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IFTTT: How to automate task with products and apps

IFTTT is an automation that empowers you to connect 2 or more products and apps in such a way that specific action on one product and app triggers an action on the other. IFTTT empowers you with creative control over the products and apps you love.

IFTTT automates your task by integrating 2 or more products and apps. IFTTT allows you to specify IF condition which acts as Trigger for Action specified in Then condition.

Some of the Recipes from trending section are listed below:
Under IF Recipes-
-If you take photo on android phone then it will automatically back up on Google Drive.
-Silence your phone for school
-Rain tomorrow? Get an Android Notification
-Notify me when I disconnect from a Wi-Fi network
-Get an Android Notification everytime a @username you pick tweets
-Creates a log when you arrive and leave work
-Email me if I miss any phone calls
-Mute my Android device when I get to the office & turn on vibrate
Under Do Recipes-
-Quickly create events in Google Calendar
-Save short notes on the fly
-Tweet a photo
-Block off the next hour as “Do Not Disturb”

To start with IFTTT you’ll need an IFTTT account, which you can get for free either within the apps or at https://ifttt.com/.

Channels
Next, you can activate the channels you want to use by clicking channels from menu after signing into your accounts. Channels are the services like products and app which include Dropbox, Twitter, Google Drive, Instagram, SMS, WeMo, Phillips Hue, Pocket and Fitbit. Currently IFTTT supports 171 channels that you can use. Channels are the basic building blocks of Recipes. Each Channel has its own Triggers and Actions.
You can view all Channels at https://ifttt.com/channels

Triggers
The if part of an IF Recipe is a Trigger. Some example Triggers are “You’re tagged in a photo on Facebook” or “You check in on Foursquare.”

Actions
The then part of an IF Recipe is an Action. Some example Actions are “send an email” or “create a status message on Facebook.”

Ingredients
Pieces of data from a Trigger are called Ingredients. For example, the Ingredients of an Email Trigger could be: subject, body, attachment, received date, and the sender’s address.

Recipes
Recipes are the formulas that IFTTT uses to complete an action. Recipes are simple connections between products and apps. You can either browse existing recipes from Browse menu in the app, or create a brand-new one a recipe from My Recipes menu.
There are two types of Recipes: Do Recipes and IF Recipes –

IF Recipes
If Recipes run automatically in the background. Create powerful connections with one simple statement — if this then that.

On / Off: If Recipes can be turned on and off. When turned back on, they pick up as if they were just added.
Polling Period: Most IF Recipes check for new Trigger data every 15 minutes. Some Recipes run even faster.

Learn how to create IF Recipes: (Email notification on Twitter New Follower)

– Click on “Create a Recipe” button in IF section of My Recipes.
Click on “this” link to create a Trigger for IF Recipe.
1. Choose Trigger Channel related to triggering event. e.g. Twitter
2. Choose triggering event from available events in “Choose a Trigger” section e.g. New follower
3. Complete the Trigger fields if required. E.g. Login to your twitter account.
Click on “Create Trigger”
4. Click on “that” link to create an Action for IF Recipe.
5. Choose Action Channel related to Action. E.g. Gmail
Choose Action event from available events in Choose an Action section e.g. Send an email
6. Complete Action fields if required. E.g. Login to your Gmail account, Enter To address.
Click on “Create Action”
7. Modify Recipe Title as per your convenience and click on “Create a Recipe” button.
– My Recipes section list all Recipes created by you.

IF Recipes
IF Recipes

Do Recipes
Do Recipes run with just a tap and enable you to create your own personalized Button, Camera, and Notepad. The Do apps are available for iOS and Android at https://ifttt.com/products

Do Button empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap. Save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.

Do Recipes is similar to IF Recipe except it does not require triggering event hence it does not include Trigger Channel. Steps 5 to Steps 8 are also applicable to create Do Recipes.

You can browse existing Recipes by clicking “Browse Recipes” in “Do” section.

3 thoughts on “IFTTT: How to automate task with products and apps

  1. Sunday says:

    Hi Rohit,
    IFTTT is a great tool. I have been using it for a long time and it sure delivers great service. I get to save time and stress with content creation and sharing with this tool.
    The expose on this tool is timely as it will help many newbies and expertise leverage on the power IFTTT to make their blog a success!

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    Reply
  2. Mani says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this useful info. Am searching this for long time. Finally i got here. Keep updating.

    Reply

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