Android Candy: If You're Not Using This, Then Do That

The "If This Then That" site has been around for a long time, but if you haven't checked it out in a while, you owe it to yourself to do so. The Android app (which had a recent name change to simply "IF") makes it easy to manipulate on the fly, and you're still able to interact with your account on its Web site. The beauty of IFTTT is its ability to work without any user interaction.

(Image via Google Play Store)

I have recipes set up that notify me when someone adds a file into a shared Dropbox folder, which is far more convenient than constantly checking manually. I also manage all my social network postings with IFTTT, so if I post a photo via Instagram or want to send a text update to Facebook and Twitter, all my social networking channels are updated. In fact, IFTTT even allows you to cross-post Instagram photos to Twitter and have them show up as native Twitter images.

If you're not using IFTTT to automate your life, you need to head over to http://ifttt.com and start now. If you're already using it, you should download the Android app, which has an incredible interface to the already awesome IFTTT back end. Get it at the Play Store today; just search for "IF" or "IFTTT"—either will find the app.

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Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.