IFTTT: The App That Does It All
Our daily lives are filled with a sizeable amount of technology that integrates with our work and personal lives. From having to remember to post on social media for your business to just wanting a little me time, it can be hard to keep on top of everything and be overwhelming to say the least.
This is where "If This Then That" aka IFTTT comes in. Technology was created to make our lives easier and IFTTT was created to simplify our technology for us - instead of making tasks tedious, the app automates and makes them easier for us.
The app was first released in 2011 for both IOS and Android, and the service has gone on to partner and integrate itself with multiple bit apps like Instagram, Twitter, Google, and even smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa or Google home.
So how does it work?
The primary job of IFTTT (If This Then That) is to connect different apps to perform tasks (hence the word play of the name) using recipes that are known as applets. A user can easily browse the existing recipes that are most used or create your own customs recipes.
You can use these recipes for almost anything you can think of under the sun. You can order warm soup off of it when it starts raining or let it whisper sweet nothings in your ear about times when the international space station passes your house but most people use it for more productive tasks that they might use for their business.
Where do we start?
It’s easy to get excited with the plethora of applets available but a lot of people at the beginning add a lot of them and then get overwhelmed. Adding too many recipes at once can ironically make the problem of simplifying your life worse so take it easy.
It's super simple to get started, all you have to do go on the website or download the app, and sign up. This will take you the main page of IFTTT where you can explore different applets. You can even search an app you want to work with such as ‘Spotify’ or ‘Alexa’ and it will show you all the available options.
Simply click on the applet you like, on the phone you’ll have a slider to connect or on the website you’ll see the option to ‘Connect’ as a toggle switch, click it and you're good to go!
If you want to make one, there will be an option to make your own applet from scratch. You can choose services by clicking on the plus sign and selecting the services you want from the variety of options. Then, you can choose your ‘trigger’ which is an action you want that will cause your applet to trigger.
Then simply tell IFTTT what you want it to do and boom, you are done!
Here are some of the most useful and or fun applets you can use!
1. Tweet your Instagram pictures:
This is useful if you run a content house, a business or even just want to share your Instagram posts on Twitter for kicks. It’s well known if you click the ‘share on twitter’ button when posting something on Instagram, it just uploads a link on your twitter. Using IFTTT you can automate this and have the actual picture on twitter, making it look like a direct upload.
2. International space station going over your house:
We weren't kidding about this! There is actually an applet that sends a notification to your phone when the International Space Station is in your nearby vicinity. It’s a pretty cool trick and all you have to do is specify your location.
3. Add your favourite songs from Youtube onto your Spotify:
Oh! this is a cool one. When you're listening to your favorite songs on Youtube, simply hitting the like button will make IFTTT search the title on Spotify and add it to a playlist called Youtube all by itself.
4. Save receipts to Evernote:
If you use Evernote and save your receipts for expense reports or just to show the gift you were supposed to go ages ago is really “on its way”, you can use the camera widget on your phone, click a picture and IFTTT will automatically save your receipts to Evernote.
IFTTT was built to simplify the overwhelming amount of actions we have to take when using technology. You can shorten 15 minutes tasks into 5 minute ones whether it is for personal use or if you’re a professional looking to automate and simplify your work environment.
IFTTT was built to simplify the overwhelming amount of actions we have to take when using technology. You can shorten tasks, whether you’re a professional looking to automate and simplify your work environment or you need your notifications muted for a little COD session with the boys.