How IFTTT works

What is IFTTT

IFTTT is an automation service that enables you to connect services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other. For example: when the temperature rises above or drops below a certain set value your MOTION Blinds will automatically move to the preferred position.

What are services?

A service is a tool, application, or facility that works with IFTTT. The MOTION Blinds app is one of the many services that works with IFTTT. Specifically, this means that you can connect our MOTION Blinds app with any other service that is connected to IFTTT.

What are applets?

They are the combination of services that use a trigger and an action. When something happens on one service, it triggers an action on another. Applets are formulas you set up deciding which triggers will prompt which actions.

How do I create an applet?

To create an applet you will first have to create an account with IFTTT. Head over to the IFTTT website where you will see the following screen:

When you click on Sign up you can create an account with Google, Facebook, or an email address and password.
After registration, you are redirected to the basic IFTTT information page. Click on My Applets and then New Applet. Next, click the word This.

Now choose for which service you want to install the trigger.

To give you an example, we will select the Weather Underground trigger, which uses the weather based on your location. We will choose a trigger action based on temperature.

Complete the trigger fields and click on That when you see the following screen:

Now search for MOTION Blinds to select it as an action service.

Next, you will need to connect with MOTION Blinds; when you click on connect a pop-up screen appears. Sign in with the MOTION Blinds account you created for the MOTION Blinds app.

Once IFTTT is connected to MOTION Blinds you can select one of the following actions:

With the action “Open Blind”, you can open one specific blind. The action “Close Blind” enables you to close one specific blind and with “Open a blind to a certain position” you can set a blind to a preset position.

With “Activate scene”, you can activate a scene you created in the MOTION Blinds app. We chose to select this action, it provides you with a drop-down menu in which you will find the scenes you have created in the MOTION Blinds app.

Finally, you will be asked to review your applet. If you want to you can enable notifications when the applet runs. Click Finish to complete the installation. You can turn the applet on or off by pressing the slide button.

To help you get started we created a few standard applets as well. You can find them on our IFTTT MOTION Blinds page. Down below you can find a few examples.