Stuff's Life Hacks: Enhance your life with these incredibly useful IFTTT recipes

If your fragmented world needs a clean-up, then that calls for some good old IFTTT recipes

Life is much simpler when we didn’t have to worry about Facebook, Instagram, and the one million other things that aren’t connected.

Someone tagged you on Facebook and you figure it’ll make a nice addition to your album. So you download it to your phone. And decide to upload it to your Dropbox account, just to backup. So many steps just for one photo.

If this is a pain, then that means you need IFTTT.

What is IFTTT?

Think of it as an automated system that triggers when certain conditions are met. For example, once you’ve posted a status on Facebook, you can have the same status posted on Twitter too. Everything is linked by recipes, which are essentially the triggers. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

So… anything?

Well, almost anything. For IFTTT to work, you'll first need to download the app (either iOS or Android) and sign up for an account. You can create new recipes based on any triggers that are supported by IFTTT. And there's a comprehensive list to look at.

Alternatively, if you want to preserve your brain cells for better purposes (plotting a masterplan to take over the world doesn’t count), here are our recommendations.

Tips to creating a new recipe
  • First, identify what you want to achieve - is it a notification, or having an email sent to you?
  • Next, figure out the likely trigger. If you want a reminder to plug the phone in when the battery is low, then the trigger will be when the battery’s low.
  • Think out of the box. You don’t need to be reminded to charge the phone when it’s low. The reminder can kick in if you’re about to reach home, hence a location trigger will work better.
  • You don’t have to stick to recommended recipes. Add them and feel free to edit the triggers via advanced settings. After all, there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe.