IFTTT lets you automate a lot of your favorite web services, but you can also create handy home screen shortcuts for a range of different tasks. Here’s how to set them up.
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In addition to applying rules that run automatically in the background, like most IFTTT applets, IFTTT also has «button widgets» that optimize applets with a single click of a button. You can place these buttons on the home page of the mobile app, in the Notification Center of your iPhone, or right on the home screen of your Android device.
In the past, IFTTT had a separate app for this called DO, but the functionality is now built right into the main IFTTT app. And while these button widgets are still a bit limited compared to what you can do with IFTTT in general, the convenience of accessing applets from one place cannot be overemphasized. Here’s how to customize these widgets.
How to Customize IFTTT Button Widgets on iPhone
To get started, open the IFTTT app and tap on the My Applets tab at the bottom right corner of the screen.
Click on the settings gear icon in the top left corner.
Select «Widgets» from the list.
Click on «Get Widgets».
Next, scroll through the almost endless widgets you can enable. Unfortunately, though, there is no search function and no way to create your own widget. However, the widgets that are displayed are based on the included IFTTT services.
When you find the widget you want to enable, click on it and then click Enable.
Next, you will probably need to customize the widget. In this case, we need to choose which Belkin WeMo switch we want to control, so click on the drop down menu at the bottom.
Select the radio button you want to control the widget and click Done.
Click «Save» in the top right corner.
Next, a pop-up window will appear at the bottom. Click «Go» on this popup.
Click on the widget you just created.
From here, you can choose where you want the widget to appear on your iPhone. You can even add a home screen icon that will take you to a widget in the IFTTT app.
However, if you want widgets to appear in Notification Center, you still need to enable the IFTTT iOS widget. To do this, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Notification Center, and then swipe right to display the widget screen.
Scroll down and click «Edit» at the bottom.
Find the IFTTT iOS widget and click the green «+» button next to it.
Scroll up to the very top and the widget will now be in the list of active widgets. You can hold the move right icon to reposition the widget. This default location will be at the bottom. Click «Done» in the top right corner when you’re done.
Your IFTTT button widget will now appear in your Notification Center, giving you quick access to it at any time.
How to Customize IFTTT Button Widgets on Android
On Android, the process is basically the same, with some minor differences.Start by opening the IFTTT app and click «My Applets» in the bottom right corner.
Click on the settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
Click «Widgets» in the list.
If you have applets that can be used to create widgets, you will see them in this list.You can also click the + icon to find a list of applets that can be launched using widgets.When you find an applet you like, click on it.
Click on the big switch in the middle of the screen to enable the applet.
You may need to configure your applet before you can use it.To do this, tap the gear icon at the top of the screen.
Adjust the settings on the applet page — in this example, you can change the «Quick Add Text» box — and click the checkmark button at the top of the screen when you’re done.
Once you are done adding the IFTTT applet to your account, you need to add the widget to your home screen.You can do this the same way you add any other widget on Android.However, this process may vary slightly depending on your phone.
First, go to your home screen and press and hold on an empty space where you want to add a widget.Then click Widgets.
Scroll down the list of widgets and find IFTTT.The small widget will take up one icon on your home screen and it will only run one applet.You can also select a large widget that will take up three spaces, but you can press the up and down arrows to scroll through all the available widget-compatible applets you saw listed in the IFTTT app a few steps ago.For this example, we will use a small widget.
After you drop the little widget, you will need to choose which applet you want to launch when you click on the widget.Choose one from the list.In this example, we are using the Google Calendar applet «Quickly block next hour as do not disturb».
Your widget will now be on your home screen.You can drag and drop it like any other Android app shortcut or widget and activate the IFTTT applet with a single tap.