IFTTT: How to Create an Applet

Applets are tools created by IFTTT (IF-THIS-THEN-THAT) to make smart home automations. In order to create an Applet with IFTTT

Applets are tools to ensure that you can make smart automation for your home or business to your smart home by using the number of services that IFTTT can provide. 

Every time something (THIS) happens, you can create an automated action for your smart home or in your work or wherever you are to make an automatic action. 

I’ve created Applet examples to show you how to make one for yourself. For example, suppose you want to use the Spotify service to trigger other actions. In that case, you could create a trigger whenever you save a track or an album. By doing so, you can create an Action to put those songs or albums in a Google Doc, or you can turn your lights on a certain way. Or Both (If you have IFTTT PRo – You can use Multi-Actions).

Creating an IFTTT Applet

The first thing you need to do is go to https://IFTTT.com

Once you log in, you can either pay for a subscription (IFTTT Pro account), allowing you to create as many applets as you need. Otherwise, with the Basic IFTTT account, you can only make three Applets or have 3 Applets running. 

You can hear more about the different choices in terms of how much it costs and decide whether you want a basic or a pro account by reading the article here:

https://automatelife.net/how-much-does-ifttt-cost/

So once you get your IFTTT account sorted out. The first thing you’re going to see on the top right hand of the web page is the CREATE button. 

Once you click the CREATE button, IFTTT will direct you to the ‘Create Your Own’ Applet page. The Create Page is where you choose an IF THIS and THEN THAT statement.

Creating an IFTTT Trigger

IFTTT Triggers are also called ‘IF-THIS’ statements.

 The first statement block is IF THIS. The IF THIS statement is also known as an IFTTT Trigger. You’re going to have to click the ‘Add‘ button. 

You will now see the number of services that IFTTT has. IFTTT has provided these Services from developers. Here are some examples of Triggers:

  • Taking a photo from your Android or iOS phone.
  • Motion occurring in your home security.
  • You can trigger an action by taking a picture.
  • Geolocation (your location or proximity to certain areas).
  • House temperature is too low (maybe you need to protect your pipes from freezing).
  • Google Calendar Event.

Each service is going to have its specific number of triggers based on its service. For example, you wouldn’t see the exact trigger for an alarm system to be the same for a music or media Service. An Alarm activation trigger by Abode would not be available for a Music service like Spotify. Even services that are alike would not have the same triggers (500px and Tumblr).

You can find a list of IFTTT services here:

https://automatelife.net/ifttt-services/

Once you’ve picked your Trigger or IF THIS statement, you will then select the corresponding Action or THEN THAT statement.

NOTE: Most Services you use with IFTTT will require your login credentials or subscription to that service.

I’ll pick something simple: Using a Google Calendar Event as Trigger. Since I have a Google account, I can select the Google Calendar, then set the account I use. IFTTT will automatically give you options for your calendars once you log in using your Google account credentials and give that to IFTTT to manage.

  • You go into the search field and search for “Google Calendar” or “Calendar.” You should see the IFTTT Service show the Google Calendar icon. 
  • Click the Google Calendar icon as your service. You will be allowed to edit the Trigger field to pick which calendar you would like to use in your Google account. In my example, I used the ‘AYL’ team. 

  • Then I click ‘update trigger.’ Once you’ve updated the trigger, you’ll go back to the Applet Create screen. The IF THIS function has is now defined: The Applet will trigger each time a Google Calendar event begins.
  • Click ‘Add.’ Once you click ‘Add,’ IFTTT will show you a list of similar services to the services for the Triggers (there are some differences).

Creating an IFTTT Action

Actions are also known as THEN THAT Statements.

  • Action: Turn on Lights. I’m going to go to my Philips Hue account.
  • Search “Philips Hue,” and IFTTT will display the Philips Hue icon. Click the icon. If you have not connected IFTTT with Philips Hue, it will ask you to log into your Philips Hue account. IFTTT will then have control over your Philips Hue account to manage your lights.
  • IFTTT will now display a list of Philips Hue Actions based on the Google Calendar Event Trigger.
    • You can set the room to a specific Philips Hue scene. 
    • You can turn off your lights or turn on your lights, depending on how you would like your meeting to start. 
    • You can dim lights or change the color, or you can change it to a random color.
  • I’m going to choose ‘Blink Lights’ as the Action. Every time a meeting starts, I will have my Office Lights Blink to remind me that a meeting is starting.
  • IFTTT will ask which Philips Hue Lights to blink. I selected my office lights.
  • Click Update Trigger. 
  • IFTTT will give a default sentence that describes the Applet. You can now edit the Title of the Applet to anything you like.

I’ve now created my IFTTT Applet to blink my Philips Hue office lights each time a meeting or Calendar event begins.

IFTTT Queries and Filter Code

We can talk about adding Queries and Filters, which is another feature of the IFTTT Pro subscription. You can also add many Actions to occur at the same time. This is called Multi-Actions and is also available with an IFTTT Pro Subscription.

You can also archive your Applets if you don’t want to activate them. IFTTT keeps them regardless. You will see all the active and non-active Applets in your IFTTT account.

Create your own IFTTT Applet

There are many ways to create automated actions by using Applets, and if this then and that. You can plan to tree automatically. You can send an email to yourself, search for content on YouTube, or use Spotify. You can pretty much use almost every service possible (not every service).


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