Top 10 Tasker tips

How to Remotely Wipe Data using Tasker App

If you want to be prepared just in case you ever lose your phone, try this useful Tasker profile.

  • Go to Profile
  • Choose Event
  • Go to phone and select receive SMS
  • Create a new task and tap on +
  • Tap on File and select Delete Directory
  • Check for Recurse, if not then the files won’t be emptied out

Smart thermostats work best with a c-wire

Smart thermostats that have a big screen and a WiFi connection require lots of power. A c-wire allows the thermostat to get that power from the wires without disrupting the HVAC operation. If you don’t have a c-wire, you’re asking for a headache. Don’t worry though, it’s not a big problem to solve. Here’s what I recommend.

Tasker Profile to Shake Your Phone to Lock It

There are many best Tasker profiles, but this is the Tasker profile you’ll need most of the times. To lock your phone with a simple shake:

  • Create a new profile
  • Go to Events
  • Choose Sensor and select Shake
  • Add the duration, axis, and sensitivity
  • Create a new task and tap on +
  • Select Display and choose System lock

Get Continuous Alerts for Missed Calls

You might forget to respond to the missed calls on a regular basis. If that’s the case, you can use this profile to remind you repeatedly.

  • Create a new profile by choosing State as the trigger.
  • Go to Phone and choose Missed Call.
  • In the next screen, you can specify if you want to get alerts for missed calls from a particular person.
  • Name the new task and hit + button to continue.
  • Choose Alert > Notify Sound.
  • In the next screen, you can provide the details for notification and even the sound file.
  • Also, make sure that you have ticked the column named Repeat Alert.

Meeting Reminder (Mobile)

When I’m on the go, I don’t always know when a meeting is about to start. On my phone, calendar reminders often go ignored (there are so many of them that it’s just too noisy to keep up). So I set up Zoom reminders to ensure that I never miss an important scheduled meeting.

Use both Google Assistant and Alexa

You don’t have to choose between the two voice assistant giants. You can connect all your smart home devices to both Google and Alexa at the same time. Then, use whichever is most convenient to control your devices.

Turn Organize By Thread Off or On

Just like the Focused Inbox, organizing emails by conversation thread is a divisive topic.

  • Go to Settings and scroll to Organize email by thread, then select the sliding button to turn it off or on.

Someone else has probably made a blog post about it

Inevitably, you will try to automate something and get stumped. Before you fumble around the app or spend hours trying to hack your own solution, do a Google search. You’re likely to find someone else who wanted to do the same thing as you, and posted about it on a forum or a blog. Do you have a great tip I missed? Leave me a message below and I’ll add it to the list!

Learn to use IFTTT, Stringify, and Tasker

You’ve probably heard of IFTTT, but what about the other two? The world of smart home devices is still young, and interoperability is still a challenge. Learn to use these third party scripting apps to make more complex automations and connect devices that are otherwise incompatible.

Mute Everyone

Our daily huddles now involve 20 people. Ambient or background noise can often get in the way of clear communication. We found this trick where the meeting host can hit ⌘Cmd+Ctrl+M (PC: Alt+M) to mute everyone on the call at once. This shortcut has single-handedly shaved minutes off of our daily meetings.