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How to use AutoTools with Tasker (tutorial)



Tasker is one of the most popular automation tools for Android. Although it is a bit complicated to use, it can offer a lot of options to customize your device if used correctly. While Tasker is very powerful on its own, there are a few add-ons that make it a beast. As such, one of the most useful plugins is AutoTools. It adds a lot of features to Tasker, most of which I will cover in this article. But before we get there, let me first tell you how to add AutoTools to Tasker.

Add AutoTools to Tasker

The first and most obvious step to add AutoTools or any add-on for that matter is to install it on your device The Tasker app (7-day free trial, $2.99). Once done, follow the steps below.

  • Download AutoTools (30 days version trial period, lots with in-app purchases) from the Play Store and install it on your device.
  • Now open Tasker and go to the “Tasks” tab. . Add a new task here, by clicking the plus icon in the lower right corner of the screen. You can choose any name for it.

  • Now you will need to add an action for this task. To do it, again tap the plus icon in the lower right corner of the screen, and then select “Plugin” .

  • You should now see a list of all the Tasker plugins you have installed on your device. Select AutoTools from that list by tapping on it. Now you will see another list – this time with many actions you can perform with the plugin.

Now that you know how to add AutoTool to Tasker, you can try out the endless customization options offered by the plugin. Although a detailed explanation of each is beyond the scope of this article, we will continue to discuss some of these possibilities.

Customization options provided by AutoTools

The AutoTools plugin offers many actions such as application shortcuts, connect, flashlight, launcher, etc. Each of these actions can additionally offer a wide range of customization options, thus increasing the number of possibilities. For starters, you can use “Network Screens” to get Samsung devices – Edge shortcuts for example“Safe Settings” on automatically turn on GPS when you open Google Maps and vice versa, and “Starter” automatically switching between different launchers in your location . But that’s not all – this list is just a teaser; there are tons of other things you can do with AutoTools. In a moment I will explain how to get edge shortcuts on any Android device.

Use Samsung devices like Edge gestures

One thing that Samsung does best is use amazing displays on its devices. With the introduction of edge displays with the Galaxy S6 Edge, they took full advantage of this by introducing shortcuts that can be accessed by swiping from the edge of the screen. Given the praise for this feature, it’s no surprise that AutoTools offers it as a feature on every other Android smartphone. If you want to know how to set it up, read the steps below.

1. Create a swipe screen

The first step with this procedure is to create a swipe screen using the AutoTools plugin. This will allow you to place a command by sliding your finger from the side of the screen. To do this, you need to follow a few steps.

  • First select “WWW screen” from the AutoTool list. Following tap the edit icon next to “Configuration”.

  • On the next screen tap “Import Presets” . Now scroll down to “Swipe” and then tap “Import” . This will default to Swipe.

  • To confirm, select “Screen Assumption” and make sure “Swipe” is selected. When you’re done, scroll to the bottom until you find it “Commands” in “Display Variables”, and then touch it.

  • Now, on the next screen, tap “Command Prefix” and uncheck the box . Make sure nothing is entered there, then select “OK”. Repeat this for all the different commands – “Move Left”, “Move Right”, “Move Up” and “Move Down”.

  • Tap “Swipe Left” again, but this time type “applauncher” in the input field and then press “OK”.

  • Now go back until you get to the “Edit Tasks” page (you’ll need to press the “Back” button three times on the command screen to get there). In this place tap the Play button in the lower left corner of the screen to start the task. You should now see a thin purple line along the right side of the screen.

2. Create a launcher application

After creating the drag screen, you need to create the app launcher. For that you have to first install AutoApps (free with in-app purchases) and AutoLaunch (free with in-app purchases). Then follow the steps below to proceed.

  • On the Tasker home screen go to the “Profiles” tab. . Now add one by clicking on the plus icon in the lower right corner of the screen. From the displayed list select “Event” and then select “Add-on” .

  • You will see the list of plugins again Tasker on your device, but this time select “AutoApps” . Following tap the edit icon w “Configuration”.

  • On the next screen, select “Command Filter”, call it “applauncher”and then select “OK” ( rememberthat it must be exactly that name). On the same screen, check the box corresponding to the setting “Exactly” .

  • Now go back to your Tasker profile tab and then select “New Job” . You will be prompted to name this task, but this is optional. Just remember tap the check mark input field.

  • This will take you to the “Edit Tasks” page. Add action here, by clicking the plus icon in the lower right corner of the screen, and then select “Plugin” .

  • Here select “AutoLaunch”, then select “Query” .

  • Again tap the edit icon before “Configuration” and on the next screen tap the check mark in the upper right corner of the screen.

  • Then return to the “Edit Tasks” page and tap the plus icon in the lower right corner of the page. Select the “Add-on” category .

  • Select the “AutoTools” plugin.and then scroll down to select “Internet Screen” .

  • Now edit “Configuration” and tap “Display settings” .

  • This time tap “Card List”and then select “Display Mode” as “Overlap” .

  • Now go to “Window Settings”, select “Width”, enter “100”and then select “OK”.

  • Repeat the previous step by typing “fulfill” in “Height” and selecting “Gravity” as “Bottom Right” .

  • In the same window, select “Animation” as “Swipe Right” .

  • Now go back and select “Cards”. Choose here “Card Titles” .

  • Clear this field, and then tap “OK”.

3. Close the launcher

Here are a few final steps to finalize the launcher:

  • to go “Command Options” and turn it on “Close on command” and “Wait for command” .

  • Then go back to “Card”choose “Card Titles” and tap the marker icon. Choose the one that speaks here “% of all tags ()” .

  • Likewise, in case “card images”choose “% alicones ()” and “Card Commands”choose “% package ()” You may be asked to locate files during this step. You can select “No”.

  • Now go back and go to “Look”, make the following changes :
    “Maximum card widths” -> 90%
    “Min. card width” -> 90%
    “Max image height” -> 75
    “Title text size” -> 10
    “Card top-up” -> 0
    “Card Alignment” -> Center

  • Then return to the page “Edit Tasks” and tap the plus -> button Plugin -> AutoLaunch -> AutoLaunchand finally edit “Configuration” .

  • Here go to “Advanced” -> “Package Name”Following tap the marker icon and choose “%atcommand”, and then tap the “Exact package name” field .

  • Finally, return to the website “Edit Tasks” and tap the play button in the lower left corner of the screen.

You will see an edge menu similar to the one on Samsung smartphones like S6 Edge, S7 Edge and Galaxy S8.

Customize your phone with AutoTools with Tasker

What makes Android so amazing is its customization options. Building on that, Tasker offers many more advanced options. And if you add a few extras to it, the list expands even more. Now that you know about such a plugin called AutoTools and how to use it, you can customize your Android device to your liking. If there are any options you need detailed guidance on, please let me know in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to help.

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