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All The New Stuff In IFTTT For iOS, And What You Can Do With It

All the New Stuff in IFTTT for iOS, and What You Can Do with It

The If This Then That iOS app was released a few weeks ago, so people have had plenty of time to create some clever recipes that integrate the new iOS-specific features. The iOS app extends the experience of IFTTT more than you might think. Here’s everything you can do with it.

Over the last couple of years we’ve talked about all sorts of clever ways to use IFTTT to automate your life. The iOS version creates another layer of exciting automation possibilities.

The mobile app adds three new channels to IFTTT: iOS Photos, iOS Contacts and iOS Reminders. That doesn’t seem like much at a glance, but those three channels enable you to do all sorts of cool new things.

Automate Photo Backups Everywhere And Anywhere

All the New Stuff in IFTTT for iOS, and What You Can Do with It

The most obvious usage of the IFTTT app is to create a second set of backups for photos outside of iCloud. This is incredibly easy, and you can do it with all the major cloud storage services. Just set up one of these recipes:

Likewise, you can do all kinds of cool things with Photos, including only uploading certain photo sets to Flickr or just sending screenshots to Evernote. Heck, you can even automate sending very specific photos to your mum. In short, you can easily back up what you want, where you want to.

Integrate Siri Into All Your Favourite Apps

All the New Stuff in IFTTT for iOS, and What You Can Do with It

Siri technically only works with Apple’s default apps, but if you use IFTTT’s app, you can integrate Siri with your favourite apps in all kinds of ways.

For example, you can set it up so when you add a note to Reminders it automatically goes to Evernote, Wunderlist, a Captain’s Log or Any.Do. Essentially, if you can send it through Reminders, you can send it through Siri.

Make Google And iOS Play Together Better

All the New Stuff in IFTTT for iOS, and What You Can Do with It

We’ve walked you through getting Google and iOS to live happily together before. With a little help from IFTTT you can make that bond even tighter.

For example, you can automatically mark your Google Calendar when you add a new contact, create calendar events from Reminders, and even keep track of all the tasks you’ve ever completed.

Supercharge Your Contacts App

All the New Stuff in IFTTT for iOS, and What You Can Do with It

You wouldn’t think that you could do much with the boring old Contacts app, but as it turns out, you can leverage IFTTT in some interesting ways.

Notably, you can mark your Google Calendar when you add a contact so you always know when you met someone new. If Google Calendar doesn’t work for you, you can do the same with Evernote. If you’re really into networking you can even automatically send a “nice to meet you” email to every contact you add (or just email them a copy of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album cover).

If that’s too ridiculous for you, you can also just back up your Contacts easily. You can automatically back up to a Google Spreadsheet, Evernote or a Dropbox file.