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There are few limits to things you can make your phone do with the power of Tasker. Everything from simple automation to some of the most complex things imaginable can be handled by the app, making it one of the most versatile on Android. Now, thanks to a new app called AutoRemote, it just got even more powerful.

With AutoRemote, you can execute commands remotely - from your desktop, laptop, tablet, another phone... basically anything with a web browser. For anyone familiar with the more advanced features of Tasker, setting up AutoRemote shouldn't be much of a problem. For those unfamiliar with the software, though, it looks a little bit tricky at first. Fortunately, there's a handy walkthrough to help novice users get started. I suggest reading through the entire thing at least once before diving in.

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As far as the capabilities of AutoRemote are concerned, the Play Store listing highlights some rather noteworthy uses; everything from simple tasks like these:

Can't remember where you put your phone? Create a lost-my-phone" command:
You could send a "Where are you?" message to your phone, and have Tasker respond with a repetitive "I'm here! I'm here!".

Easily send sms messages from your computer:
You could create the command "sms 5550042=:=Happy Birthday", and have Tasker send an sms to the number 5550042 with the message "Happy Birthday"

To even more complicated tasks, such as this:

Let your wife send you a spoken shopping list when you get off work:
You can use AutoRemote with other Tasker conditions, such as the Date and Time conditions. Create a "shop=:=" command and combine it with a 5PM condition. Then, share your personal AutoRemote URL with your wife and have her send stuff she needs you to buy like "shop=:=carrots and ice cream". Then, at 5PM your phone could say that list out loud: "You need to go shopping! You need to buy carrots and ice cream"

You can grab AutoRemote for $0.99, but it's worth noting it requires Tasker to work; ergo, if you don't have the latter, you'll have to shell out an extra $6.49 to get that (though it's well worth the money).

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/wstrmn Marc

    A new tasker release with JB support would be better :/

    • CodeMonkey

      Like the one that I updated to from the market about an hour ago? :-) http://tasker.dinglisch.net/changes/changes1.3.1.html

      • http://twitter.com/wstrmn Marc

        Thanks! I should have checked the Market first ;)

    • pierre krafft

      I have no problems what so ever with tasker on my SGS2 on CM10. And it isn't the same developer so he wasted no time on this.

  • Magnus Johansson

    @twitter-223807353:disqus

    The What's new page says:
    v1.3.1
    * JellyBean fixes

  • http://www.facebook.com/johan.peachtree Johan Peachtree

    Does it have to use a google short link or can you use your own?

    • http://www.facebook.com/johan.peachtree Johan Peachtree

      I take it no one else is worried about the possibility of the goo.gl links being tied to the dev's Google account which could him control of your phone?

  • Josh Legoza

    Maybe I'm not seeing the full functionality of this, but is this much different than texting your phone "commands" from a google voice # and having tasker set up to react to those commands when sent from that number? I already have profiles like that in my tasker, and I don't see the advantage to this app over that set-up.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      This seems to be far more powerful than that. You should go read the walkthrough to get a better idea of what it's all about.

      • Josh Legoza

        Thanks!

        • http://profiles.google.com/russell.w.morris Russell Morris

          I guess I'm still in the same boat as Josh...not really seeing how it's any different than having profiles setup to respond to text commands.

          • toast

            Ditto can react to SMS or notifications with number name message title or message body from tasker already. Are we missing something or is the developer not aware?

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    I love tasker but please pay for a UX designer, you have enough money to do that now :/

    • Pär Dahlberg

      Yeah that is sorely needed!

  • jbrahms

    How does AutoRemote avoid draining battery? Has anyone noticed any reduction in battery life running AutoRemote?

    • João Dias

      It doesn't drain battery at all. It uses push notifications to receive messages, so Android only wakes it up when it needs to. There's no background running service.