IFTTT is an incredibly popular tool that allows users to automate a variety of tasks by creating an ‘if this than that’ rule, otherwise known as a recipe. IFTTT has now announced that it will allow developers to embed IFTTT recipes right into their own third-party apps.
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What this means is that instead of having to write the recipes themselves, users will be able to use pre-existing recipes written by developers. The capability will be open to all developers, but IFTTT partnered with a handful at launch, including: Ring, Qapital, pollution monitor Foobot, Garageio, air quality tracker Awair, video doorbell Skybell, weather info provider Bloomsky, smart bulb company LIFX, messaging service Roger, security startup Abode, and Stack Lighting (via TechCrunch).
For instance, the pollution tracking app Footbot has created a recipe that turns on a user’s WeMo switch when air quality is poor. There’s another one that flashes Hue lights when air quality is poor, or switches on a user’s Honeywell Thermostat.
It makes perfect sense for IFTTT to want to further simplify the process of using recipes. In some instances, the app has been criticized for being a tad overwhelming for first-time users. To help combat this, the company last year simplified the experience with 2 new “DO” apps: DO Button for hardware, DO Camera for image posting and saving, and Do Note for quick note saving.
With the ability for developers to create their own recipes, the process has been simplified even further. For users, the idea of being able to go through a single step to automate something that would normally take a multitude of steps is appealing. And with the process becoming even simpler, IFTTT is likely to gain more popularity.
IF by IFTTT is available on the App Store for free.