I am sure you would agree with me on the statement below.
Technology is making human lives more convenient. The millennials are getting to experience technology like never before!
Wherever you go or whatever you do, there is some sort of usage of technology involved. Living our life is becoming more easier. Artificial intelligence(AI) has already started to understand human intelligence. Maybe within a decade or less or more, we could see AI taking over millions of jobs. Artificial intelligence devices like Alexa, Google Home et al are already in many homes doing multiple tasks making the lives of many people easier.
That said, we have to agree on the fact that technology is getting better in understanding human whims. Nevertheless, if you are not careful with the latest updates in technology, you may end up not being so smart!
Ultimate Beginners Guide for IFTTT
Through this blog, I am going to write about a new technology that is making rounds all over the internet nowadays. It is indeed making the lives of people a lot easier by simplifying the daily tasks.
Don’t believe me? Then you haven’t probably heard about If This Then That.
Did your inner voice just say, sorry what?
I’d ask you to read the phrase again… If This Then That. That’s the name of the technology I was saying about.
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT, the short form for “If this, then that,” is a free automation platform that helps in simplifying specific tasks with smarter solutions.
This service lets you trigger the actions on the other apps, web services, and the devices automatically every time certain conditions are met. The process happens between the trigger and action is called an applet. I’d write more on this later in the blog.
If you would like to make your smart home much smarter by automating the daily tasks, read further to read the breakdown of how to get started with IFTTT.
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Getting Started with IFTTT
While the good news is that IFTTT is completely free, not every device is compatible with it. In this blog, I am going to use an example that doesn’t need any specific smart device that is compatible with IFTTT to make you understand how the whole system works.
Before getting started with IFTTT, you will want to navigate the official website – IFTTT.com. I am going to process with the installation on the web browser. The installation process through IFTTT app through stores like Play Store/App Store are pretty self-explanatory for any mobile device.
If you have opened the website of IFTTT, click on Sign Up in the top right corner of the web page to create your free account. Use the same credentials to manage your triggers and also to connect with your various smart devices.
As mentioned in this blog earlier, the process between the trigger of a task and action is called an applet. Each IFTTT applet can trigger multiple actions and not just one. So when the first action is completed, the rest of the actions will also be triggered too.
When you first login IFTTT, you will see a banner alongside a list of the tiles for the Operating Systems like Android and iOS, as well as for the popular services like Spotify, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Twitter, Instagram et al.
When you select any of the tiles mentioned above, IFTTT takes this as an input to understand what you might be interested in.
Once you have selected one of those services, you will be brought to a page with some of the recommendations for Applets. This is a great opportunity to understand how this service works.
Clicking on the applet brings you to a screen that looks something like this.
From the above page, click on the turn on the applet. You will receive an email to the address associated with your IFTTT account whenever it rains the following day, according to the representation image above. It’s that simple!
Now that you have a basic idea of how IFTTT works, let’s now explore how to find a specific IFTTT Applet.
Finding A Specific IFTTT Applet
To find a specific Applet that is compatible with a specific smart tech device or services, go to the IFTTT dashboard and click on search option that you see in the upper left-hand corner.
For illustration, I am using the name of one of the most popular smart home lightning solutions – Philip Hue. I have just searched for “Philips Hue”, and we are greeted with a full page of tiles showing different ways to connect with the products while the similar utilities are given.
The tiles used above are only a small section of selection of the Applets available for the work used – Philips Hue. In a similar way, you can see the number of applets compatible with a wide range of smart products.
After scrolling down, click on More option to see the near-endless list of different IFTTT Applets.
Custom IFTTT Applets
Can we create a custom applet using IFTTT? Absolutely yes! IFTTT has got a huge collection of Applets. However, the service really shines when it allows you to create your own triggers which are customized for your requirements.
Here is how to create a custom applet. On the dashboard, click on My Applets on the top left of the main IFTTT page. You will be brought to a new page where you see a new button New Applet.
Clicking on the New Applet brings you to the main page where you can customize your own Applets. To start with this, click on +This to create your conditional trigger.
Now you can see many tiles on the new page. Remember that whatever the action you choose here will trigger a response. To keep things simple, I am selecting “Date & Time” trigger.
So, in this trigger, you can see the options where you can choose from a variety of multiple time intervals. Here I am selecting a trigger every year at 12:00 on January 1st.
Now click on That part of your trigger. The process is the same as you did for This part.
Now I will click on the email, fill the email and send myself an email to celebrate a new year!
Here I am choosing to Send Me an Email, and then I’m clicking on Create Action.
Below is the final page where you will be confirming your IFTTT task. I will be done with creating a customized Applet after clicking on Finish.
This is it!
I will now receive an email from IFTTT at the beginning of every year. The example might not be the incredible home efficiency that you had in mind, but the process I followed to create is pretty much the same regardless of what you are trying to do using IFTTT either on the desktop web page or on the app.
All you have to do is find out your trigger (The “If This“) and what you want to be done (the “Then That“), and you are all good to go with the most convenient automation.
It all needs a little time to focus and invest and you will be able to just six and relax leaving the rest to IFTTT as the platform communicates between the devices and services and make the dream of a true smartly connected home a reality!
Is IFTTT free?
Ifttt is free to some extent. However, if you want to use this amazing automation tool for your business, Ifttt offers plans. Check this page to find out more on IFTTT pricing and plans.
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