Make Your Life Easier With These 4 IFTTT Requests
When you keep up with the latest technology, you probably use several smart home appliances and social media apps each day in your home and at the office. If This Then That (IFTTT) is a set of web-based commands you can use to sync different apps and devices, even if they run on different operating systems like Android and iOS.
IFTTT requests, called Applets, tell your devices when to communicate with each other, and what to do if a specific condition is met. Try these IFTTT requests to make your life easier.
Turn the Lights On or Off
Did you turn the lights off before you left the house? With an app and an IFTTT request, you won’t have to worry. If you use an app to start your car, connect it to the app that controls your lights. Set a command that says if you start the car then turn the lights off in the house.
When you return home, have your garage door open as soon as your car is in the driveway by connecting your smart garage door opener with your car app. At home, did you use an app to order your pizza? An IFTTT setting can turn the porch lights on when the alert comes in that the delivery driver is on the way.
Control Your Smart Thermostat
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Save money on heating and cooling expenses when you program a smart thermostat with your smartphone. If you’re away, program the thermostat to raise the temperature in the summer. Don’t spend money to cool your house down when you’re not home.
IFTTT requests can help your thermostat work with other apps too. You can use a weather app on your phone to tell the thermostat to react to the current weather in your town. Set a statement that says if the temperature hits 80 degrees then turn the thermostat down to 70 degrees, so the air conditioner starts running.
Explore Social Media Shortcuts
If you’re an avid social media fan, you might spend a lot of time copying pictures and posts to different platforms. Let an IFTTT request do the hard work. Tell YouTube to post your videos on Facebook at the same time or add songs from videos you like to a Spotify playlist. You can automatically Tweet new Instagram posts as native posts or sync Instagram images to a Pinterest board also.
Autofill Google Sheets
IFTTT can also help track your time at work and home. Tell Location tracking to add work hours in your Google calendar or log office time in a Google sheet. If you’re in a conference at the office, have an IFTTT command mute your ringtone based on the meeting time in your calendar.
IFTTT helps all of your apps and smart devices work together seamlessly to help you save time. Get started with IFTTT by logging in with your Google or Facebook account. You can also create an account with an email address and choose a new password.