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Can't HTTP GET local host name?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 19:28

I'm trying to set up some sonoff switches with tasmota, and I'm using the http commands. The problem is I can't get the HTTP GET to work with the switch's local host name, but it works fine with the ip address. Ie. Using

HTTP GET works fine, but

HTTP GET switchname/(command) does not work with Tasker. It does work on my pc browser, so I know I'm using the right name. Can Tasker not resolve local hosts by name?

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[Update] - SMS and Call Permissions: One Step Closer

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:21

I've got some good news!

After Google got in touch with me about the SMS and call permissions in Tasker, they've now added Task Automation apps as an exception in their exception list!

I would be shocked if Tasker was denied the permissions now! 😁

In any case, I'll post the final confirmation after I (hopefully) get the approval from Google!

Thanks again for all your help throughout the whole process everyone! You're all super awesome!

Also special thanks to Mishaal Rahman for letting me know that the exception list was updated! 😀

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Any way to trigger Silent Mode on Android P yet?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:37

I'm not interested in DND, just silent mode that can be accessed in the phone's volume menu.

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[Help] Loop a video fullscreen

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:33

I am trying to find the most reliable way to have a video play on my tablet fullscreen on loop with no controls showing. My original idea was simply a webpage and leave chrome open but I wasn't aware that extended desktop doesn't hide the URL bar.

The only issue is that the video updates every hour and needs to be redownloaded. I can handle that with tasker or a web page. But whatever is showing the video needs to be able to refresh it when tasker says so. Tasker will poll a web page to check when to update the video. This can also be handled in javascript if the best solution is to display a webpage fullscreen.

  • Chrome - shows URL bar
  • VLC - can't set loop via intent (or can I?)
  • tasker scene - no video option, display web page doesn't allow video player to work properly

Tasker will also be turning the screen on and off periodically. I am not worried about locking out user input, it is assumed that no one will be fiddling with it.

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It's possible to override "volume_controller_service_component" secure settings with a custom one?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:46

The goal is to hook the volume press from a bluetooth headset. Because %VOLM variable state change doesn't work reliably. Fast press are not always registered.

I'm not sure if type of settings can be changed. Thanks !

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[HELP] How to turn on VPN automatically?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 06:56

Is it possible to make Tasker connect to a VPN when mobile data is on or on certain WiFi networks? Thanks.

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Im really new to tasker and id like to know

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 05:12

How do i make it send the same sms to the same 2 people every morning.

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[HELP] Can I trigger events based on *how close* I am to a Break Device? (Via Bluetooth signal strength maybe?)

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 02:07

Basically what the title says. I'm setting up my first few smart lights, and don't (currently) have motion sensors. I do have Bluetooth device in most rooms though.

With that in mind: Is there a way to trigger a task based specifically on the strength level of a BT device? Like, "only turn on lights if BT Near 85% connection strength"?

(Or similar with WiFi?)

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Weekly [Discussion] Thread

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 01:04

Pull up a chair and put that work away, it's Friday! /r/Tasker open discussion starts now

Allowed topics - Post your tasks/profiles

  • Screens/Plugins

  • "Stupid" questions

  • Anything Android

Happy Friday!

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[Help] Create a nag to remind me to go to the gym

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 22:12

I already have a "Gym" task that fires when I workout. One of the things it does is store the current date in a variable &LastGym . What I would like is to have a profile that fires if I'm at home AND it has been more than one day since I last went to the gym (so I don't skip more than one day in a row).

I can't quite figure out how to do date math on the saved date. I see how I can pull a variable into a profile condition and compare it to something, but I'm not sure how to actually figure out if it has been more than one day elapsed. I would appreciate any help. Thank you!

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In light of the Call/SMS fiasco (call recorder, sms backup, Tasker), are there any alternatives to begging for relief from Google ?

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 19:09

As has been discussed in this thread regarding the new discretionary layer Google is inserting specifically for Call/SMS features (while none exists for contact harvesting etc.), and the gaps in the privacy argument for the change:

Recently the Tasker developer has reported some activity at Google - a human has contacted him and they have had a discussion:

That discussion suggests that developers resubmit their Permissions Declaration Form, and give more details in the process, and it may be reconsidered.

This does not address the question of why Google is inserting this extra discretionary layer (which in some cases is removing offline methods of doing things like SMS Backup apps for power users), when no such discretionary layer exists for contact harvesting (this simply requires only run-time permission).

Since the process of begging by developers is ongoing, I was wondering if there is some alternative means developers have available to voice their concerns, when humans are lacking at Google.

If you are in the EU, you have the option to air your views to Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner (who has a history of prosecuting Google) - or send her a tweet at:


Practically in all likelihood, even the EU competition commissioner will want the harm to first have been caused i.e. companies to be affected and fail - that will give them a better case. So they will probably act after the damage has been done. Although there is no harm in contacting her.

What are the other ways for developers to get redressal where Google is unable to deliver - if you can share your points of contact etc. Those who fear they cannot speak openly against Google, can send me their suggestions.

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How do I get specific information from webpage to be used in KWGT widget?

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:29

I use Goodreads to track my reading for the year. I also like to have custom widgets on my phone screen using KWGT to track my progress. What I'd love to do is to have my widget automatically update when my Goodreads updates.

Ideally, I'd like a way to get the number of books I've completed for the Goodreads challenge from my profile page. I'm completely new to tasker, is this possible?

I also have no idea how to add a tag to this post, and the edit page won't let me edit my title.

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[REQUEST] Send sms on incoming call and deactivating silent

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:41

I'm looking for a tasty recipe, I'd like to send an automated sms if someone (only from a cellphone) calls when I'm at work, it should read some thing in the lines of "oi its important call twice in under 3 minutes) and when/if the caller calls a second time it deactivates my silent profile based on my schedule in Google calendar. And then returns to my work task.

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intercepting button sequence using autoinput

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:44

this might be an easy question but i am wondering how to set up a profile to intercept a button sequence. basically i want to be able to quickly press volume down then volume up and have the phone say the time. i can get it to work if i press both buttons together but am not sure how to have it look for a sequence. thanks

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Sonoff Smart Plug with Tasker?

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:15

Hi guys,

I'd like to use a sonoff plug to turn off power once my phone is fully charged.

Anyone has done that or an idea how to manage?


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Heads Up Notifications Not Working

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:11

Hi everyone!

I'm relatively new to using Tasker. I am using it to build automated separation between my work and personal life, and so far I've set up two different launchers that swap using AutoTools' launcher option. However, as it stands right now, I'm running into one tiny issue that's becoming progressively more annoying.

I use heads up notifications for a ton of my day-to-day tasks so I can quickly respond to messages as they come in, etc. When I started using AutoTools, I started to see some of these stop working. For example, MS Flow, FaceBook Messenger, and Nine Email have all stopped giving heads up notifications, but the stock Pixel Messenger app still shows them (albeit only sometimes).

Can anyone think of why this may be happening?

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Spotify app broken when started by Tasker while phone locked

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:53

I've got a task ( https://taskernet.com/shares/?user=AS35m8nyzW7%2Bp%2B8GnzUDsfb7IBcJWD9TlBfM91r4N2BZ2txvlsPr5X57EW9QqYCYKodCgaHk&id=Task%3AStart+Spotify ) that starts Spotify, adjusts the BT volume, and tells it to play when I connect to my car's BT system. This has been working for a while (since Jan 2017 across multiple phones: Moto X Pure, Pixel 2, and now Pixel 3), but yesterday it started messing up. If the task runs while my screen is locked, Spotify doesn't start properly and when I unlock the phone it's just a black screen until eventually I get a "Spotify is not responding" popup. If I run the task manually while the screen is unlocked, it works fine. If I add a wait to the start of my task and kick it off manually, then lock the screen, it fails in the same way that it does when fired automatically, so it really seems like an issue with the screen being locked.

I suspect that the change coincides with the Spotify update to that my phone installed yesterday (even though the Play store says the last update was Nov 8), but I have not yet tried to find an older APK to install over the current one to see if that fixed it.

Anyone else seeing this or have any hints that might help fix it?

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[HELP] Getting a number from a JSON

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:29

I'm trying to run a task to convert between any currency to USD, but the variable output of the JSON file always changes depending on the currencies being converted.

How can I use REGEX or something similar to be able to pull the number out of the output:


Here is the link to the API


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Pixel 3 Ambient display breaks when Tasker is running

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:39

When tasker is enabled, ambient display goes blank after a while. The screen goes blank and it just shows the home pill and the back arrow.

Anyone having the same problem? any suggestions on how to fix it?

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Auto-answer phone call and dial 9; will pay for solution

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:08

When a certain number calls, I'd like to be able to have my Android phone answer automatically and dial 9 from the keypad. I have Tasker and MacroDroid, but I haven't been able to figure out how to do it using either. My phone is not rooted.

I'm willing to pay $75 for a solution and can send payment via PayPal.

Thank you in advance.

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