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Android 5.0+ Devices

Cumulative To 5.0b5

  • beta: change: various presentation tweaks
  • beta: bugfix: popup background colours were wrong on some themes
  • beta: bugfix: action Take Screenshot, image size, reboot on some devices
  • beta: bugfix: App Shortcuts/QS Tiles prefs were showing even if not supported when in Beginner Mode
  • beta: bugfix: started fix for pink icons and text (Android 8.0+)
  • beta: bugfix: wrong width right margins some places, added margins where forgotten some places
  • beta: bugfix: switching tabs: show project bar if it was hidden and not enough items to scroll in new tab
  • beta: bugfix: moved scrollbars back to edge
  • beta: bugfix: action SQL Query: bug when having to copy DB file as root due to not directly readable
  • beta: bugfix: Device Default Dark: popup warning about missing resource on some devices
  • beta: bugfix: QuickSettings tiles: weren't updating on Play Store version
  • beta: bugfix: task edit screen, conditions were jumping around when scrolling
  • bugfix: adapt (new) shortcut icons to screen density when loading
  • added: task edit screen: menu item Toggle Action Numbers
  • beta: bugfix: events with App param: preexisting events with no app specified weren't triggering
  • bugfix: switching to variable tab was causing data change to be registered

Cumulative To 5.0b4

  • beta: added: Black theme, users of some themes may need to reselect in prefs
  • beta: bugfix: project bar wasn't animating away when items exactly filled screen
  • beta: bugfix: devices with no tab divider colour defined, use secondary text colour
  • beta: bugfix: bottom bar in task edit was transparent
  • beta: bugfix: main screen select task, non-project tasks weren't visible in some themes
  • beta: bugfix: developer: TaskerPlugin.getRelevantVariablesList wasn't returning always just variable names
  • beta: bugfix: Animations disabled: couldn't see bottom entry of task,scene,var tabs
  • beta: bugfix: was animating varible filter drawer when animations pref disabled
  • beta: bugfix: events with app parameters: wasn't handling correctly when no app specified
  • beta: bugfix: backgrounds for selecting all types of icons, scale icon to background size
  • change: .icn dir: support for .jpg and .jpeg extensions
  • beta: change: file select: different icon for 'up one directory'
  • beta: change: added standard material left and right margins
  • beta: change: made Run Log consistent with rest of UI
  • beta: bugfix: file select: selecting a dir, was showing Tasker icon in AB
  • beta: bugfix: action Send Intent: workaround for implicit service intents being disallowed for apps targetting Android 5.0
  • added: Profile, Task, Scene, Var tabs can be long-clicked for options
  • added: Manifest permission WRITE_CALL_LOG: used for Call Log action, Android previously granted it without needing declaration
  • added: Manifest permission READ_CALL_LOG: used for monitoring call log changes e.g. event Missed Call, Android previously granted it without needing declaration
  • change: new profile,task etc: popup anchors to top tab instead of + button
  • bugfix: actions Set Default Ringtone, Play Ringtone: in action edit screen selection wasn't working correctly

Cumulative To 5.0b3

  • beta: change: FAB icon size
  • beta: change: more project bar/FAB behaviour fiddling
  • beta: change: scene parameters: draw frame around to make borders clear
  • beta: bugfix: scene edit, right arrows were showing left
  • beta: bugfix: activity scenes: material icons weren't being scaled for the AB app and menu items
  • beta: bugfix: prefs checkboxes were not initializing properly on some devices when HW acceleration enabled
  • beta: bugfix: app creation: images were messed up
  • beta: bugfix: app creation: lock Show Icon pref to Run In Foreground
  • beta: bugfix: action Variable Split: Delete Base wasn't working
  • beta: change: various fonts
  • beta: change: tweaked FAB for tablets
  • beta: change: replace old notification icon with new one in several places
  • bugfix: prefs screen wasn't hiding beginner options in beginner mode
  • bugfix: was getting haptic feedback on profile list irrespective of pref setting

Cumulative To 5.0b2

  • beta: bugfix: Enable/Disable menu item was not showing in some conditions
  • beta: bugfix: theme Device Default Dark: was crashing in some areas of the UI
  • beta: bugfix: shortcut creation was crashing
  • beta: bugfix: some devices, profiles tab, all except first item: was starting drag immediately on selection
  • beta: bugfix: was still using old launcher icon some places
  • beta: bugfix: crash in notification listener service
  • beta: bugfix: crash on launch on pre-23 devices
  • beta: bugfix: profiles couldn't be dragged unless in user sort
  • beta: bugfix: dialog for selecting plugins, odd colour
  • beta: change: disabled bottom bar hide-on-scroll while considering its future :-)
  • beta: change: tweaked FAB position and icon
  • beta: change: background for icon selection set grey where the usual content background colour not suitable
  • beta: change: disabling animations removes project bar scroll-out-from-under-fab feature
  • change: monitor notification icon: option to reset to default
  • change: new high-density notification bar icon
  • added: Prefs / Monitor: option Show Notification Icon


  • switched to material design icon and themes (Android 5.0+)
  • improved presentation and interactions
  • added approx 900 material design icons, selectable colours
  • added 4 themes at Prefs / UI / Theme (Android 5.0+)
  • support for (customisable) Quick Settings (Android 7.1+) and App Shortcuts (Android 7.1.1+)
  • Video element for scenes with fine control


  • in %caller variable, changed tag of notification button source to 'nbutton'
  • in %caller variable, nbutton source indicates label, if present


  • Prefs / UI / Icon Colour From Theme (Android 5.0+)
  • action Test Net: mode Auto-Sync
  • action Element Web Control: Zoom In/Out accept optional values (Android 5.0+)
  • action Net / Test Net, various BT options
  • Prefs / UI / List Item Dragging: option Only When Selecting (and is the new default)
  • app creation: Auto-Install checkbox
  • events Package Updated, New Package: added Package parameter
  • event Package Removed, Package Updated, New Package: added selectors
  • many extra control labels for talkback users
  • action Set Tasker Pref: Lock Code (for UI)
  • app icon for material, thanks to Guus Apeldoorn & Fabian Doornbos (Android 5.0+)
  • app creation: added Target SDK Version to child config screen (Advanced)
  • Prefs / UI / Hardware Acceleration (not in Beginner Mode)
  • action Test Element, parameter Max Value (elements: Video, Slider)
  • action Element Visibility, parameter Continue Task Immediately (when animation > 0)
  • action Show Scene, parameter Display As, option Activity, No Status, No Bar, No Nav (Android 4.4+)
  • scene element Video
  • action Scenes / Element Video Control
  • wherever a simple match is possible,~R at the start indicates a regex match instead, !~R indicates a negative regex match
  • states Wifi Connected, Ethernet Connected, Mobile Network: parameter Active (Android 6+)
  • action Variable Clear: parameter Local Variables Only if Pattern Matching enabled
  • support for multiple simultaneous network types (Android 6+)
  • state / VPN Connected (Android 6+)
  • event New Notification: Messages parameter for messaging-style notifications (Android 7.0+)
  • action Tasker / Show Prefs
  • action Tasker / Show Runlog
  • action Tasker / Edit Task
  • action Tasker / Edit Scene
  • Prefs / Action / App Shortcuts (Android 7.1.1+)
  • action Tasker / Set App Shortcuts, for Tasker or apps created by Tasker (Android 7.1.1+)
  • Prefs / Action / Quick Settings (Android 7.1+)
  • action Tasker / Setup Quick Setting, (Android 7.1+)
  • action Take Screenshot (Android 5.0+)
  • action Set Alarm: parameters Ringtone and Vibrate (Android 4.4+)
  • action Show Alarms (Android 4.4+)
  • action Cancel Alarm (Android 6.0+)
  • Menu / More / Android Settings / Write Settings (Android 6.0+)
  • Menu / More / Android Settings / Draw Over Other Apps (Android 6.0+)
  • launcher shortcuts: now support all icon types
  • launcher widgets: don't show 'no image' option in icon select, it's required
  • action Test File: test file existence
  • scene element Switch
  • action Settings / Notification Listener Settings (Android 5.1+)
  • action Settings / Print Settings (Android 4.4+)
  • scene element long-click event: show visible indication when event triggered (elements where previsouly a short click was indicated)
  • scene element slider: background tab
  • round Tasker launcher icons (Android 7.1.1+)


    • S7, maybe some other 7+ devices: some locale-based formats were being set incorrectly (Android 7.0+)
    • app selection list: some entries had no label
    • action Input / Back Button: was going Home instead
    • app creation: action Wifi Tether: on some devices required WRITE_SETTINGS permission
    • action JavaScript(let): function selector showed wrong type for 3rd parameter of elemVisibility
    • file actions: standard file extensions were being automatically added to target name in some circumstances
    • action Airplane Mode: spurious error when used with root (API 5.0+)
    • crash on exit from scene editor if referenced task was only on SD not configured data
    • app creation: text elements in layout scenes with font specified, font wasn't being exported
    • lock/unlock project,profile,task: display wasn't updating other implicitly-locked tasks, profiles, scenes etc
    • action SQL Query: in Raw mode, some insert statements weren't opening the DB writeable
    • action Array Set: variables in Splitter parameter weren't being replaced
    • calling settings directly, lock code wasn't being asked for even when set
    • app creation: Start System Timer wasn't including the needed permission
    • event Package Removed: was triggering also on update
    • app creation: wasn't exporting accessibility service for several actions needing it


    • dragging over projects gives haptic feedback if enabled
    • action Silent Mode: changed name to Vibrate Mode (Android 6.0+)
    • various content display tweaks
    • default Prefs / UI / List Item Drag Margin to Left, Invisible
    • improved drag handling, drag-and-scroll now variable speed
    • all event specifying an app: multiple apps can be specified, only one must match
    • changed handling for lists in action and scene elements (e.g. action Menu) to match other lists in UI, including multi-select
    • app selection list: improved label content
    • action Show Scene, parameter Display As, changed 'Full Display' to 'No Status'
    • app creation: support larger projects (still depends on project contents to some extent)
    • action Java Function: in tasks executed by non-overlay scene element events, CONTEXT object is the associated activity
    • task edit: only show an icon for action type if it's a setting action
    • scenes: try to always use theme that best matches device default, also when editing
    • action Mobile Data: available again for TEKXodus ROMs
    • group builtin icons by Material, Holo and Misc, with subgroups for Material and Holo
    • various lists were respecting system setting instead of Tasker setting
    • support detection of Magisk package for enabling root support
    • scene element EditText: event Text Change: changes are buffered, event may now contain several accumulated changes at once
    • Run Shell: changed LD_LIBRARY_PATH to /vendor/lib*:/system/lib*
    • changed max aspect ration to 2.1 to support wider screens like S8 without letterboxing (also for kid apps)
    • action Scan Card, name changed to Scan Media
    • use system cache dir instead of private for tmp files


    • action Wifi Tether is no longer possible without root on Android 7. Root users can install the plugin Nougat Tasker Tethering Toggle from Play Store (and then select it instead of the Wifi Tether action).
    • action Set Tasker Pref cannot be called from external app


    • relevant variables from plugin instances were not being passed to other plugin instances when editing
    • action plugin variables: passing null value for e.g. %arr when no var %arr exists will result in attempted deletion of indices of %arr (%arr1, %arr2 etc)

    Android 4.0+ Devices

    Android 1.6+ Devices



    • action Take Picture: was never using auto-focus, switch to auto-focus when camera parameters specify it
    • scene elements Text/TextEdit/Button: local variable as Text/Label field wasn't being replaced