage Low, Locale Changed, New/Removed/Updated Package, Wallpaper Changed, Button Gadget Clicked, New Window, Notification, Notification Clicked, Zoom Click, Variable Cleared/Set, K9 Email Received, Gentle Alarm, Kaloer Clock, OpenWatch, Reddit Notify, Screebl, Widget Locker
– Mainly bugfix release for 4.4.