Even with over 1,000 new features, the Amazon Echo can't do it all. There are still a ton of services and devices that the Echo doesn't play nicely with.
However, with the help of IFTTT, the Echo can be used to control countless online services and third-party devices that aren't officially supported.
Discover some of the best uses of IFTTT for Amazon Echo users below!
Find my phone
If you have the habit of misplacing your phone when you're at home, rest easy knowing you can use the power of IFTTT and the Echo to never lose your phone again.
In essence, all you have to do is create an IFTTT recipe that triggers an alert on your phone when you say a specific phrase to the Echo, such as, "Alexa, trigger find my phone."
If you're an iOS user, you're limited to IFTTT sending a push notification to the IF app on your phone or calling you. If your phone is on silent, you're somewhat out of luck.
On the other hand, if you own an Android phone, you can link two recipes to the same command for Echo. The first recipe will set the ringtone volume of your Android phone and the second can either call your phone or begin playing music.
Set the mood
One of the best uses for the Echo is controlling your other smart home devices. Recently, Amazon added native support for even more smart-home devices, but it doesn't cover everything. So if your smart-home device is compatible with IFTTT but not Echo, you can use IFTTT to get the job done.
Additionally, if you want to control something more specific, such as a preset scene with your Lifx or Philips Hue bulbs, you will need to use IFTTT to do that.
Visual timer or alarm clock
Getting a bit more creative, you can use the various native functions of the Amazon Echo to trigger different events with your lights.
For example, if you use the Echo as a timer or an alarm clock, you can use an IFTTT recipe to change the color of the lights when the timer or alarm goes off to ensure you don't miss the alarm. This is especially helpful if you're going to be on the other side of the house or even outside where you may not hear the alarm go off.
Toggle power for your TV
With SmartThings or a smart-home remote like Harmony, you can actually have the Amazon Echo power on your television and home entertainment system. Just connect your SmartThings or Harmony account to IFTTT and create a trigger phrase for the Echo, like "Alexa, trigger TV time."
Add grocery list to Todoist/Reminders
If you're as bad at making a grocery list as I am, this recipe is for you.
With IFTTT, you can create a recipe that adds all newly added items to your shopping list to Todoist, iOS Reminders or a note in Evernote. Then, to build you shopping or grocery list, all you have to do is say something like, "Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list."
Each of these items will be added to the app you actually use for shopping lists. The same can be done with adding to-do items with the Echo.
Lock the door
If you have one or more smart locks around your house, you can use Echo to make sure all the doors are locked at night before going to bed, even if they aren't officially supported by Amazon.
All you will need is a lock that is compatible SmartThings. Create a recipe for a specific phrase for the Amazon Echo, such as, "Alexa, trigger door locks." IFTTT will then send the command to lock every exterior door to your house and save you from having to check each door individually.
Add your favorite team's next game to Google Calendar
If you don't want to forget your favorite sports team's upcoming game, you can ask Alexa when their next game is. Using an IFTTT recipe, you can have the time and date of the next game added to your Google Calendar, Todoist or other app of choice, automatically.
Bonus: Multiple recipes at once
One of the greatest features of IFTTT recipes is the ability chain several recipes together or trigger multiple recipes with the same action. For example, with the single phrase "Alexa, trigger home," you can: