Top 10 Tasker tips

Tasker Profile to Disable Lock Screen When Looking at Pictures

I have it when I’m looking at pictures, and just because the screen timeout is up, I have to sign in again. If you don’t want this happening to you, you have the following Tasker profile:

  • Go to profile and choose Application
  • Select Camera from the apps listed
  • Create a new task and tap on +
  • Choose Display and change the screen timeout as high as you want

Corollary: Expensive doesn’t always mean it’s better

I’ve seen many products hit the market with sky high price tags. Manufacturers will try to price their product in line with what they consider their competitors. People get excited about new product releases and will often pay a premium price to be early adopters. Unfortunately, many of the new smart home products are still a work in progress.

Leverage communities for help

If you have questions about a smart product, Facebook groups are a wonderful resource. Popular products like SmartThings, Philips Hue, and ecobee have their own dedicated fan groups. Join the group and you will find more than just casual fans. You’ll find fanatics and gurus and probably get 10 answers to any question.

Turn On Wi-Fi When you Open Google Maps

You need to enable Wi-Fi connection to properly use Google Maps, right? The following profile will surely save you some time.

  • Create a profile and choose Application as the trigger.
  • From the menu, select Google Maps.
  • Name the task and hit the + button.
  • Now, go to Net > Wi-Fi [If you have a rooted device, you can enable GPS and Mobile Data this way.
  • In the next menu, you can change It to On.

Protect your privacy

“Buy products from brands you trust.  And always consider self hosted options first to ensure you’re in control of your data.  A good example would be security cameras that record locally and don’t require a paid cloud service.” Matt Ferrell,  Undecided with Matt Ferrell 

Turn Off Video

To quickly turn video off/on, hit ⌘Cmd+Shift+V (PC: Alt+V).

Disable Display Auto-Rotate during Bedtime

Auto-rotating feature of the display is a pain during bedtime. You can use the following profile to disable the feature during the time specified.

  • Create a new profile and choose Time as the trigger.
  • You now have to select the normal time of your sleep. Just make the selection and go back.
  • Now, name the new task and tap the + button to proceed.
  • Choose Display > Display AutoRotate and turn it Off. Now onwards, the display auto-rotate feature will be disabled during the night-time.

There’s always something better coming soon

New products and new versions of old smart home products are constantly being released. Sometimes I find myself worried that the product I buy today will be obsolete tomorrow. If a smart home product solves your problem and the price is right, go for it. A good company will keep its products updated so they move with you into the future. For example, the latest version of the Nest Thermostat was released in 2015 and it’s still one of, if not the best smart thermostat available.

Get a Notification When Battery is Charged

Sometimes, you would want to charge your phone up to a particular percentage, for battery health benefits. You can use this profile to get a notification when the phone battery reaches that level.

  • While creating the new profile, you can choose State as the trigger.
  • From the menu, choose Power and then pick Battery Level.
  • Now, you have to select the range of battery level that you consider optimal for charging.
  • Go back and name the new task, after which you can tap the + button.
  • In the next screen, you can select Alert > Notify Sound.
  • Provide the details such as priority, text and sound values.

Turn Focused Inbox Off or On

The focused inbox is something you either love or hate. There’s no in-between, it seems.

  • Go to Settings and scroll to Focused Inbox, then select the sliding button to turn it off or on.