IFTTT (If This, Then That) is a new app, and if you’ve used it already, you know how fun it is. If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, here are ten IFTTT recipes to get you started.
IFTTT creates connections between other apps. It’s great because it helps you improve the benefits and usefulness of your favorite apps.
I first started using IFTTT in conjunction with Evernote and enjoyed it so much I began looking for more ways to make my favorite apps work for me.
To create a connection with IFTTT you need to make a “Recipe.”
There are two types of Recipes; DO’s and IF’s.
DO’s are Recipes that enable you to create your own action button. This is usually an interaction from one app to another with a tap of a button on your smartphone. For example, when you press a DO button, a text is sent to your wife telling her that you’re on your way home.
IF’s are Recipes created to work in the background and automate a task between two apps. For example, IF you post (THIS) a new article to your WordPress blog THEN it will automatically post (THAT) to your Facebook page.
Here are ten of my favorite IFTTT Recipes…
5 IFTTT IF Recipes
WordPress Facebook IF Recipe
The WordPress Facebook IF Recipe automatically uploads any new blog post to your Facebook page. This is a simple and easy Recipe.
Now I can skip a step when posting a new article, which will save me time in the long run.
WordPress Evernote IF Recipe
The WordPress Evernote IF Recipe allows the WordPress owner to archive older WordPress articles to Evernote.This is an easy and clever way of backing up your blog content.
You can be sure I’ll be using this Recipe to keep an updated archive of my Odd Opinions articles.
Instagram Evernote IF Recipe
The Instagram Evernote IF Recipe allows a user to archive their Instagram photos to an Evernote folder. Using this Recipe will allow people to use Evernote as a backup for their Instagram content.
I like the idea of having my photos saved in another location, just in case something were to go wrong with my Instagram account.
iPhone Screenshots Dropbox IF Recipe
The iPhone Screenshots Dropbox IF Recipe is a great Recipe for designers, event planners, or anyone who frequently takes screenshots to save photos they find online. The Recipe will add your iPhone screenshots to your Dropbox account.
This is a fantastic idea and helps you save space on your iPhone while still saving your screenshots. A similar Recipe enables you to save all of your photos to Dropbox. Again, this helps free up space on your iPhone and allows you to save and share your photos easily.
Email Food Diary to Fitness Partner IF Recipe
The Email Food Diary to Fitness Partner IF Recipe helps me stay accountable to myself AND my fitness partner. Knowing that my partner (or trainer) can see what I’m eating all the time will help me make better choices. Well, that’s the idea at least!
5 IFTTT DO Recipes
Quick Add to Google Calendar DO Recipe
The Quick Add to Google Calendar DO Recipe is one I use all the time. To use this Recipe simply type in your task, such as, “Have lunch today at 12:00 p.m. with Barack Obama.” and IFTTT quickly adds the information into my Google calendar.
Get Yourself Out of an Awkward Situation DO Recipe
The Get Yourself Out of an Awkward Situation DO Recipe is hilariously awesome! At first I laughed at the title, but after using it I realized just how brilliant it is! With a single tap of this Recipe’s button, you can send a call to your phone, which should allow you to excuse yourself from the meeting or whatever situation you’re not thrilled to be in.
Nest DO Recipe
For those of you gadget heads out there like myself, you’ll love the Nest DO Recipe! Set your thermostat to X degrees; connect your Nest account with IFTTT and you’ll be able to change the temperature in your house quickly and with ease.
Post a Quick Tweet DO Recipe
The Post a Quick Tweet DO Recipe is for my fellow minimalists. This Recipe is designed for people who want to send a quick tweet with no links or media attached. Just type your message, tap the button and your tweet is sent.
Evernote Add a To-Do to Your Checklist DO Recipe
Last but not least is the Evernote Add a To-Do to Your Checklist DO Recipe. Throughout the day I always have a million things to do and this Recipe helps me stay focused. It allows you to create and add tasks to your to-do list.
For instance, on my to-do list I added the following steps:
- Eat lunch
- Take a nap
- Wake up
A simple list I know, but it’s an example of how easy it is to create. It’s a powerful, yet easy way to keep yourself organized.
These are just a few of the Recipes available on IFTTT. I suggest experimenting with your favorite apps and see what you can do to make them work more efficiently for you.
The ease of use for these Recipes is astounding and quite amazing to use.
IFTTT is a lot of fun and I challenge you to check it out. Post your experiences and favorite Recipes in the comments section below.