Top 10 Tasker tips

Flash a Message When Someone Tries to Open Your Files with this Tasker Profile

I don’t think anyone likes it when someone tries to get into their personal files. It’s no one’s business but your own, but there are some people out there that just don’t get that. To get an alert when someone tries to open your personal files, you can use the following Tasker profile:

  • Create a new profile
  • Go to Application and choose  what files you want to get an alert for
  • Create a new task and set action 1 to home screen
  • Go to Alert and choose beep
  • Go to flash and type in the message you want the intruder to see

Tasker Profile to Have Tasker Read Out Your WhatsApp Notifications

Having your WhatsApp notifications read out loud can be really helpful sometimes. To set this up, below is the Tasker profile you’ll need:

  • Create a new profile
  • Tap on the + icon
  • Go to an event and look for a notification
  • Choose WhatsApp from the list
  • Make another profile
  • Choose the + icon
  • Select Display in State
  • Create a new task and choose +
  • Select Misc and choose Say
  • Type New WhatsApp %NTITLE under the text field space

Set up an Alert for When Someone Tries to Open Private Apps

This profile can help you stay safe and privacy-friendly. Personally speaking, I use this profile while at work or college so that no one uses certain private apps.

  • Create a profile and choose Application as the trigger.
  • Now, select all the applications that you consider private.
  • Name the task and open the task menu.
  • From this menu, you can choose Alert > Beep.
  • In the next screen, you can set up the things like frequency, duration and amplitude.

Software can be improved, hardware cannot

If you insist on being an early adopter, at least make sure the device has solid hardware. Software updates can be added over time, but hardware limitations will stick with a product for as long as you use it (usually).

Manage Notifications By Account

Got more than one account using your Outlook phone app? You can control the notifications from each.

  • On the Outlook home screen, select the Settings gear icon.
  • Scroll to and select Notifications.
  • Select Notifications, New email sound, or Sent email sound and make the changes you want.

Tasker Profile to Auto-Answer Calls

Not being able to answer a call can be devastating, especially if it’s an important one. Don’t let that happen to you with this useful Tasker profile.

  • Go to Profile
  • Choose New state making sure that the context is Bluetooth connected
  • Make sure the name is the same as the Bluetooth of your phone
  • Choose Done
  • Choose the profile and select Add Context and Incoming Call
  • Leave the Call Number empty, so every call is answered
  • Create a new task and choose +
  • See if your device is idle and wait for about 5 seconds
  • Take the call

Listen to Emails In the Outlook App

Great for the multi-tasker, Play My Emails is a powerful feature of Outlook. It uses Cortana’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to do more than just read emails. Cortana will check Outlook and let you know about meeting changes or conflicts. It can give email details, like who else received the email, if it’s a long or short email, and how long the email is to read. The Play My Emails for iOS is available in Canada, the US, United Kingdom, Australia, and India. For Android, it’s only available in the US. Expect it to come to you eventually.

Cheap doesn’t always mean it’s junk

Maybe it’s priced just right…and their competitors are just way overpriced? Mind blown, right? Most of the time, “cheap equals junk” is a pretty good rule. But if you do your research, there are some exceptions. The Wyze Cam is a versatile IP cam. It’s priced at a fraction the cost of its competitors and is a tremendous value. Other examples of great value smart products are Sengled smart bulbs and Sonoff smart switches (great for DIY projects).

Mute Audio

Use ⌘Cmd+Shift+A (PC: Alt+A) to mute/unmute your audio.

Check for rebates with your power company

In many states, power companies offer rebates when you buy a new smart thermostat. I’ve seen rebates that range from $25-$100. The additional rebate can make buying a smart thermostat a no-brainer. You may also be able to score a discount from your homeowner’s insurance for security related products.