Power Up Your Instagram Experience With These IFTTT Recipes
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For automation on the Web, there’s nothing like IFTTT (If This Then That). If you’re not familiar with it, you’re missing out. IFTTT lets you automate almost any service you use, saving you time you didn’t even know you were spending.

Among the numerous things you can automate with IFTTT are your Facebook photos and videos Using IFTTT To Automate All Your Facebook Photos & Video [Facebook Tip Or Hack Of The Week] Using IFTTT To Automate All Your Facebook Photos & Video [Facebook Tip Or Hack Of The Week] Not everyone uses Facebook to store their photos and video, but alternative photo and video storage still doesn't seem to have the best social integration just yet. Most of the alternatives are designed for more... Read More , your Facebook Page IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips] IFTTT Automation For Your Facebook Page [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Page administrators realise that it takes time and effort to create a vibrant, useful page for fans to enjoy. While some administrators are paid for their efforts, many more are merely volunteering their time... Read More , your eBook reading Supercharge Your eBook Reading With IFTTT Supercharge Your eBook Reading With IFTTT From finding eBook deals to automatically sending articles to your Kindle, these are all the IFTTT recipes you need. This great automation service can be used to supercharge your eBook reading. Read More , and even your iPhone 8 iPhone IFTTT Recipes You Can't Live Without 8 iPhone IFTTT Recipes You Can't Live Without When IFTTT launched an iPhone app in July, it opened up a whole slew of new possibilities about how to put the incredibly handy service to even better use than ever. Read More . So why not Instagram?

Instagram is a great way to share your photos and enjoy others’, but with IFTTT, it can become much more than that. All it takes are a few clicks.

Backup Instagram Photos To Cloud Storage


No matter which of the major cloud-storage services you’re using, you’ll find an IFTTT recipe for it. There’s a different recipe for each service, but they all work the same. You add new photos to Instagram, the receipt makes sure they’re also uploaded to your cloud storage.

These recipes are available for:

Just choose the service (or services) you’re interested in, activate the recipes, and you’re all set.

Post Instagram Photos To Twitter As Photo Tweets


It’s been over a year since Instagram disabled the ability to post actual Instagram photos to Twitter. You can still share your photos on Twitter, but your followers will only see a link. If you want the actual photo embedded in the Tweet as a card, you’ll need to make use of this IFTTT recipe.

Once enabled, the recipe will grab any new image you upload, and share it to Twitter as a pic.twitter.com image. This means the image will be embedded in the tweet itself, and will show up to your followers without them having to click any extra links or leave Twitter.

Automatic Instagram Screen Saver


This is a neat recipe that gives you a screen saver made of all the Instagram photos you’ve liked. All you have to do is set up a Dropbox folder for these photos, and set your screen saver to pull photos from this folder. The recipe will add photos you’ve liked into your specified Dropbox folder, and from there they’ll find their way onto your screen saver. It’s simple, yet brilliant.

Turn Instagram Photos To Tumblr Posts


Tumblr is a powerful blogging service and social platform which revolves mainly around photos. While some Tumblr blogs are just regular text blogs, most blogs you’ll find here are rich with photos and pictures. What better way to expose your Instagram art to a new audience?

Using this recipe, you can automatically upload your new Instagram photos to Tumblr. You’ll need to have your own Tumblr blog, of course, and you can choose whether you want to publish the photos immediately, add them to your publishing queue, or even just save them as draft to publish manually when you feel like it.

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Get Alerts For Videos From Specific Users


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Say you love the videos a certain user uploads, but you don’t especially care for the photos. Do you follow that user and fill your feed with their photos just to catch the occasional video? With the recipe, you don’t have to. Fill in the username you want to get alerts for, and you’ll receive an email every time they upload a new video. The email includes a thumbnail of the video, and you can click straight through to watch it. This will keep your Instagram feed clean, with only users you actually care to follow all the time.

Watch For Instagram Photos In A Certain Location


Instagram lets users geotag their photos, and searching for photos in a certain area is a fun way to stay in touch with that location. The easiest way to keep tabs on new photos in your area is this IFTTT recipe.

Just choose the area you’re interested in, and the recipe will email you when new public photos are uploaded in it. Of course, not everyone geotags their photos, so you won’t catch everything, but it’s still a fun way to see what’s going on in your neighborhood.

Get SMS When A Specific User Uploads A Photo


This is for the true Instagram addicts, for those who use Instagram for business purposes, or for anyone else who must know the second a user posts a new photo. Give the recipe the user you want to follow, and every time they upload a new photo, you’ll receive a text message. I don’t recommend choosing users who upload frequently for this recipe, as you’re likely to get yourself spammed.

Explore The Instagram Channel

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the Instagram recipes you can find on IFTTT. If you’re looking for something else, be it the ability to post from Instagram to your Facebook Page, add Instagram photos to your iOS photo albums, or even get notified of photos uploaded with specific hashtags, I recommend that you browse IFTTT’s Instagram channel yourself.

If you feel lost with all this IFTTT stuff and not sure where to begin, a good place to start is our free IFTTT guide which will help you get to know the service better and teach you how to use it. You’ll be making your own recipes in no time!

Any favorite IFTTT recipes to share? Tell us about the in the comments.

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  1. Jason G
    April 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    With the addition of Android yesterday is there any way to make a recipe that will do the following:

    IF (Android Photo in area) then post to (Instagram with #[string])

    I have worked on it from my phone last night but I don't even get the option to choose Instagram as the then action.

    Everything seems to be an initiation from Instagram, is this in part due to the fact that they don't have an OATH connector?

    • Yaara L
      April 27, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I suggest asking this on MakeUseOf Answers: http://makeuseof.com/answers/ask

      Lots more people will see it there, and someone's bound to know for sure.