What does “IFTTT” mean?
IFTTT is shorthand for “If This Then That.”
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT is a service that lets you connect other services, formerly called Channels, together. When an action happens with one service, IFTTT automatically triggers a separate action with another service.
In other words: “If this happens, then have that happen.”
For example: “If my SmartThings Motion Sensor detects motion, then turn on my Hue light.”
What are Services?
“Service” (formerly called “Channels”) is the term IFTTT uses to describe a third-party service or app. IFTTT currently supports over 300 Services.
SmartThings is a Service within IFTTT.
In the example, “If my SmartThings Motion Sensor detects motion, then turn on my Hue light,” IFTTT connects the SmartThings Service with the Hue Service.
How do I connect my SmartThings Service with IFTTT?
First, sign up for a free IFTTT account.
- Visit the IFTTT website
- Click Sign up
- Enter your email address and password
- Click Create Account
- Click this
- Click that
- Click Continue twice
- Select three or more Services of interest
- Click Continue
This completes your IFTTT account setup.
Next, connect your SmartThings Service with IFTTT.
- Click Services
- Type SmartThings in the Search Service field or go to IFTTT.com/smartthings
- Click Connect
- Enter your SmartThings credentials (email address and password)
- Click Log in
- Select your Location in the From: menu
- Click the checkbox for each device IFTTT needs access to
- Click Authorize
Your SmartThings Service is now connected to IFTTT and you’re ready to start using Applets.
What are IF Applets?
An “IF Applet” (formerly called “Recipes”)is the formula you use to combine two Services using a “Trigger” and an “Action.”
Our example of “If my SmartThings Motion Sensor detects motion, then turn on my Hue light” is an IF Applet.
The Trigger is the Motion Sensor detecting motion, and the Action is turning on the Hue light.
What are DO Applets?
A “DO Applet” (formerly called “Recipes”) acts as a virtual button to trigger a single action on command.
For example, a popular SmartThings DO Applet is: “Turn on a switch.”
How do I make an Applet?
Visit the IFTTT website and click My Applets.
Click New Applet and follow the instructions to set up your triggers and actions for your needs. You can also add Applets other users have created by searching or browsing through Discover and Search tabs.
How do I use an Applet?
IF Applets will run automatically after they have been configured via the IFTTT website.
You can manage your IF Applets through the IFTTT website or the IF app for Android or iOS:
After configuring a DO Applet via the IFTTT website, you will have to download and install the appropriate DO app to trigger the Applet. IFTTT will tell you which DO app you need.
You can manage your DO Applet through the IFTTT website or the DO app for Android or iOS:
How do I edit my Applet?
After adding an Applet, you can view and edit it through the IFTTT website or an IFTTT app.
From the IFTTT website:
- Sign in
- Click My Applets
- Click the desired tab (IF, DO, Published, or Favorites)
- Select the Applet to edit it
- Click Update to save changes
From the IFTTT IF or DO app:
- Sign in
- Tap the mortar and pestle image to go to My Applet
- Tap the pencil to edit the Applet
- Tap Save to save changes
How do I edit which SmartThings devices IFTTT can control?
From the SmartThings app:
- Tap Automations
- Tap SmartApps
- Tap IFTTT
- Tap the section you want to edit
- Tap the checkbox for a device to add or revoke access for IFTTT
- Tap Done
- When you’re finished editing any other sections, tap Done
What are some more ways IFTTT can work with SmartThings?
IFTTT can connect your SmartThings setup with additional services not natively supported by the SmartThings app.
Here are a few examples:
- If my mobile presence device leaves, log it in a Google spreadsheet
- If the forecast is rainy, turn on my lights
- If a leak is detected, call my phone
Where can I find more information?
Here are some helpful links:
- IFTTT website
- IFTTT apps:
- IFTTT SmartThings Channel
- SmartThings blog post all about IFTTT