IFTTT automation app arrives to Google Play (updated)

by: Andrew GrushApril 24, 2014


IFTTT (If This Then That) is a web-based automation service that essentially works to bridge together various web services to make our lives just a little bit easier. While the service has existed for a while now, the official mobile app has only been available for iOS users — until now.

The IFTTT team has announced the Android version of the app is on its way, and is expected to land on Google Play sometime later today. So what exactly is IFTTT all about? For those that have never heard of it, basically the service allows you to create “recipes” that consist of triggers and actions in order to automate certain tasks.

In total there are 98 channels that allow for certain actions and triggers including Email, Dropbox and many more. As you can imagine, these many channels allow for infinite automation possibilities. One example of how IFTTT can make life easier is that you can set it to automatically download photos to Dropbox each time you’re tagged on your favorite social network.

IFTTT is a web-based automation service that essentially works to bridge together various web services to make our lives just a little bit easier.

With the official Android app, you’ll have the ability to set up and manage your recipes from your Android device, instead of having to rely on a web app to set things up. The addition of a native Android app also gives you access to Android-specific channels such as device settings, location, SMS, phone calls, notifications and photos and allows you to tie automated tasks directly to your handset.

So is this a Tasker killer? Not a chance, especially since its current Android-specific functions are rather limited. That said, IFTTT has a lot of potential and seems to be a bit easier to use for those not willing to dive deep and learn the ins and outs of automation programs like Tasker.

To learn more about IFTTT and its impending Android launch, you’ll want to head on over to their official website. What do you think, like the idea of IFTTT or will you stick to an existing Android automation tool like Tasker?

Update: The app has now officially arrived, you can download it from Google Play.

  • Corbin Crutch

    OOoooh. Like tasker only easier. Sweet

    • mobilemann

      kinda, but with internet enabled services and devices, (not just your phone) so infinitely more powerful.

      • Corbin Crutch

        Well, there are a few…. Err… Well, if you implement code….. Er…. If you…. Uhm…. Hmm….. Okay point taken. :P Can’t say I thought that one through

        • mobilemann

          depends on usage. I really dislike tasker. For the times i’ve wanted to use it (to open up google now instead of s voice and a few other smaller things) there’s just been better ways to do it then have tasker run it as background process. (in the end, the only thing that was nearly good enough performance wise was an xposed module.)

          What do you do with yours that you can’t live without? Just wondering why it has so much acclaim.

          • Corbin Crutch

            I hear you there, it’s finicky and sometimes just ECK. I have an S3 and a bunch of pre-programmed NFC cards I got from other people (they are coded and I didn’t want them to do anything they are coded for). I reuse them for different things. I don’t have a car yet but when I do I know how to set it up so I tap it and boom wireless charging and car mode. One by my bed for silence mode – with the exception of my girlfriend and such (she doesn’t sleep well and I’ve used tasker to make my phone flip out when she calls at night cause I’m a decently heavy sleeper). A lot of NFC stuff, but at the same time I use the app on old phones to repurpose them. I have one running my web server and with a little code if I send a message to it it can take a picture of my computer screen and send it to me (my family occasionally tries to use my computer when I have code compiling or something.) It’s not a necessity, it’s just some nice little things

          • mobilemann

            That’s a really cool application of the tech that i can get down with. I’ve actually re-purposed an iphone 3g as a web cam at my house:D

            My main problem was probably it just wasn’t the right tool for the job. Tasker obviously waited until svoice was open to launch google now, which wasn’t nearly as fast as the xposed mod. Hopefully i find a good use for it, because i bought it ages ago:D

          • Corbin Crutch

            I do the same when I don’t need the site up and need a webcam (otherwise the up-link is HORRID for webcam).

            I hear you. It’s nice when you need your phone to do something but don’t care about a right then and there sitation. Anything live, tasker will most likely not handle – with some exceptions (NFC is actually real quick tell the truth).

          • Corbin Crutch

            Actually, this article I just found has some great uses, check it out!


            Some of them are even great security things
            (Sorry, not trying to spam, only share)

          • mobilemann


  • mobilemann

    it’s out. I love iFTTTT so much, use it all the time. Here’s hoping it doesn’t destroy the battery life like life360, and Liftttt did.