IFTTT and Tasker – Adaptable Tools for Finding Time

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IFTTT and Tasker – time tools at your fingertips.

IFTTT and Tasker are two tools that you can use to create ‘recipes’ that automate on-line tasks. This, in turn, helps you stay organized and on track … and frees up time for other things.

My VA has used IFTTT for some regular tasks here at The Time Finder and I’ve written about it in the past. So, if you’re curious about IFTTT you  can check out “IFTTT: Fast, Flexible, Friendly Recipes for Finding Time!” for more specific information about this on-line time tool.

The two tools — IFTTT and Tasker — were recently compared in an article on lifehacker titled “Android Automation Showdown: IFTTT vs. Tasker.”

The result?

IFTTT and Tasker Compared

Overall, IFTTT is easier to use, while Tasker is more challenging out of the box but is ultimately more customizable. So, depending on your needs, one is going to appeal to you more than the other. Let’s take a look first at what the article says about IFTTT:

IFTTT

“If we were to compare Tasker and IFTTT on ease of use alone, IFTTT would win with no contest. IFTTT’s recipes are built around a simple, familiar programming phrase: if this then that. If your phone leaves the house, turn off Wi-Fi. If Google Calendar says you’re in a meeting, mute your phone. This simplicity, combined with a gorgeous and accessible app design, makes it easy for just about anyone to automate simple tasks.

On top of this, IFTTT already has a huge library of published recipes from existing users. You can browse the library here, select a recipe you like, and click Add. Boom, you’re done. The most you have to do is install the IF app for Android and connect your various services to IFTTT. It couldn’t be simpler, even for beginners.”

And now, here’s what the author has to say about Tasker:

Tasker

“Tasker is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Tasker’s interface is far more complex and the app comes with only the most basic tutorials. We have our own guide here that can help you get started. You’ll also need Tasker’s official wiki to understand many of the features in the app. There are also Tasker-focused user communities can provide templates for how to automate certain actions, and you’ve shared some of your favorite actions too, but if you can’t find an existing action for the thing you want to accomplish, you’re on your own. Unfortunately, being on your own involves a lot of trial and error, research, and troubleshooting. While you don’t necessarily need to be a coder to use Tasker, it will help to at least understand the logic of how automating simple tasks works. Which is more than IFTTT asks of its users.

Once you get over Tasker’s learning curve, though, your reward for climbing that hill is totally worth it. With Tasker, you can do nearly anything with your phone.”

In doing a bit of research on Tasker, I found this helpful introduction on Android Authority titled “How to Use Tasker.” The author (Edgar Cervantes) describes Tasker in this way, noting that it can be a bit daunting at first, “But instead of scaring you with lines of code, Tasker lets you use a friendly interface, which, at its fundamental level, lets you create mini Android apps that do your bidding.” Here’s an introductory video about Tasker from his post:

Depending on your needs, the time you have available, and your enthusiasm for diving into the details of learning a new skill, you can decide whether the simpler interface of IFTTT is your cup of tea – or you’re interested in the greater flexibility of Tasker.

Either way, they offer interesting options for the automation of lots of on-line tasks … and therefore, for finding time.

Have you used either tool? I’d love to hear what you think, so drop me a line … and here’s to your time success!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with the brands, topics, or products that are mentioned here, and have not received any compensation for writing this content.

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