This is not a comparison of Android and iOS or Windows Phone, even though it seems to be one of the most searched questions on the Internet. Everyone will make the choice to find the system that suits one’s lifestyle best. Instead, we’ll talk about one particular Android-only app that has no counterpart on any of the other platforms: Tasker.
There’s MyProfiles on iOS, but it doesn’t even come close to scratching the surface of Tasker’s power. It also requires jailbreaking your device. Tasker, on the other hand, requires no rooting. There’s just one particular feature I miss out on because I choose not to root my phone: to be able to access the GPS function directly for toggling; rooting is a prerequisite, unfortunately. Without rooting, I would say the user is limited to perhaps 98% of Tasker’s capabilities.
Hardware: My phone is a Sony Xperia S with Android 4.04 and Tasker installed. For the record, my phone is as smooth as ever. All that prejudice of Android being slow is really just a bug on some devices. Comparing it to an iPhone is not always fair, since the iPhone isn’t a cheap device, either. If you want a high-end experience, buy a high-end phone.
Tasker lets your dreams come true, and with a little imagination, your phone will become more than just a communication device. While the app gets updated, Android will also become more advanced and customizable. Imagine what wasn’t possible three years ago, and then imagine what will be possible just three years from now.
Magically Toggle Your Wi-Fi
In Tasker, you create so-called profiles. In each of these profiles, you can add tasks, which can consist of one or several actions. This is the simplest, but also one of the coolest ways to show off the infinite capabilities of Tasker.
This is the magical Wi-Fi connection trick. It doesn’t require much battery power, either. Instead, it uses the network signal to which your phone is always connected. Every time you enter the proximity of designated cell towers, Tasker will toggle your Wi-Fi on or off. Below you can see the settings required.
Profiles: Wi-Fi Connect (you can name it whatever you prefer)
State, then Phone, then Cell tower and Scan for a couple of minutes. Walk around your house or the location of your choice. Let it receive as many cell towers as possible.
Wi-Fi On: Net, then Wi-Fi; set On.
Wi-Fi Off: Net, then Wi-Fi; set Off. Alternatively, you can go to Tasks and wait three minutes (this prevents unnecessary toggling).
More Information on This Super App
Tasker offers practically unlimited ways to turn your phone into something approaching an artificial intelligence. This is not exaggerated, but let it be known that it requires some effort from you. The app design isn’t the most intuitive or simplest I’ve seen yet, and it’s not very pretty, either. You pay for sheer awesomeness, not good design.
If you’re not yet convinced that this is the app for you, it’s possible to try out Tasker for free by going to the developer’s website. You can directly download the apk installer and give it a whirl for seven days. Do not install it if you’ve already bought it from the Play Store, obviously. You will also need to uninstall the trial version before you can buy it. However, it’s possible to save and restore any profiles you may already have set up. One week is enough to play around, and inevitably get excited with this new “toy.” With great confidence, I believe that you will buy this app after looking at some of the resources I will now share with you.
One thing I always disliked about Android was its inadequate battery indicator. With Tasker, I created a very sleek indicator, which is a simple line. It changes colors depending on the state of the phone’s battery. Of course, you can change the colors to your liking. The profile for it is so complex, though, that it’s easier for you watch the following video tutorial than for me to try and explain the process with mere words.
Another great resource to get started is this informative video series. There are three parts so far, starting with the extreme basics, slowly transitioning to more advanced scenarios. Again, please note that a couple of the shown situations only work if your phone is rooted. However, don’t be alarmed. There’s still plenty of fun to be had.
Have you had any experience with Tasker that you’d like to share with us? Is Tasker something you could see using to enhance your Android experience? Or is Tasker something you don’t think you’d find very useful at all? Please leave a comment below and let us know!