Over the last couple of weeks, you could see Google Drive making its way to Tasker. The brand new update introduces a new Google Drive integrations in Tasker. What’s new and how to use it?
Google Drive integrations in Tasker
The video shows you the basic concept. Tasker now is capable of checking Google Drive folders across the devices. Previously, only backup, then pushing files to Google Drive were possible. Now with the new Google Drive integrations in Tasker, you can monitor changes periodically in selected folders and synchronise it.
Thanks to the changes the Google Drive integrations in Tasker let you upload, delete and monitor the files across the devices and folders. You can also browse the files, folders within Tasker too!
Previously, the similar level of synch could be achieved with plugins like FolderSync, looks like Tasker will support the Google Drive natively, but if you still want to use other services like DropBox, Amazon and FTP, FolderSync is your best bet.
My Showcase: Backup Screenshots to another Google Account
I have two Google accounts: private and one associated with NotEnoughTech. Google Photos can sync up screenshots to a separate album but does it to the wrong Google account. I’d like to keep my pictures synced with the personal account, but screenshots send automatically to Google Drive associated with NotEnoughTech.
Let’s do this, and let’s get a small notification when this is completed send to my computer. I know you could simply send the files over Join or AutoRemote to the target device, but I would be using the same account and the purpose of this tutorial is to show you how the syncing works.
Set Google Account
First, we have to pick the account, authorise the access and store the account details in a Global variable. If you want to pick an account every time, run this task before screenshot upload.
This has to be run once. If you wish to change the account later, you can run the task again to register a new account.
Time to upload the file. I know I’m going to run this task from another one. This means that the file path will be stored as %par1. Use the global variable containing the Google account credentials and push the files to the folder on your Google Drive.
I have added toast confirmations and a Join message that is displayed on the computer to let me know that the file has been uploaded successfully.
Create an event profile which will monitor the File Attribute Change. Whenever the content of the Screenshot folder changes, I will list all the files according to the modification date (reverse) and push the 1st position as %par1.
This will be the latest file created inside this folder – my last screenshot. This file will get uploaded to Google Drive.
Screenshots on PC
I used Backup & Sync software provided by Google, to sync my local files with Google Drive account. Whatever I’m uploading to Google Drive will appear after a couple of seconds on my computer (all of them). The same files will be accessible via GDrive web interface.
I’m super excited as I use the Google Drive for pretty much all my online storage. Having Tasker support enables new options like notifications when a file has been uploaded, automatic actions and more. Tell me your plans for the new Google Drive integrations in Tasker. I’m curious to hear what will you come up with!
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