Tasker on Android: The App That Opens Pandora’s Box
Many Android users may not be familiar with the app that gives birth to a whole new set of customizable apps, but that does not mean they shouldn’t be. That’s because Tasker is arguably, without exaggeration, the single most powerful app for Android. As a simplified programming tool, it is not for the faint of heart as it isn’t exactly designed to be accessible. The basic explanation is that Tasker performs a set of actions based on contexts that can be defined by times, dates, locations, gestures, or events. But perhaps the best way to understand its use and applicability is through examples, so let’s take a look at some of the most practical ways Tasker can be put to use.
Read Texts Aloud while Driving
The context for driving could be set during regular commuting hours on workdays only, during which time any texts received could automatically be set to be read aloud. Alternatively, the context for driving to work could be location-based, when the GPS detects the location of the phone is in a certain areas. Either way, this particular task could be life-saving if it meant less people were looking down at their phones while driving.
Download a New Wallpaper Every Day
This one is simple enough: at the start of the new day, your phone automatically downloads a new image from a site and sets it as the desktop background. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
When the phone detects that it’s plugged in, the brightness can be automatically dimmed while radio receivers like Wi-Fi and mobile data are turned off to increase the efficiency of the charging.
‘Honey, I’m Home’ Text
When the phone connects to the home Wi-Fi in the afternoon on weekdays, your phone can automatically send a text to your significant other announcing your arrival. No doubt your partner would appreciate this one.
As you can see, the uses of Tasker is only limited by your imagination. This app is simply incomparable; there’s nothing like it for any other mobile OS. If your curiosity is at all piqued, get it, learn it, and take advantage of perhaps the most powerful app around.