My tasker profiles (continued)

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Google Maps Via Tasker / SMS - 18 Jun 2016 15:09



This is in case I get lost and don't show up when / where I'm supposed to. certain family / friends have the code word that can be texted to me. Tasker (Google Play store) picks up that code word, then runs a very short program to send out my current location back to the phone number that just texted me. Takes all of like 20-30 seconds (depending on location and signal strength).

Note I am always using the latest version of Android and Tasker available for my phone

Create an event

Received text

  • Type = Any
  • Sender = Call group: family/2165551212/2165551213
  • Content = Whereareyouat? (Can be any code word or combination).

> You want a code phrase no one is likely to send you by accident

Create a task

Block private calls - 14 Feb 2016 23:16


I use this profile to block calls that have no caller ID (deliberately blocked). I can still answer if I want to, but if they blocked the caller ID (scams, political, sales, etc), then it will go to voicemail and I don't have to wait forever for the rings to finish:

Profile: Block private calls
Conditions: Phone ringing (caller is set to 0)

Entrance task:
Wait: 1 second
End call
Exit task: no exit task

I have tried this with both people on and off my call list. If they do not block their caller ID, it will ring through the entire setting. If they deliberately block the caller ID, however, they have 1 second of ringing, then it goes straight to voicemail.

As stated, this is really handy for those times political offices call, collection agencies, scams, etc). Basically, if the person thinks they need their caller ID blocked, I don't need to talk to them. If it is important, they'll leave a message and I can call back when it's convenient for me. - Comments: 0

Lost phone in house - 14 Feb 2016 23:11


I got tired of losing my phone in the house, so this is an especially handy way to find it.

Profile: Lost phone in house
Received text: Any, Sender: C:ANY (anyone in my contacts), Content: 123findme

Entrance task: Lost phone in house
Ringer volume: level 7
Media volume: level 15
Notification volume: level 7
Open file: music/Hello Darlin.mp3
Exit task: no exit task

(note, you can change the directory and the song). It will play until the song is finished. I usually have a good idea what area it's in, so I just need the song length to finish tracking it down under that piece of paper. An alert or sound file works just as well. - Comments: 0

Garbage day - 14 Feb 2016 23:05


While this may seem like a silly profile to have, it's actually very handy. I use it to help remember to take out the trash the night before. Since I have to leave for work at 3am, I don't want to be dragging out the trash right before I go to work, especially if it's bad weather.

Profile: Garbage out

Tuesday (or day before your trash needs to be out)
Time from 8:00am every 2 hours until 6:00 pm
Wifi near: (home network(s)

Entrance task: Garbage out
Exit task: No exit task

Task: Garbage out
Send SMS:
Number(s): (555) 555-1212, (555) 555-1213
Message: It's Tuesday, let's get the trash out so I don't forget or it gets too late.

If I'm working, this won't go off until I get home. If I have the day off, I'll get reminded all day long until I get it done. I don't shut the profile off and just ignore the texts the rest of the day. If I shut it off, I may not remember to turn it back on the next day and will miss the trash pick-up next week. - Comments: 0

Just got home - 14 Feb 2016 23:00


I typically use this profile to send a message to my mother that we just got home after visiting her (50 mile trip). We can unload the car and sit down without having to remember to call her, especially in bad weather. This way, it's done automatically!

Profile: Home -> Travel
Wifi connected: (scan for your home wifi network)

Entrance: Home -> Travel
Send SMS (Phone -> Send SMS)
Number: (555) 555-1212, (555) 555-1213 (or how may ever numbers you want)
Message: I'm home, going to unload, talk to you later.
Profile status - Home -> Travel - Set off

Exit task: Travel

This can be easily modified to let your significant other that you just got home, especially if you have plans. - Comments: 0

Various profiles (home / travel / work / etc) - 14 Feb 2016 22:48


All profiles are done with the latest Android (at this time, Lollipop) and of course updated Tasker from the play store.

For the cell towers, I use the Cell work-around (Preferences -> Monitor -> Cell workaround checked. This allows me to keep updated when my carrier does various maintenance modes with the towers.

For each profile, I scanned the area during the day / night and on weekends. This allows me to capture the towers no matter when I'm there

Profile - Home cell range
Conditions: Cell near

Entrance task: Home cell range
Profile status: Cell zone work - off
Profile status: Cell zone school - off
Profile status: Cell zone mom's - off
Profile status: Cell zone camping - off
Profile status: Cell zone mother-in-law - off
Profile status: Wifi - home (day) - on
Profile status: Wifi - Home (night) - on

Exit task: Travel

Profile - Wifi - Home (day)
From 7:00AM - 7:00 PM
Wifi Near: (scan for your home wifi network(s))

Entrance task: Home wifi (day)
Alarm volume: level 7
Ringer volume: level 7
Media volume: level 7
Notification volume: level 7
BT voice volume: level 7

Exit task: Home cell range

Profile - Wifi - Home (night)
From: 7:01 PM - 6:59 AM
Wifi Near: (scan for your home wifi network(s))

Entrance task: Home wifi (night)
Media volume: level 0
Alarm volume: level 7 (why take the chance my alarm gets silenced)
Notification volume: level 0
System volume: level 0
Ringer volume: level 7 (I have older relatives that may need me for an emergency)

Exit task: Home cell range

Profile: car
BT is connected to either the Jabra Freeway or the Motorola Roadster)

Entrance task: Travel

Exit task: Travel

Task: Travel (NOTE, this is not a profile, this is just a task I can use over and over)
Notification volume: level 7
Alarm volume: level 7
Ringer volume: level 7
Media volume: level 15
BT voice volume: level 15
Profile status: cell zone work - on
Profile status: cell zone school - on
Profile status: cell zone mom's - on
Profile status: cell zone camping - on
Profile status: cell zone mother-in-law - on
Profile status: Wifi - Home (day) - off
Profile status: Wifi - Home (night) - off
Profile status: Wifi - mom's (day) - off
Profile status: Wifi - mom's (night) - off

Basically, the key portions are the volume controls and profile status.

What I accomplish with these various profiles tasks:
1) Trouble-shooting is 99% easier because each area is separate and specific.
2) Each cell zone can trigger multiple tasks - volume can be set up or down as needed.
3) Tasker doesn't bother checking the off profiles, so saves battery and time

The phone doesn't know when I plan to go to work from the house or school, and I might leave school and go to my mom's house. The various profiles allow me to have my own conditons in each area but still allows me to connect to wifi hotspots along the way if I want.

For example, my mom lives 50 miles away. I can stop by the truck stop or grab a bite to eat before I get there and my wifi is still on, even if a specific profile isn't. I can connect to the hotspot, leave there and when I reach her cell tower range, the wifi is turned on for her house and I never have to remember to turn volume up or down when I get there.

The same principle applies at work. If I have a day off, I don't go into that cell tower range, so those profiles don't turn on and the volume stays at full. (Work doesn't allow loud cell phones, so it's muted while I'm at work). Same goes for school. When I leave, the phone connects to my hands-free bluetooth and the entrance / exit tasks are both set to travel. - Comments: 0

Birthday messages - 14 Feb 2016 22:22


I have several profiles set up so I never have to forget to say "happy birthday" to someone.

Profile - Birthday - brother
Entrance conditions: February 16 + From 12:01 am - 12:15 am
(This gives me leeway in case Tasker doesn't check until 12:09 or so)
Task - Birthday - brother
Send SMS
Number: (555) 555-1212
Message: Happy birthday!

Since I don't want them to get messages every few seconds or so for the entire 14 minute time span, I have a forced cooldown period of 1 day. This allows the profile to go off once, then when Tasker does it's checks again, the conditions are no longer met because it is now the next day.

I only did midnight because I like messing with him, but when he gets up and checks his phone, I did wish him happy birthday (in case I can't reach him by calling later). - Comments: 0

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