Top IFTTT recipes that improve your Android device

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 20, 2017
Google Android

IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is a service that may automate a lot of things related to PCs, online and your mobile devices for you.

Basically, what it allows you to do, is create so called recipes that run automated actions when an event occurs. Events can be nearly anything, from you arriving at work over new email messages, or a new post on your favorite tech blog.

IFTTT supports Android devices so that you may use existing recipes on Android, or create your own. You do need to install the IFTTT application for Android for that, and register an account on IFTTT, but that is all that is required.

The following article looks at some of the recipes that are already available for Android. The recipes are sorted into the groups WiFi, Muting / Silent Mode, and Other.

Top IFTTT recipes for Android


The following two recipes are examples of what IFTTT can do to optimize wireless connections on your device. Recipes are available to connect or disconnect from WiFi networks based on the location, but also on other parameters such as the day or time, or certain events.

Turn off WiFi when you leave home to save power -- The recipe turns off the wireless connection of the Android device whenever IFTTT's application notices that you left home. You do need to set up your home location during the configuration of the recipe.

Automatically turn your Android device's WiFi on when you get home -- This recipe will turn on the wireless connection on the device when you get home. Location may use cellular, GPS networks or WiFi to determine the location. Simply pick your home location on a map to configure the recipe.

Muting / Silent Mode

The following recipes change the device's mute state or enable modes such as silent mode.

Mute your Android phone when you arrive at work -- This is a simple recipe that works similarly to the ones described above. You need to set up your work location during configuration, and will notice that your device gets muted automatically whenever you arrive at work.

Unmute your phone when you leave work -- This is the companion recipe for the mute when you arrive at work recipe. It unmutes your device when you leave work.

Automatically mute your Android phone when you leave home -- The recipe mutes your Android phone when you leave your home. You need to set up your home during configuration.

Automatically unmute your Android phone when you get home -- Self explanatory. Unmutes the device when you reach your home.

Mute your Android phone at bedtime -- If you mute your phone whenever you go to bed -- I do because even a vibrating phone wakes me up easily -- then you may find this recipe useful. It mutes your phone at a specific time of the day. Works best if you go to bed around the same time every day.

Unmute your Android phone's ringer every morning -- The companion recipe for the one above. Disables the mute status of the ringer in the morning at a specific time.


Call Twice: override mute on second call for select VIPs -- Configure your Android device to unmute automatically when you receive a phone call from a very important person. The next time that person calls, the ringer is on so that you may catch it. Note that this will turn on the ringer for all phone calls.

Work time log using WiFi network -- This recipe logs the time you spend at work.

Creating your own Android IFTTT recipes

You can create your own Android recipes on IFTTT if none of the existing recipes offer what you are looking for.

Head over to the create page on IFTTT to get started. The whole process is done in six easy steps. First, with the Android device as the service.

  1. Choose a service: select Android as the service.
  2. Choose the trigger: IFTTT supports eight triggers currently:
    1. Connects to a Bluetooth device.
    2. Disconnects from a Bluetooth device.
    3. Connects to any WiFi network.
    4. Disconnects from any WiFi network.
    5. Connects or disconnects from any WiFi network.
    6. Connects to a specific WiFi network.
    7. Disconnects from a specific WiFi network.
    8. Connects or disconnects from a specific WiFi network.
  3. Choose action service: select the desired action from the list of supported services, e.g. send an SMS to someone, log the connection change using Google Sheets, mute your device, play music, or update the device wallpaper.
  4. Choose action: actions that are supported by the selected service are listed here.
  5. Complete action fields: if further configuration is required, do it here. For instance, if you select the mute action, you may set vibrate to on or off.
  6. Review: review the recipe, and click on finish afterwards.

You don't need to select the Android device as the service in the first step. You may also select other services, for instance location, weather, or Fitbit, and pick the Android device only as the action service in the third step.

Top IFTTT recipes that improve your Android device
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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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