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Ordering / Validation FAQ

General

Play Store Version

Direct-Purchase Version

Note: as of 23rd March, 2013, the direct-purchase version is no longer available.


General

Is there a trial period ?

The
direct download version offers a 7 day trial period before any payment is necessary, and you can purchase the Play Store version (delete the trial first for the Play Store version) when it expires.

If you feel that 7 days isn't long enough to evaluate Tasker, you can just delete it and reinstall to start a new trial.

Do I need to pay for updates ?

No, all updates are free.

Where can I ask questions ?

There is a contact email in the application under Menu / Info / Support (for ordering/validation questions only please!)

Can I get an invoice from the developer ?

Sorry, no, the developer of Tasker has not sold you anything. You need to contact the seller of the app for an invoice (Play Store), just as you would get an invoice from the shop, not the manufacturer, if you bought a pair of shoes.

Play Store Version

Why does the Play Store version not support encryption ?

It is distributed by servers situated in the US and so is subject to their encryption export laws.

Can I switch to the Direct-Purchase version ?

Only if you purchased your Play Store copy of Tasker before 23rd March, 2013 and you already know your 15-digit order number.

The developer can no longer recover the old-style Play Store order numbers because Google's console no longer displays them.

If that's the case:

My card isn't accepted for payment, what can I do ?

This could be because Tasker is listed in GBP (Google won't allow a listing in $ for a non-US developer). Sometimes you just need to contact your credit-card company and ask them to authorize international purchases.

What can I do about other downloading/authorizing/installing issues ?

Problems with download e.g. 'authorizing purchase', and payment are always the result of a problem within Play Store and/or Google Checkout (the market payment processor). A developer has no control over these issues.

You could try first:

  1. go to Android's App Management screen (Menu / Settings / Applications / Manage Applications), select Running, click on Play Store, click Clear Data
  2. repeat for the Download Manager application
  3. reboot the phone

Some problems can be fixed by simply cancelling the order and trying again with a new purchase, though that might mean you can't cancel the 2nd purchase if you don't like the product.

Finally, please refer to Google's Play Store Support service. There's a specific page on resolving download problems and many relevant posts on Downloading, Authorizing and Installing.

What if I have to reinstall Tasker from scratch ?

If you have a completely new device, you should be able to download Tasker again without paying if you use the same Google account with the new device.

Tasker should should revalidate itself automatically (with an Internet connection) after around 20 minutes. If it doesn't manage after a few days, it will start asking you to do it manually.

Can I move Tasker to a different Google account ?

The developer is not able to move a Play Store version of Tasker to a new Google account, only Google can do that (but they won't).

As a courtesy, if you make a new order on the new account and send both order numbers to the developer, he may refund and/or cancel one of the orders.

What is internal error in Play Store ?

Order processing for Play Store is extremely error-prone. In many cases, an order will be cancelled with the status internal error in Play Store and no further explanation is available.

Google have not responded to developer queries about this.

When it happens, the payment is sometimes taken from the customer's bank account even though they still cannot download the application onto their device. In such cases:

If the order is cancelled without payment, it may still be possible to order Tasker by first clearing Play Store and Download caches and trying again.

What is the refund policy for Tasker ?

Google will not issue refunds to items sold on Google play more than 2 hours after purchase. After that, they pass all responsibility for refunds to the developer. Maybe they can't afford the staff...

Unfortunately, Google doesn't provide any way for the developer to prevent the app being used after the purchase has been charged i.e. there's no way for the developer to return the purchase price without the user being able to continue using the app at any time in the present or future.

Therefore, the general refund policy of the developer of Tasker is to issue refunds up until the order is charged by Google, which is usually around 24 hours after purchase.

Note that this policy does not embody a commitment: refunds may be refused on an individual basis depending on circumstance.

Direct-Purchase Version

Where is the email with my validation code ?

There's no need for an extra email, the item you purchased is the code you use to validate Tasker, it will be described as 'Tasker Code XX1XX1XX1XX1'.

If you purchased on the phone, you should find it already in the box at Menu / More / Order Validation.

Otherwise you can find it in the email purchase confirmation you receive from Paypal or Checkout.

Will I be notified of updates ?

Yes, the Direct-Purchase version has it's own version checking mechanism. You can set the frequency of update checks in Menu / Prefs / More / Update Check Frequency.

What if I have to reinstall Tasker from scratch on the same phone ?

After
download and install, Tasker should should revalidate itself automatically (with an Internet connection). It should be able to retrieve the order code from the SD card.

Is Tasker transferrable to other devices ?

Each order code is valid for one device at one time. If you know you are moving to a new device, you can 'release' your order code via Menu / More / Order Validation / Release Code. The code will then be free to be entered in Tasker on your new device.

What if I have a new phone ?

If you still have the old phone:
  • release your code with Menu / More / Order Validation / Release Key
  • backup your profiles to SD with Menu / Data / Backup
On the new phone:
  • download and install Tasker
  • retrieve the code if you don't know it
  • put the code in the box at Menu / More / Order Validation.
  • if you have revalidated Tasker on any device within the last 5 days and didn't/couldn't release the code on the old device, you will need to contact the developer to get the code released (include the code in your request!)
  • restore your old profile (if saved): Menu / Data / Restore

And what if I upgrade my ROM ?

It's unlikely that a change of ROM will change the Device ID. Just in case, you may wish to temporarily release your code via Menu / More / Order Validation / Release Code, and then revalidate after the upgrade.

If you had an SD card in the device when you validated, Tasker should have remembered and restored your key the first time you start the UI after the ROM change.

What information does Tasker send during validation ?

Order code, Device ID, Tasker Version, Android version.

How do I install the Direct-Purchase version ?

Please see the
Download / Install page.

I don't know my code anymore, how can I find it ?

If you no longer have your purchase email, you should still be able to find your order code from your Paypal or Checkout account, it's part of the item description. If you paid via Play Store and don't have a checkout account, please write to the email given in Menu / Info / User Support with your postcode and approximate date of purchase so the developer can locate the order.

If you have access to an old device where Tasker was previously validated, you may find a file called licence.txt in the Tasker directory on its secondary storage (e.g. SD). The file contains an encrypted copy of the licence code. Placing that file in the Tasker directory should cause Tasker to retrieve the code from it.

I get 'The server reports an internal error' when validating, what can I do ?

The most likely cause of this error is a 'proxy' server in-between Tasker and the valiadation/market server. It's probably not actually the validation server returning the error.

Nearly all users have gotten around this by using a wifi connection to validate instead of a Mobile Data connection.

Can I somehow still buy the direct-purchase version ?

Sorry, no, Tasker is only available via Play Store. Here's why.

Why is Tasker only sold via Play Store now ?

App prices have been driven so low that the only way to make any profit is to make an extremely large amount of sales.

Any sales channel that has even a little bit of administrative overhead is therefore out of the question because of the formula

large-number-of-sales x little-overhead = large-overhead

A small developer can't handle a large overhead.

Why is Tasker suddenly complaining this it's not validated / Why is my update check failing ?

If you had previously successfully validated, the most likely reason is that you've used a backup program recently which has not correctly restored all of the data.

Have a look in Menu / More / Order Validation. If no code is shown in the box, you should update to the latest Tasker version.

Now you need to enter your validation code and click the Validate button (which will appear once you start entering the code).

If you can't remember the code, have a look here.

Can I switch my Direct-Purchase licence to a Play Store version ?

Sorry, no. The only way to get a Play Store licence is to purchase via Play Store.