Everyone loves automation!
And, IFTTT has some very cool automation recipes which does not only save you a lot of time but also makes the whole process much easier.
With the help of the IFTTT automation applets, you can connect any two apps to trigger a required action in the background.
e.g. if you want your Facebook profile picture to stay updated with that of your Twitter then this can be done easily.
In this blog post, like Google Chrome tools for bloggers, you will find the 15+ IFTTT applets which will help you to supercharge your productivity. Whether you’re a blogger, student, or a photographer; these recipes work like a charm.
So, let’s get into it without further ado…
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is a web-based automation tool to connect popular apps to get more out of them. Here, This stands for a primary app and That stands for a secondary app.
The best thing about the IFTTT is that unlike Zapier, it’s 100% free to use and there are hundreds of automation recipes available for you to use at no cost. The automation is very simple to set up that even a non-tech-savvy person too can do.
Here’s an example of the automation:
Still not sure how it works?
Well, let me explain.
How does IFTTT work?
The apps, which you want to automate, need to be verified with the IFTTT for various automation recipes to work.
For example: If you want to save all your Gmail attachments to your Dropbox account automatically, then you will need to connect your Gmail account as well as the Dropbox account with the IFTTT.
You can automate apps like:
Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Gmail, Dropbox, Pocket, Instapaper, RSS Feed, Buffer, Trello, Slack, Todoist, Google Calendar, Android Device, Blogger, Evernote, Instagram, OneNote, WordPress, YouTube, etc.
Process of Creating an IFTTT Automation
Creating an automation recipe by using IFTTT is not rocket science. It’s very simple to set up.
Let me break the whole process into steps so that you can understand it easily:
Step 1: Creating an IFTTT Account
First of all, you will need to create an account at ifttt.com. The account creation process is pretty simple.
You can use your email to create an account or use Facebook/Google to sign in.
Step 2: Explore Required Recipes
Either use the search feature or the explore feature to look for recipes which you want to use.
Click on the selected recipe, check if this is the automation you were looking for and proceed to the next steps.
Step 3: Connect Require Accounts
You will need to verify both the required apps by following the instructions on the screen.
After that, review your requirements carefully and turn on the trigger.
Voila! Both of the apps are automated.
Some Great IFTTT Automation Recipes to Boost Productivity
I have handpicked the 15+ best IFTTT recipes which are great in order to save some time and boosting your productivity.
I mean what’s the point of posting the same photos to all your social media accounts one-by-one, when you could automate all of them?
So, take a look at these super handy IFTTT automation recipes, and use them as per your needs:
1. Link from Liked Tweets to Pocket
No doubts, Pocket reader app is a great offline reading app which lets you save articles for you to read later without even having access to the internet.
So, this IFTTT recipes takes the very first link from all the Tweets that you like in your Twitter account and pushes them into your Pocket account. Just like a Tweet containing a link to an article and the article will be immediately saved to your Pocket.
This automation is a kind of life saviour for me. Earlier, I used to open great articles from Twitter in the Google Chrome browser and then used to share them into my Pocket app. But now, the whole process has become pretty simple.
2. Medium Articles to Pocket App
Medium is an online publishing platform which has some great quality articles on various topics.
And, with this automation recipe when you recommend a story in your medium account, it will be automatically added to your Pocket account where you can read it later. The trigger works very flawlessly.
3. Save Google Docs to the Dropbox
This applet is amazing. If you don’t want to hand over all your documents to Google and want to keep a backup of all your documents on Dropbox then this applet is for you.
Just connect your Google Docs and Dropbox accounts with the IFTTT and as soon you set them up, all your new Google Docs documents will be saved to your Dropbox with the exact same filename and at the exact same path.
4. Archive All Your Tweets to Google Sheets
If you want to keep a simple record of all your Tweets in a Google Sheets spreadsheet. You can use this setup for easy tracking and see all your Tweets as a single place at once.
For this, you will need to authorize your Twitter as well as Google Sheets. It will create a new folder “Twitter” in your Google Drive account and create the Tweet-archive spreadsheet.
5. Archive Tweets from any Handle to Google Sheets
If you do not want to follow anyone on Twitter but still want to track their activities then this applet is for you.
Just authorize your Twitter and Google Sheets account, put the Twitter handle (@UserName) of the person you want to keep track of and you’re good to go. All the Tweets from the handle will be archived in minutes.
6. RSS Feed to Buffer Queue
What if you want to post your blog updates automatically to all your social media accounts?
Buffer is an online platform designed to manage all your social media accounts where you can schedule your social media posts in advance.
For this automation to work, first, get the RSS Feed URL of your website and verify your Buffer account. After that, as soon you publish a new post on your blog, it will be automatically added to your Buffer account and after that, shared to the connected social media account.
7. New YouTube Videos to Facebook & Twitter
If you want to share the new videos that you upload on YouTube automatically to your Facebook Page and Twitter handle too, then this applet will help you a lot.
Just connect your YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts with the IFTTT and as soon you upload a new video on YouTube, it will be automatically shared on FB as well on Twitter.
8. Archive Facebook Status to Google Sheets
Like the previous Twitter to Google Sheets automation, if you want to keep track of all your Facebook statuses then this applet would help. Please note that this applet will only work for the text statuses, it will not archive the images or videos.
For this automation to work, you will have to connect your Facebook account and Google Sheets with the IFTTT.
9. Tweet all Your Medium Recommendations
What would be the normal process of Tweeting your favourite Medium article on Twitter? First, copy the Medium story link, open Twitter and then Tweet the link.
But, with the help of IFTTT, this can be done with just the blink of an eye.
Connect your Medium and Twitter account for this to work, and when you Recommend any story on the Medium, it will be automatically Tweeted from your Twitter account.
10. Feedly to Pocket Reader App
Feedly is a great app to subscribe to your favourite blogs at once. In order to read any new story, you won’t have to go to all the websites individually, just open the Feedly app and there you go.
With this applet, when you save any article to read later it will automatically be added to your Pocket app where you can read or listen to the articles later.
For this automation to work, you will need to connect your Feedly as well as the Pocket app with the IFTTT.
11. Completed Trello Tasks to Google Sheets
If you want to keep track of all your completed tasks in Trello to a simple spreadsheet then this automation trigger works the best.
For this automation to work, you will need to authorize both the Trello and Google Sheets accounts of yours to the IFTTT.
12. Feedly to Evernote
Feedly is great for subscribing to all your favourite blogs and Evernote is great for taking notes. And, this applet boosts the power by connecting both apps.
For this, you will need to verify your Evernote as well as the Feedly account with the IFTTT and this automation syncs all your articles very quickly.
13. Instapaper Article to Kindle
Reading on a Kindle device is much easier than to read on a normal computer or a smartphone screen – because they are designed for that only. And, this applet is great if you read a lot.
When you like an article in your Instapaper account then it automatically pushes them to your Kindle account which gets synced to all your Kindle connected devices.
For this to work, you will have to connect your Kindle as well as the Instapaper account with the IFTTT tool.
14. Medium Recommendations to Instapaper
Some people prefer Instapaper over the Pocket app, which is also a great app to read articles later. And, if you love reading Medium articles then this automation applet is for you.
After connecting your Medium and Instapaper accounts with the IFTTT, the articles you recommend on the Medium will automatically be saved in your Instapaper queue.
15. Sync Dropbox with Google Drive
Keeping your data at multiple secure places is always a good practice and here comes this “sync Dropbox with your Google Drive” automation recipe.
This recipe keeps all your files uploaded to the Dropbox synced with the Google Drive. So, when you upload any file to your Dropbox account, it automatically uploads them to your Google Drive too.
And, you will need to authorize your Google Drive as well as the Dropbox account to get this automation working flawlessly.
16. Automatically Tweet New WordPress Posts
This applet doesn’t let your readers miss an update. As soon as you publish an article on your WordPress blog, it automatically Tweets the article at your connected Twitter account.
You will need to add your WordPress as well as the Twitter account with the IFTTT in order for this to work.
Wrapping it up
You might not already know about these IFTTT automation recipes, but these are very real and can save you a lot of precious time.
Earlier, after publishing a new article on my blog, I used to manually post links to my Facebook, Twitter, etc. which was pretty time-consuming. Now, I’ve automated all these processes and it saves me 10 minutes after publishing each blog posts.
The automation applets mentioned here are the most useful and popular ones, but there are also other kinds of time-saving applets at the IFTTT website which you can use for free.
So, now it’s your turn…
Which automation recipe(s) are you gonna use? or, using one already?
Let me know in the comments right now.
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