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Notifications with Tasker and Lightning Launcher


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This Tutorial will show you how to setup a Notificationcounter for any Application with Tasker and Lightning Launcher.

Prerequisite:  Start Tasker and select the 3 dots in the upper right corner.
Select Preferences. On the UI-Tap the Beginner Mode should be unchecked. On the MISC-Tap Allow External Access should be checked. In LL you must have activated Expert mode.

Now lets create the Tasks.  In this example i will do the Tasks and other stuff for a MailApp. It can be done with any other App which have Notifications. (Missed Calls works different, because Tasker has a special routine for this. SMS is also different if you use StandardMessaging.)

First Task: New Notification (MAIL)

  1. Start Tasker and select the TASKS-Tap
  2. Tap the + at the lower right corner. Give the new Task a Name e.g.  NewMail
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  3. Tap the + at the bottom to add an action
  4. Select Variables
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  5. Select Variable Add
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  6. Enter in UPPERCASE a name after the % e.g. COUNTMAIL
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  7. Hit Return key
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  8. Tap again the + at the bottom to add the next action
  9. Select Plugin
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  10. Select  Lightning Launcher
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  11. Select Lightning Variable
  12. Tap the Pen on the top
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  13. Enter a name for the LL Variable e.g. LL_Mail
  14. Enter %COUNTMAIL  as Value and tap ok
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  15. Hit Return key

Should look now like this:

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Hit Return

Second Task: Clear Notification (MAIL)

  1. Start Tasker and select the TASKS-Tap
  2. Tap the + at the lower right corner. Give the new Task a Name e.g.  ClearMail
  3. Tap the + at the bottom to add an action
  4. Select Variables
  5. Select Variable Set
  6. Enter in UPPERCASE a name after the % e.g. COUNTMAIL and enter 0 (Zero) in the To line
  7. Hit Return key
  8. Tap again the + at the bottom to add the next action
  9. Select Plugin
  10. Select  Lightning Launcher
  11. Select Lightning Variable
  12. Tap the Pen on the top
  13. Enter a name for the LL Variable e.g. LL_Mail
  14. Enter 0 (zero) or %COUNTMAIL as Value and tap ok
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  15. Hit Return key

Should look like this:

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Hit Return

Now we have the Tasks but now you have to define when it should happen.

For this you need a Profile

First Profile: New Notification (MAIL)

 

 

  1. Start Tasker and select the PROFILES-Tap
  2. Tap the + at the lower right corner and select Event
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  3. Select UI
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  4. Select Notification
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  5. Tap the Rocket on thr right side
    Select your e.g. MailApplication (or other when it is for another NotificationCounter)
  6. Hit return key
  7. Select NewMail
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When Tasker asks you to enable Notification Access so please do this

Second Profile: Clear Notification (MAIL)

This will reset Counter when Application starts.

  1. Start Tasker and select the PROFILES-Tap
  2. Tap the + at the lower right corner and select Application
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  3. Select your e.g. MailApplication again (or other, see above) and hit return key
  4. Select ClearMail

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Should look like this now:

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Because LL will lost its Variables after reboot or loading Template (Tasker will not). We need a Task which will set the Variables form Tasker to LL.

Third Task: Reset LL-Variables

  1. Start Tasker and select the TASKS-Tap
  2. Tap the + at the lower right corner. Give the new Task a Name e.g.  RESETLL
  3. Tap the + at the bottom to add an action
  4. Select Plugin
  5. Select  Lightning Launcher
  6. Select Lightning Variable
  7. Tap the Pen on the top
  8. Enter a name for the LL Variable e.g. LL_Mail
  9. Enter the the Tasker Variable e.g. %COUNTMAIL as variable
  10. Hit Return key
  11. Do Steps 3 to 10 for each Counter/Variable
  12. Tap on the 9-Dots Icon on the lower right Corner
  13. Select Built-In Icon
  14. Select an Icon of your choice

Could look like this.

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Leave Tasker

 

How to use this Variable in LL

  1. Long Tap on Desktop
  2. Select the + at the top of the menu
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  3. Select Text
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  4. Enter a label e.g. CountMail
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  5. Long Tap on the new created Text
  6. Select the pen on the top of the menu
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  7. Select Properties on next menu
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  8. Scroll left/right to the Bindings Tap
  9. Select Add Bindings
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  10. Tap the SELECT…
  11. Tap Text
  12. Select Label
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  13. enter $LL_Mail and then tap ok
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  14. Hit return Key

 

Hide the Counter when 0 or empty

  1. Long Tap on the new created Text
  2. Select the pen on the top of the menu
  3. Select Properties on next menu
  4. Scroll left/right to the Bindings Tap
  5. Select Add Bindings
  6. Tap the SELECT…
  7. Tap Item Properties
  8. Select Visibility
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  9. enter
    if ($LL_Mail<1) return 0;
    else return 1;
    and then tap ok
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  10. Hit return Key

The Text should be hidden now.

 

At last we need to start the TaskerTask which will reset the Variables at Reboot or loading Template.

  1. Long Tap on Desktop
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Desktop
  4. Select Events & actions
  5. Select Load
  6. Select Launch a Shurtcut
  7. Select Task Shortcut
  8. Select ResetLL
  9. Hit return key as often as you are back on desktop
  10. You’re Done

 

Jeremy
October 1st, 2015 at 3:25 pm

do you need to define the variables, or does that happen automatically? I tried to alter one of the tasker notifications you created with one of your themes. I used this guide. But do i need to create the variables? Or will tasker do that automatically? Do i need to delete the old variables?

gerd
October 1st, 2015 at 4:24 pm

hi jeremy. there is no need to create variables. tasker will create them after first use. same in Ll.

Gord
October 25th, 2015 at 10:15 am

Nice tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to document it.

Marc
February 22nd, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Hi,

I have copied this exactly step for step. But I can’t get it to work. Has anybody else managed to get this is work correctly?

Bill
March 19th, 2016 at 11:04 pm

I have also followed all the steps in this tutorial but stuck on the very last part.
How to Start the TaskerTask which will reset the Variables at Reboot or loading Template. ?
Any help gratefully appreciated.

gerd
March 22nd, 2016 at 10:36 am

Hi Bill,

are you using LL?
Which step (1-10) from “At last we need to start the TaskerTask which will reset the Variables at Reboot or loading Template” does not work?

gerd
October 6th, 2017 at 10:36 am

to long ago, sorry

KSims
October 28th, 2017 at 3:10 am

I’ve worked extensively on it and tried it from different angles and never did get it to work. Apparently I’m mis-reading it or something.

Dirk
March 29th, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Hi Gerd,

currently I’m using your minimal theme “about”. It’s great for learning LL. Have this fully translated to german and using this with other apps, icons, etc. On Google play I miss the “Tiny white icons” in your package. Have been downloaded this seperatly for customizing the template.

I think it’s not recommended to make a link to special apps, for example the Cyaonogen-Mod Camera you use in this template. Better you make links only to android standard apps.

Yesterday I’ve read this tutorial and created my own tasks for this template. Works perfect. What must I do for the standard SMS app? It’s not included in your presets. Thanks for reply.

gerd
April 5th, 2016 at 5:22 am

Hi Dirk,

you are right, sometimes i miss to add the links to stuff which i use in a template. sorry.

I develop my themes/templates on an Oneplus One which runs with Cyanogen. So i use the Apps which used there 😉
In LL it’s not very difficult to change this because LL tells you when an App is missing.

SMS and other Apps with Notifications can be setup like in this example.. Just use other variables and another app instead of email.

Gerd

May 2nd, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Excellent work gerd. Using for a WhatsApp notification counter since there is no ll dynamic text for that one. Appreciate the tutorial.

gerd
May 3rd, 2016 at 5:23 am

You’re welcome Ryan 😉

David Podhorský
July 3rd, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Hi Gerd,
i just tried to work with LL and with tasker a bit also. I follow this example and I stuck also on the very end 🙂 When making variable in LL, eactually adding bindings, then i should select Text, but the menu i see doesnt contain. I can see only free position, grid position, item properties, title or Icon. may be i cannot find the right way because of translation. i tried to use my brain to guess in Item properties, but have just a piece of experience only. Can you push me a bit ?
Thanks

gerd
July 3rd, 2016 at 8:48 pm

hi david.

did you activate expert mode?

if yes. it works exactly how i wrote.
may be you missed a point.

gerd

David Podhorský
July 4th, 2016 at 4:51 am

Hi gerd,
i did, it has to be something else 🙁
David

David Podhorský
July 4th, 2016 at 4:56 am

I got it, swithced the phone to the english and thats it…. Translate issue. I will try it afternoon to finish 🙂
Thanks a lot

Gp
October 24th, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Dear Gerd
thank you. Great job. I use floatify and sometimes I clear the notification from the lockscreen. In this case, of course, the counter is not adjusted. Is there a way to solve this? thank you so much

gerd
October 24th, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Hi, good questions. i don’t know yet. i have to check it.

KS
October 5th, 2017 at 10:58 pm

I followed the instructions and after completion, I have a taskbar notification that there are no active tasker profiles. I’ve checked tasker and both of my initial profiles are active. I deactivated them, saved and reactivated them, but, still get the same message.
Any thoughts?

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