Next Update to Tasker Adds Material Design, Support for Magisk Root, App Shortcuts and More

Next Update to Tasker Adds Material Design, Support for Magisk Root, App Shortcuts and More

The developer behind Tasker was working on a new update that would bring a completely refreshed user interface. To make things even better, the UI was said to be inspired by Material Design and we even got a sneak peek at the progress they had made so far. The next update will include a lot of other changes as well.

So, if you have Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher, then you should see the new Material Design user interface once the update goes live. There’s also 900 Material Design icons that come with this update, and even some colors that you can select as well.

Another big change in this new update is the added support for Android 7.1 Nougat’s App Shortcuts feature. The last big change that stands out is the ability for Tasker to detect Magisk so that it can enable root support for Tasker.

These are just three highlighted features in a rather large changelog though. Devices running Android 4.4+ have new Set Alarm actions with parameters for both the ringtone as well as vibrate. There’s a new Show Alarms action and a new Settings action called Print Settings. Android 5.0+ devices now have a new Take Screenshot action, 5.1+ devices have a new Settings action for listening to notifications, and there’s a new Test File action for checking to see if a file exists.

There’s also a number of bug fixes that have gone into this new Tasker update. Some people had an issue with the Airplane Mode action when rooted, and that should be fixed now. The Input / Back Button action was actually going to the home screen instead and that should now be fixed. There was a crash that happened from the scene editor if it referenced a task that was only on SD, which is now fixed. These are just the highlights, and you can find the full changelog down below:

Android 4.0+ Devices


  • switched themes to Material Design (Android 5.0+)
  • added Tasker (default) theme at Prefs / UI / Theme (Android 5.0+)
  • added approx 900 material design icons, selectable colours


  • action Set App Shortcuts, for Tasker or apps created by Tasker (Android 7.1+)
  • action Take Screenshot (Android 5.0+)
  • action Set Alarm: parameters Ringtone and Vibrate (Android 4.4+)
  • action Show Alarms: (Android 4.4+)
  • action Cancel Alarm: (Android 6.0+)
  • Menu / More / Android Settings / Write Settings (Android 6.0+)
  • Menu / More / Android Settings / Draw Over Other Apps (Android 6.0+)
  • launcher shortcuts: now support all icon types
  • launcher widgets: don’t show ‘no image’ option in icon select, it’s required
  • action Test File: test file existence
  • scene element Switch
  • action Settings / Notification Listener Settings (Android 5.1+)
  • action Settings / Print Settings (Android 4.4+)
  • action Test Net, option Paired Bluetooth Devices


  • action Input / Back Button: was going Home instead
  • app creation: action Wifi Tether: on some devices required WRITE_SETTINGS permission
  • action JavaScript(let): function selector showed wrong type for 3rd parameter of elemVisibility
  • file actions: standard file extensions were being automatically added to target name in some circumstances
  • action Airplane Mode: spurious error when used with root (API 5.0+)
  • crash on exit from scene editor if referenced task was only on SD not configured data
  • app creation: text elements in layout scenes with font specified, font wasn’t being exported
  • lock/unlock project,profile,task: display wasn’t updating other implicitly-locked tasks, profiles, scenes etc


  • task edit: only show an icon for action type if it’s a setting action
  • scenes: try to always use theme that best matches device default, also when editing
  • action Mobile Data: available again for TEKXodus ROMs
  • group builtin icons by Material, Holo and Misc, with subgroups for Material and Holo
  • various lists were respecting system setting instead of Tasker setting
  • support detection of Magisk package for enabling root support


  • relevant variables from plugin instances were not being passed to other plugin instances when editing

Android 1.6+ Devices


  • action Take Picture: was never using auto-focus, switch to auto-focus when camera parameters specify it
  • scene elements Text/TextEdit/Button: local variable as Text/Label field wasn’t being replaced
Source: Tasker

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Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.