How to Use IFTTT's Do Apps

Automate those common tasks and improve productivity with IFTTT

IFTTT is a service that uses the power of the internet to connect and automate all sorts of apps, websites, and products you use every day. Short for "If This Then That," the service allows users to create recipes by choosing a channel (like Facebook, Gmail, your internet-connected thermostat, and more) to trigger another channel so that some kind of action can be taken.

IFTTT recently rebranded its app as "IF," and released a suite of new apps to give users more options for fast automation of tasks. The three new apps now available are called Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note.

For some users, sticking with the main app might be fine. Still, for others who want fast and easy on-demand task automation, these new Do apps are a great addition to IFTTT.

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Download IFTTT's Do Button App

The IFTTT Do Button Widget page.
What We Like
  • Easy to set up.

  • Integrates with many third-party services.

  • Efficiently remote control services and apps.

What We Don't Like
  • Button occasionally doesn't work.

  • Can only connect one action to a button.

The Do Button app lets you select up to three recipes and create buttons for them. Then, when you want to trigger a recipe, tap the button for IFTTT to complete the task instantly.

You can swipe left and right between recipe buttons for fast and easy access. It's a lot like a remote control for your recipes.

When you open up the Do Button app, it may suggest a recipe for you to get started with. For example, the app suggests a recipe that emails a random animated GIF image.

After the recipe is set up in the Do Button app, tap the email button to instantly deliver a GIF to your inbox.

You can tap the recipe mixer icon in the lower-right corner of the screen to go back to your recipe screen and select the plus sign (+) on any empty recipes to add new ones. In addition, you can browse through collections and recommended recipes for all sorts of tasks.

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Download IFTTT's Do Camera App

The IFTTT Camera widget app.
What We Like
  • Makes sharing photos automated and efficient.

  • Simple to configure.

  • Send photos to multiple services.

What We Don't Like
  • Only supports a single action.

  • More complex automation isn't possible.

The Do Camera app gives you a way to create up to three personalized cameras through recipes. You can snap photos through the app or allow it to access your photos so you can automatically send them, post them, or organize them through different services.

Like the Do Button app, you can swipe from left to right to shift through each personalized camera.

One of the easiest ways to get started with the Do Camera app is with a recipe that emails you a photo you take through the app. Keeping with the 'Do' theme here, the Do Camera functions like the Do Button app but was made for photos.

When you use the recipe that emails you a photo, the screen activates your device's camera. And as soon as you snap a photo, it's instantly sent to you by email.

Don't forget to navigate back to the main recipe tab to check out some of the collections and recommendations. You can do everything from add photos to your Buffer app to create photo posts on WordPress.

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Download IFTTT's Do Note App

The IFTTT Note Widget website.
What We Like
  • Automate text messages.

  • Send text to third-party services.

  • Easy to set up and use.

What We Don't Like
  • Only one action per text.

The Do Note app lets you create up to three notepads that can be connected to different services. When you type your note in Do Note, it can instantly be sent, shared, or filed away in almost any other app you use.

Swipe left or right between your notepads to access them quickly.

Recipes that work with Do Note display a notepad area that you can type on. For this example, say you want to email yourself a quick text note. You can type the note in the app, then select the email button at the bottom when you're done. The note instantly appears as an email in your inbox.

Because IFTTT works with so many apps, you can do much more beyond simple note-taking. You can use it to create events in Google Calendar, send a tweet on Twitter, print something via an HP printer, and log your weight to Fitbit.

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