There is no doubt that the degree to which theautomation of daily tasks on devicesthat we use daily as the PC, smartphone or tablet have helped us to be a little more relaxed and use that time to rest or do more things, it depends on the type of user we are.
But nevertheless, there is a much higher level of automation, and that we can adjust in the way that suits us best to be much more productive than before but with less effort and with unlimited flexibility.
This system is called IFTTTand in this article we will tell you how to put it into practice and get the most out of it.
Most of us employ a wide range of services to complement or as a basis for your work,Keep or Evernote being the most used applications for taking and managing notes,Google Drive or Dropbox to store files and documents, Gmail for email and of courseFacebook to keep in touch with friends, customers and family.
If we use all these applications to work then it is most likely that at some point we havethinking about how interesting it would be for all these programs to have a much deeper interrelation.This is precisely what IFTTT offers us.
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT are the initials ofIf This Then That,that we could freely translate asIf this happens, let this happen,and it is a web service that is increasingly being used worldwide, mainly because it is able to offer us great help by relieving part of our work.
BasicallyIFTTTIt is a web service that offers, through the applications it groups,the possibility of unleashing events from a certain action of any of them,using for it a certain set of criteria defined by the user. The idea behind IFTTT is quite simple, and is based on the axiom that says thatFor every action there is a reaction.
AlthoughIFTTT may seem complicated to implement,This is not the case, since it has been designed with ease of use in mind.
For start using IFTTT, The first thing that users should do, in addition to registering, is to be clear that their use is based on callsRecipesYTriggers. Recipes involve the use of two applications, one of which is the one that triggers the action, and the other the one that executes it.
The applications we can use to perform these tasks are many, and each day they add up more, and include services such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, cloud storage services such as Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive, ESPN, The New York Times, Feedly, Foursquare, Google Calendar, the renowned social network of Instagram, Gmail and Tumblr photos, among many others.
Another of the characteristics ofIFTTT is that it is completely free,and includes the option to use it through iOS and Android, in addition to the browser on the computer.
How to use IFTTT?
As we mentioned earlier,IFTTT is a really simple service to use,and we should not worry about writing code or running scripts. To accommodateIFTTTTo our interests, the only thing we have to do is click on the drop-down menus with the options offered by the application.
Once we have selected the actions that IFTTT should implement, it is already done, and you don't need to adjust anything else.
At this point, it is the right time tostart learning how to master IFTTT,and that is why we present here the four steps necessary to achieve it:
The first thing we have to do is choose the Channel for the Trigger, among which we can choose between LinkedIn, the social network Facebook,Gmail, Blogger and many others.
It should be noted that the first time we selected a channel,We will have to allow it to access the service data.
After selecting the Trigger, we select the action that we want to trigger. In the case of Facebook, for example, we can use it so thatstore a photo in which we have been tagged directly in Dropbox.It should be noted that actions may vary from platform to platform.
Now it is the turn to select the application or channel to execute the triggered action, in this case example, by Facebook. To do this, select Dropbox as the second channel and click on the optionAdd file from URL.As in the previous case, we must also allow IFTTT to enter, in this case, Dropbox.
As a last step, we activate the recipe and voila,We can now start enjoying IFTTT services.
Obviously we can create so manyRecipesas necessary, that is, there is no limitation in this regard.
Other IFTTT features
Undoubtedly,One of the best features of IFTTT is the possibility of using recipes created by other users,as long as these have made them public. This option can become really useful in the case that we are looking for some way to improve the productivity of the performance of some applications and we cannot think of how.
For that, nothing better thanlook in the recommendations of the IFTTT service, which we can find this link. Here we can find all kinds of recipes, ready to be used and make the most of the benefits of any application.
In the case of wishinguse Facebook through IFTTT,We can find that many users have created different recipes for many of the characteristics of the social network, such as the possibility ofsend a Tweet every time one of your contacts changes your profile picturel or upload Instagram photos directly to Facebook albums.
Best of all, these actions can be performed so quickly and easily that it is quite difficult to refuse to use this service, and alsothey will execute their action automatically whenever necessarywithout the user having to make any adjustment or indication.
Is IFTTT safe?
Many of the readers will think, and with good reason, thatThat so much exposure of our data to be manipulated by so many different services is a danger to our security and privacy.While the applications used in the recipes every time they are included will ask for confirmation of access to the service, we can never be sure at all.
This of course can not only happen to IFTTT, it can happen with any type of loan,and without going any further we have as an example what happened to iCloud.
The question here is the amount of services that we could get to use through IFTTT and what will happen if someone hacker decides to do theirs,stealing all access information stored there. In the case of iCloud, only one service was involved,but in the case of IFTTT it will be a catastrophe.
In this sense, the first thing we have to think about before creating a recipe is that we will use it and that data will be manipulated from the services involved. In the case that we are users who usually store or manipulate very important or confidential information,most likely that the use of IFTTT is a problem,and it is best to discard its use.
Now,If our use of IFTTT passes tasks that do not involve managing information that is too sensitive,Then enjoy full automation.
IFTTT and Whatsapp
As we have seen IFTTT gives us the possibility of becoming more productive, either on our computer, mobile phone or tablet, and at this point many users will surely be wondering if it is possible to use the advantages offered by IFTTT for WhatsApp.
Fortunately, WhatsApp is one of the applications that we can include within the fantastic IFTTT platform, since there are a series of predefined actions that we can include in a simple way.
For it, we just have to visit the IFTTT website and search through your search engine WhatsApp. This will display all currently available actions to use the instant messaging application through IFTTT.
We barely do the search on the official IFTTT page We can find actions such as making calls, changing and updating our status, reading notifications, silencing notifications, and even being able to backup WhatsApp in the Cloud, choosing services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and others.
We can directly access these results through this link.
There is also an action that includes different functionalities for use WhatsApp through IFTTT. It's about the Official WhatsApp Web App Realeased, which we can find in this link.
In all cases, for include an IFTTT action, either for WhatsApp or for any other application, what we must do is click on the button Get Started that appears next to each available action in the IFTTT official website.
IFTTT in Spanish
Default, The IFTTT platform is in English, which for many users who do not have knowledge in English, the use of IFTTT can be somewhat confusing, and even impossible to use.
However, there is a predefined action that we can use to have the translation performed automatically, and in this way we can use IFTTT in Spanish.
For this we must visit this link, where the action is located In Spanish for IFTTT and click on the button Get Started With this simple step we can have IFTTT in Spanish.