Main Screen

This is the first screen shown when you startup Tasker. It allows you to organize and configure Tasker's four main 'building blocks': Profiles, Tasks, Scenes and Variables.

Main Tabs

Displayed in the action bar on most devices.

Profiles

Each item in the list represents a profile. The profile links contexts (conditions) on the left to tasks which should be run on the right. The profile name is green if the profile is active. There are three main parts to each profile.

1. Title Bar

This shows the profile name (or description if it has no name) and a switch on the right shows whether the profile is enabled or not.

Important: the switch being set to on does not mean the profile is active (will run its tasks), it means that the profile can become active if its conditions are met.

2. Contexts

On the left hand side of the profile are an icon and text for each context in the profile. The contexts dictate when the profile should become active. When all contexts are active then the profile will be active.

You can configure what clicks and long-clicks on contexts do in Menu / Prefs / UI.

3. Tasks

On the right hand side of the profile are one or two tasks to carry out based on its activation status.

A task indicated with a green, right-pointing arrow is an entry task, executed when the profile first becomes active.

A task indicated with a red, left-pointing arrow is an exit task, executed when the profile becomes inactive again.

Exception: a profile containing an event context or a repeating or non-ranged time context has two green arrows, to denote that both tasks are executed immediately because the profile activation and deactivation is instantaneous.

Tasks

The task list shows the named
tasks which have been created.

Note that a profile can be assigned an anonymous task (one without a name) which is not accessible in the task list, only via the relevent profile in the profile list.

Scenes

The scene list shows the
scenes which have been created.

Scenes with a green name have been created but may be invisible (hidden).

Variables

The Variables tab is not shown if Beginner Mode is enabled.

By default, all global user-variables that Tasker knows about are listed, which includes any that have a value set or are mentioned somewhere in a profile, task or scene.

Note that variables whose names are all lower-case are local variables and not shown because they are only valid within the task that refers to them.

At the bottom of the variable list are some filter controls to limit which variables are displayed.

In a user-created project, only variables referenced by that project are shown.

Unlike most screens in Tasker, changes made in the variable list cannot be cancelled.

Action Bar

Tasker Icon

When Tasker is disabled, the icon is greyed-out.

Apply Button

Save and apply any changes which have been made without exiting the UI.

This is unnecessary prior to leaving the UI via the back button or home key, it's just for convenience when testing changes.

Not visible in Beginner Mode.

Overflow Button
Click to access menu options if no menu hard-key is available on the device.
On/Off Toggle
Tasker does not do anything when you leave the user inteface, unless this button is set to On (green light showing). When you set it to off, Tasker's event monitor is immediately stopped if it was previously running.

Menus

Menu Item: Browse Examples

Links to websites with projects, profiles etc offering solutions for common problems. Important: once downloaded you need to import the file into your active user data. For example, profiles are imported by long-clicking the profile tab and selecting Import.

Menu Items: Data

Clear
Removes all data that has been created to that point. Does not remove preferences (use Menu / Preferences and click Defaults for that) or variables (long-click on the Variables tab for that).
Backup
Saves the existing user data to a backup file on external storage.
Restore
Options for restoring backups of various types.

Projects

Tasker allows organisation of profiles, tasks, scenes and variables into groups called Projects, each with a separate Project Tab.

The projects tabs are shown and hidden by long-clicking any button at the bottom of the screen, but only when Beginner Mode is disabled.

The first tab has a slightly special status, it cannot be removed and anything which is not a member of another project is placed there.