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How can I contact the developer ?

There is a contact email given at Menu / Info / Support. In general, this is intended for order and validation help, which is often confidential, and other private issues.

Please post Tasker usage queries/problems in the Tasker Forum where the developer is very active.

Advantages:

  • the user community has more experience than the developer with using Tasker
  • other people can benefit if your problem is solved
  • the developer has more time for fixing bugs and adding features, which benefits everyone

How can I send the developer a bug report ?

  • go to Android Settings then About Phone
  • tap 10 or more times on the Build Version entry
  • go back one screen
  • select Developer Options
  • check the USB Debugging option if it's not already checked
  • do whatever it is that causes the problem
  • go back to Developer Options and tap Take Bug Report (the first entry)
  • wait a short while until the bug report is ready (a notification will appear)
  • share using an email application
  • the destination email address is listed in Menu / Info / Support in Tasker
  • include at the top of the email a brief description of the problem that the email concerns
  • disable USB Debugging and Developer Options (switch at top)

Try to make the log as soon as possible after the problem occurs.

How can I send the developer a long-term log ?

If your problem covers a longer time-frame, you'll need an SD card log because the system log fills up very quickly:
  • you'll need an SD card inserted
  • deselect Menu / Prefs / UI / Beginner Mode in Tasker
  • enable Menu / Prefs / Misc / Debug to SD Card in Tasker
  • when the problem has occured, email the file /sdcard/Tasker/log.txt to the developer email listed at Menu / Info / Support
  • include at the top a brief description of the problem that the log concerns

Can I change an app's settings / press it's buttons ?

Standard Android doesn't allow an app to change, poke, prod or peek at anything within another app, including simulating keypresses and screen taps.

On a rooted device, you can use some of the actions in the Input category to navigate around an app, click on UI elements and enter text automatically.

Can I control / respond to events in application X with Tasker ?

If a Tasker user wants to automate some aspect of another program they use, they just need to point the developer of the other app at the Tasker Developer Page and nag at him/her a bit.

How can I stop Tasker restoring a setting ?

Tasker will restore any setting which is changed in the Enter task of a profile. There are four ways to prevent this:
  1. deselect the Restore Settings in the Profile Properties of the relevant profile.
  2. if you set the same setting in the Exit task of the profile Tasker will take that as a hint that the previous value shouldn't be restored.
  3. create a separate task to run the settings actions and in the Enter task of the profile do a Perform Task action (from the category Tasker) on that separate task. This trick is known as Stefan's Setting Sidestep.
  4. you can use the corresponding Javascriptlet function instead of the setting action. Settings made in Javascriptlets are not restored.

Can Tasker detect volume button presses ?

No, sorry, that's not possible ATM.

The closest you can get is to detect changes in a volume variable (e.g. %VOLR for the ringer volume) via event Variable Set.

Can Tasker be used from the SD card (apps2sd) ?

No, sorry, that's not possible for several reasons relating to how Tasker works.

It's not that the developer 'can't be bothered to do it', it's because it's not possible.

Can I use Tasker to turn the screen on and off ?

Turning on, use the Display / Turn On action. Unfortunately, that action is inaccessible with Android 2.3+.

For turning off, you can use the Display / System Lock action with Android 2.0+.

For Android 1.6, you can set the Display Timeout to it's minimum (around 7 seconds) and then set it back to normal in response to a Display Off event.

How do I create my default settings ?

You don't have to configure 'default' settings in Tasker. The 'default' settings are how your device is configured before any Tasker profile becomes active. This 'default' is automatically restored as profiles become inactive.

Exception: changes to settings made in Exit tasks are not restored.

How can I run more than one task when a profile goes active ?

Add an action Perform Task from the category Tasker for each task that you want to run (don't click the Stop button).

Warning:: settings in the called tasks will not be restored by Tasker, only settings changed directly within the Enter task.

Can I hide the notification list entry when Tasker is running ?

If the notification is very annoying, it can be removed by disabling the Run In Foreground setting which can be found in Menu->Preferences->Monitor.

Please read the help text associated with this option first.

Can I change or remove the status bar icon when Tasker is running ?

You can change it with Menu / Prefs / Monitor / Notification Icon.

To remove it, select the first icon in the dialog (it's transparent).

What if I want a repeating time context, but I need to do something that takes a while ?

  • GPS On
  • Wait 3 minutes
  • GPS Off

How can I do something every minute ?

Set a repeat period of 2 minutes (the minumum allowed) and specify a task like this:

  • Perform Task, TaDa
  • Wait 1 Minute
  • Perform Task, TaDa

How do I specify 9:30AM on Monday and 10AM on Tuesday with the same profile ?

You can't, because the Time and Day subcontexts operate completely independent of each other. You have to specify two profiles and run the same Task(s) with each of them (by giving the task a name).

How do I specify weekend night-times ?

It's tempting to say:
Time: 23 - 09
Day: Friday or Saturday

But that won't work, because on Sunday at e.g. 3am the Day context (and hence the whole profile) won't be active.

For this kind of situation, you need to specify a profile for which morning you want to be active and another for which evenings. In the example, you want Friday and Saturday night plus Saturday or Sunday morning:

Time: 23 - 24
Day: Friday or Saturday
Time: 00 - 09
Day: Saturday or Sunday

How do I stop the screen dimming when I have the display Stay On set to e.g. 'With AC' ?

The screen dims around 10 seconds before the current Screen Off Timeout value is reached. You can set Screen Timeout (for the relevant context e.g. 'while docked') to Never (set all sliders to maximum) if you don't like that behaviour.

How can I stop Wifi Near toggling wifi on-off when the phone is in Airplane Mode ?

Add a state Airplane Mode to your profile and click the Invert button, which means if Airplane Mode is off.

Can I divert incoming calls ?

It's not possible to divert incoming calls via Android, but most Mobile Carriers accept special dialled sequences to do it before the call reaches your phone.

You can then use Tasker's Phone / Call action (with Auto Dial checked) to setup and cancel incoming call diversions.

The Wikipedia page on Call Forwarding is a good starting point.

How can I detect if Wifi is connected (not just enabled) ?

The 'standard' way is to use State Wifi Connected to set and clear your own variable with an enter and exit task respectively.

An alternative trick is to match the word connected or connection in the %WIFII variable (the actual word and lower/upper case changes with Android version).

How can I import/export individual profiles, tasks or scenes ?

Import:

Go to the main screen, long click on the tab for the type of thing you want to import.

Export:

  • ensure that Menu / Prefs / UI / Beginner Mode is unchecked
  • go to the main screen
  • long-click on the thing you want to export

How do I turn off the flashing notification LED ?

Use the Audio / Notification Pulse action.

If you're wondering what a flashing light is doing in the Audio section: ask Google, that's where they put it in Android Settings.

>How do I put my phone in Silent or Vibrate mode ?

Use action Audio / Silent Mode.

Do not try to do it with Volume Ringer or Vibrate on Ringer.

Can I automate sending of an SMS / Call through Google Voice ?

Not directly through Tasker. However,
Steelgirder Developments have (non-free) plugins which you can easily use with Tasker to accomplish this.

Steelgirder and the author of Tasker are agreed on working together wherever further integration of these plugins and Tasker is needed e.g. support for Tasker variables.

Can I change/remove the notification sounds for particular apps ?

Yes, but it's a little complicated, please see the
relevant forum post.

Can I silence all notifications except from particular applications ?

With Tasker versions from 1.0.10, you can try turning off all notifications (e.g. via Silent Mode or setting the Notification Volume to 0) and then using Tasker to do alerts for particular app notifications using the Notification event in the UI category.

Can I change the input method ?

On a rooted phone, yes, using the free Secure Settings plugin.

Consider also starring this feature request with Google.

How do I test whether I can reach the Internet (ping) ?


  HTTP Get URL (a known webpage), Continue Task On Error
  If [ %HTTPR = 200 ]
     ...
  Endif

How can I use whitespace (newline, tab etc) in action parameters ?

Tasker trims the start and end of all parameters to prevent whitespace causing problems. The only exception is the Variable Set action.

Therefore, if you want to use whitespace you should first assign it to a variable and then use the variable where you want the whitespace to appear:

Variable Set, %white, THISISANEWLINE
Flash, Here's a newline: %white

How can I run a task from a terminal login ?

am broadcast -a net.dinglisch.android.tasker.ACTION_TASK -e task_name YOUR_TASK_NAME

That's only possible on a rooted phone because otherwise there will be a permission problem.

How can I silence the camera shutter sound ?

This varies per device.

Try creating a new profile with an App context and select the Camera app. When asked to create a task, add the following actions:

  1. Task / Wait, 2 seconds
  2. Audio / Sound Effects, off
  3. Audio / Media Volume, 0
  4. Audio / System Volume, 0
  5. Audio / Notification Volume, 0
  6. Audio / Silent Mode, on

Then go to the Camera app, wait a couple of seconds and try taking a picture.

If you still hear the shutter sound, go back to the Tasker UI, click on the task that you created and hit the Play button bottom-left to run the task manually. Then go back to the Camera app. If you still hear the shutter sound, then it's not going to be possible for Tasker to disable it on your device.

Some manufacturers deliberately prevent disabling of the shutter sound, perhaps for legal reasons.

Addendum

A user has reported that setting DTMF volume to 0 removes the focus sound in the camera app.