Tasker is highly popular app on Android. It allows you to carry out lots of different tasks, automated tasks. You can set it up to perform tasks by way of a trigger. Like a touch of a button, an event, certain time or location or even when you open an app. A bit like an 'if this, do that' kind of app. There are many different options available that you can do quite a lot of things with it. Both basic and advanced.
We've seen a forum member make use of the Tasker app and his Pebble to control the door to his garage. While that is something of a more advanced nature, you can see what can be done with this app. But for this post, we’re going to start with the basics and get you all set up with some simple tasks.
Things you need
- Tasker ($2.99) - needed to create the tasks
- Pebble Tasker ($1.99) - used to assign tasks to the Pebble buttons
- Pebble Tasker watch app - this can be installed via the Pebble Tasker app, you are prompted to install the watch app when your first open the app. If you’re running the Android beta, you can also install via the app store.
If you’re a Pebble user, you’re probably all set up with everything there already. But if you’ve landed here as a new user, you can check out how to get started with using Pebble on Android first. Once you have all the apps needed installed, it’s time get started with creating tasks within Tasker. For the purpose of this tutorial we're going to add a task of turning off the Wi-Fi on my device using the Pebble.
Open up Tasker and enable it. Do this by tapping and holding the Tasker icon in the top left corner. A notification should pop up saying Enabled when you’ve done this and the icon should be in color. You should also see a lightning icon in the notification bar along the top.
Hit the Tasks tab, then the plus (+) symbol to add a task. Enter a name for the task. As a beginner it’s hard to decide what to name it as you don’t really know what options are available. You can name it what you like to begin with, you can always change it later. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’re going to name it Wi-Fi Off.
Tap the plus (+) symbol to add an action. You’ll be presented with a lot of options but we’re going to tap into Net, then WiFi.
In the Set section, select Off from the dropdown menu. Then tap back. You should see the WiFi task.
That’s you set up with a task in Tasker, now let’s get the Pebble set up.
Using Tasker with Pebble on Android
Open up the Pebble Tasker app. If you haven’t already installed the watch app, you’ll be prompted to install it. On initial startup, you’ll also be asked to turn on Allow External Access on the Tasker app, go ahead and follow the prompt to do so.
Go back to the Pebble Tasker app. Tap the top dropdown (button) menu and select Wi-Fi Off. You have now assigned the top button of the Pebble to turn off your device Wi-Fi.
Go to your Pebble watch and jump into the Pebble Tasker app, you should see Wi-Fi Off assigned to the top button of your Pebble. Press the top button and watch the Wi-Fi turn off.
If you wanted to, you can also assign another button to turn the Wi-Fi on. Just repeat the whole process, this time choosing the On option in the WiFi Set section in the Tasker app (last step of the Setting up section above).
For my third button, I have it set up to open up Spotify so I don’t need to even touch my phone to get music up and running. Spotify is what my Pebble music app is set to control by default. So, once I use Tasker to open it up, I just go to Music to start playing music. You can check out the video above to see this in action. You can set whatever music app, or any app to open for that matter.
We've just gone through basic tasks in the this tutorial but when you play around you’ll see Tasker can do a lot. And as mentioned at the beginning, one forum user has set it up so that he can open and close the door to his garage using his Pebble.
Go discover what other things you can control with your Pebble using Tasker. Share them in the comments.