12 Best IFTTT Alternatives To Automate Your Online Workflow | 2020 Edition

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 or mobile gallery to Dropbox, or 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 integrate all of your apps together.

12. Scriptable

Platform: iOS
Cost: Free | Offers in-app purchases

Scriptable is an automation app that allows you to write scripts, which integrate with native features of iPhone/iPad, such as documents, files, calendars, reminders, and much more.

You can write in Javascript to perform various tasks. For example, ask Siri to check the weather, manage a list of TV series you would like to watch, postpone the event in your calendar, and receive stock news every morning.

The editor can be customized to match your preference, and scripts can be run from Siri shortcuts or third-party apps using Scriptable’s URL schemes.

11. Piesync

Platform: Web-based
Cost: Starts at $9 per month

Piesync offers effective customer data synchronization solutions. It lets allows you to keep your customers’ data 2-way sync across all your business apps and devices. It is designed to save hours of manual data entry and keep customers’ data updated and secured.

More specifically, the platform works in the background and sync your contact two-way in real-time between your favorite cloud apps, including Office365 contacts, Marketing Accounting, and Help Desk tools.

With PieSync’s IF/THEN rules, you can select where each contact will go. Use it to generate segments of your contacts to be synced to and from your selected apps. The best thing is you don’t need any coding skills to do that, and you’ve full control over your sync.

10. 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 the 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 the free version, you’re allowed to create only 5 Macros.

9. Elastic.io

Platform: Web-based
Cost: Starts at $220 per month

Elastic.io is a hybrid integration platform, specifically designed for professional developers. It allows you to connect API’s on-premises and cloud applications securely and swiftly.

There is a rich library for inbuilt connectors for business applications. The platform provides a sleek dashboard that makes it easy to monitor, log, and handle errors. All in all, it reduces manual processes, so that you can focus more on your strategies.

8. Yonomi

Platform: iOS | 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 based on your location, time, and preferences.

It also announces calendar updates and contextual weather throughout the day, pauses music during calls and adjusts the lighting and temperature. The app runs through the internet, so there can be some lag from the moment you issue the command to the action performed, but it’s still faster than IFTTT.

7. Skyvia

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

Skyvia provides quick and easy data integration, secure cloud-to-cloud backup with a 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 a 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 utilize 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 the free version, you can integrate up to 5,000 records, run 5 queries per day, and backup 1 GB of data.

6. Integromat

Platform: Web-based
Cost: Free | Premium version starts at $9 per month

Integromat enables multistep workflows named “Integrations”. It works with an array of personal and business apps. Not only is it capable of connecting apps, but it 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 | Android | Web-based
Cost: Free | Premium version starts at $15 per month

Power Automate is 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 your work revolves around reviewing detailed and running history reports.

Since the app is developed by Microsoft, it plays nicely with all Microsoft 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 company offers a free version of the app, 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 lies in its flexibility to combine contexts and tasks. You can do many useful things with this app like zip or unzip application data on the fly, wake up with a random song from your music collection, track phone location, read out loud incoming messages, phone number, WiFi or Bluetooth status, and more.

3. Zapier

Platform: Web-based
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. They add new options every week. With the free version, you can build one-to-one connections with your apps and perform 100 tasks per month.

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2. Automate

Platform: Android
Cost: Free | Offers in-app purchases

This app lets you automate various tasks on your smartphone. You can create automation with flowcharts, automatically alter settings like GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, audio volume, NFC and perform actions like sending emails, copy files to Google Drive, play audio, and take pictures based on time and location.

To create automated tasks, all you need to do is add blocks and connect the dots. 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 ads and trial period. However, in a free version, you can create no more than 30 blocks.

1. Shortcuts

Platform: iOS
Cost: Free

Shortcuts is kind of your personal automation tool that lets you drag-drop any combination of actions. It includes more than 300 actions, including those for maps, contacts, camera reminders, to name a few.

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With this app, 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.

It is smart enough to 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.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is a professional science and technology journalist and a big fan of AI, machines, and space exploration. He received a Master's degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out about his latest projects, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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