IFTTT (IF This Then That) allows services like Circle to connect with a wide range of other services and applications, by meeting custom-defined conditions. With IFTTT you define triggers and actions. If this then that! You'll do this by creating custom applets. When an applet's trigger is set off, then the specified action happens. Filters and parameters can further customize this behavior. See IFTTT's about page for further details.
This support article is dedicated to helping you create your first applet. You'll need to have connected IFTTT to Circle first, which you can learn about doing here.
Creating your first applet
Making your first applet that uses Circle's actions can be daunting at first, but is pretty easy once you learn the basics. Here's how to do it:
Setting up an applet on a computer (PC, Mac):
- Navigate to IFTTT.com and sign in if you aren't already.
- Click on your username in the top right corner of the screen, and then click New Applet.
- Alternatively, you can navigate to here to directly start the process.
Setting up an applet on a mobile device (iOS, Android):
- Open the IFTTT app on your device.
- Tap My Applets in the bottom menu bar.
- Tap the + icon in the top right corner of the screen.
Create the Applet
Creating a new applet is real easy. It's basically a four step process.
- Choose a service.
- Choose a Trigger for that service and complete the trigger fields.
- Choose an Action service.
- Choose an Action and complete the Action fields.
Let's Pause the Internet!
An example of creating an applet for Circle will help here. Let's create a button to Pause the Internet. Once you're ready to create a new applet, you should see a screen that has the "if this then that" text spelled out.
1. Choose a service.
You'll begin by clicking/tapping on the blue "+this" to set up your trigger. Follow the instructions for picking a service and search for "button".
2. Choose a trigger and complete the trigger fields.
Here, choose the "Button widget" service, which has one simple trigger: a button press!
If you were successful, the "this" text should now be replaced with the service you chose, and the "that" text will turn blue:
3. Choose an action service.
Now we'll define the "that". Click/tap on "+that" and then search for Circle and choose our service.
4. Choose an action and complete the action fields.
You have seven actions, results for a trigger, that you can pick from.
For example, if you want your button press that we set above to "trigger" a Pause by Circle on your home network, we'll pick "Pause the Internet", and click/tap "Create action".
At this point, we're just about done! You'll be able to name your applet on this last step, and choose whether you wish to see notifications on your mobile device if the applet is used. Click/tap "Finish" to complete the applet's creation!
Try out your applet!
You've made the applet, so now it's time to put it to the test! This will vary depending on which service you chose, but if you followed along with the example above, here's how to find the "button" you just made. Make sure the IFTTT app is installed, or else you won't see the buttons! The following steps were inspired by this third-party article. Check it out for specifics and screenshots.
- Swipe left until you reach your "Widgets" page.
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen until you see the "Edit" button.
- The "Add Widgets" screen will appear; look for "IFTTT" in the list, and add it. Then tap "Done" in the top right corner of the screen.
- Now, you'll see the IFTTT widget, and the button that you just made should be visible. Simply tap it, and watch your Circle Pause the Internet!
- On the Home screen, tap and hold (long-press) on an empty space. Three buttons should appear near the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the "Widgets" button, and look for IFTTT in the list of applications.
- You'll have the option to use either a 3x1 button selector, or a single button that will let you choose which IFTTT applet you'd like to use (in this case, the one we just made for Circle). Pick either option by long-pressing on the button, and then drag it onto where you'd like it on your home screen.
- Now you'll see the button on your home screen alongside your applications. Simply tap it, and watch your Circle Pause the Internet!