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How to use Tasker: the definitive guide

Android as an ecosystem and platform has been shown to exhibit enormous possibilities, and this is one of the reasons why there are hundreds of apps trying to solve the same problem, in their own unique way. This openness and versatility foster immense opportunities for app developers. But not always the case, the vast catalog of apps hinders the discovery of skills and therefore we can sometimes end up in a situation where we don't find a solution in the form of apps. here, automation applications like Tasker come into play.

It would not be wrong to crown Tasker as Zeus of all the automation apps in the Play Store. Put it in simple words, Tasker as the IFTT steroid app with lots of extra features.

Why a dedicated tutorial on an application so popular?

The answer to this question " complexity "; while Tasker definitely the best app to find out how smart your smartphone can be, never considered the most intuitive or intuitive. Tasker was famous for its complexity, it takes a while to get used to its huge user interface. And most of the followers move away halfway because of how it can intimidate the way they are configured to work properly, even a slight misconfiguration can end up showing unexpected results, and the Tasker website itself is not very useful in provide basic training on how to use it.In this article, we will cover all the basic elements of Tasker and explain in sufficient detail what each component does.We will also see some of the reasons why Tasker may not work.

Tasker: The Breakdown

The Tasker app can be divided into 6 main components

  • activities : a list of can be defined actions performed by the device at a given time.
  • Profiles : a list of activities that the system performs based on contexts.
  • Contexts – Context provides data (time, location, connectivity) to activate the profile particular .
  • Plugins – Predefined solutions from other developers to improve the Tasker functionality that can be chained together with their profiles.
  • Recipes – Recipes are the profiles or automation changes that Tasker users can share with each other and that others can import directly into the app.
  • Scenes Custom UI elements that you can create to interact with.

Tasker can be considered as a glue that binds the capabilities of all your apps and the hardware of your device to create amazing experiences. There are endless possibilities to the extent that you can experiment with Tasker to create amazing solutions. But for explanation purposes we will focus on a basic one and use it to deepen the app

Creation of the first Tasker profile

In this section we will take into account all the terms we have found to create our personal profile Start Daydream mode when charging the phone .

For people who don't know, Daydream mode lets you configure screensavers that show photos, colored backgrounds and more when the device is charging or connected.

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  • Tap the button + in profiles

Here, we will define ours Context that will activate the profile.

  • To touch Hardware and then tap USB Connected

  • Return to the app's home screen by tapping the Back button

We will define ours now task .

  • You will be asked to create a new activity, create one and name it here we'll call Daydream
  • Tap the + button to add actions

  • To start an app we need to touch App and then press Launch App

  • Select the Daydream app and leave the other options unchanged

  • Go back to see your active profile. Now every time you connect the USB, the phone will switch to Daydream mode.

And just so ready a basic profile that put your phone in mode Daydream when you dock it / put it in charge. Now you can do the same thing from your phone's display settings, without Tasker. But the fact of being able to exploit the power of the system by connecting an app to a surprising context. Of course, it is not always easy to create a profile / recipe, the more incredible your idea becomes, the more complex is its configuration on Tasker. Here are some of the best and most useful lists of Tasker profiles, you should refer to.

What's happening in the background?

Let's see what this Tasker profile does and what actually happens in the background.

  • Each time the USB is connected to the phone, a context of system that in practice means that the hardware is telling the Android operating system: "Hey, the connected USB perform the required actions".
  • The same context chosen by Tasker, so now Tasker knows that the phone in the connected state and then starts looking for the profile that corresponds to this context, once found, Tasker looks for the activity that been asked to perform in that state, which leads him to the Daydream task.
  • Go through the list of actions listed under the activity and triggers the app launch action, so knows that now you need to start the application user who asked him to boot when the USB port was connected.
  • Now perform the action and search for the app that was to be launched.
  • According to our configuration, Tasker launches Daydream (a system app).

So, it is clear that Tasker is collecting the contexts of the system and controlling it with its own list of contexts, every time a context matches, it performs the specified activity together with the context; which, in this case, was launching an app.

Times when Tasker doesn't work

Obviously, each coin has two sides and also Tasker. There are many times when Tasker doesn't work, even if everything you did was right. We see a couple of possible cases where it fails

  • When there is a conflict between a system activity and Tasker; here is a better explanation, the Android authorization model does not allow secondary apps or services to have more priority than system-level activities, so whenever the Android system has to choose which priority to assign, notification of the incoming message or a Tasker trigger, obviously giving priority to the first.
  • On Samsung devices due to the memory intensity of the Touch Whiz Launcher, very often Tasker is killed in the background due to the lack of memory.
  • In different versions of Android; each iteration of Android introduces new features and patches some security flaws consequently, sometimes, a profile may work differently on 2 different Android versions.
  • Improper plugin configuration; sometimes even if our profiles are correct, the activity may fail due to a badly configured plug-in.
  • Root; some actions require root privileges and do not work without them.

Conclusion

While the Tasker packages are very powerful, it still remains difficult to overcome its steep learning curve. Sometimes, incorrect configuration can lead to strange device behavior. And even though sometimes everything seems fine, Tasker doesn't work. above all a successful and test technique to bypass it and patience the key to automation in this context.