Android’s greatest strength has always been its open-source nature. There’s nothing quite like having a whole operating system open for modification and hacking. It makes for some pretty great additions that you can add onto your phone. For example, you can change your phone’s multitasking settings with the V6 SuperCharger or set it up to run Linux.
One of the coolest hacks for Android, however, isn’t even really a hack. It’s a legitimate app on the Play Store. There’s no complicated install involved, just a simple download. Tasker is a uniquely useful app that can revolutionize your phone if used correctly. What can you do with Tasker? Why is it worth downloading? Read on.
So How Does Tasker Work?
Tasker works through if-then statements at its most basic level. Within Tasker, you set up certain trigger events. An event could be anything from opening an app to turning on the screen.
When Tasker registers a special event, it executes a series of actions which you attach to that event. There are a huge number of potential actions that cover a wide range of possibilities, including power governor control and switching data on and off.
For example, we use Tasker to save battery. Normally a phone consumes a large amount of power, even when the screen is off. However, with Tasker, we can set the phone to automatically underclock the processor when the screen is turned off for more than two minutes.
Stringing together if-then pairs is how Tasker works. It’s a great way to automate boring work that can be done without human input. Think of this as a helpful personal assistant.
What Can I Do With It?
Unfortunately, there are few tasks which are universally helpful. We don’t know how you use your phone, so we cannot recommend a whole lot of specific ideas. The best way to find uses for Tasker is to cast a critical eye at your phone habits. Do you do a great deal of repetitive work? If so, could it be automated?
There are a few really cool tasks that we’ve found. The previously mentioned underclocking task is a favorite, especially when paired with a task that returns the CPU governor to normal speeds when the screen turns on.
Another use suggested by a Tasker fan was to alert his wife when he was working late. If his phone was at work past a certain time, it automatically sent a text to his wife saying that he would not be home on time.
We set up a task that silences our phone while attending classes. If you know your school schedule in advance, make a task that puts your phone in silent mode during class. That way you don’t have to worry about it making noise and angering the teacher.
The App Factory
Previously covered Tasker App Factory is a feature which allows you to export tasks as standalone apps. It’s like separating the “then” part of an if-then Tasker pair and making it a unique app. You can string together all sorts of functions within a Tasker app – maybe when you open this app, Wi-Fi turns on and Google Currents launches.
The app factory part of Tasker gets even better when you consider scenes. They let you draw bits of a user interface to go with certain actions. It’s pretty awesome. You can create a primitive interface for your homegrown apps.
Is Tasker an App You Should Have?
Tasker is a hell of an app. It’s got a lot of possibilities, especially if you’re the imaginative type. We’ve had the app for quite some time and still occasionally find new uses for it.
A word of warning – some users have complained that Tasker takes up too much memory. Try it for a few days, see if it slows your phone too much.
We hope you enjoy Tasker as much as we do. For more cool task ideas, check out the Tasker website.