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Many of the leading smart home gadgets require you to have programming knowledge if you really want to maximize their potential. Thankfully, IFTTT (If This Then That) exists for those who don’t have any programming knowledge at all.
Wink is one of the most popular IFTTT-compatible smart home systems currently on the market. Using IFTTT and the Wink hub, you can connect devices together in endless combinations using existing recipes, or by creating your own.
If you’ve got a Wink hub and have been looking for more ways to use it effectively, which IFTTT recipes you should you be using? Keep reading to find out.
What Is Wink?
The primary purpose of Wink is to act as a hub for all your smart home devices. Using one mobile app, you can control hundreds of individual products from 37 different manufacturers.
The devices Wink supports can be broadly broken down into eight different categories: lighting, switches, sensors, locks, thermostats, outdoor, appliances, and voice controls.
For each device, you can use the app to create schedules, set up triggers, create action shortcuts, and a whole lot more.
How to Link Wink With IFTTT
Before you can use any IFTTT recipes, you need to connect your Wink hub to your IFTTT account. Luckily, it’s a straightforward process.
Log into your IFTTT account and type Wink into the search box. You will see a few different results. Locate Wink Shortcuts and click on it. Finally, click Connect and enter your Wink credentials to complete the process.
You are now free to find and use Wink recipes, or even create your own. You can find existing Wink recipes by navigating to ifttt.com/wink_shortcuts. Open a recipe and click Turn On to deploy it.
The 10 Best Recipes
Now the basics are out of the way, let’s take a look at the best IFTTT recipes.
What you need: Automatic
How many times have you left your home, only to have to go back and turn off a light or disable the central heating?
It won’t happen anymore. This pre-made recipe uses Automatic — the leading smart app for cars — to send a signal to Wink. Whenever you turn on your car, it will turn off the specific lights you’ve programmed.
What you need: Nest
Carbon monoxide poisoning is dangerous. The colorless, odorless gas can kill you in less than 30 minutes with a concentration of 3,200 ppm (which is just 0.32 percent of the air). As such, smart carbon monoxide alarms are one of the first things you should install in a new home.
This IFTTT recipe uses your Wink to turn on all your home’s lights if your Nest detects hazardous levels of the gas.
What you need: Nimbus
A Nimbus dial acts like a personal dashboard. You can use it to display updates from a wide selection of apps, devices, and websites. It’s made by Quirky, the same company responsible for Wink.
Using this recipe, your Nimbus will show a notification if rain is forecast for the following day. It will help you dress and prepare for the day accordingly. Weather Underground provides the data.
What you need: Aros
Summer is here. We’ve already shown you how you can use smart home technology to your advantage to make the hot weather more bearable, and this recipe is another example.
If you run it, your home’s air conditioning will automatically engage once the temperature breaches a user-specified threshold. You’ll never come home to a hot house again!
What you need: Home8
When you’re tucked up in bed, the last thing you want to do is get up to check that all your doors are locked.
This recipe connects Wink to your Home8 security system. When you arm your alarm in Stay Mode, Wink will immediately seal all your entry points and turn off the lights.
What you need: Egg Minder, iPhone
Eggs are the ultimate breakfast food. Their versatility, length of life, and protein-packed consistency make them the perfect way to start the day.
If you’re an egg lover, unexpectedly running out is a truly traumatic experience. Use this recipe to ensure you’re never caught short again.
What you need: Porkfolio, a Google account
I’ve been critical of Porkfolio in the past. I even listed it as one of the silliest smart home devices on the market. However, it does have benefits for a child: it teaches them about money and fiscal responsibility.
Using this recipe, Wink will add data to a Google Sheet every time money is added to the device. It’s a great way for parents to track their kids’ saving and spending habits.
What you need: Amazon Echo, Pivot Power Genius
I’ve told you how Wink can help in the summer, but what about during the winter? If you’re a Christmas fanatic, it can be a chore to turn all your fairy lights on and off every day.
Why not let Wink do the work? Connect Wink to your Amazon Echo and Power Pivot Genius and you can light up your home with nothing more than a voice command.
What you need: Abode
This is another security-themed recipe. Like the carbon monoxide one, it will instantly engage every light in your home if your house alarm goes off.
The shock of the alarm sounding and all the lights coming on will be enough to scare away all but the most dedicated intruders.
What you need: Android
This recipe acts an alternative to Android’s location detection feature. Instead of using traditional geofencing to recognize when you arrive home, it relies on your home’s Wi-Fi network.
As soon as your Android device connects to your local network, a pre-defined set of lights will turn on automatically.
Which IFTTT Recipes Do You Use?
These are 10 of the best pre-made IFTTT recipes, but remember, you can make your own Wink recipes using any device, app, or service that’s IFTTT-compatible.
What recipes do you use? Have you made any of your own? As always, you can leave all your ideas and input in the comments section below.