Welcome to Tasker Tip Tuesdays, quick tips to help grow your Tasker knowledge. This week I discuss how to add and customize App Shortcut Tasks. If you want to learn how to access particular tasks quickly with app shortcuts, you’ll love this useful tip.
App Shortcut Tasks
Introduced in Android 7.1, App shortcuts allows access to specific actions in an app. It wasn’t until the release of Tasker v5.0 that this became a native feature (yes I am aware that AutoNotification has had this for awhile). Located in the preferences menu under the Action tab, there are 4 slots for App Shortcut Tasks. Settings, Run Log, Task Edit, and finally Scene Edit are the default tasks. Any task slot is changeable from this screen via the magnifying glass icon.
Setup App Shortcuts Action
Another complimenting feature to add to the App Shortcut Tasks is the Setup App Shortcuts Action. From the Tasker Userguide Action A-Z section:
Dynamically configure the list of app shortcuts which will show when the Tasker icon is long-clicked in the launcher. If no task is specified, that slot will receive the default appearance and functionality. This action is mainly of use for child apps created with Tasker.
Now that you know what App Shortcut Tasks are capable of, let’s see some examples in action to get a better understanding. Enjoy the video below as I provide examples for App Shortcut Tasks and the Setup App Shortcuts Action.
Now that Tasker provides the ability to create and dynamically alter the app shortcuts, here are some examples of App Shortcut Tasks to get the creative juices flowing:
- Change them to home automation tasks when you arrive home
- Open your Workout log when at the gym.
- While on the go, log your water intake
- Open your favorite AutoTools Web Screen
- Have your most used apps available
- Toggle a light switch in your home
To catch up on previous posts in this series, visit the Tasker Tip Tuesdays page. As always, enjoy and keep learning! Until the next Tasker Tip Tuesday…