Connect IFTTT to Alexa

Trigger Alexa Routines And Make Alexa/Echo Announcements From IFTTT

IFTTT (If This Then That) allows you to connect Alexa to 100s of other apps and software services.

There are 4 ways you can integrate IFTTT with Alexa.

Method 1: Trigger IFTTT Applets With Your Voice

This method is native to Alexa, it's an official integration.

For example, you can say, “Alexa, trigger {applet name}”. Alexa would then trigger your IFTTT applet.

Method 2: Trigger IFTTT Applets Within A Routine

This method is also native to Alexa, it's an official integration.

This method allows you to add IFTTT actions within an Alexa routine.

For example, you could have a routine which is triggered by security camera motion detection which then actions an IFTTT applet to post the time and date in a Google spreadsheet.


But, how about reversing the flow and triggering an Alexa Routine when something happens in IFTTT?

What if every time I got a new follower on Twitter I wanted my smart home lights to turn blue?

Or, what if every time I received an SMS, Alexa could read it out on my Amazon Echo?

Up until recently this hasn't been possible.
Now with Voice Monkey, you can.

Method 3: IFTTT As An Alexa Routine Trigger

It's easy to start triggering routines based on events generated in IFTTT using Voice Monkey.

Detailed instructions below, but in short, simply sign up to Voice Monkey, create a Monkey (virtual doorbell), create your IFTTT applet and use the Voice Monkey Routine Trigger as the action. Simple!

Method 3: Trigger An Alexa Routine From IFTTT

It's super easy.

Step 1 – Sign up to Voice Monkey

Firstly, follow the getting started guide and sign up to Voice Monkey.

Step 2 – Create a Trigger Device

Next, in the Voice Monkey console under Devices, create a Routine Trigger Device.

These devices are simply virtual (fake) doorbells which can be used as triggers in an Alexa Routine.

Name it whatever you like e.g. “Kitchen Lights Monkey”.

Step 3 – Create Your Alexa Routine

It's time to create your Alexa Routine.

Go to the Alexa App. Click ‘More' in the menu, then select ‘Routines'.

Click the ‘+' icon to create a new routine.

Enter a name, e.g. “Kitchen Light”.

In the ‘When This Happens' section, select ‘Smart Home' and then select the Trigger Device you created in the previous step.

In the ‘Add action' section, select what you want to happen when the Routine runs. For example, switch on the smart bulbs in the kitchen.

Your Routine should now look something like this…

Step 4 – Create Your IFTTT Applet

Assuming you've already signed up to IFTTT and know your way around, now is the time to create your IFTTT applet that will trigger your Monkey and therefore your Alexa Routine.

In the ‘If This' section of the IFTTT applet, select whatever service you wish to trigger the applet. For example, SMS, Email, Twitter etc etc

In the ‘Then That' section select the ‘Alexa Voice Monkey' service and select the ‘Trigger Monkey' action.

You'll be asked to pair your Voice Monkey account with IFTTT by signing in using Amazon.

Once you've signed in, you'll be able to select the Monkey you wish to trigger from the dropdown list.

Save and activate the IFTTT applet and that's it!
Each time the IFTTT applet runs, it will trigger the Monkey which will trigger the Alexa Routine and turn on your kitchen light 🙂

Method 4: Make Text-To-Speech Announcements on Alexa From IFTTT

With Voice Monkey you can also send dynamic Text-To-Speech (TTS) announcements to your Alexa devices based off ‘ingredients' within your IFTTT applets.

For example, I could create an IFTTT applet which announces whenever a new video is uploaded to a specific YouTube channel.

Another cool applet you can create is making your Echo announce every time you get an SMS message, or an email…including reading out the contents of that message and who it's from!

So, how do you make announcements on your Echo from IFTTT?

Firstly go to the Devices section in Voice Monkey and create a Speaker device. Follow the instructions, you'll need to create an Alexa Routine and use this device as the trigger.

However, in the ‘Action' part of your Alexa Routine, you must open the Voice Monkey Skill……to do this, add an action, go to ‘Skills' and then select ‘Voice Monkey'.

Importantly, you must then select the Alexa device you wish to hear the announcement from.

Finally, set-up another IFTTT applet (as step 4 above), but instead of using the ‘Trigger Monkey' action, use the ‘Announcement' action.

You'll be able to select the Monkey you wish to use, as well as the text to announce. Within the text, you can add IFTTT ingredients such as the message from an SMS or the message from a Tweet.

Ideas For IFTTT Recipes Using Alexa Routines + Announcements

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

Turn on the lights if a camera detects motion

If you have a security camera (or other smart home device) that might not be supported as a trigger with Alexa Routines, then you can use IFTTT to trigger the routine.
For example, when a camera detects motion, run the routine which switches on the lights and announces “intruder alert!”.

Turn your smart bulbs blue when you receive a mention on Twitter

Use the Twitter service in IFTTT and your Hue smart bulbs in the Alexa Routine to turn the light blue when you receive a Tweet.
Hint: add the wait command in the Routine before changing the colour back again.

Announce if the weather changes

Use the Weather Underground service in IFTTT with the Voice Monkey ‘Announcement' action to announce when the current condition changes to rain/snow/cloudy/clear.
Hint: in the Alexa routine, use the timings settings to prevent the announcement being made whilst your asleep 🙂

Announce if you are tagged in a Facebook photo

Use the Facebook service in IFTTT with the Voice Monkey ‘Announcement' action to announce when you are tagged in a Facebook photo.

Sound good?

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