Join Charles G. Hollins for an in-depth discussion in this video Transcribing and saving voice memos, part of Up and Running with IFTTT.
In this video, I'll talk about recipes for managing personal information such as contacts, calendar events, and tasks. This course is designed to get you up to speed with IFTTT as quickly as possible. As I mentioned in the last video to keep the course concise, I'll use recipes blueprints to expose you to several different recipes. But for the first recipe, let's look at the recipe blueprint and create the recipe in IFTTT together. The IFTTT phone channel has a trigger that fires when you call IFTTT and leave a voicemail.
You can find your IFTTT phone number listed on the phone call channel page. So, let's go to IFTTT. We'll go to Channels. And let's scroll down to the Phone Call channel so that we can view the channel page. Much like the SMS channe before using the Phone Call channel, we need to activate it. To activate the phone call channel, simply click the activate button on the phone call channel page. It asks us for our phone numbers, so enter your phone number into the field shown.
Click the send PIN button and after submitting your phone number, IFTTT will call your phone and give you the pin number that you need to input into the pin field. So my pin was 4043. After you've put in your pin, click the activate button. After activating the channel when you go to the phone call channel page, you'll see your phone number and the phone number associated with your IFTTT account.
So it's the IFTTT phone number that you'll use to trigger various actions in IFTTT. Now let's go to the Evernote channel. I'm going to click on channels again and I'm looking for Evernote. As you probably know, Evernote is a cloud based tool with desk top and mobile applications for creating, thinking, and organizing various types of notes. In order to activate the Evernote channel, we need to give IFTTT information about our Evernote account.
In order to do that, login to Evernote as you would on the Evernote website using your username and password, then click the Sign In button. Depending on how you've set up your Evernote security, you may be requested to enter an additional code. So I have 2 factor authentication set up on my Evernote, and for that reason I'm going to have to get a pin for my phone, to put into this field here.
Once you've successfully logged in, you'll get a message that says that you're essentially authorizing IFTT to access your Evernote account. That way, IFTT will be able to automatically create notes and use information from Evernote in other IFTT channels. So I'm going to click Authorize. Now when I go to the Evernote channel in IFTTT, I can see that my account is now linked. So let's go back to the recipe. The IFTTT statement for this recipe is, if I leave a voice mail message on my IFTTT phone number, then create a new note with the transcribed message and audio link.
So let's see how this works. We've already activated the phone call channel in Evernote and talked a bit about those. Let's put these two together and create this recipe. The blueprint tells us everything that we need to know. We're going to use the Leave IFTTT any voicemail trigger associated with the phone call channel. We don't need to provide any trigger fields. But when we leave a voicemail message, this trigger will fire and the received at message and MP3 URL will be ingredients that we use in the Evernote action create a link note.
The action fields for that action are title, body, link URL, Notebook and tags. The notebook and tags are underlined. That indicates that those are fields that you complete when you're creating the recipe. They don't necessarily require dynamic data from the ingredients. But those ingredients will be used in the title, body and link URL action fields. So let's create the recipe in IFTTT.
Click the Create button. Click this to get started. So what's our trigger channel? Our trigger channel is Phone call. Now if we hadn't already activated it, at this point IFTTT would prompt us to activate it so that we could use it in the recipe. But since we've already activated there's no need to do that. So theres one trigger associated with phone call, and that's leave IFTTT any voicemail. So I click that. And now, it tells us that there's no fields to complete so we just create trigger And now the trigger is shown for us.
And it's clear that we're using the phone call channel to leave a voicemail. Now let's complete the action. I click that. And what's the action channel that we need? Evernote. What's our action? Well in case you forgot, we can flip back to the recipe blueprint The action that we need for this recipe is create a link note. So I'm going to click the link labeled Create a link note, to specify that action. The action fields for the Create a link note are as follows.
Link URL, description, notebook, and tags. So these again are listed above the Evernote icon in the recipe blueprint. Note that notebook and tags are underlined. That indicates that the values for those fields are typically set up in the recipe. And they don't include dynamic values that come from the ingredients associated with the trigger. So, we have link url. Evernote has automatically anticipated that we want to use MP3 URL's from the phone call trigger, to be put in the link URL, action field of Evernote, and the transcribed message ingredient is message.
And that's going to go into the description for the note. The notebook action field is IFTTT Phone Call. So this is the notebook that Evernote will use for storing all of the notes that are created by this IFTTT recipe. Finally, there are the tags. These tags will allow you to determine which of your notes were generated using the recipe. So any notes that come from this recipe will have those two tags. After reviewing your action fields, click Create Action.
After reviewing my recipe to make sure that everything is as it should be, I can click Create Recipe. And I have successfully created a new recipe based on the instructions described in this recipe blueprint. In this video, we learned how to activate the phone call in Evernote channels. We also used a recipe blueprint to create a new recipe in IFTTT. Let's now look at some other recipes that you can use with contacts and calendar events.
- 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