How We Use IFTTT To Increase Productivity
IFTTT – short for “If This Then That“, that’s one of my personal favourite application and for almost anything I think of doing to make some work easy and save some of my time, I look up to IFTTT if it can help me with that !
In our article, 8 Free Apps We Use To Increase Our Productivity, I explained IFTTT as easy and free way to get your apps and devices working together. Huh, complicated, isn’t it? 🙄
So let’s uncomplicate it. IFTTT is a wonderful app, or I can say system, which let us automate many of our tasks based on some conditions.(According to IFTTT Website, they’re on a mission to build a more connected world !👌 )
For example, if you want your Twitter profile picture to be changed as soon as you change your Facebook profile picture, it can be done using IFTTT !!(We are going to see how to do it in detail later in this article, keep reading 😉 )
You are not believing this, right? But yes, this is for real. It actually happens. And in this article, we are going to see how this and many useful things like this can be done using IFTTT.
Let’s start from the start !
Sign up on IFTTT :
Sign up using your email id :
To sign up on IFTTT using yyour email id, go to https://ifttt.com, where you will see box to enter your email id, as shown in image below.
Enter your email id and click on “Get Started” button. In next screen, you will be asked for password you want for your account. Enter password and click on “Sign up” button.
Once you will click on that button, you will be signed up, logged in and redirected to your IFTTT dashboard.
Sign up using your Google account :
To sign up on IFTTT using your Google account, click on “Continue with Google” button on https://ifttt.com.
When clicking on this button, a dialogue box asking for your google account id and password will open. Enter your google id, password and log in. It will ask for som permissions for IFTTT, allow it. You will be logged in and redirected to your IFTTT dashboard.
Sign up using your Facebook account :
To sign up using your facebook account, click on “Continue with Facebook” button.
Once you will click on that button, a pop up asking to log into your facebook account will open. Enter your facebook id and password and log in to your facebook account. It will ask you for some permissions for IFTTT, allow it. You will be logged in and redirected to your IFTTT account.
Log in to IFTTT :
Now if you are already signed up on IFTTT, let’s see how to log into IFTTT.
To log in to your IFTTT account, click on “Sign in” button on the upper right corner and you will see a screen as shown in image below.
If you signed up on IFTTT using your Google account, click on “Continue with Google” button. A pop up asking to log in to your google account will open. Enter your google id, password and log in. You will be logged in to your IFTTT account and redirected to IFTTT dashboard.
But if you signed up on IFTTT using your facebook account, click on “Continue with Facebook” button. A pop up asking to log in to your facebook account will open. Log in to your facebook account entering your facebook id and password and you wil be logged in and redirected to your IFTTT account.
Change settings :
IFTTT allows you to change some settings like your user profile service,user name, password, your email id, time zone, etc.
To do so, from your IFTTT dashboard, click on drop down menu by clicking on your profile name given in upper right corner of the dashboard and then click on “Settings” option.
From here, change whatever you want and once you are done changing, click on “Update” button given at the bottom of the page and your changes will be saved.
Create Applets :
Whatever you want to do in IFTTT, you will have to create “Applets” for that. Now let’s understand that.
What is applet?
Applet in IFTTT is connection of two of your services, which works on a simple logic that if something will happen in your first connected service, it will trigger some other thing to happen automatically in your second connected service.
For example, if you want your twitter profile picture to be changed automatically when you change your Facebook profile picture, you will have to make applet in which first service will be facebook and second service will be twitter. You will have to make recipe which works this way : If change in facebook profile picture then change twitter profile picture, and connection through this recipe between facebook and twitter will be called applet.
Discover pre-made applets :
IFTTT provides us with many pre-made applets which can be used by us. To discover or to explore this pre-made applets, click on “Discover“. Or by default, you will be in discover section if you click on IFTTT logo on upper left corner.
Here, you will be able to see many pre-made applets serving different receipes. If you find any useful applet for you, you can turn it on and start using it.
To do so, click on applet you want to use and open it. In the applet, you will see “Turn on” button like one shown in image below after all the details of the applet. Turn that button on.
Once the applet is turned on, you will need to edit applet or change some of its settings based on applet you select. You can do that by clicking on button for settings (that little cog symbol !) which will be on upper right corner of applet details.
Create new applet :
To crate new applet, first you will have to decide your recipe for applet, means what you want to do. Here, we will take example of automatically change in twitter profile picture when we change facebook profile picture. So, IFTTT recipe here will be : If change in Facebook profile picture then change twitter profile picture.
Now to create applet for this recipe, open drop down menu by clicking on your profile name and click on “New applet” option.
Once you will click on the button, you will see a screen asking for your IFTTT recipe. Consider image given below and follow tthe same procedure shown in image below.
When first time you will create this applet, or applet including any services like facebook or twitter which requires log in, IFTTT will ask you to connect your account by logging in to it. In our example, when you will select facebook at the place of “THIS”, IFTTT will ask you to log in to your facebook account and give permissions to IFTTT, do it.
Afterwards, whenever you will add facebook in any of the IFTTT recipe, it won’t ask you to log in to your facebook account again as your facebook is already connected with IFTTT.
This way, you can create as many applets as you want and automate many of your tasks related to services IFTTT supports and save much of your time you waste on doing same repetitive activites on different platforms or services.
You can also track activites of your applets, errors in your applets if there are any from “Activity” tab on your IFTTT dashboard.
IFTTT also provides iOS an android applications to create and manage your applets. Besides that, there are some services which will require IFTTT app to be installed on your smartphone.
If you want to receive notifications on your phone when your applet runs, you can receive that by installing IFTTT app on your smartphone.
I hope this will be able to make you get going with IFTTT. You will learn to automate many more things using IFTTT once you will start exploring and using IFTTT, I promise !
(You can learn more about IFTTT on their official blog, https://ifttt.com/blog)
So, start using IFTTT and start saving your time and increase your productivity. If you feel you are stuck anywhere or have any questions, ask in comments, we’ll try to help you with that. And if you know any other useful app like IFTTT, you can suggest that too in comments.
But wait, you already know that Dyrect is not about any of these things, right? We’re just trying to help you increase your productivity by introducing you with these wonderful apps we mentioned in our article 8 Free Apps We Use To Increase Our Productivity.
See you all soon🙋