You’re familiar with smartphones and smart TVs, but what about smart homes?

Well, thanks to If This Then That (IFTTT), home automation possibilities are just about endless.

In this article, we’ll explain what IFTTT is, how it works, and how you could use it to streamline your day-to-day activities. Let’s jump right into it.

What is If This Then That?

IFTTT is a free software platform that connects all of your various apps and devices so that you can create new, customisable functionalities.

IFTTT draws its name from the programming condition, ‘if this, then that.’ Using this logic, IFTTT gives you access to useful services that trigger automations in your devices, whether that be on your iPhone or Amazon Alexa.

Here’s an example to help you wrap your head around the concept. If the International Space Station passes over your home or location, then you’ll receive a notification on your smartphone. Pretty neat, right?

How IFTTT works

Automations like the example mentioned above are triggered by what’s known as applets. Imagine your two devices as two sides of a deep, wide river – applets are essentially the bridge that connects them, allowing you to seamlessly move between one side of the river and the other.

With a connection established, a whole host of new functionalities for home – and life – automation is now possible. There are currently over 56 million applets available via IFTTT. And, you can even create your own on the company’s user-friendly interface.

Five ways you can use IFTTT to make your home smarter

The future is here. Now, let’s take a look at five innovative ways you can use IFTTT applets to make your home smarter.

1. Turn off all lights when you leave the house

Save time and save money with this simple yet effective automation. IFTTT connects your location with your smart home gear – if you drive out of your driveway, then all the lights should be turned off in the home.

2. Turn all lights on when you arrive home

Similar to the above example, this automation gives you the warm welcome home you deserve. No more stumbling in the dark or tripping over toys left on the floor!

3. Make phone calls with your voice

IFTTT connects your smartphone to your voice-enabled smart speaker – like your Google Home – so you can make phones with a simple voice command.

4. Open your garage door when you arrive home

Ever left the garage remote at home, forcing you to park on the street? Or maybe you spend minutes sitting in your driveway waiting for the door to slide up every single day? IFTTT allows you to set up an automation that again utilises both your location and smart home accessories to ensure your garage door is wide open as soon as you pull in.

5. Get notified when a specific person unlocks the door

Have total peace of mind that your kids have arrived home safely after school by setting up an applet that notifies you when they unlock the front door.

What you need to get started with IFTTT

To start making your home smarter, you’ll need a few devices and smart home accessories. This includes a smartphone and voice-enabled smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Once you’ve got those setup, explore IFTTT applets and you’re ready to go!

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