Tasker is one of the most popular advanced Android applications on the planet with over a million downloads. And the Tasker 5.8 update just made it even better…
A new update for the ultra-popular Android automation app, Tasker, has landed. This latest version, Tasker 5.8, brings with it a host of new updates and abilities. The best of which are detailed below:
Tasker 5.8 Update Detailed:
- 3rd Party App Integration – This new feature lets you control ANY third-party app on your phone. Furthermore, with this new feature, you can also glean more information about apps on your phone (App Info) and what they’re doing and using to run in the background.
- Bluetooth Automations – You can now view information on connected Bluetooth devices, force/kill connections, and use event triggers when a Bluetooth device is connected.
- HTTP Requests – Tasker can now perform HTTP requests of any kind (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE). It also adds in HTTP Auth which allows OAuth 2.0 and Username and Password authentication
- Tasker Now Adapts To Music Playback – Tasker will now adapt to music playback, opening up tons of potential tasks for Bluetooth-Connected devices and other peripherals.
- Full Back-Up Option – You can now back-up your entire Tasker profile, including all settings, and move it onto a new handset with everything (all tasks) intact.
You can view the full changelog for Tasker 5.8 update for more details on ALL the added features and bug fixes.
What is Tasker App For Android?
Tasker is an automation app, a thing that gives you all kinds of control over nearly every element and feature of your phone. How it works is devilishly complicated, but the front-end (meaning, how you use it) is actually rather simple.
You can get as complex or as simple as you like. One example could be that every time you get into your car, your phone connects automatically to its Bluetooth, thereby removing itself from any other connected devices like your headphones or earbuds. This is a basic task, but it is highly useful.
Like IFTT, Tasker is ALL about automating your phone based on specific, user-defined triggers. But unlike IFTT, Tasker is focussed solely on your Android phone and can get as complicated and as customized as you like. And if you’re a fan of tinkering with your Android phone, Tasker is a must-have application.
How Does Tasker Work?
When you open the application, you’re greeted with four windows to work in – Profiles, Tasks, Scenes, and Variables. Let’s take a look at each to see what they do.
- Profiles – These are were your groups of tasks are stored. You could have Music ones, or Smart Home ones, for instance.
- Tasks – This is where you create a task. Give it a name, then start building it out.
- Scenes – This is where you visually build-out tasks. They can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Tasker even includes some pre-set options to get you started.
- Variables – In the variables tab, you can assign changes to tasks that you might want to integrate or remove, depending on the time or your location.
How To Make A Task Inside Tasker
Before the advent of Google Assistant, Tasker was an invaluable tool for anyone looking to automate basic processes on their Android phones. Things like automatically putting your phone in Do Not Disturb mode, for instance, or switching off WiFi, or connecting to your cars Bluetooth.
And this is how you create a Task in Tasker
- Create a Task & Give It A Name
- Assign Actions To It
- Configure The Action
- Execute Task By Hitting The Play Icon
- You Can Also Pause/Delete The Task Too
My advice? It’s really hard to adequately explain all the things Tasker can do for you – the sky’s really the limit. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like, and the best way to understand its benefits is to download it and have a play around.
Tasker is one of the most useful Android applications in existence. If you like the idea of automating things or setting up certain tasks to run at certain times, then Tasker is an essential app for you. I love Tasker and, even though I don’t get too complex with it, it is more than worthy of the small cost associated with downloading the app.
Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.