If there is one application that is worth buying for an Android, that would be tasker. Tasker takes your Android phone to a whole different level. It really redefines the word Smartphone. So, if you’ve got some popcorn, bear, etc then grab some because this would be a bit longer. So, without further due, lets get started.

Now, tasker is a bit difficult to understand in the beginning, but trust me, at the end of the series, you’ll somewhat make your phone “Handsfree” ! The app costs $ 2.99 in the playstore, and is worth every penny you spend. You can get the trial apk here which will expire in 7 days. The application is currently available for Android Version 4.0 and above but has alternatives for the inferior versions of Android.

When you first load up the application, you’ll notice that there are 4 tabs on top namely – Profiles, Tasks, Scenes and Variables. In this post, we will be only talking about Profiles and Tasks. Now, what is a profile? In Layman’s language, a profile is an action or a series of action that triggers a task. You can name your profiles whatever you want, but by default, they are given a related name according to your action. This will be clear later in the post.

Now, lets create a simple profile – (Don’t worry, i’ll explain the whole profile at the end)

  • Open up the Tasker application on your Android.
  • Tap the ‘+’ sign at the right corner of your screen.
  • Tap on ‘Application’
  • Now, you have to specify an application. For the sake of this tutorial, lets say ‘Browser’.
  • Tap the back button on your Android, don’t worry its not deleted, its still there. Its a way of tasker.
  • Now, you have to make a task. This can be done by clicking on the ‘New Task’ button that pop’s up when you create the profile.
  • You can name it anything, say, ‘Wifi’.
  • Now, you have to specify an action, tap the ‘+’ sign at the bottom of your screen. Now click ‘Net’ –> ‘WiFi’ –> Set ‘On’.

  • Tap the back button untill you reach the homescreen of Tasker.
  • Now, you’ll see a green colored arrow pointing towards ‘Wifi On’. Long press on that arrow and click ‘Add Exit Task’.
  • Create a new task and this time turn the Wifi State to ‘Off’. This can be done by tapping the ‘+’ sign –> ‘Net’ –> ‘Wifi’ –> Set ‘off’.

  • Voila ! You’ve successfully created a Tasker Profile ! Now this is what it should look like.
But hold on, you’d be probable saying, okay, I’ve created a tasker profile, but what the heck is this! You didn’t understand it. Don’t worry. That what we are here for. To make you understand Tasker.
Now roll back to the steps given above. Let us understand each of them. First, you create a profile, a profile basically specifies when to perform the task. In this example, we have set the Profile to start with an ‘Application’ that is a Browser. So, when you will open the Browser Application, it will perform the task that is specified. In this case, we have set the Wifi to turn on. What this will do is, when you will open the Browser, your phone’s Wifi will automatically turn on. How cool is that ! Not only this, we have specified an ‘End’ task also. End tasks is a series of action that will perform right after your profile deactivates. Here, we have set the End Task to turn the Wifi ‘Off’. What this will do is when you will close the Browser, your phone’s Wifi will automatically turn Off. Isn’t that Super Cool?
I hope that you’ve got a hint of what you could do with tasker and got to know about some of its basics. This is just the beginning and an Introduction of what you could do with Tasker. Stay tuned with The Techno Triad and you’ll find how awesome is Tasker. We will be discussing about more complex profiles of tasker in the future and its other features. Till then, good bye and Don’t forget to hit the Share Button below !