Smart home

Perfect your smart home

By The IFTTT Team

November 19, 2020

  • These days, we’re all spending more time at home. Whether you’re juggling a new work from home set-up, helping your kids with online classes, or just spending more time indoors as the weather cools, odds are you’re wanting more from your home — and smart home products.

    Applets help your favorite smart home things work with your other apps and devices so you can create order amongst the chaos. By creating customized Applets for your smart home, you can tailor them to your exact needs.

    To help you get started, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite services to incorporate into your smart home set up.

    Help is just an “Ok, Google” away

    There’s a good chance you regularly use a voice assistant to help out at home — in the U.S. alone, 112.8 million people use their voice assistant every single day! While you may be used to asking for help with a recipe, to hear the weather, play music, or other household tasks, did you know your voice assistant can handle all sorts of work-related tasks?

    By connecting your Google Assistant, you can create all sorts of custom Applets that help make working from home a little easier. You can send a message to a Slack channel while moving laundry into the dryer, create a new Trello card while getting dressed, or add an item to your to-do list while cooking dinner.

  • Work smarter, not harder

    Speaking of productivity tools...for many of us, the switch to working from home has been a tough one. If your work and home lives are clashing, connecting your office productivity tools to your smart home can go a long way to creating harmony. You can maintain focus by forwarding your notifications to Slack, automatically update co-workers when you’re stepping out for an appointment, or receive a visual notification from your smart lights when a critical issue arises outside of work hours.

  • Do you know what day it is?

    No, seriously, do you? In the early months of the pandemic, voice assistant users stopped asking 'What time is it?' and started asking 'What day is it?' If this hits a little too close to home for you, consider creating an Applet or two that connect your calendar or to-do list to the other apps and devices you use most so they’re easier to stay on top of. You can sync your work and home calendars to create a full picture of your day at a glance, automatically log your calls and track your work hours, or even merge new GitHub issues or Asana tasks with your personal to-do list.

  • Start building!

    So what are you waiting for? Perfecting your smart home set up is just a few clicks away. Tag us on social @IFTTT to share your creations.