How to Use IFTTT With Alexa

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IFTTT recipes — also known as applets — are chains of simple conditional statements that work with many applications, including Amazon Alexa. You set up commands that tell the software, “If ‘this’ trigger occurs, then ‘that’ action needs to take place” using the IFTTT service. 

Thanks to the IFTTT Alexa channel, using the service is even easier, as you can use their existing recipes. If they don’t have the trigger and action combo you’re looking for, no worries. You can set up your own to perform the functions you want. 

Enable the IFTTT Alexa Skill

You must first create or sign-in to your IFTTT account, then select Connect to link your Amazon account and give it the necessary permissions.

How to Use IFTTT Recipes with Amazon Alexa

Employing one or more of the existing applets is a good way to become familiar with how they work. The general process is straightforward. Within IFTTT, click an applet to deploy from the list of Alexa option, then click or tap Turn on to enable it.

Follow the directions provided to give IFTTT permission to connect with another smart device, if necessary. For instance, if you want to enable the applet for brewing a cup of coffee with your WeMo coffeemaker if you say, “Alexa, brew me a cup,” you will be prompted to connect using your WeMo app.

After you've set up the recipe, invoke it with the phrase you specified in the recipe. Each recipe will feature different terms and rules depending on the other services you've connected. For example, the recipe for connecting to a task-management service like Remember the Milk looks very different from the recipe for controlling a home-automation device.