IFTTT for Android review: a promising start, but not the ultimate automation solution
|Developer: IFTTT||Download: Android (v 1.0.5, updated May 2, 2014)|
|Category: Productivity||Price: Free|
For those not familiar with it, IFTTT (pronounced like "gift" without the "g", short for If This Then That) is a service that has been around for several years, but it didn't offer a mobile app until recently. Its job is to connect web apps and services – think Facebook, Dropbox, GMail, and many more – in a way that makes them react to specific triggers. For example, you can tell IFTTT to change your Twitter profile pic when you change your Facebook one, to save to Dropbox every new photo that you're tagged in, or to set your phone's ringer volume to maximum once you're connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Sounds great in theory, but how smoothly does IFTTT work in real life?
- Easy to learn and use
- A rich selection of channels, triggers, actions, and ready-made recipes
- No noticeable effect on battery life
- Some recipes do not work as expected, or fail to run completely
- App does not work without an active internet connection
- Limit of just one action per trigger
|Developer: IFTTT||Download: Android (v 1.0.5, updated May 02, 2014)|
|Category: Productivity||Price: Free|
IFTTT for Android
1. If This Then That, sounds simple enough
2. You must activate Channels before you can start using them
3. You must activate Channels before you can start using them
4. and some can access quite a lot of your data
5. Browsing the list of user-submitted recipes
6. Browsing the list of user-submitted recipes
7. Browsing the list of user-submitted recipes
8. Browsing the list of user-submitted recipes
9. You may use the ready-made recipes you like
10. You may use the ready-made recipes you like
11. You may use the ready-made recipes you like
12. You may use the ready-made recipes you like
13. Making your own recipe isn't complicated at all
14. Making your own recipe isn't complicated at all
15. Making your own recipe isn't complicated at all
16. Making your own recipe isn't complicated at all
17. Making your own recipe isn't complicated at all
18. Our growing list of recipes
19. A timeline showing what recipes have been triggered and other actions
20. A timeline showing what recipes have been triggered and other actions
21. IFTTT shows notifications if a recipe is triggered
6. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
I'm pretty positive you're confused. It doesn't download anything, it just allows you to create and view your recipes. It doesn't actually run anything from the phone, it's all done by the company's servers. There's nothing for your phone to even use data for.
Where did you see that it was sucking up your data?
8. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
I love assumptions. No one "steals" data. They offer it as a trade for your usage.
Anyway, you should probably educate yourself instead of just laying down some generalized assumptions. Might get you a bit further in life.
9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3319; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
It's like inviting a guest into your house, finding out the guest has rummaged through your house and stolen a bunch of stuff, and when confronted, the guest says:
"It's not stealing. I was trading my services as a guest in your house for your belongings".
This is part of the great fiction, "Silicon Valley Morality".
11. hallucinogenius (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
They're not so much a "guest" as they are a "contract worker." You want something done, and they're willing to do it for "free" as long as you agree to sign a contract (by hitting "yes, I agree") that gives them permission to ruffle through your things. Nothing in this world is truly free, and if you didn't want someone out there to have any part of your information, you should probably never have gone on the internet, because at this point you're out of luck.
3. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1022; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
If prefer tasker, but I do welcome IFTTT, especially in combination with tasker.
5. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
It's automation, but it isn't even supposed to be like Tasker. IFTTT runs web-based automation remotely. Tasker is for local tasks. They're theoretically complimentary.
There are plenty of things you can do on one, but not the other, for that matter, most of what you do on one, can't be on the other.
4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I installed it a week back...didn't find what i was looking for so uninstalled.
10. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
Automate it pro FTW.!
Works all the time perfectly.!