IFTTT app for iOS or Android

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The purpose of IFTTT

IFTTT was designed to simplify and streamline the process of multi-channel integration, enabling its users to engage with technology in a smarter way. IFTTT acts as a link between multiple channels, which at present include mobile phone apps, social media platforms and email accounts (to name just three). IFTTT gives users the opportunity to implement action sequences that allow different channels to communicate with each other.

There are three main principles on which IFTTT is built – ‘task’, ‘trigger’ and ‘action’. The task is what you want IFTTT to do. The triggers are what will kick off the action you want the app to perform. Each of these elements is known as an ingredient and together the string is known as a recipe. If, for example, you want to receive a text message every time you get a direct message on Twitter, you can build an IFTTT recipe that will trigger an SMS task every time the Twitter DM action is employed.

There are three main principles on which IFTTT is built – ‘task’, ‘trigger’ and ‘action’. The task is what you want IFTTT to do. The triggers are what will kick off the action you want the app to perform. Each of these elements is known as an ingredient and together the string is known as a recipe. If, for example, you want to receive a text message every time you get a direct message on Twitter, you can build an IFTTT recipe that will trigger an SMS task every time the Twitter DM action is employed.

Setting up IFTTT on your device

When you download IFTTT from Google Play (on Android) or App Store (if you’re on an Apple device), you will be able to view a home screen that displays your recent activity. Since you’re a new user your activity list will be empty, which means you will need to start adding to it. To do this you can either choose from existing recipes or opt to build your own.

How to use a preset IFTTT recipe

To use a pre-built recipe, head to the Browse section where hundreds of recipes are ready to be used. Browsing IFTTT recipes is pretty straightforward; you can sort by keyword, what’s trending, and very often you will see special collections of recipes organised by topic (e.g. recipes for business owners). When you find a recipe you like, all you need to do is click ‘Add recipe’ and it will automatically integrate with your phone. Sometimes you need to download additional channels or authorise certain apps to work with IFTTT, but that’s all pretty simple.

How to create your own IFTTT recipes

There are hundreds of pre-made recipes available to add to your home screen, however you may find that you prefer to create your own, individually-tailored recipes. Creating a recipe is simple: open the ‘My Recipe’ section and select add. You will then be prompted to select the trigger and action components of your recipe. Finish by selecting the final task to be performed when the action has been fulfilled, then remember to save your recipe.

Top time-saving IFTTT recipes

Now you know how to find and create IFTTT recipes, you should be ready to start putting the app to work. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of five recipes that could save you time in your daily life.

1: Pull articles to Feedly

 

2: When I arrive at work, mute my phone and turn off notifications

 

3: When I leave work show a to-do list

 

4. Get a weekly report of all completed tasks

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