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Power tools: Make events on your Mac trigger iOS notifications

Ben Waldie | May 9, 2014
Let's say you've got a really cool Automator workflow that saves you tons of time but takes a while to run. Do you really have to sit around, twiddling your thumbs while waiting for it to finish? Wouldn't it be nicer if you could go get a latte instead and get an alert on your iPhone when the workflow is finished? That's just one example of the kind of thing possible with the latest version of If This Then That (IFTTT).

That's all there is to it. Now, whenever your workflow runs, it will email IFTTT and a notification should appear on your iPhone. Tip: If the notification doesn't show up, double-check your recipe configuration and make sure you've set your iPhone to allow IFTTT to display notifications (in Settings > Notification Center). You may also need to enable Background Sync in the IFTTT's app's settings.

Of course, the Automator workflow scenario is just one possible application of IFTTT's iOS Notifications channel. You could also, say, build a Calendar Alarm Automator workflow that sends notifications to your phone at scheduled times. Or a Folder Action workflow that notifies you when someone drops a file into a certain folder in your Dropbox. Or an application workflow that reminds you how awesome it is that you can display notifications on your iPhone with Automator.

 

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