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10 Best IFTTT Alternatives To Automate Your Online Workflow

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IFTTT follows the principle of “If This Then That”, which is a two-step automation process. It is great for simple home automation and getting your applications to work together. These apps and services dramatically cut down on the time and energy you spend on performing repetitive and common tasks, such as save your photos from social networking sites and mobile gallery to Dropbox, and automatically save Evernote items in Google Calendar. The options are endless.

If you are looking to bring more efficiency to your workflow, consider the following tools to do the heavy lifting. These IFTTT alternatives let you build better home automation routines and integrates all of your apps together.

10. Stringify

Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free

Stringify is a thoughtful automation service available for both iOS and AndroidIt has API for almost all of the popular smart home devices and wearables, including Google Home, Nest Cam, Amazon Echo, Nest Thermostat and Philips Hue. Along with this, you can automate things like adding events to Google calendar, RSS news feeds, generating weather reports, etc.

Stringify supports multiple-step automation. For instance, you can automatically open or close the garage door, turn off your lights and arm your security cameras every time when you leave home. Automatically turn on spotlights and play dog barking sound on connected speakers when motion is detected on sensors.

9. MacroDroid

Platform: Android
Cost: Free | Premium version starts at $1.99

MacroDroid is a configuration and task automation app that strikes the perfect balance between usability and features. Like Applets in IFTTT, you need to create a Macro in MacroDroid in order to automate things. Each Macro is associated with a trigger that activates the automation. You can select from over 40 different triggers to activate a Macro.

The major advantage of MacroDroid over IFTTT is you can link more than one action to a single trigger. There are even constraints that act as exceptions to the rule. For example, you can set a Macro to disable Wifi or Mobile data when battery level falls below 10%. Optionally, you can add constraints like don’t perform the action if it is Monday or Wednesday. You can add as many constraints as you want, but in free version you’re allowed to create only 5 Macros.

8. Yonomi

Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free

Yonomi helps you connect your favorite home devices to play together, like Philips Hue lights, Amazon Echo, Sonos speakers, and smart locks, without any hub. All you need is to set up “Routines” where your devices respond automatically to each other and you based on your location, time and preferences. The app also announces calendar updates and contextual weather throughout the day, pauses music during calls, and adjusts the lightning and temperature.

The app runs through the internet so there can be some lag from the moment you issue the command to action performed, but it’s still faster than IFTTT.

7. Skyvia

Platform: Web app
Cost: Free | Premium version starts at $19 per month

Skyvia provides quick and easy data integration, secure cloud-to-cloud backup with one click restore and online data management via SQL. It’s a complete online solution (SaaS) and doesn’t require any local software installed except web browser.

The data integration service allows you to perform data export, replication, and sync in a simple user interface. It provides you automatic daily cloud backup with search, view, and restore functionality. Skyvia Query lets you access cloud and database, design SQL queries using the visual query builder and visualize the results as a chart or grid to get quick insights. In free version, you can integrate up to 5,000 records, run 5 queries per day, and backup 1 GB of data.

6. Integromat

Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free | Premium version starts at $9 per month

Integromat enables multi-step workflows named “Integrations”. It works with an array of personal and business apps. It is not only capable of connecting apps, but can also transfer and transform data.

Integromat provides hundreds of pre-developed integrations for use cases, from software development to time and task management. They range from simple tasks to complex scenarios. All of these integrations can be customized to suit your specific requirements. The free version allows you to perform up to 1,000 operations.

5. Microsoft Flow

Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free

This is kind of a business app developed by Microsoft to help you build, monitor and manage automated workflows between your files, services and cloud-based data. You can turn repetitive tasks into multistep workflows. For example, capture tweets and add them as leads in Dynamics 365 within a few taps. The app is quite helpful if you work revolves around reviewing detailed and run history reports.

Because the app is developed by Microsoft itself, it plays nicely with all of their services like OneNote, OneDrive and Office. There are already hundreds of workflow templates (most of them are enterprise-based) to help you get started. The app is completely free, but you need a Microsoft account to log in.

4. Tasker

Platform: Android
Cost: $2.99 | 7 days free trial available

Tasker is designed to extend your control on Android devices and its capabilities, without rooting your device or installing any special home screen. It allows you to perform tasks (set of actions) based on contexts (date, time, location, gesture) in user-defined profiles.

Tasker’s real power is the flexibility to combine contexts and tasks however you wish. You can do many useful things with this app like zip or unzip application data on the fly, wake up with random song from your music collection, track phone location, read out loud incoming message, phone number, WiFi or Bluetooth status, and more.

3. Zapier

Platform: Web app
Cost: Free | Premium version starts at $20 per month

Zapier focuses on automating tasks that are dependent on numerous third party apps. You don’t have to open multiple apps every time for a repetitive task. Zapier moves information between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on other things. Just pick a Trigger that sets your Zap into motion within a couple of clicks, and it will perform the necessary actions automatically.

Zapier connects more than 750 web apps, including Facebook Lead Ads, Quickbooks, Google Docs and Trello. Also, they add new options every week. With free version, you can build one-to-one connections with your apps using two-step Zaps.

2. Automate

Platform: Android
Cost: Free | $1.99

This app lets you automate various tasks on your smartphone. You can create automations with flowcharts, automatically alter settings like GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, audio volume, NFC and perform actions like sending email, copy files to Google Drive, play audio, and take pictures based on time and location. You just need to add blocks and connect the dots in order to create automated tasks. There are over 300 building blocks to select from, including conditions, loops, event triggers, actions and more.

The app comes with built-in templates to guide you along the way. All app features are available to everyone, without any advertising and trial period. However, in free version, you can create no more than 30 blocks.

1. Workflow

Platform: iOS
Cost: Free

Workflow is kind of your personal automation tool that lets you drag-drop any combination of actions. It includes more than 200 actions, including those for maps, contacts, camera reminders, to name a few.

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With Workflow, you can make animated GIFs, make pdf from Safari, Tweet the song you are listening, and even perform health related tasks like automatically log your water intake, caffeine intake, body weight, running time and other exercises. There is also an app for Apple Watch that can feed data and remind you to exercise or drink water, based on the workflows you have set. Your workflow could be exported as a standalone app on your home screen.