[Update: The company now has a blog post up about the new channel. It adds that they’ve also made some new actions for the general Android Device Channel including one to mute your phone when you plug it in and one to get directions to work every weekday morning (weird), to name just two. The company’s Do series of apps (collection here) have received some small updates including unlimited action buttons and floating buttons that follow you everywhere on your phone, like Facebook’s floating chat heads.]
IFTTT stands for “If this, then that” and is a popular service for automating your digital life and stitching together all the disparate, disconnected apps and services you may use on a daily basis. Now the company has released a bunch of new native Android actions that will automate the management and preservation of your device’s battery life.
The actions, all of which can be found in the dedicated IFTTT Android Battery Channel, when enabled allow you to have your phone do things like disable Bluetooth or turn off WiFi when the battery is low, automatically. There are also two helpful ones for receiving a notification to your phone or Wear watch when the phone battery is low, or keeping a record in Google Drive of when your battery is low and/or when you plug it in to charge.
IFTTT is great for taking care of a lot of the overhead and mental load associated with managing your digital life. There are actions – IFTTT calls them “recipes” – for everything from automatically updating your profile picture across social networks when you change it on one, saving all your photos from Instagram to your cloud storage service of choice, and much, much more.
To use the recipes available in the IFTTT Android Battery Channel you need to first download the IFTTT app, find these recipes, and then add them, which will take you through the simple process to give them the permissions they need.