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5 handy IFTTT recipes for Gmail users

Liane Cassavoy | Aug. 10, 2015
A lot of Web services promise to make your life easier, but IFTTT--which stands for "If This, Then That"--is one of the few that actually does.

So, I set my sights on a Recipe that promised to add reminders in iOS about emails I labeled. To use the Recipe, you'll need to install the free IF app on your iPhone--and you'll need to go into its settings and connect the iOS reminders channel, a step that wasn't apparent to me. That minor issue aside, the recipe worked well: Any email I labeled "To-do" (or any other label that I designated in IFTTT) showed up in my iOS Reminders App within seconds. The entries there only show the sender and subject line of the email, so you'll have to do a little digging to remember exactly why you flagged this email, but it's a lot simpler than digging through Gmail to find it again.

Weather forecasts for you

This is, hands down, one of my very favorite IFTTT Recipes, because it's both super simple and super useful. It promises to send an email if tomorrow's forecast calls for rain. If you don't have time to watch the weather, it's incredibly handy, and even if you do catch the forecast, it's a great reminder.

To use it, you simply activate the Weather Channel in IFTTT, and tell it which email addresses should receive the reminder. It will send it to as many as five emails, which don't have to be Gmail accounts.

You do need Gmail, though, because the email with the weather forecast will come from that address. And you don't have to send out gloomy forecasts only: You can choose to be alerted if the forecast is for rain, snow, clouds, or clear weather. Unfortunately, though, you have to pick one type of weather, as the Recipe will not allow you to choose multiple options.  

Attachments, saved automatically

I get plenty of attachments sent to you in Gmail, and I hate trying to find them again if they're stashed in my email inbox somewhere. These two Recipes will help you organize your attachments, by saving them to Google Drive and/or Dropbox automatically.

To use them, you'll need to activate IFTTT's Google and/or Dropbox channels and that's about it. You can designate a folder in which the attachments will be stored. The default option for both is in a folder called "IFTTT" that will be created if you don't already have one. Both recipes create a subfolder called "Gmail Attachments" and store the files in there.  


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