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Old August 25th, 2010, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I think we should get a good thread going with how everyone has set up profiles in Tasker. With so many options, sometimes I overlook a really cool way to set up a profile. Here is what I have, post yours:

1. Bedtime
Context -
Time: 2130-0300
Orientation: Left Side
Power: Plugged in
Tasks -
Media Volume set
Load app - White noise
Wait - 5 seconds
Load app - digital clock

2. Quite Clock
Context - same as above but time until 1000
Tasks - Notification volume - set
Exit task - notification volume set

3. Car
Context - Bluetooth connected
Tasks -
Media volume set
Wifi off
Exit tasks -
Bluetooth off
Wifi off

4. Call
Context - Incoming call
Tasks -
Auto brightness on IF %CNUM !~ 0
Ringer volume set to 0 IF %CNUM ~ 0
Wait 45 seconds
Auto brightness off
Ringer volume set 15


That is mine except for a few really basic ones. There is still 1 I want to set up:
-Face down at a certain time -> screen lock, otherwise no lock, alarm triggered until unlocked if picked up.


So what is everyone else doing?

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I've got a few basic ones that turn on GPS when I launch apps that need it. I've got one that disables screen rotation at night when I'm in bed. I've got one that pops up a list of all my different media options (Music, podcasting app, XM, Pandora, etc....) when I plug my headphones in. Working on one that sends an email when I leave the office.
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I've got a few basic ones that turn on GPS when I launch apps that need it. I've got one that disables screen rotation at night when I'm in bed. I've got one that pops up a list of all my different media options (Music, podcasting app, XM, Pandora, etc....) when I plug my headphones in. Working on one that sends an email when I leave the office.
Yeah, Iv'e got the GPS ones also.
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I have a few:

1) Carmode : says my text message to me sender and body

2)launch GPS for a few apps.

3)headset plugged in launches pandora

4) Battery level at 20% it states to plug in the charger and plays imperial march

5) I also have one that i helped a person with that changes the wallpaper every couple of hours but i disabled it.

6) a demo I created and posted on youtube (I also posted here once before) - to show newbies what tasker is...

YouTube - Tasker_vid.3gp
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I have a few:

1) Carmode : says my text message to me sender and body

2)launch GPS for a few apps.

3)headset plugged in launches pandora

4) Battery level at 20% it states to plug in the charger and plays imperial march

5) I also have one that i helped a person with that changes the wallpaper every couple of hours but i disabled it.

6) a demo I created and posted on youtube (I also posted here once before) - to show newbies what tasker is...

YouTube - Tasker_vid.3gp
Nice. A few questions:
1. How do you set it to read SMS?
2. Can you set it to turn off a live wallpaper on low battery and then turn that live wallpaper back on when you plug it in?
3. How do you set it to play a particular song for an action, can you use an alarm sound or only mp3?
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I've got two at the moment which mostly work:

1) On the hour, my phone does a silent "chime" by doing three quick vibs.

2) When I plug in my headphones, it plays the music app and pauses it when unplugging. This way when someone bugs me I unplug my headphones, then plug them back in to continue where I left off. Only problem is when plugging them in for the first time, it plays a random song. Haven't figured that out yet.
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2) When I plug in my headphones, it plays the music app and pauses it when unplugging. This way when someone bugs me I unplug my headphones, then plug them back in to continue where I left off. Only problem is when plugging them in for the first time, it plays a random song. Haven't figured that out yet.
This is a really good idea. I need to set mine to pause when I unplug my headphones. I also need to set one up to generate an alarm when the battery overheats. I've just been too lazy to do it up 'til now.
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Nice. A few questions:
1. How do you set it to read SMS?
if you install saymyname dessert (free) it will be in the plug ins. It also will announce who is calling and can also read your emails (gmail and k9)
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2. Can you set it to turn off a live wallpaper on low battery and then turn that live wallpaper back on when you plug it in?
Yes, I would probably play with it to set your live wallpaper back when it reaches a certain battery level.

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3. How do you set it to play a particular song for an action, can you use an alarm sound or only mp3?
yes - go into media, play song. You can have it play any media file on your phone...again its just a matter of playing with tasker to understand how it works. Go to the tasker forums and you can see other people asking questions that you may also have.

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Anyone know how I can get Tasker to enable Vlingo's SafeReader? Android script maybe?
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I have added a couple more. I used tasker to put a lock on several of my apps incase someone is looking at my phone, I don't want them to screw anything up (I locked apps like Terminal, Bootstrap recovery, root explorer, etc)

Then I added 2 tasks incase of a lost phone:

I can send my X a SMS from any other phone and my X will send back its GPS location and battery level

I can also send a SMS to my X and it will trigger a very loud, very annoying alarm.
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We just had our 4th Child, so with the kids going back to school and mom recuperating I took over the morning grind.

I created a simple GPS/SMS notification profile to fire off an SMS to the Mrs when we arrive at school to drop off and pickup. Saves me from answering the "did you get there on time?" messages.

I wish there was a way to use inertia to set off a profile. I don't dock in the car so if there is some way for it to detect motion of acceleration I would use that to kick off my car profile.
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I have added a couple more. I used tasker to put a lock on several of my apps incase someone is looking at my phone, I don't want them to screw anything up (I locked apps like Terminal, Bootstrap recovery, root explorer, etc)

Then I added 2 tasks incase of a lost phone:

I can send my X a SMS from any other phone and my X will send back its GPS location and battery level

I can also send a SMS to my X and it will trigger a very loud, very annoying alarm.

WOW, that sounds really cool!
I'd really appreciate if you could tell me how you do that
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The most complicated setups I have are for my car.

1.
Context
-Connect car charger
Tasks
-Bluetooth On
-Screen timeout = infinite
-Load app launcher pro (setup with its own icon setup and enables screen rotation for my car mount)
Exit Tasks
-Bluetooth Off
-Go Home (Gets rid of launcher pro)

2.
Context
-Connect Bluetooth
Tasks
-GPS On
-WiFi Off

3.
Context
-Bluetooth Connected
-Received SMS
Tasks
-Reads the SMS out loud to me.
-Sends a reply SMS notifying the sender that I am driving and if they need me they can call me.
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I'm currently working on a type emergency alert. Just in case my wife locks herself out of the house again while I'm asleep.

I'm still working on it though. Noises1.ogg will play indeffinately on its own, till another sound file plays or the phone vibrates(I think). So that's why I put in Profile2. I was thinking maybe having Noises1.ogg repeat till I click the Notify Sound: .../Noises1.ogg Notification, but that'd mean another Context profile. ;/

I also made one that ends calls, and sends them a text politely telling them I'm on a data only plan and they can text me "123" to temporarily disable the block.

Context.
Receive SMS with a specific code(personal four digit number).
Tasks.
Reply to %SMSRF letting them know my device is initiating the command.
Turn Profile on: Profile2.
Turn Silent Mode off.
Set Ringer Volume to 12.
Wait 2 seconds. // Delay required or it won't vibrate if you were in silent mode.
Vibrate pattern for eight seconds. // To hopefully warn me before my phone exploads if I'm in a meeting.
Wait 12 seconds. // Again delay required so vibrate(?)/silent mode doesn't prevent sound.
Notify Sound: .../Noises1.ogg.

Context: Profile2.
File Closed: .../Noises1.ogg.
Tasks.
Reply to %SMSRF letting them know the alert has ceased playing.
Turn Profile off: Profile2. //Incase it takes up resources always being on.


--UPDATED. Sorry, I get OCD. lol.
This allows the alarm file to loop without being accidently turned off by a vibrate(?)/sound file playing after Noises1.ogg. It will loop till the notification named 'Emergency.' is clicked.

Context.
0 - Received SMS: 1234. // Specific code only my family knows, case sensitive.
Tasks.
1 - Send SMS: %SMSRF, "Enabling Emergency Alert Procedures, please stand by.".
2 - Profile Status: Profile2 = On.
3 - Variable Set: %EMERGENCY = 5.
4 - Silent Mode: Off.
5 - Ringer Volume: 12.
6 - Wait: 2 Second(s). // Delay required or it won't vibrate if you were in silent mode.
7 - Vibrate Pattern: 1000,2000,1000,2000,1000,2000. // To hopefully warn me before my phone exploads if I'm in a meeting.
8 - Wait: 12 Second(s). // Again delay required so vibrate(?)/silent mode doesn't prevent sound.
9 - If: %EMERGENCY matches 5.
10- Notify Sound: Emergency., .../Alarm_Beem_02.ogg. // I put a red star icon.
11- Wait: 1 Second(s).
12- Goto Action: 9.
13- If: %EMERGENCY doesn't match 5.
14- Send SMS: %SMSRF, "Alert has ceased.".
15- Profile Status: Profile2 = Off. // Minimize resources. Might be pointless redundancy on my part.

Context: Profile2.
0 - Notification Click: Emergency.
Tasks.
1 - Send SMS: %SMSRF, "Alert has been acknowledged.".
2 - Variable Set: %EMERGENCY = 1.

Oh, and this is not thoroughly tested. I take no responsibility if your loved ones stay locked outside due to direct and or indirect use of this information.
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Anyone know how I can get Tasker to enable Vlingo's SafeReader? Android script maybe?
I second this! Right now I have it Load App: Vlingo when docked so I can manually turn it on.

I would like to use my Swype keyboard when portrait then switch to Android or Vlingo keyboard when in landscape mode. Anyone figure that one out yet? I'd settle for a pop up with the option when I switch orientation.
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I have the following thus far.
1. Alert sound plays once my battery is fully charged, so I can remove the phone from the charger.
2. Turn off wifi and gps from 11pm to 6:30am.
3. Camera button pops up menu with Camera, Camcorder, & Flashlight options.
4. Plugging headphones in brings up a menu with: Music, YouTube, FM Radio, Scanner Radio, Movies, The Onion, & Ustream
5. Auto turn on GPS for several apps when opened. Turns off GPS when app is closed.
6. Wakeup alarm set to speak greeting to me with motivating words and play Benny Goodman's Sing Sing Sing.
7. When I open Google Sky Map the theme music from Carl Sagan's old TV show Cosmos plays.
8. Turned off annoying camera shutter sounds in Camera and Camcorder.

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8. Turned off annoying camera shutter sounds in Camera and Camcorder.

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How did you set this one up? I would like to do that also
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Currently I've got the following profiles..

1. At work (day, time and net location based): sets variable on entry, clears on exit and sends text to specified context on exit. Used in conjunction with 2 and 3.

2. In Meeting (using variable set in 'At Work' + busy calendar event in Work calendar): vibrate only

3. NotInMeeting (using variable set in 'At Work' + inverted busy calendar event in Work calendar): lowered volumes

4. Sleeping (time, docked, when 'At Work' variable not set): silence all notifications. Used in conjunction with OverrideSleeping.

5. OverrideSleeping: overrides Sleeping profile for a whitelist of callers

6. MissedSMS: sounds single notification sound with vibration 5 minutes after receiving a text if not dealt with. Used in conjunction with MissedCall and MissedSMSandCallClear.

7. MissedCall: sounds single notification sound with vibration 10 minutes after receiving a missed call if not dealt with. Used in conjunction with MissedSMS and MissedSMSandCallClear.

8. MissedSMSandCallClear: clears MissedSMS and MissedCall tasks if the display is unlocked whilst they are running. Used in conjunction with MissedCall and MissedSMS.

9. WiredHeadsetVolumeLimit: halves media volume when a wired headset is plugged in. Reverts to full when unplugged

10. BluetoothHeadsetCallMenu: offers a 15 second popup menu for apps EnRoute, CoPilot, Google Nav, SpeedView when my headset is connected

11. LockDelay - requires paid plugin Locale Password Lock Plug-in: activates a PIN lock if my phone is not used for 30 minutes (ie screen has not been turned on) except where the phone is being charged (any power source)


The LockDelay is the one I'm most proud of . I found it a right pain to implement correctly (the wiki approach didn't work for me) and it's the only way I've found of having a delayed lock screen on a stock unrooted N1 with Froyo installed. Most other lock delay apps have been hampered by Google's API changes as part of the Froyo release.
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Can you guys please post the instructions on how to set up these profiles? Thanks much.
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My only clever one is for docking. I really dislike having to turn my music off, and it makes your Android look like a dork's phone when it keeps playing once undocked and the car's off. It was also really annoying that WidgetLocker doesn't know when the phone is in a Car Dock.

So,

State: Docked
Enter Tasks:
Kill App WidgetLocker (I saw on the Google groups forum there is a way to send it intents to suspend it but I don't know how to use these yet.)
Bluetooth on
GPS On
WiFi Off
AutoBrightness Off
Display Brightness 255

Exit Tasks:
LoadApp WidgetLocker
Kill all music programs
AutoBrightness On
Bluetooth and GPS Off

I just need to set up another state profile for vibration - I like it on when I'm out when it's in my pocket, but otherwise I keep vibration off. However the WifiNear stuff never seems to work right - I just changed mine to a 2km cell tower radius, since I realized my tower fix is often as bad as 2 km even though I'm in a mid-sized city, and I'm hoping that will turn my Wifi back on when I get home...
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I have a question about Tasker - i'm currently trying it out before i buy it.
If i set the Context as a location, (i.e. home) and then the task is to turn Wi-Fi on, how does Tasker know when i've left home, to trigger the wi-fi off?
Does this mean i have to leave my GPS on all the time?

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I have a question about Tasker - i'm currently trying it out before i buy it.
If i set the Context as a location, (i.e. home) and then the task is to turn Wi-Fi on, how does Tasker know when i've left home, to trigger the wi-fi off?
Does this mean i have to leave my GPS on all the time?

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I set mine staggered.
-When I get to my home GPS location, it turns Wifi on, period. (Called this 'Enable Home')
-Then when it connects to my home network, it changes all of my settings to whatever I want home to be. Including turning GPS off. (This is my actual 'Home' context, so while I am at my house the GPS is always off)
-Then whenever I leave my 'Home' context (ie, exit the radius of my specific home wifi network connection) it turns GPS back on. And when I leave the general area, it turns Wifi off.

Hope this helps.
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Can you guys please post the instructions on how to set up these profiles? Thanks much.
I haven't got the time and energy at the moment to post them all (and most of mine are culled from the wiki and user groups for Tasker), however the 'Lock Delay' is all mine, so here it is.

This setup requires 2 profiles and a paid plugin. The lock delay plugin can be used with all numbers (i.e. a PIN lock) or all letters (Password). I have only tested this with PIN.
The profile will lock the phone if it is not charging and has not been in use for 30 minutes. To change this delay, set the %LOCKDELAY variable in profile 1 to the required amount. I'd suggest testing with a shorted time span whilst you still have the refund option on the plugin to make sure you are happy with the results.

Profile 1: "Lock Delay"
Contexts:
Display Off
Not Power
Task: DelayLock
1. Variable Set %LOCKDELAY To 30
2. Wait 1 minute
3. Variable Subtract %LOCKDELAY Value 1
4. Stop IF $SCREEN ~ on
5. Goto Action Number 2 IF %LOCKDELAY > 0
6. Password Lock Plugin ON IF %SCREEN ~ off
Set Task Properties: Abort Existing Task. Keep Device Awake

Profile 2: "Unlock"
Contexts:
Display Unlocked
Task: Unlock
1. Password Lock Plugin OFF

REQUIRED PLUGIN is "Locale Password Lock Plug-in"

As a footnote it's worth taking some time to play with Tasker - I've been a software developer for 13 years and it took me an evening of reading up on it online and an afternoon of playing around to really start to grasp the possibilities. Look at what's in the wiki profiles and have a play, and join the Google Groups mailing lists for Tasker
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I haven't got the time and energy at the moment to post them all (and most of mine are culled from the wiki and user groups for Tasker), however the 'Lock Delay' is all mine, so here it is.

This setup requires 2 profiles and a paid plugin. The lock delay plugin can be used with all numbers (i.e. a PIN lock) or all letters (Password). I have only tested this with PIN.
The profile will lock the phone if it is not charging and has not been in use for 30 minutes. To change this delay, set the %LOCKDELAY variable in profile 1 to the required amount. I'd suggest testing with a shorted time span whilst you still have the refund option on the plugin to make sure you are happy with the results.

Profile 1: "Lock Delay"
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1. Variable Set %LOCKDELAY To 30
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3. Variable Subtract %LOCKDELAY Value 1
4. Stop IF $SCREEN ~ on
5. Goto Action Number 2 IF %LOCKDELAY > 0
6. Password Lock Plugin ON IF %SCREEN ~ off
Set Task Properties: Abort Existing Task. Keep Device Awake

Profile 2: "Unlock"
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Task: Unlock
1. Password Lock Plugin OFF

REQUIRED PLUGIN is "Locale Password Lock Plug-in"

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A couple questions:

1. Do all the locale plug ins work with tasker? If so I'm going to start looking to get some.

2. How does this plug in work? Is it different from the built in display lock in tasker?

3. How can I set up a profile to lock the phone on boot? For example, I lock my phone using an SMS profile (easy to set up) if my phone is lost or stolen. Then whoever finds my phone turns it off and back on - now it is not locked. I only want to enter a password once on a reboot when tasker starts, not everytime I unlock my phone.
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I haven't got the time and energy at the moment to post them all (and most of mine are culled from the wiki and user groups for Tasker), however the 'Lock Delay' is all mine, so here it is.

This setup requires 2 profiles and a paid plugin. The lock delay plugin can be used with all numbers (i.e. a PIN lock) or all letters (Password). I have only tested this with PIN.
The profile will lock the phone if it is not charging and has not been in use for 30 minutes. To change this delay, set the %LOCKDELAY variable in profile 1 to the required amount. I'd suggest testing with a shorted time span whilst you still have the refund option on the plugin to make sure you are happy with the results.

Profile 1: "Lock Delay"
Contexts:
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Task: DelayLock
1. Variable Set %LOCKDELAY To 30
2. Wait 1 minute
3. Variable Subtract %LOCKDELAY Value 1
4. Stop IF $SCREEN ~ on
5. Goto Action Number 2 IF %LOCKDELAY > 0
6. Password Lock Plugin ON IF %SCREEN ~ off
Set Task Properties: Abort Existing Task. Keep Device Awake

Profile 2: "Unlock"
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Task: Unlock
1. Password Lock Plugin OFF

REQUIRED PLUGIN is "Locale Password Lock Plug-in"

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I've been working on a "Wheres My Droid" replacement, and one of the reasons I'm not locking the phone with Taskers Lock action is that it appears weak - I can press Home to clear it for a few seconds, or long-press Home and select a running app, and manage to move around in Android. Can this plug-in be bypassed, that you're aware of?
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A couple questions:

1. Do all the locale plug ins work with tasker? If so I'm going to start looking to get some.

2. How does this plug in work? Is it different from the built in display lock in tasker?

3. How can I set up a profile to lock the phone on boot? For example, I lock my phone using an SMS profile (easy to set up) if my phone is lost or stolen. Then whoever finds my phone turns it off and back on - now it is not locked. I only want to enter a password once on a reboot when tasker starts, not everytime I unlock my phone.
1. I believe most of them do - a quick Google of <plugin name> + Tasker should prove / disprove

2. It uses the Device Admin context in Froyo to gain access to enabling & disabling the PIN lock (similar to the Exchange account usage I believe).
I wasn't aware that there is a built in display lock in Tasker. The plugin sets and unsets the built-in Android PIN / password lock that you can switch on under Settings - Location & Security Settings - Set up screen lock. I'm simply using it to give me a time delay so I don't have to enter my PIN if I pickup the phone 5 mins after I put it down..

3. There is a System Event 'Device Boot' in the Tasker contexts that should be able to help you setup a profile to switch the locking on. Then you should just need to disable it once you've unlocked the display (similar to my 2nd Profile above).

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Can this plug-in be bypassed, that you're aware of?
I believe it's pretty secure due to usage of the Device Admin context - I suspect it's as weak / strong as the Android lock itself as it is essentially leveraging that functionality.
The main weakness would be in the profiles used to trigger & disable it - my first attempt could be bypassed by simply switching the screen off and back on again , however I've specifically tested for that weakness with this version

I have only tested this on my stock N1 with Froyo (unrooted) so other device users may experience other results. But it works well enough for me to feel a bit more secure about my phone (not that it ever really leaves my side)
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1. I believe most of them do - a quick Google of <plugin name> + Tasker should prove / disprove

2. It uses the Device Admin context in Froyo to gain access to enabling & disabling the PIN lock (similar to the Exchange account usage I believe).
I wasn't aware that there is a built in display lock in Tasker. The plugin sets and unsets the built-in Android PIN / password lock that you can switch on under Settings - Location & Security Settings - Set up screen lock. I'm simply using it to give me a time delay so I don't have to enter my PIN if I pickup the phone 5 mins after I put it down..

3. There is a System Event 'Device Boot' in the Tasker contexts that should be able to help you setup a profile to switch the locking on. Then you should just need to disable it once you've unlocked the display (similar to my 2nd Profile above).


I believe it's pretty secure due to usage of the Device Admin context - I suspect it's as weak / strong as the Android lock itself as it is essentially leveraging that functionality.
The main weakness would be in the profiles used to trigger & disable it - my first attempt could be bypassed by simply switching the screen off and back on again , however I've specifically tested for that weakness with this version

I have only tested this on my stock N1 with Froyo (unrooted) so other device users may experience other results. But it works well enough for me to feel a bit more secure about my phone (not that it ever really leaves my side)
OK, I'm going to give it a try then on my Droid X with Froyo. I just want it as a piece of mind for a lost phone (even though I have never lost a phone). I already have a GPS profile and an ALARM profile set up to execute on an SMS, so I am going to add this also.

The display lock just puts up an overlay on the screen until you put in the PIN. I use it to lock a couple apps incase my daughter or nephew pick up my phone so they don't change anything like with root explorer.
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OK, I'm going to give it a try then on my Droid X with Froyo. I just want it as a piece of mind for a lost phone (even though I have never lost a phone)
That was my thinking too. Make sure the plugin sets up as a device admin when it installs, otherwise it won't be able to toggle the lock on and off.
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OK, it works on the Droid X with Froyo. The only flaw I have found is after boot if the screen is on when Tasker starts it will not lock until the display has been turned off. I reduced the display timeout to 7 seconds, but that is the best I can get to a good lock.

Anyways, I like it despite the limitations and I am going to look into some other locale plug ins even though all the ones I have seen so far are built into Tasker already.
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1. Do all the locale plug ins work with tasker? If so I'm going to start looking to get some.
Most of them are not necessary. And don't get the task killer plugin, it's useless in Froyo.

Also, with at least one locale plugin that I have tried, the formatting is not compatible, so although you can use it, the text is invisible so you cannot see which settings you are changing (this is the timeout pluging I think...)
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I have a bunch of basic profiles (automatically max screen brightness on incoming call during the day time, launch music app menu on headphones plugged in, sleep mode with an auto max ringer volume past 7 am, auto gps on when launching certain apps).

I also have one that automatically turns wifi on, and 3g, bluetooth, and GPS off when I get home...and vice-versa when I leave my home. I did have one that automatically sent a text message to the sender if someone texted me while I was driving...however, I was playing around with it, trying to tweak it more, and now it doesn't seem to work anymore...I'll have to take the time to figure it out again.

I really would like to figure out how to make voice activated call answering possible. I want to set up a profile that when connected to bluetooth and an call is incoming, my phone states through my car speakers "hello, **** is calling. would you like to take the call?" Then have the phone take (or not take) the call based on my spoken yes or no answer. Does anyone know if this is possible yet? I have Froyo on my phone...voice commands work great as long as they aren't too complex. Also, would it be possible for the voice prompt from Tasker to play through my car speakers? My stereo supports bluetooth calling, but not A2DP...I did notice that with my old phone... my mp3 ringtone would play through my car speakers when someone called. If that's an option on my new phone, I haven't figured out how to enable it yet. Does anyone know if any of this is possible with Tasker?
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Most settings plug-ins will work. Locale context plug-ins are not supported by Tasker.
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Most settings plug-ins will work. Locale context plug-ins are not supported by Tasker.
I've been looking and except for the device lock that I down loaded today everything else I have seen is already included in Tasker.

Does anyone know of any other locale plug ins that are useful and not in Tasker already?
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I have a bluetooth profile for my car. I want to set up an exit task that checks WiFi near (a context in Tasker) and if I am at home I want it to turn on WiFi, if not WiFi stays off.

I know I could just make a profile to check this, but I only want to check it when I get out of my car.

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I have a bluetooth profile for my car. I want to set up an exit task that checks WiFi near (a context in Tasker) and if I am at home I want it to turn on WiFi, if not WiFi stays off.

I know I could just make a profile to check this, but I only want to check it when I get out of my car.

TYIA
Try this:

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Profile Status WifiAtHome On
Wait 45 seconds
Wifi On If %ATHOME = 1
Variable Clear %ATHOME
Profile Status WifAtHome Off


Profile: WifiAtHome
Context: Wifi Near <home wifi>
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Thanks, just added it and tested it and it works great.
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I am really enjoying playing with tasker: Heres a few I have done so far.
Bluetooth Connected:
Load Apps Music Player & Vlingo, Display Timeout to 1 minute, rotation off, Brightness to 250, Wifi Off, Keyguard Off
Undo all of the above on Exit

Phone Ringing: Brightness to 255, Timeout to 1 minute, Kill App Widgetlocker

Keyboard Out: Display timeout to max

Auto turn to Vibrate when busy in calendar.

Power Plug/usb in: Birghtness to max, timeout to 10 min, autosync on, keyguard off, kill widget locker.

Auto wifi on when in the office and at home. Quite at night, loud during the day etc etc

Again undo all the above on exit.

I want to set up the locate lost phone with google maps link via a text message but I haven't had the time to figure it all out yet... Anyone know a link to where it has been done? I ouldnt see it on the Tasker website or on forum.
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I am really enjoying playing with tasker: Heres a few I have done so far.
Bluetooth Connected:
Load Apps Music Player & Vlingo, Display Timeout to 1 minute, rotation off, Brightness to 250, Wifi Off, Keyguard Off
Undo all of the above on Exit

Phone Ringing: Brightness to 255, Timeout to 1 minute, Kill App Widgetlocker

Keyboard Out: Display timeout to max

Auto turn to Vibrate when busy in calendar.

Power Plug/usb in: Birghtness to max, timeout to 10 min, autosync on, keyguard off, kill widget locker.

Auto wifi on when in the office and at home. Quite at night, loud during the day etc etc

Again undo all the above on exit.

I want to set up the locate lost phone with google maps link via a text message but I haven't had the time to figure it all out yet... Anyone know a link to where it has been done? I ouldnt see it on the Tasker website or on forum.
I have a profile to send my phone a sms and it returns the gps location and battery level plus enables the lockscreen with password. I also have another one that can enable an alarm on my phone. I got both of them from the tasker wiki page. if you can't find them I'll post them in a little bit when I get home, I'm just on my X right now. :-)
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I found the relevant profile on wiki for the lost phone text message.

tasker.wikidot.com/locatephone

I have a problem though, the message I get back says %HTTPD instead of the actual location.

Is this because it failed to get a gps lock or have I made as mistake somewhere do you think?
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I found the relevant profile on wiki for the lost phone text message.

tasker.wikidot.com/locatephone

I have a problem though, the message I get back says %HTTPD instead of the actual location.

Is this because it failed to get a gps lock or have I made as mistake somewhere do you think?
There was an error in that line of text on the wiki, either tomorrow or Monday I'll post the correct line, just pm me if I forget
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I was wondering if everyone uses a default profile when there aren't any other active profiles running. Basically I have tasker set my phone in airplane mode at night and then I have a default profile that is set to run all day. If another profile runs, it runs with the default profile as well. Is this the best way to handle things.
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I found the relevant profile on wiki for the lost phone text message.

tasker.wikidot.com/locatephone

I have a problem though, the message I get back says %HTTPD instead of the actual location.

Is this because it failed to get a gps lock or have I made as mistake somewhere do you think?
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There was an error in that line of text on the wiki, either tomorrow or Monday I'll post the correct line, just pm me if I forget
FYI - I found it unnecessary to shorten the URL in the first place. Here's the SMS body I send in reply to a "find me" message:

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My %LOCPRV location within %LOCACC meters is: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=%LOC
My speed is %LOCSPD m/s
This has the advantage of not obscuring the coordinates, so if you send the sms query from a feature phone, you still get readable information back.

I've considered using the Google API (I don't recall the URL right now) that would allow turning the GPS coordinates into an address, but there would be much effort required to parse the address out of the XML data that's returned.
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I was wondering if everyone uses a default profile when there aren't any other active profiles running. Basically I have tasker set my phone in airplane mode at night and then I have a default profile that is set to run all day. If another profile runs, it runs with the default profile as well. Is this the best way to handle things.
I don't use a default profile myself (I have numerous profiles switching in and out throughout the day) - in your circumstances you could use the exit task of your nighttime profile to set your notification volumes etc for the day.
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I have what amounts to a default profile for ringer volumes.

Context: Time 07:00 - 20:59
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Vibrate on Notification Off

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I don't use a default profile myself (I have numerous profiles switching in and out throughout the day) - in your circumstances you could use the exit task of your nighttime profile to set your notification volumes etc for the day.
I guess that makes sense. I might try that method.
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FYI - I found it unnecessary to shorten the URL in the first place. Here's the SMS body I send in reply to a "find me" message:



This has the advantage of not obscuring the coordinates, so if you send the sms query from a feature phone, you still get readable information back.

I've considered using the Google API (I don't recall the URL right now) that would allow turning the GPS coordinates into an address, but there would be much effort required to parse the address out of the XML data that's returned.
Can you have the locations emailed to you instead of an sms?
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Can you have the locations emailed to you instead of an sms?
Not with just Tasker. The Send SMS action doesn't support email addresses, and there is no Send Email action (yet?). However, there is a script (I think on the Wiki) that can be used to send email, but I've never used it.
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Yes, I would probably play with it to set your live wallpaper back when it reaches a certain battery level.
I'm new to Tasker, so I don't have many questions YET...I'm still reading everything that's out there.

I did want to ask about this though. When I use the "Set Wallpaper" action, I am only given the choices of Gallery or BettrFlickr. I don't see any way to choose from the Live Wallpaper selection. Do you have any suggestions, or is that just not in there? Thanks!
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Old September 28th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I'm new to Tasker, so I don't have many questions YET...I'm still reading everything that's out there.

I did want to ask about this though. When I use the "Set Wallpaper" action, I am only given the choices of Gallery or BettrFlickr. I don't see any way to choose from the Live Wallpaper selection. Do you have any suggestions, or is that just not in there? Thanks!
Not in there as far as I know. In fact, I used the Set Wallpaper action when the existing wallpaper was a Live Wallpaper, and when Tasker restored it, it restored the previous non-Live Wallpaper.
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First, I love Tasker but to my feeble brain it's like building my own car. It does a lot but it's a lot of work; why don't phones just have a lot of this built in?! More practice will help I hope.

Anyway, I use Missed Call now for repeating appointment reminders, repeating missed SMS, and repeating missed call reminders. I can even customize incoming ring tones by person, create custom LED colors and sounds based on sender, and vibrate length and pattern. It's awesome but I'd prefer to have one app handling these functions instead of two or three.

CodeMonkey, your MissedSMS, MissedCall, and MissedSMSandCallClear sound a lot like what I'm trying to do. Would you mind sharing those? Or some insight on the code to make those repeat?

Thanks for the newb. (And if it's not bad to say, people would definitely pay for well-documented tasks. The task might not be as pretty as a pure gui, but with documentation they could probably make their own customization later.)
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