Tasker is one of the most useful Android apps that gives you a very deep control of your device. Even if your device is not rooted, you can easily take advantage of most Tasker profiles. However, if you need full control over your Android smartphone or tablet, you will need to have a rooted device.
I have been using Tasker on mid-range smartphones because it allows me to easily replicate the features of much more expensive devices. The best part is that all the profiles are completely free and you can create them yourself with just a few taps.
This is a simple app that allows you to trigger certain actions when certain conditions are met; there is no difficulty in understanding how it works simply because it is based on logic. This article is about 10 useful Tasker profiles to automate your Android device and take most of the burden off your shoulders.
1. Screen orientation change
Certain apps are suitable for landscape display, sure you can enable the auto-rotate feature from the device itself, you may want to customize it a bit more. For example, when you’re writing a long email, you’ll want landscape view to turn on automatically, or you’re watching YouTube and need to fill the entire screen with video. This profile automatically rotates the screen for certain apps so you don’t have to do it manually.
- First, create a new profile then go to select app and choose the app you want to trigger this action for.
- Tap create New Task > click the + > select Display and > slide Display Autorotate to ON .
2. Battery saving mode
This is a very useful mode because it can be activated at any battery percentage you want. Unlike the built-in battery saver features that only kick in when the battery is low, you can turn it on at 50% if you need to. I usually activate this mode when I travel so that my devices automatically switch to power saving modes.
- Go to Profile > Select State > Select Power > Choose desired Battery Level > Select range .
- Create New Task > Click + > Select Net > Turn off Bluetooth, Turn off data, Turn off auto-sync, and Turn off Wi-Fi.
3. Stop the music
Some people love to listen to music as they go to sleep; the problem is that they don’t want the music to continue playing even after they’ve gone to dreamland. Some Android music players come with a timer, but most of them don’t even have this feature. This is where a Tasker profile will come in handy.
- Create New Task > Click + > Navigate to Media > Media Controls > Stop > CMD > Now select the app by tapping on the bottom right button which looks like a grid.
- Go to Home Screen > Select the Tasker Timer Widget > Place it on the home screen.
- The widget will ask you to link a task to it > Select the Timer task you created in the first step > that’s it.
4. Phone lock
Ok, I admit it, I’m only including this Tasker profile because of his awesomeness. By using this profile, you will be able to lock your smartphone just by shaking it. That’s all there is really, but in practice, it looks really cool.
- Create a New Profile > Go to Events > Sensor > Shake .
- You can now adjust the sensitivity and duration, as well as the axis preference.
- Create New Task > Click the + > Display > System Lock.
5. Send message with low battery
There are times when you are waiting for a call or a message, but your battery is about to die. Usually, when you forget to connect your smartphone during office hours and when you come back, the battery is about to run out. This Tasker profile will automatically send a text message to your loved ones or one in case this happens, letting them know you’re not ignoring them on purpose.
- Create New Profile > State > Power > Battery Level > select range.
- Create a New Task > Click the + icons > Phone > Send SMS > Enter the number and then the message.
6. Keep screen on
Some people like to read a lot and Android usually turns off the screen after a certain period of time which is a bit annoying. One solution is to turn on Always On to keep the lights on for reading, but you have to do it over and over again. With this easy to cook Tasker profile, you will be able to achieve the same effect automatically.
Create New Task > Give it a nice name > Click the + Button > Display > Display Timeout .
Now increase the limit to whatever you want and save it.
Go to Profile > Applications > Select the apps you want to keep the screen on.
7. Silent mode
Sometimes you want to silence your phone without turning on the screen. One scenario would be if you’re sleeping in the same room as your dad and there’s a chance he’ll kill you if he sees you using your phone during finals (didn’t happen to me, just a story). Or realistically in a meeting and I don’t want to seem disinterested.
Head over to Profile > State > Sensor > Orientation > Face Down .
Create a New Task > Click + > Audio > Silent mode > Select between On or Vibrate .
8. No lock screen in certain places
The lock screen keeps your smartphone safe from unauthorized use. However, in some cases, the ease it provides can be a hindrance. Sure, with eye scanners and fingerprint readers, new smartphones are getting easier to unlock, but it’s still an extra step, especially when you’re at home.
This Tasker profile will remove the lock screen when you reach any trusted location automatically. For this profile to work, you will need to obtain the Secure Settings Plugin from the Google Play Store. This also only works for rooted devices.
When you arrive
Create an Entry Task > Give it a nice name > Click the + button > Plugin > Secure Setting > Root Actions > Pattern Lock Off .
when you go
Create an Entry Task > Give it a nice name > Click the + > Plugin > Secure Setting > Root Actions > Pattern Lock On .
Create New Profile > State > Net > Wi-Fi Connected > Enter your network SSID > Bind the first task > Long press and add exit task > Select the second task.
9. Silent timing
Everyone likes to sleep in peace. Android can help you do that, but it can become a hassle at times. I hate when someone calls me after midnight so I put my smartphone on silent or even turn on airplane mode. This Tasker profile will automate the whole process and convert your phone in a given time.
- Create New Profile > Select Time > Select the range you want.
- Create New Task > Click the + > Go to Audio > Silent Mode On or Vibrate .
- Go to Net > Turn Auto Sync Off > Turn Wi-Fi off .
10. Launch apps in succession
You check your email, then you check social media, and then you read the news every day. Everyone has their own morning routine, I also have a complex one. This Tasker profile makes it easy to launch one app after another.
- Create New Profile > Applications > Select the first application.
- Create New Task > Click the + Button > Select App > Launch App > Select the second app.
- Long press on the second app name > tap on the Move to Exit
These were some useful and simple Tasker profiles to automate your daily tasks. I hope this helps you shave a few minutes off your busy schedule. I wish there was a Tasker profile to fully replicate myself and get my work done, oh well, until then I’ll just have to make do with these.