Automate Your Life in One Click: If This, Then That Recipes for Your Home

Automate Your Life in One Click: If This, Then That Recipes for Your Home

Taryn Williford
Sep 25, 2015

Have you heard of "If This, Then That" (IFTTT)? It's an online service that connects all of your various apps and smart gadgets. Think of it like this: Imagine your weather app speaks French, but your Nest thermostat speaks Spanish. IFTTT can translate what the weather app is saying ("It's 62 degrees outside") and use it to speak a command in the Nest's native language ("Turn on the heat").

That weather-app-to-Nest command is called a "recipe," and it's one of probably like a million on the IFTTT site. (The apps and products that a recipe connects – Nest, Instagram, Evernote, email, the weather – are called "channels.") Once you sign up for an IFTTT account and connect some of your favorite channels, all you need to do is find a recipe you like and click "add."

(Image credit: IFTTT)

The recipes are created by IFTTT and its users to automate all kinds of connections between the services and things you use everyday inside your home, in your car or at work.

Here are a few of my favorites, the ones I use personally and the ones that stand out to me as proof that we're living in the future. Once you're signed in with an account on IFTTT, you can click on the links below to go straight to that recipe's page and add it to your arsenal.

For Your Home

For Parents

For Work

For Shopping

Want to discover more? See a full list of IFTTT channels right here.

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