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Hey OCN I've been using Tasker for a while now and I have managed to come up with little automation tasks that make my life so much easier, I thought I would share them with you all. As I discover more tips and tricks I will share them here and if anyone else has any to share, please feel free and I will add them to the OP.

For those of you who don't know what Tasker is, it is an automation app for Android phones. For example:

If you want to enable airplane mode for a certain time at night so nothing can disturb you, Tasker gives you the ability to "program" your phone to do so. Here is a basic break down of what it does:

1) Set the time window you would want to enable airplane mode i.e. 8pm to 6am

2) Make the task called Enable Airplane mode (or whatever you wish to name it)

3) Go into the various options and enable the mode. It is that simple

In this tips and tricks thread I will add some simple yet really useful tasks and I will try to make myself as clear as possible. Hope you guys enjoy it and maybe learn some stuff from it.



Enable and Disable the Keyguard for added security when away from home

This task just recognizes when you are connected to your home wifi and enables and disables the key guard accordingly.

1) Create a new task.

2) Go to State.

3) Net

4) Wifi Connected

5) Now assuming you are connected to your "Home Wifi" Click on the magnifying glass next to SSID and you would see a list of available Wifi SSID's

6) Select your home Wifi and click on back (my galaxy nexus will differ from your phone)

7) Now you would see tasker prompt you to create a new task. Select it and name the task Disable Key Guard (or whatever you want)

8) Select the + symbol to select an action, Go to Display > Keyguard > Set as Off

Okay first part done, now the keyguard can be whatever you set your screen protection to be. It can be slide, face unlock, pattern and so on. Be sure to set this up according to what you desire then move on.

Now the magic happens, we are going to tell Tasker to Enable the keyguard whenever we are not connected to our home Wifi network.


1) Go back into Tasker and select the Wifi Connected profile and you should see something like this:

Wifi Connected "your wifi network" *,* > Disable Keyguard

2) Long press on Disable Keyguard and you would see Add exit task, select that > New Task > name the new task "Enable Keyguard"

3) Press + and go to Display > Keyguard > Set to On > then go back to the tasker main screen, now you should see:

Wifi Connected "your wifi network" *,* > Disable Keyguard
< Enable Keyguard

Now exit and try it out. This is what should happen:

Once you are connected to your Wifi aka I'm home or in a general radius of home the keyguard is disabled, you won't always have to keep entering your password or whatever your security is set to. Now when you leave home (wifi disconnected from home network) tasker will automatically enable the keyguard so if you lose your phone you won't worry about, OMG is my phone locked etc.

A simple way to test it is to switch the Wifi on the phone on and off and see that the guard enables and disables on it's own. Now you won't have to worry about your phone being lost away from home because tasker did its' job and enabled the lock when you are not "Home" Again these steps can be used for any wifi network, so you can set up Home and Work as safe zones where the keyguard won't be enabled.


If you guys like this guide, I'll be sure to add some more.
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That pesky auto-rotate

This tasker profile does one thing that is indispensable to me, enable and disable auto rotate within certain apps.

1) First, create a new Tasker profile click + and choose Application as the first context.

2) Now choose the apps you want tasker to enable rotaion for, I selected Camera, Youtube and Gallery as the apps to watch for then go back.

3) Create a new task called “ Enable Rotation” add an action and select Display > Display Rotation > Set to On. Go back to the main tasker page.

4)Create an Exit Task called “Disable Rotation” and repeat step 3, except change Display Rotation to Off.

That's it you're done, now whenever you launch the apps that you selected rotation will enable for itself and when you exit them, the rotation would be locked.



Save battery by switching between 2G and 3G automatically

This profile is similar to the one above i.e. Launch specific apps and change to the appropriate data speeds.

I started thinking about this one because I said to myself, whatsapp messenger does not need a 4G connection, a simple 2G or EDGE connection would suffice and save me some battery and the opposite when I launched youtube or dolphin browser.

1) First, create a new Tasker profile click + and choose Application as the first context.

2) Now choose the apps you want tasker to enable a fast data connection for (3G, 4G, LTE etc) , I selected Dolphin browser, Youtube and the Trinidad and Tobago Directory as the apps to watch for then go back.

3) Create a new task called “ 4G Enabled” add an action and select Net > Mobile Data 2G/3G > Set as 3G only or 3G preferred (which will automatically revert back to a 2G connection if 3G is not available) hit back.

4)Create an Exit Task called “4G Disabled” and repeat step 3, except change Mobile Data to 2G

Now your phone will really be smart, switching between data modes for independent apps, again this will vary, my phone mostly is just there needing a slow data connection for whatsapp to function, I don't really use facebook and twitter and all those other thingies, some people may just want to keep a 4G connection always on.
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