After revolutionizing the way users perform simple tasks with both the desktop and iOS version, the IFTTT app – formerly If This Then That – has finally rolled out for Android. The long wait has been totally worth it; IFTTT’s potential can be truly unleashed on an Android OS due to less restrictive attitudes when it comes to tweaking central OS features.
Since IFTTT is here to stay, we wanted you to get on board right away. This curated compilation of apps will fulfill most of your task automation needs.
What, didn’t you know about IFTTT? Come have a seat; this is going to make your day.
IFTTT is a service that allows users to connect different apps together through simple conditional statements known as recipes. It’s exactly like using programming logic to automate simple daily tasks. Don’t run away yet – there’s no need to have previous coding skills. It’s all made in a user-friendly interface in two simple steps. 1) Set the condition, and then 2) the output to perform if it’s met. Voilà, your recipe’s cooked.
No question about it, task automation makes us much more efficient at getting things done without sweating blood. And the official IFTTT app offers a wide range of choices: dozens of apps have been integrated and connected to each other and to built-in Android features and sensors.
For example, set a recipe to upload a photo to Instagram automatically after taking it. Have Foursquare auto-check-in when you get to the office. You name it. Your mobile device performs it.
In addition, IFTTT is backed by an active community that shares new recipes and tricks everyday. You can contribute to make it grow bigger.
Unlike IFTTT, Trigger is less focused on app-based recipes and way more oriented to automating built-in smartphone tasks. In other words, Trigger uses your phone’s sensors to automatically change your phone’s settings, launch apps, and send messages.
Trigger helps you make the most of your phone. Of course, like any IFTTT-like apps, it allows you to set automatic actions that must be performed when certain conditions are met. For example, “Silence your phone when you get to work,” or “Launch GMaps when you connect to your car’s Bluetooth.” Nice details that save you battery, time, and effort.
Of course, these are just a few presets you can find on the app (along with others). But the strongest point of Triggers is that you can create your own recipes. Let’s say… “Set an alarm when a new calendar event is scheduled.” Why not? It’s really easy to get the hang of it. Your personal recipes will be all set up in a few taps.
AutomateIt is quite similar to Trigger in that it uses recipes based on your device’s built-in features. In other words: less Twitter-Instagram formulae, more brightness/wi-fi statements. However, it stands out due to its location-based features. It’s more flexible when it comes to set radius and distance from where actions must be triggered.
There’s more: you can set actions when the battery reaches a certain level, control screen timeout, set when calls should be answered and rejected, activate airplane mode from a specific time, and many, many more (check the developer’s description, or just try it out). Bear in mind that, if you own a rooted device, you’ll have a whole bunch of new triggers to perform.
Atooma is closer to the official IFTTT app than any of the previous apps.
First, it relies more on apps than Trigger or AutomateIt. You can connect it to some of your most-used services (Dropbox, Drive, Facebook, Instagram…), which enhances the experience by providing the user with a wider range of recipes.
Secondly, the recipe creation process is more visual, more faithful to the structure “IF+DO+.” In addition, Atooma includes a social layer: your “atoomas” (recipes) may be private or public. If public, other Atooma users will be able to download them to their own Atooma profile.
Agent falls shorter than the other IFTTT alternatives regarding the amount of triggers. However, it might be the best option for those who are looking for simplicity and seamless use. Maybe you don’t need such a large amount of triggers to connect apps you’re not even sure how to use. If that’s your case, Agent can makes things easier for you.
Agent comes with just a few triggers, those that more casual users will want to use. Set in a sober but straightforward interface, you can cook recipes for automation in a few taps adapted to your needs. All the triggers are “context”-related, which takes into account most of the situations you might be throughout the day.