What Tasker profiles is everyone using?? (This thread is NOT for requesting help with profiles)

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  1. CodeMonkey

    CodeMonkey Well-Known Member

    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 :eek:, however I've specifically tested for that weakness with this version :rolleyes:

    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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  2. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    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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  3. CodeMonkey

    CodeMonkey Well-Known Member

    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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  4. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    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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  5. CriticalCritic

    CriticalCritic Well-Known Member

    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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  6. aaz110

    aaz110 Well-Known Member

    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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  7. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    Most settings plug-ins will work. Locale context plug-ins are not supported by Tasker.
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  8. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    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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  9. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    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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  10. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    Try this:

    <added to exit task, and make sure that task is set to keep device awake>
    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>
    Enter Task:
    Variable Set %ATHOME = 1
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  11. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    Thanks, just added it and tested it and it works great.
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  12. ArmadaTattoo

    ArmadaTattoo Well-Known Member

    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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  13. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    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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  14. ArmadaTattoo

    ArmadaTattoo Well-Known Member

    I found the relevant profile on wiki for the lost phone text message.


    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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  15. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    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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  16. steelersmb

    steelersmb Well-Known Member

    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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  17. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    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.
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  18. CodeMonkey

    CodeMonkey Well-Known Member

    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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  19. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    I have what amounts to a default profile for ringer volumes.

    Context: Time 07:00 - 20:59
    Silent Mode Off
    Ringer Volume 6
    Vibrate on Ringer Off
    Vibrate on Notification Off

    Context: Time 21:00 - 06:59
    Silent Mode Vibrate
    Vibrate on Ringer On
    Vibrate on Notification On
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  20. steelersmb

    steelersmb Well-Known Member

    I guess that makes sense. I might try that method.
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  21. ampman337

    ampman337 New Member

    Can you have the locations emailed to you instead of an sms?
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  22. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    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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  23. Etoile

    Etoile Member

    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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  24. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

    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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  25. 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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