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tasker does not let you autostart gps... is there any other way. i also hate having to turn on gps and right under enable gps in blue words under settings it says< uses more battery. i can send pic
i have spent sometime now lurking behind the scenes in this group and
have read, in detail, my share of the posts. Make no mistake, the
guys here are experts and being experts their methods/explanation
often goes way over the head of the typical noob. this post is to
introduce this wonderful application of tasker to the inimitable
noob. i hope my effort would ease someone's labour.
imagine this scenario: you switch on maps on your phone and keep
wondering why it does not show your precise location and then it hits
you! you did not switch on your GPS. this post explains how to create
a profile that switches on your GPS automatically when you fire up
Just remember this: Profile is the context i.e. what you want to do.
in the present case, you want to first start maps and when maps is
started you want to switch on GPS. then when you exit maps, you want
GPS to be switched off. this is the object.
Stage 1: In profile tab click the + sign. give a name like 'MAP'.
this name will identify the profile that is currently active. after
you name it press the green tick and you are shown several options
like application, time, day etc. Now maps come under applications, so
press applications and all the appliations in your phone are
displayed. scroll down and select maps and press the tick mark. at
this stage you have told tasker that whatever you want to do revolves
Stage 2: Now that you have hinted to tasker about the application
that is to be run, we should next state what should happen when the
appliation is started. after you press the tick mark you will be
shown a window asking for task selection. press new task and give it
a name like switch on GPS.
Stage 3: after baptising the task, you will be taken to a broad
window . press the + mark on the bottom left and the confusion
begins. a pletora of options is thrown at you (this is why tasker is
so darn powerful). this is called the 'select action category'.
digressing a little here you should know that google has changed
something with android and you cannot in the usual course toggle GPS.
so you should download an app called 'secure settings' (from google
play) and install it. once it is installed open it and it gives you an
option to install a helper. install the helper also. this activates
the GPS option.
Stage 4: once that process is completed, come back to tasker and get
yourself to the 'select action category'. here press on plugin and
then on secure settings. in the next window, touch 'edit' and then
scroll down to GPS and touch it. three options are displayed viz. on,
off and toggle. choose on and press the floppy disk icon to the
bottom left. press the tick mark and again press the tick mark. at
this stage you have succeeded in activating GPS when maps is started.
however, when you exit maps you find that GPS does not switch off by
Stage 5: to make it switch off by itself, you need to create the same
task again. just long press on the task which has already been
created (called here as switch on GPS) and you are presented with
several options. select the first one - 'add exit task' and follow
the process as in stage 4. however, instead of choosing 'on' select
'off' this time. once this is done come out and test it.
Stage 6 - and the most important - Feel happy and satisfied.
i am sure there should be some easier way to do this. however, in my
limited understanding of tasker this was how i did it. i really am
confused about the variables. i hope someone will help. when i say
confused, i should clarify that i have no inkling of what it does. :
( could someone tell me where to read up on it? i have searched on
google and i havent found any satisfactory explanation.
i will continue to post my profiles and i hope it is of help to the