Apr 24, 2014

What does IFTTT do that can’t be done with other apps?

A lot of people seem pretty excited about IFTTT (If This Then That) coming to Android. What does it do that other apps don’t that makes to make it so useful?

ifttt review

"Use ifttt to create "recipes" of automation—no code or scripting required—and kiss your worries goodbye. Ifttt stands for "if this, then that." It's a free website and service that lets you automate simple tasks in your digital life, such as "if there is an upcoming event on my Google Calendar, then send me a text message reminder with the event name, time, and address," or "If someone tags a photo of me on Facebook, then save a copy of that photo to Dropbox."

The most amazing thing about ifttt is how simple it is to use. You might assume that these commands, or "recipes" as they're called on ifttt.com, would require some programming know-how—but they don't. The site shows you how to build a command using icons, and then customize them by clicking a button or two, or typing what you want. They couldn't be easier to write and implement, and once they're in place, you can kick back and relax because ifttt follows through on what it promises to do."

It is really neat, I’ve seen it on an iPhone before. Basically you can set up all kinds of different activities to happen automatically if a precursor event occurs to trigger it. For example, I was just looking at the “recipes” on the IFTTT website, and some of the things you can do are:

Mute the device and turn vibrate on when you get to work.

Keep a phone call log in Google Drive.

Email yourself the photos you take.

Backup contacts to a spreadsheet.


There are 1000s of different recipes already there for you to chose from, and I’m sure there are many others on the way now that Android users are supported. 

IFTTT’s “WTF” page does a good job of explaining the app. 

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