How IFTTT app works and why you definitely need it

Yes, you definitely need it. You just don’t know it yet.

Today I had a problem. Accustomed to the Google Calendar widget on my phone displaying all of my daily events — personal and work purposes — , I noticed that I could not see any of them on my Apple Watch screen. It turns out that Siri only crawls the events set on the Apple Calendar — the iOS Calendar if you will. Tricky, but it could be figured out. Using IFTTT, I have automated so that all my new events added on my iOS Calendar would automatically be added to my Google Calendar as well. That way, the events would be unveiled on my Apple Watch screen and would also be displayed on my Google Calendar along with all my work events as well.

The process of creation is actually pretty simple and intuitive.

To inspire you, here’s a list of a few applets that I have set up on my own IFTTT account:

  • Today and tomorrow's weather: by connecting your e-mail and calendar to the native weather forecast app, it sends a push notification, an e-mail, and creates a calendar event if rain is in the forecast. Also — if you choose to —, every day at the time of your choosing, the next day's weather report will be added to your calendar.
  • Tracking Uber rides: it logs all of your new Uber rides into your calendar.
  • Syncing all of your calendars: to make it easy if you use both Google and iOS calendars like me, all events added on your Google Calendar will be automatically synced to your iOS Calendar, and vice versa — this works great for me.
  • Saving your bookmarked post: all posts you bookmark on Medium will be automatically saved to be read later on your Pocket account.
  • iOS Contacts sorting: it automatically saves all your new iOS Contacts you add to your phone to a Google Sheets spreadsheet. That way, you can easily sort and search — be it either on your computer or your phone that you choose to work on.
  • Extra — NASA’s image of the day: a simple applet does the subscription of your e-mail through IFTTT so that you receive NASA’s photo of the day, every single day, in your inbox. It is fun, I guarantee.
There are countless options to play around with the IFTTT app.

To keep you inspired, here a list of the coolest apps and services you can connect on and play around with:

  • Blogging: Medium, Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, and Weebly;
  • Business Tools: Buffer, MailChimp, Salesforce, Workflow, among many others;
  • Cloud Storage: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Microsoft OneDrive & OneDrive for Business, Amazon Cloud Drive, among many others;
  • Communication: Telegram, Slack, Line, among many others;
  • Music: Spotify, Deezer, Sonos, SoundCloud, among others;
  • News & Information: Feedly, FoxNews, The New York Times, Wikipédia, Time, Sports Illustrated, among many others;
  • Notes: Day One, Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, Nimbus Note, and the native note widget of your phone;
  • Photo & Video: Flickr, iOS Photos, Google Photos, Vimeo, YouTube, 500px, among others;
  • Social Networks: Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Twitch, Twitter, among others;
  • Task Management & To-Dos: Asana, Trello, Todoist, among others;
  • Voice Assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Invoxia Triby;

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