Internet Wonder Tool, IFTTT, Comes To iOS
IFTTT, or If This Then That, is an amazing tool that lets you effortlessly tie together various online services to create truly epic, customizable workflows that can accomplish a variety of useful actions automatically, once configured.
Today, we’re going to get a brief introduction to the product and go over some of the amazing things you can do with their new iOS app.
IFTTT enables people of all backgrounds to utilize the power and flexibility of conditional logic via a dead-simple, well-designed user interface. The basis of the product involves the creation of a recipe, i.e., an If-then statement where you specify a Trigger and an Action.
The Trigger is the this part of the Recipe, e.g., “I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook.” The Action is the that part of the Recipe, e.g., “Send me a text message.”
Channels are the basic building blocks of IFTTT, and serve as the online services (each with their own Triggers and Actions) that you can chain together to create truly awesome, customized workflows (e.g., Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook).
Ingredients are the data that can be fed into a Trigger, e.g., Ingredients for an Email Trigger could include:
- Sender’s Address
Together, these pre-created IFTTT elements constitute a Recipe, just like this:
IFTTT recipes are extremely easy to create and customize, but, if you are having any difficulty coming up with your own, and would prefer to see some examples to help you get started, you can utilize Shared Recipes, i.e., template Recipes created by other IFTTT users that any other user can take advantage of.
IFTTT Comes To iOS
IFTTT for iOS adds three new Channels to the mix:
- iOS Photos
- iOS Contacts
- iOS Reminders
Let’s dig into some examples to see how we can put these new offerings to work.
Automate Your Photo Backups
A simple, but useful, Recipe that takes advantage of iOS Photos’ Channel is to create multiple copies of your photos to various cloud storage providers:
- Save iOS Photos to Dropbox
- Save iOS Photos to Google Drive
- Save iOS Photos to SkyDrive
- Save iOS Photos to Box
Make Siri Play Nice with Third Party Apps
Technically, Siri only works with Apple’s default apps. However, with IFTTT, you can hack it to work well with many of your favorite non-Apple apps. For example, you can create a recipe where notes you add to Reminders are automatically forwarded to apps like Evenote, Wunderlist, and Any.Do. Basically, if you can send something through Reminders, you can send it through Siri!!
Facilitate Friendlier iOS / Google Interactions
With IFTTT, you can further streamline your iOS/Google interactions with Recipes that automatically create Google Calendar entries when you add a new contact, generate calendar events from your Reminders entries, and maintain a log of tasks you’ve successfully finished.
For a few more helpful IFTTT tips and tricks, head on over to Lifehacker.