Installation: Purchase and download Tasker on Google Play.
Setup the demonstrated task:
- Click on the Tasks tab on the top and then click the + symbol on the bottom to create a new task.
- Give it a name (I chose “Silent Mode”) and click the check mark.
- Click the +, then Audio, then Interrupt Mode and leave the default of None so everything is silenced.
- Hit back twice and select the Profiles tab. Create a new Profile by clicking + and and select Time to start.
- Set the time frame you want to have the silent mode activated. Make sure you have a from and to time.
- Hit back and then select the task you just set up from the list.
- At this point, the new Profile is set up to silence your phone during the given time frame. The latest version of Android on select devices can do this already so that is why I take it a step further to add a variable to the equation.
- If you press and hold where you see the time frame, click Add and then State. Then select Power and then Power again. You can choose the power source but the default of Any works fine.
- Now back out and you will see that the profile requires 2 variables to make it go silent. It has to be within the given time frame AND hooked up to a power source.
- To clean it up, you can press and hold and rename things for a cleaner look if you should so choose.
This task alone has saved me much grief. My phone gets charged every night. I used to forget to mute it and I would have some sort of notification go off in the middle of the night and jar myself and wife out of our sleep. Not a good situation to be in for me. Now I don’t have to think about it. If it’s plugged in during sleeping hours, it’s silenced. On top of that, I have forgotten to remove it from silent mode in the morning and missed phone calls and messages. Not to worry again from the help of the additional variable I added. Like I said: It’s the little things that matter. Happy Wife. Happy Life.
That is just a simple task that can be created. I have Tasker send text messages automatically to people for their birthday…incase I forget. I have some designed to keep the phone’s screen on while certain apps are open to avoid the device from falling asleep. I also have one where if a specific app is opened, it will take a picture using the front camera unbenounced to the user. That way I can see who has been peeping through my phone. This app is almost endless in what you can do with it. You can even get as specific as setting up macros to run out long strings of commands that you want automated.
This is just the surface of what this app can do. I barely use the app to its full potential. I watched YouTube videos to get some of the basics down on how to setup tasks. There are some good resources out there that have pre-configured tasks setup that you can download and customize. You don’t need a rooted phone to use this but there are plenty of features built into Tasker that will be unlocked for use if you are. I recommend you to download this app and try it out. Why not have some things automated for you.
Other Sources: Tasker Website