How to Automate Tasks on Android Phones

By on November 15, 2015

Tasker screen shot

The rapidly advancing technology is offering amazing types of things to the mankind. In communication, first, a normal phone, then a phone with some advance features, and then came smartphones; this uptrend is continued at a fast pace. We don’t know where the technology will take us in the near future.

All of us, who like to use mobile devices with more capabilities and to make the life easier, know very well how this communication technology is progressing. With a highly powerful and feature-rich operating system, coupled with highly workable hardware, you can do countless things. Now, apart from being a phone with highly advanced features, your phone is a good camera, a good audio and video player and recorder, got internet browsing capability, and has many more things. Adding to it is the feature that lets you automate tasks on an Android phone. You just have to get the right application that makes your phone dance on your tunes.

Using an Android Phone to Automate the Routine Tasks
It is absolutely possible to automate your Android phone to do tasks at a pre-determined pattern. For instance, you can set a condition for the phone and when the condition is met, your phone will do the task assigned to it, automatically. For example, you can program it to send a special message at a certain time, make it change certain system setting on certain occasions, open an application at a certain time and perform the assigned task, and much more. You can virtually do many more things once you know how to automate tasks on Android phones. This makes your life easier, and lets you unleash the full potential of your high technology Android phone. Let’s see how you can do that.

Get an Automation Tool for Android
Applications are made to do many useful things, and to automate tasks on Android phones you would need an effective program. One such program is Tasker, which is known to turn your Android phone into an automated task-doer. It can virtually do any possible thing on your Android phone. Just you have to know how to make full use of the application and your phone’s hardware.

Before you install Tasker, for instance, make your phone to allow the installation in question. This you have to do if you are installing apps from sources other than Google Play, from ‘unknown sources’. To do so, tap the menu button on the home screen, go to settings, select applications, and then check the checkbox under “Unknown Sources”.

Downloading the Tool / App
One easier way to install the application is by downloading the provided APK for each application and then installing it on to your device. Download the APK directly to the phone, or else, use a service to get it onto the phone, Dropbox for instance. With this, you can install the application. There is another way of getting the app downloaded and installed on the phone that, however, is a bit difficult and needs some knowledge.

The second method is to download the provided app Tasker XML to the phone and import it to Tasker. Download the XML directly to the phone or use Dropbox. When you have the XML on the phone, you can import it to Tasker again by two methods. One way is to open Tasker and long-press the Project tab, select “Import” and then browse to where the XML file is located on the phone. Alternately, open the XML file directory, select Tasker from the pop-up menu when prompted. Well, if you have some experience, you can do the downloading and installation work without any confusion.

Once you have the automating tool, Tasker, ready, you can proceed to select the desired tasks that you want your phone to do.

Many Tasks Can be Automated
As stated before, you can have many tasks done automatically once you installed the right tool. Few tasks are briefed below for your information.

Enable ‘NightMode’: You can use this feature that helps you in many ways. You can program it to notify you only when the phone rings in the night, while restricting or lowering the volume of any other notification alerts like email, SMS, etc.

Trigger a SMS: You can make the phone send a predefined message to certain selected contacts. For instance, you are leaving your office and want someone at home to know that you want something be done before your arrival; as a reminder, use this option to keep sending reminding message every day so that you don’t have to worry whether the other person at home forgets to do the routine task before your arrival.

Creating context-based voice reminder: Enable this automated task if you want your phone to remind you to do a task at a certain date or time. For instance, if you have to clear a bill at a certain date, you can make your phone to remind you on that date with the pre-entered message. When the date arrives, you will receive the vocal message reminding you of the task.

Summing up, if you know how to automate tasks on your Android phone, many routine things can become easier and can be done very comfortably. For privacy needs, meetings, for listening certain music at a desired time, and for any other such things you can use your Android phone to work as your sincere and obedient assistant and, of course, you won’t have to pay any salary to your assistant.