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, called Channels, together. When an action happens with one Channel, IFTTT automatically triggers a separate action with another Channel.
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 Channels?
“Channel” is the term IFTTT uses to describe a service or app. IFTTT currently supports over 300 Channels.
SmartThings is a Channel within IFTTT.
In the example, “If my SmartThings Motion Sensor detects motion, then turn on my Hue light,” IFTTT connects the SmartThings Channel with the Hue Channel.
How do I connect my SmartThings Channel 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 Channels of interest
- Click Continue
This completes your IFTTT account setup.
Next, connect your SmartThings Channel with IFTTT.
- Click Channels
- Type SmartThings in the Search Channel 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 Channel is now connected to IFTTT and you’re ready to start using recipes.
What are IF Recipes?
An “IF Recipe” is the formula you use to combine two Channels 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 Recipe.
The Trigger is the Motion Sensor detecting motion, and the Action is turning on the Hue light.
What are DO Recipes?
A “DO Recipe” acts as a virtual button to trigger a single action on command.
For example, a popular SmartThings DO Recipe is: “Turn on a switch.”
How do I make a Recipe?
Visit the IFTTT website and click My Recipes.
Click Create a Recipe and follow the instructions to set up your triggers and actions for your needs. You can also add Recipes other users have created by searching or browsing through Recipes and Collections under the tabs there.
How do I use a Recipe?
IF Recipes will run automatically after they have been configured via the IFTTT website.
You can manage your IF Recipes through the IFTTT website or the IF app for Android or iOS:
After configuring a DO Recipe via the IFTTT website, you will have to download and install the appropriate DO app to trigger the Recipe. IFTTT will tell you which DO app you need.
You can manage your DO Recipes through the IFTTT website or the DO app for Android or iOS:
How do I edit my Recipes?
After adding a Recipe, you can view and edit it through the IFTTT website or an IFTTT app.
From the IFTTT website:
- Sign in
- Click My Recipes
- Click the desired tab (IF, DO, Published, or Favorites)
- Select the Recipe 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 Recipes
- Tap the pencil to edit the Recipe
- 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