If you’ve been wondering how you can make your smartphone perform tasks for you then, IFTTT is what you need. IFTTT for Android offers automation capabilities that make life much easier for users by allowing the creation of recipes that allow your smartphone to automatically do certain things for you. IFTTT basically stands for If This Then That and it involves the set up of specific triggers, referred to as recipes, on your Android device that cause a series of automated responses. Here are top ten recipes you should probably consider setting up.

Find your lost smartphone

If you are in the habit of misplacing your Android phone then IFTTT can your everyday life saver thanks to its handy recipe.

Anyone who has lost their smartphone while its on silent mode, knows the frustration that comes with it. No matter how many times you try to call it from another phone, it makes no difference but with this IFTTT recipe, finding your phone is easy. In case your phone is on silent, it allows you to maximize the volume on your lost smartphone.

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Choose a keyword of your choice such as ‘#volumemax’, text it to your handset and you are set. Install the IFTTT recipe because you never when you might need it.

Save new photos to your Google Drive account

For those who take lots of photos and prefer to have them saved in their cloud storage account, then this IFTTT shortcut is ideal. This handy IFTTT recipe automatically uploads all your new images to your Google Drive account, which means all your locally saved pictures are backed up automatically as well.

Furthermore,it’s nice to know that the IFTTT app will add a new folder of its own to store up your pictures. This Google Drive recipe takes note of the dates the pictures were uploaded, which is essential if you care about organization and makes it easy to find pictures of a specific date, whenever you need them.

Add a reminder to return calls

If you are constantly forgetting to call back people after finding their missed calls on your smartphone, then you need this IFTTT recipe.

This automated task makes use of your Google Calendar account, which simply means that every call you miss, IFTTT creates a future reminder similar to a Google Calendar note. This IFTTT Google Calendar reminder recipe increases the chances of you finally calling that person you’ve been meaning to call for a while now.

Receive weather prediction alerts on your wearable

Once you activate this IFTTT task on your Android wearable, you will receive alerts predicting the weather forecast for the following day.

The recipes actively monitors any forecast changes while keeping you posted on whether its going to rain, snow or there will be a lot of sunshine. Depending on the type of weather notifications you want, you can make adjustments by heading into its Advanced Settings menu.

If snowy conditions are predicted, it automatically sends an alert straight to your Android wearable device. Grab the recipe here.

Switch on your Philips Hue lights

If by any chance you own a Philips Hue lighting system then simply connect it to an IFTTT app and explore the possibilities.

This recipe allows you to log your home location and makes sure that once you get home, your Hue lights are automatically turned on. There is also another recipe that turns off the lights whenever you leave the house.

Upload your Facebook tagged photos to Google Drive

If you’ve been manually saving the photos you are tagged in on Facebook then you know how time consuming it can be. Fortunately, this recipe simplifies the entire process making it much faster to add your tagged Facebook photos to your Google Drive account.

You have the option of choosing to receive notifications once this recipe is running to instantly know whenever you are tagged in a picture.

It downloads your Facebook tagged photos to your Google Drive folder, while noting the date of the upload and the name of the person that tagged you.

Have new IFTTT recipes sent to your inbox

If you dependent on the IFTTT triggers and you are wondering what other recipes it has to offer then you can ensure that the latest and improved shortcuts are sent straight into your email.

Simply enter your email address and you’ll have access to the most commonly used recipes on the IFTTT community to browse through. Check the recipe here.

What other IFTTT recipes you just can’t get enough of? Share them with us in the comments.

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