This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

How To Video: Automate your Android device with Mini Tasker

About Video Transcript

How To Video: Automate your Android device with Mini Tasker

2:13 /

This free Android application can be programed to automatically launch different programs and change settings based on your time and place. Here's how to get started.

We all have our own daily routine with our smartphones. When I arrive at work each morning I adjust my brightness, unable Wi-Fi, and turn my phone's volume down. I've done this so many times that it's become second nature, but there's an easier way. Android is a powerful platform and there are apps out there that can be programmed to do these tasks automatically. I'm Dan Graziano and I'm going to show you how to automate your Android device with an easy-to-use app called Mini Tasker. Unlike many of its competitors the app is free in the Play store for devices running Android 4.0 or higher. Mini Tasker is designed to automate different Android actions. Say you want music to start playing when you plug in your headphones or maybe you want the brightness to be turned down when your battery is low. All this and more can be set up in just a few steps. Open Mini Tasker and click on the plus icon. Select the Launch an App option and choose the app you wish to use. For me it's Pandora. Next click on Headset Connected and choose which kind of headset you plan to use, the one with the mic, without a mic, or any type. For automating the brightness, once again click on the plus icon but this time select the Screen Brightness option and set it to your liking. After hitting okay, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Low Battery. Mini Tasker can also be used to silence a call from an unknown number, send a text message at a later time, and even change settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at a specific time or place. All this can be done by clicking the plus icon, but be warned. Setting up automated tasks based on your location may affect your battery life because your phone will constantly check your coordinates. You may have noticed the cloud icon next to the plus symbol. Clicking this will reveal a list of pre-written tasks that you can enable on your device. You can also share automated tasks that you've created with a long press and selecting the 3 dot symbol. These are just some of the hundreds of different things you can do with Mini Tasker. For more information check out my blog post at howto.cnet.com. Now go and get automating. For CNET I'm Dan Graziano.

New releases

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablets powers...
2:43 October 30, 2014
The 8.9-inch tablet adds item-identifying Firefly function and audio enhancing Dolby Atmos technology.
Play video
App that translates sign language...
1:37 October 30, 2014
Many millions of people worldwide live with a disabling hearing loss. Now a team of deaf entrepreneurs is...
Play video
World of Warcraft hits its tenth...
5:19 October 29, 2014
CNET speaks to World of Warcraft Lead Game Designer, Ion Hazzikostas, about the history of WoW and making...
Play video
The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet...
1:56 October 29, 2014
Lenovo's new 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 couples it's unique hinged design with Windows and a high-resolution d...
Play video
Sony's Action Cam Mini has big...
1:47 October 29, 2014
The HDR-AZ1 delivers great video in a lightweight splashproof body that you can mount places other cameras...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 077: The Antares...
25:50 October 29, 2014
On today's show, we talk about the Antares rocket incident, how scientists might use hydrogel to create artificial...
Play video
Motorola's Droid Turbo brings 48...
3:37 October 29, 2014
Google wants to get into your bloodstream, Amazon announces their Fire TV stick and the two day smartphone...
Play video
Use a tablet as a photography...
2:08 October 29, 2014
Your iPad or Android tablet can be used as an instant photographic light. CNET's Lexy Savvides shows you how...
Play video