If This Then That (IFTTT) app for Android released

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 24, 2014
Updated • Apr 24, 2014
Apps, Google Android

If This Then That is a unique web service that provides you with options to combine different services and websites with each other.

This is done via so-called recipes which contain a trigger and an action. This can be the automatic saving of Gmail attachments on Google Drive, a notification when it will rain the next day, or the automatic sharing of favorite YouTube videos on Facebook.

The service supports 98 channels in total including Facebook, Email or Weather. Each channel has its unique triggers and actions that can run automated tasks for you.

The IFTTT Android application has been released yesterday. It is compatible with all Android versions 4.0 and up, and can be used with the same account.

The app offers the means to create a new account in case you do not have one yet.

Once you have signed in, you can browse recipes shared by others, create your own recipes from scratch, or manage existing recipes right from within the app.

The browse option displays collections, featured, trending and all time recipes in the interface, and offers a search option to find individual recipes faster.

Collections are groups of themed recipes, for instance for nature lovers, basketball fans, surfing the Internet or photo enthusiasts. The difference to channels is that a collection may list recipes for multiple channels, while a channel only those that it is included in.

Channels need to be activated before they become available. To activate the weather channel, you need to add a location to it. Other channels may require authorization before they become available though.

Once you have enabled a recipe, either directly with a tap on the use recipe button or after entering required data or authorizing its use, it is automatically enabled.

All active recipes are displayed on the my recipes page. Here you can quickly disable them with with a tap on the green icon next to them, or enable them again if they have been disabled previously.

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The app provides you with options to create your own custom recipes as well. Start by selecting a trigger from the available ones. It is for instance possible to select a date & time trigger to run something every day or hour, a trigger when a new photo is created, when a phone call is placed, or when the device connects to a specific wireless network.

Once you have defined the trigger, you need to define the desired action as well. You can have the app send you an email for example when the event occurs, create a status message on Facebook, submit a new text post on Reddit, or send an SMS.

Closing Words

The app has a few issues right now. Some channels, like the Pushbullet channel, don't seem to work properly right now, and some features seem to have been ported directly from the iOS application. You may notice references to iOS specific features, such as iOS notifications, but it is likely that those will get sorted out in the long run.

If you are using IFTTT and Android, then you can use the app to manage your recipes on the mobile device.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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