Monday, March 26, 2018

IFTTT Review - Awesome Automation!


-Many devices and companies have it.
-You can automate many things.

-You can only have one if statement.
-You can only have one that statement.

You've heard me mention IFTTT in a few other post. I thought I'd give my review here and tell you all about it. IFTTT stands for "if this, than that", so if one action happens then trigger another.  Just from my recent post, you'd think it's just for smart homes, but it's more than that. It can be used for every aspect of your life. You can use it for photography, Facebook, blogs, home automation, your smartphone, Microsoft apps, your calendar and on and on.  Click here for a complete list of companies that allow the use of IFTTT through there products and services.  You can set up applets using the smartphone app or their website, both are super simple to use.

So what do I use IFTTT for you ask? I actually have around 100 applets (this is what they call their recipes.) Here's a list of some of them.

Home Automation
-If You say "Alexa trigger nest fan on", then turn on Hallway Thermostat fan for 15 minutes (Wink)
-Post a Tweet when Roomba® finishes a cleaning job
-If You say "Alexa trigger timer lights normal", then activate shortcut (Wink)
-If last family member leaves, then activate shortcut (Life 360)
-If You say "Alexa trigger night alarm off", then disarm Arlo (Wink)

Smartphone Automation
-If connects to Walmartwifi, then send an SMS to 7047018148
-Lost your phone? Text it "lostphone" to turn up ringer volume!
-If @movie Regal Starlight Cinema 14, mute ringtone
-Turn Phone on Vibrate at Work
-Turn ringtone back up when I leave work

Social Media
-If new public video uploaded, then post a tweet to @dhrandy (YouTube)
-If daily activity summary, then post a tweet to @dhrandy (Fitbit)
-Tweet a picture of "Old Glory" for the 4th of July!
-Share new links you post on Facebook to Twitter
-If any new post on your blog, then create a link post on Home Tech Dad (Facebook Pages)

There's really no reason not to use IFTTT, unless you just don't want to automate anything. There are so many things you can automate in your life through IFTTT! Best of all,  it's free to use!

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