How To Automate Your Android Life With IF


IF by IFTTT is a powerful tool for Android which can push your device to new limits. It uses conditional if-then statements known as recipes in order to trigger certain activities based on your parameters. With over 277 channels to choose from, users will be able to automate a wide range of activities.

How It Works

IF essentially works by linking two different functionalities from different online services together with a conditional statement in order to carry out an action. These services are called channels within the app. Basically you specify that when a trigger related to one  service occurs, an action related to another service should be carried out. You should not however that there is a limited amount of triggers and actions which are related to each channel.


Essentially, IF packages the functionality of the IFTT website’s IF recipes into a neat android app. The main screen of the android app is a timeline of recent activities carried out. If your recipes are working correctly, then a notification should appear after one of your recipes is executed.


In order to add a recipe, click on the mortar and pestle icon in the top right hand corner and make your choice from there.


Recipes are organized under Works With, Recommended and Collections.


Works With organizes pre-made recipes by the channel they correspond to. Recommended as the name suggests, displays recommended recipes and Collections displays useful collections of recipes. You also have the choice of creating your very own recipe from scratch.


Add a trigger from the list of 277 services/channels and your desired action and you are on your way. There are however, several recipes already out there which may do what you need without you having to go through the effort of creating your own. For this reason, it’s always worth doing a search first before you go ahead and create your own recipe.

Of note are the 6 channels dedicated to Android which allow recipes to be created based on triggers related to Android. For example, you could mute your phone when you arrive at work, unmute your phone when you get home or even do something like turn on your WiFi when you get home in order to save on your monthly data bill.


As proof of just how powerful the functionality that this app and it’s corresponding website provides is, you should note that even companies such as BMW and Phillips have embraced IFTT and by extension IF.


Everything, these days is ‘smart’ and IFTT allows you to use IF to take full advantage of this and helps to streamline our lives. If we have to manually activate our smart technologies every single time, then we are not  reaping the full benefits of them.

Simple things like setting your coffe maker to have your coffee ready for you in the morning, or turning on your lights at sunset can make a big difference in your life and shave some time and hassle off of your schedule.

Without IFTT and the corresponding smart technology that facilitates these recipes, you would have had to remember to manually carry out both of those actions. In the case of turning on lights, I’m sure we have all had the experience where we were worried about the security of our homes after being out for an extended period and not having any lights on.

IF and IFTT operate using a simple idea but we can derive some truly intriguing possibilities through automation.

Posted by William Elcock on February 22, 2016

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