If This Then That, also known as IFTTT, in an incredibly powerful tool to automate nearly everything in your life. It’s a web-based service that lets you connect your accounts for different websites and services in order to automate processes. For example, you can use it as a photo archive so every time you’re tagged in a photo on Facebook, that image saves to your Dropbox.
But there’s an even better feature of IFTTT that not everyone knows about: it can also integrate with Android to automate tasks on your smartphone. We’ll show you 10 of the best applets for automating your Android device.
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Stop getting caught out in the rain by using this applet. It sends a push notification to your phone each morning with a local weather report. No more forgetting to check your weather app before you leave the house!
The weather notification will be the first bit of info you see when you wake and will remind you if you need to bring an umbrella.
Sick of your phone ringing and waking you up while you’re asleep? Protect your precious beauty sleep using this simple applet that turns your ringer to silent mode at a time of your choosing each night. If you want, you can set up a similar applet to turn the ringer back on when you wake up. Or let yourself sleep in and turn the ringer back on whenever you wake.
The best part about this applet is that it doesn’t silence your alarm, so you can still use your phone to wake you up.
This applet is great if you leave your phone in a drawer or another room while you work. It uses the Pushbullet service, which allows you to mirror notifications between your phone and your computer.
Combining Pushbullet and IFTTT, you can see a notification on your computer whenever you miss a phone call. This will remind you to call back whoever it is. The notification will include the time of the call and the phone number (or contact name if they’re in your address book).
4. Log Your Phone Calls in Google Calendar [No Longer Available]
If you receive a lot of phone calls for work, it can be helpful to have a log of who you spoke to and when. Maybe you need a record of client calls for billing purposes, or you just want to make sure you stay in regular touch with a friend. Either way, you can use this applet to keep a record of when you made or received a call on your phone.
The calls all save to their own calendar in Google Calendar. So you can easily see the date, time, and duration of each call, as well as the number that you called.
Who doesn’t love beautiful images of space? NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day feed shares a new educational image from deep space each day, which is featured in this applet. To keep your Android phone looking fresh, the applet updates your phone wallpaper to the latest photo every day.
While SMS is a popular communication method, many prefer email. Given that backing up your SMS texts can be a pain, it’s convenient to have a log of all the text messages you receive in an email folder.
This applet sends a copy of every SMS you receive to the email address of your choice. Then you can use a Gmail filter to sort these notification emails into their own folder.
You probably have Wi-Fi at your house, so you don’t need to keep your mobile data on once you arrive home. This applet conveniently switches off mobile data once you arrive at a particular location, saving battery and data usage.
Just set the target location to your home address, and your phone will automatically turn off your mobile data as soon as you walk through the door. Since you’ll automatically connect to your home Wi-Fi, it will be a seamless switch.
If your battery struggles to last the day, then you can use this applet to extend your phone’s lifespan. It will detect when you leave the area set as your home, then automatically turn off Wi-Fi when you leave the house. This way, your phone isn’t wasting battery by trying to connect to Wi-Fi networks when you’re out and about.
Few blunders are more embarrassing than your phone loudly ringing when you’re in the middle of an important work meeting. This applet can help by automatically putting your phone into silent mode whenever you have a meeting marked on Google Calendar.
There’s also a matching applet to turn your ringer back on once your meeting has finished.
If you have a habit of leaving your phone somewhere on silent mode, then this applet is a life saver. You can text “lostphone” to your device and it will automatically turn the ringer up to full volume. Then you can call your phone and easily find wherever you left it in the house.
Automate Your Whole Life With IFTTT
These are just a sample of the variety of IFTTT applets that you can create for your Android phone. Take a look at the IFTTT Android page for even more ideas!
Once your have the basics of adapting and using applets down, you can start creating your own. IFTTT applets can use a huge range of services like Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, Pocket, Dropbox, Telegram, Nest, and many others. Soon you’ll be using IFTTT like a pro to automate your entire digital life.