There’s no doubt that smart phones have made our lives a lot easier – from taking and sharing photos on social media to paying for a coffee with your Cash By Optus service. But most things require our input and attention. This can leave us glued to our phone screens most of the day.
With the introduction of voice search services like Siri and “Ok Google” things have changed a bit - it’s easier to check the weather forecast or set a reminder to back up your photos that night. But it’s still just a new way of giving your phone your attention.
In comes IFTTT (IF for short), an App and web-based service that allows you to automate a variety of
mundane processes and tasks to make your smart phone more personalised to your needs. IFTTT stands for If This Then That, and in short it lets you create ‘recipes' or triggers for automated smart phone tasks.
For example; whenever I’m within 100metres of my apartment or the office my mobile Wi-Fi receiver automatically turns on, but when I’m outside of those 2 locations, it remains off. This allows me to conserve battery and avoid the annoying “Wi-Fi networks available” notifications.
Other useful recipes include; Get a notification in the morning if it’s going to rain today, automatically save any Facebook photos that you’re tagged in to your Dropbox, or set your phone wallpaper to the latest photo from your favourite Instagram account.
Similar apps have been around for a number of years but IF makes things both simple and shareable.
The best thing about IF is that, given the infinite number of possible recipe combinations, there’s always a cool new way of automating your life. Users can submit their recipes so there’s a stream of creative ways that you can explore and add.
Why is Optus blogging about IFTTT? Apps like IFTTT are powered by our mobile network. And we’re keen to see what awesome things you can do with your mobile data.