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How To Video: Use IFTTT to automate your Android

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How To Video: Use IFTTT to automate your Android

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The new IFTTT Android app makes your phone work for you, automating common tasks.

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hi. Hi. I'm Sarah Mitroff with cnet. I'm Sarah Mitroff with cnet. And today, I'm gonna tell you how to get the most out of the new If This Then That app for Android. And today, I'm gonna tell you how to get the most out of the new If This Then That app for Android. If This Then That, which goes by IFTTT, helps you set up automatic cause and effect commands using online tools, social networks, and more. If This Then That, which goes by IFTTT, helps you set up automatic cause and effect commands using online tools, social networks, and more. Basically if this happens then do that other thing for me. Basically if this happens then do that other thing for me. My favorite example is, if I get a new email with an attachment then send that attachment to drop box. My favorite example is, if I get a new email with an attachment then send that attachment to drop box. IFTTT is now available for Android and the app includes a bunch of new features that are specifically aimed at automating your phone. IFTTT is now available for Android and the app includes a bunch of new features that are specifically aimed at automating your phone. I am going to walk you through three IFTTT recipes for your Android phone using those new features. I am going to walk you through three IFTTT recipes for your Android phone using those new features. First, I'll use IFTTT to mute my phone when I arrive at the office. First, I'll use IFTTT to mute my phone when I arrive at the office. So I'm gonna open the app, tap the plus sign to create a new recipe and I'll set my trigger by pressing that plus sign, scroll all the way over, to the Android location choice. So I'm gonna open the app, tap the plus sign to create a new recipe and I'll set my trigger by pressing that plus sign, scroll all the way over, to the Android location choice. And select you enter a new area. And select you enter a new area. Then a little map will populate with my location. Then a little map will populate with my location. I can tap to unlock it to move it around and center on the cnet offices. I can tap to unlock it to move it around and center on the cnet offices. Zoom out a little bit if I want. Zoom out a little bit if I want. Then hit next. Then hit next. Now I'm gonna select my action for this recipe by tapping the red plus. Now I'm gonna select my action for this recipe by tapping the red plus. Scrolling all the way over to the Android device tab and hit, mute ringtone. Scrolling all the way over to the Android device tab and hit, mute ringtone. And now my recipe is set, all I have to do is hit finish and I'm done. And now my recipe is set, all I have to do is hit finish and I'm done. Now every time I get to the office no one has to hear my annoying ringtones. Now every time I get to the office no one has to hear my annoying ringtones. Next I'm going to set up a recipe that sends a text message response every time I miss a call from any phone number. Next I'm going to set up a recipe that sends a text message response every time I miss a call from any phone number. So, I'm gonna create a new recipe, choose Android phone call, and then do any phone call missed. So, I'm gonna create a new recipe, choose Android phone call, and then do any phone call missed. Now, go over to text messages and put, send a SMS. Now, go over to text messages and put, send a SMS. And in the phone number area, I'm not gonna enter a specific phone number, but I'm gonna hit that plus sign to select an ingredient and do from number. And in the phone number area, I'm not gonna enter a specific phone number, but I'm gonna hit that plus sign to select an ingredient and do from number. That means any number that's called me, is the from number in this recipe. That means any number that's called me, is the from number in this recipe. Hit continue. Hit continue. Hit finish. Hit finish. So if I wanna set the message that's being sent to someone who missed a call. So if I wanna set the message that's being sent to someone who missed a call. You go into the recipe and hit edit and I can change this field to say, sorry I missed your call. You go into the recipe and hit edit and I can change this field to say, sorry I missed your call. And I'm all done. And I'm all done. So, now if I get a phone call and I miss it the person who called me will get a response letting them know that I'm sorry I missed their call. So, now if I get a phone call and I miss it the person who called me will get a response letting them know that I'm sorry I missed their call. The final recipe I'll show you is every time I post a new photo to Instagram set that photo as my Android wallpaper. The final recipe I'll show you is every time I post a new photo to Instagram set that photo as my Android wallpaper. For this I'm going to create a new recipe and then head over to the Instagram channel frist. For this I'm going to create a new recipe and then head over to the Instagram channel frist. Select, any new photo by you. Select, any new photo by you. And then. And then. Go all the way over the Android device area. Go all the way over the Android device area. Hit update wallpaper. Hit update wallpaper. So now every time that I post a new photo to my Instagram account, it'll we update my background on my phone with that wallpaper. So now every time that I post a new photo to my Instagram account, it'll we update my background on my phone with that wallpaper. These are really just the tip of iceberg of what you can do with IFTTT on your Android device. These are really just the tip of iceberg of what you can do with IFTTT on your Android device. Check out cnet.com for more ideas, including how to use it with smart gadgets in your home. Check out cnet.com for more ideas, including how to use it with smart gadgets in your home. I'm Sarah Mitroff for cnet, and as always, thanks for watching. I'm Sarah Mitroff for cnet, and as always, thanks for watching. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hi. Hi. I'm Sarah Mitroff with cnet. I'm Sarah Mitroff with cnet. And today, I'm gonna tell you how to get the most out of the new If This Then That app for Android. And today, I'm gonna tell you how to get the most out of the new If This Then That app for Android. If This Then That, which goes by IFTTT, helps you set up automatic cause and effect commands using online tools, social networks, and more. If This Then That, which goes by IFTTT, helps you set up automatic cause and effect commands using online tools, social networks, and more. Basically if this happens then do that other thing for me. Basically if this happens then do that other thing for me. My favorite example is, if I get a new email with an attachment then send that attachment to drop box. My favorite example is, if I get a new email with an attachment then send that attachment to drop box. IFTTT is now available for Android and the app includes a bunch of new features that are specifically aimed at automating your phone. IFTTT is now available for Android and the app includes a bunch of new features that are specifically aimed at automating your phone. I am going to walk you through three IFTTT recipes for your Android phone using those new features. I am going to walk you through three IFTTT recipes for your Android phone using those new features. First, I'll use IFTTT to mute my phone when I arrive at the office. First, I'll use IFTTT to mute my phone when I arrive at the office. So I'm gonna open the app, tap the plus sign to create a new recipe and I'll set my trigger by pressing that plus sign, scroll all the way over, to the Android location choice. So I'm gonna open the app, tap the plus sign to create a new recipe and I'll set my trigger by pressing that plus sign, scroll all the way over, to the Android location choice. And select you enter a new area. And select you enter a new area. Then a little map will populate with my location. Then a little map will populate with my location. I can tap to unlock it to move it around and center on the cnet offices. I can tap to unlock it to move it around and center on the cnet offices. Zoom out a little bit if I want. Zoom out a little bit if I want. Then hit next. Then hit next. Now I'm gonna select my action for this recipe by tapping the red plus. Now I'm gonna select my action for this recipe by tapping the red plus. Scrolling all the way over to the Android device tab and hit, mute ringtone. Scrolling all the way over to the Android device tab and hit, mute ringtone. And now my recipe is set, all I have to do is hit finish and I'm done. And now my recipe is set, all I have to do is hit finish and I'm done. Now every time I get to the office no one has to hear my annoying ringtones. Now every time I get to the office no one has to hear my annoying ringtones. Next I'm going to set up a recipe that sends a text message response every time I miss a call from any phone number. Next I'm going to set up a recipe that sends a text message response every time I miss a call from any phone number. So, I'm gonna create a new recipe, choose Android phone call, and then do any phone call missed. So, I'm gonna create a new recipe, choose Android phone call, and then do any phone call missed. Now, go over to text messages and put, send a SMS. Now, go over to text messages and put, send a SMS. And in the phone number area, I'm not gonna enter a specific phone number, but I'm gonna hit that plus sign to select an ingredient and do from number. And in the phone number area, I'm not gonna enter a specific phone number, but I'm gonna hit that plus sign to select an ingredient and do from number. That means any number that's called me, is the from number in this recipe. That means any number that's called me, is the from number in this recipe. Hit continue. Hit continue. Hit finish. Hit finish. So if I wanna set the message that's being sent to someone who missed a call. So if I wanna set the message that's being sent to someone who missed a call. You go into the recipe and hit edit and I can change this field to say, sorry I missed your call. You go into the recipe and hit edit and I can change this field to say, sorry I missed your call. And I'm all done. And I'm all done. So, now if I get a phone call and I miss it the person who called me will get a response letting them know that I'm sorry I missed their call. So, now if I get a phone call and I miss it the person who called me will get a response letting them know that I'm sorry I missed their call. The final recipe I'll show you is every time I post a new photo to Instagram set that photo as my Android wallpaper. The final recipe I'll show you is every time I post a new photo to Instagram set that photo as my Android wallpaper. For this I'm going to create a new recipe and then head over to the Instagram channel frist. For this I'm going to create a new recipe and then head over to the Instagram channel frist. Select, any new photo by you. Select, any new photo by you. And then. And then. Go all the way over the Android device area. Go all the way over the Android device area. Hit update wallpaper. Hit update wallpaper. So now every time that I post a new photo to my Instagram account, it'll we update my background on my phone with that wallpaper. So now every time that I post a new photo to my Instagram account, it'll we update my background on my phone with that wallpaper. These are really just the tip of iceberg of what you can do with IFTTT on your Android device. These are really just the tip of iceberg of what you can do with IFTTT on your Android device. Check out cnet.com for more ideas, including how to use it with smart gadgets in your home. Check out cnet.com for more ideas, including how to use it with smart gadgets in your home. I'm Sarah Mitroff for cnet, and as always, thanks for watching. I'm Sarah Mitroff for cnet, and as always, thanks for watching. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]
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