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Tasker is an Android app that automates the performance of tasks or sets of actions based on a defined condition or context. Users create profiles that include the contexts and conditions to initiate actions; when these are met, action are automatically carried out by the app.
The app extends users’ control over their device, allowing them to create custom automations that take care of repetitive tasks. In this Tasker review, we take a deeper look at the app’s features, pricing, and more.
Tasker enables users to create profiles that run tasks on the phone when it meets certain conditions called contexts. Over 130 states and events to choose from, users can automate based on the phone’s context, such as the time of day, a specific date or location, the setting of the Wi-Fi network, a received SMS or call, or the currently playing song. When the condition set on the profile is true, the task is automatically performed.
Users can also create an exit task, which the phone will automatically run when the condition is no longer true. For instance, users can create a profile that turns the display brightness of the phone to 100% between noon and 6pm every day, but will reduce the brightness to 60% at any other time. The Tasker app can also automatically back up files to a folder, card, USB, or Google Drive.
Actions and Triggers
Tasker provides over 350 ready-to-use actions that users can combine to create automated workflows. When a condition becomes true, it triggers the app to perform the action automatically like sending an SMS, creating a notification, or changing any system setting. Actions include changing the setting of the Wi-Fi connection, lowering the volume levels, or turning Dark Mode on.
Most of the available actions do not require root level access. Users can also manually trigger actions using launcher shortcuts, quick setting tiles, or long-pressing volume buttons.
Scenes, App Creation, and Public Sharing
The Tasker app allows users to create their own user interface, called Scenes, that display the information they want. Users can create an interactive overlay that displays ticker-type notifications, a Smart Home control button on a lock screen, or a custom navigation bar.
Tasker also lets user create their own apps using the Tasker App Factory, which they can share or sell. A Tasker Net file sharing system hosted on Tasker’s servers allows users to export their tasks, profiles, and projects as a link from within the app. By adding a few tags and marking them as public, users can share their automated tasks to other users.
They can also create a custom screen recorder with an always-present start and stop button on the navigation bar. Further, Join is a remote Tasker app that allows users to trigger tasks from another Android device or PC.
The latest version v5.15 includes several additions and changes, as well as bug fixes. Tasker added a dynamic app icon for Android 13. Users can create custom Toasts with the Flash action having several new options, such as changing the background, text color, or icon. Users can also set the position of the flashes anywhere on the screen.
The app can also interact now with images on the clipboard, easily copying and pasting them, or creating a history of all the images. It can convert a number from one scale to another such as converting Celsius to Fahrenheit. The latest version can also show an optional image with a text dialog, provide action error notifications, or easily clone an action.
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Tasker is available for $3.49 on the Google Play Store. A 7-day trial period is also available as a direct download from the Tasker website.
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Who Uses Tasker?
Tasker is for any Android device user who wants to automate actions on their phone based on contextual factors like location, time of day, or apps in use, among others. According to Google Play, there have been more than 1 million installations of Tasker.
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Tasker Supported Languages
English is the preferred UI language of the app.
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Brad Hubbard stated that Tasker is really helpful in automatically starting several applications and his Wi-Fi hotspot each time he connects with his car’s Bluetooth. Tasker also automatically turns off the hotspot when he gets off the car.
Robert Jeans describes Tasker as his most powerful app on his devices. He stated that there was a bit of a learning curve but ample online resources and a supportive community helps him develop the app into a must-have tool for him.
Jonathan Berger installed it on an old phone to simply do one thing when he discovered the many other things it can do. Now it also reads text messages out loud to the headset when he’s running, automatically switches to vibrate mode when at work, and remembers the location where he parks his car.
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Why Choose Tasker?
Tasker provides users additional control over their device in an automated way, so they will not have to spend time manually performing repetitive tasks. Moreover, it enables Android devices to control other applications, devices, and smart appliances with connections and ready-made rules.
Jose Santos is a long-time contributing writer for project-management.com. He is a subject matter expert in the field of project management and has many years of experience writing about project management software and tools. He has written hundreds of articles for the project management industry, including numerous software reviews, book reviews, training site reviews, and more.