Your smartphone is a super powerful machine, capable of carrying out lots of tasks that make your life easier. But it's also a huge drain on your attention span. Think about the effort it takes to back up Facebook's photos you are tagged in to your Dropbox account: you need to find the photos, then download them (one at a time) to your phone's gallery, then open Dropbox app, and then finally, upload them to your preferred folder. Phew! That's time blown straight down the drain.
And that's not an extraordinary case. Have you ever tried calculating the time you spend checking tomorrow's weather on your smartphone? Or updating your profile picture on all your social media accounts? These are the kind of boring repetitive tasks that can be easily automated with IFTTT, or other similar apps (like Trigger or AutomateIt ) that allow you to create chains of simple conditional statements. In other words: apps that make your mobile device work for you.
IFTTT allows you to create "recipes" made of a conditions and a consequences: IF + I do this + THEN + do that. So you can tell your smartphone to automatically to crank up your screen brightness when you're outdoors, mute your ringer at bedtime, or even get an e-mail when the President ratifies a new law. Neat and effortless. Plus, you can use recipes already made by other users, or create your own.