Join Charles G. Hollins for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing a shared recipe, part of Learning IFTTT.
Once we found a recipe that we'd like to use, we need to customize it. In this video, we'll learn how to activate, if channels and use them with existing recipes. Let's find out how to get one up and running. We need to get back to the shared recipe, that we saw in the last video. So I'm going to show you another way to do that. If you click browse. In addition to browsing by channel, you can also browse by user. So, if you put in C Hollins and click search, you'll see the recipes that I have shared.
From here, you can click the recipe. And the one we're looking for is. If the weather forecast calls for rain, then send me a text message. This recipe uses the weather channel, and the SMS or text messaging channel. Before using many channels for the first time, you have to activate them. This involves providing IFTTT with details regarding. How those particular channels relate to you as user? For example, in order to check weather information, iftt needs to know what area you live in.
And in order to send you a text message, iftt needs to know what your mobile phone number is. Once you've activated a channel once, it stores the information in your profile so that you don't have to repeat this process, when using the same channels in future recipes. So, this video is goning to assume that you haven't already activated, the weather and SMS channels. In order to activate the channels, if you scroll down in the recipe, it lets you know that you have to activate them and it gives you a blue activation button.
So, if you click that activate button, it will take you through the process of activating the weather channel. So, what you want to do is search for your location. You can do that by putting in your city. So, I put in Los Angeles, California and it gave me one option. And then I click activate, and that's pretty much it for the weather channel activation. And so now, this page has been updated because we have activated the weather and so. Now we can activate the SMS channel.
So, we click the blue activate button, and it says, please enter your SMS enabled phone number or your mobile phone number. So, I'm going to, put in my phone number. So, after putting in your phone number you click the send pin. IFTTT is going to send you a text message and, the reason it sends you a text message is because, IFTTT wants to make sure that the number that you specified belongs to you. So now, I'm going to check my mobile phone and I'm looking at my mobile phone right now.
And it tells me that the PIN number to activate the SMS channel is 0699. So, I take that number that's been sent to me in a text message, I put it here in the PIN field and then I click activate and the SMS channel. Has now been activated. After activating the weather and the SMS channels, we are now all set to use this recipe. So click, use recipe. So, here we have a description. We can change that description if we'd like.
If you scroll down. We get to the trigger. So the, trigger is the condition that IF checks for. So, the trigger is tomorrow's forecast calls for. So, we can select another condition if were interested. So, we can customize it so to not tell us if it's going to rain, but if it's going to snow, or if it's going to be cloudy, or if it's going to be clear. I'm going to leave it here for rain. Because that's what I want to know about and I scroll down to the next part of the recipe which is the action.
Send me an SMS message. So, the action is the then/that part of the recipe and the action field here. Tell's IFTTT what it needs to perform the specified action. So, in this case the field provides the text that will be sent in the SMS text message. You can edit this message to your liking. And, whatever you put in the message in this box here, in this message field that will be sent to you in a text.
Note that there's this odd looking tomorrows condition. Which is surrounded by, two sets of curly braces. This is actually what's called an ingredient. Which is a dynamic value that comes from the trigger. It provides more specific information. So, it may be that it's going to be heavy rain or light rain. And in that case, you'll get more descriptive information. So, it may not just say rain, but it may be more descriptive. We'll learn about these dynamic values, called ingredients, in an upcoming video.
But now, click the update button, and now you have activated this recipe. So, if you go to My Recipes, now, not only do you have a recipe in your favorites. So, you could click the favorites tab to see your favorite recipes. You also, if you click the personal tab, can see that you have customized this recipe, and made it your own. So now, whenever rain is in the forecast for your city, you will get a text message sent to you.
So, we've covered how to activate channels, and customize existing recipes. The next video will show you, how to manage and share your recipes.
- Customizing a shared recipe
- Creating your own simple recipe
- Putting IFTTT to practical use
- Automating publishing, posting, and sharing
- Managing contacts and calendars
- Working with sensors and devices