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IFTTT: Automatically respond to web events


IFTTT connects internet services and does web actions fully automatically. The configuration is carried out via a comfortable, however English-language web interface or a smartphone app.

The abbreviation

IFTTT
stands for ”

If this then that

“, In German” If this, then that “. This means linking events or triggers with actions. Events can be, for example, the personal arrival at a specific location, Facebook posts or the current weather situation. Depending on this, simple actions can then be triggered, such as muting a smartphone, saving pictures from Facebook to Google Drive or automatically switching on a lamp at sunset. Many of the options are particularly useful in combination with a smartphone, some more require special hardware such as smart home devices. There are also areas of application for desktop PCs.

Set up services at IFTTT

Nothing works without an account: Open up

https://ifttt.com
and there on “Sign up” to create a new account. After logging in via “Sign in”, a page with large buttons for categories such as “Android Device”, “Email” and “Button widget” welcomes you. Click on “View all” to show all categories. For a first orientation, it is advisable to click on a few categories to see what is behind them. On the pages you can see ready-made triggers and actions, called “applets” in IFTTT usage (in earlier versions: “Recipe”). The heading, along with the name of the service, usually shows what it is about. After clicking on an applet, there is usually more information. If you want to use it, click on “Connect”. The next steps depend on the service. For example, if it is about Facebook, Dropbox or Twitter, you will be asked to grant the necessary permissions for account access.

In order for an applet to work on your smartphone, you need to install the IFTTT app, which you can find on Google Play or the Apple Store. An applet can request additional rights on the smartphone, such as access to location data, the phone book or photos.

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Some useful IFTTT applets

Assemble your own applets

Read later: IFTTT can be used to save articles from RSS feeds at https://getpocket.com. The content is then available on the smartphone without an internet connection.

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Read later: IFTTT can be used to save articles from RSS feeds at https://getpocket.com. The content is then available on the smartphone without an internet connection.

If the applets offered do not fulfill the desired purpose, define the desired function yourself. To do this, click on the icon for your user profile at the top right of the IFTTT page and click on “Create”. In the Android app, tap “get more” and then “Create”.

You will see the lettering “If + This Then That”. Click on “+” (before “This”), then select the desired service. The list is very long, but can be filtered using the search field. As an example, we select “Facebook” here and “Trigger” then “New photo post by you”. Click on “+” (before That), select “Google Drive” as the service and then “Upload file from URL”. The fields are filled with placeholders that you can leave as they are. Under “Drive folder path” enter the storage location for Google Drive. If the folder does not exist, it will be created automatically.

Click on “Save”. IFTTT successively requests access to your Google and Facebook account, which you must confirm. If you now post a new photo on Facebook, it will automatically be saved on Google Drive. By clicking on “Settings”, the settings of an applet can be changed at any time. With “View activity” you determine whether and when IFTTT has executed an applet. Click on “Delete” to delete an applet. If you only want to use it temporarily, click on “Connected” on the applet page. It can be reactivated later by clicking on “Connect”.

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Control smart home via IFTTT

Switch remotely: www.fbsmarthome.site generates URLs for DECT switches on the Fritzbox, which you in turn connect to triggers at IFTTT, for example widgets or weather events.

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Switch remotely: www.fbsmarthome.site generates URLs for DECT switches on the Fritzbox, which you in turn connect to triggers at IFTTT, for example widgets or weather events.

IFTTT has numerous playful applets for smart devices that can be controlled via the Internet. ”

Start Sonos when I come home
“Plays the favorite music when you arrive at home. ”

Automatically turn your Hue lights blue whenever it starts to rain
“Provides blue lighting to match the rainy weather.

If a smart home service is not publicly available on the Internet, it becomes more complicated. Switches or thermostats that can be controlled via the Fritzbox, for example, require some preparation. Under

www.fbsmarthome.site
you must first register by clicking on “Login with Amazon”. Information on the settings of the Fritzbox can also be found on the page. Then you enter the connection data for the Fritzbox and click on “Test connection”. The website shows the devices found; then click on “save data”. Under “Webhooks” click on “Generate” and select the desired switch and the action (on / off / toggle). Copy the displayed URL to the clipboard.

Call

https://ifttt.com
and create a new applet (“Create”). Click on “+”, then on “Button widget” and “Button press”. Click on the second “+” button and select “Webhooks” and then “Make a web request”. Paste the URL from the clipboard. Select “Text / plain” as “Content Type” and confirm with “Create action” and “Finish”.

Now create an IFTTT widget on your smartphone – by default by long pressing on the screen and selecting “Widget”. Select “Make a web request”. Please note that the switching commands for IFTTT are limited to an unspecified number within ten minutes. Using the same principle, the “Weather Underground” or “Location” triggers can be used to activate a switch at sunset or when reaching a certain location.

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