IFTTT (short for “If this, then that”) is a web service that lets you connect different websites, apps and Internet-connected devices. These connections are called applets, which use specific conditions to perform simple actions. For example, you can tell IFTTT:

  • If I come home, then tell Google Wifi to prioritise my phone.
  • If my daughter comes home, then send me an email, text, or phone call.
  • If the babysitter leaves the house, then text me.
  • If I come home, then turn on my Hue lights.

The “if” part is called the trigger. The “then” part is the action.

  • Trigger + action = applet

Think of IFTTT as an assistant, who automatically performs a series of very basic steps.

How does it know when I come home?
IFTTT applets can be triggered when one of your chosen personal devices (a smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.) connects or disconnects from your Wi-Fi network. Pretty neat trick, huh?

Get started: Connect Google Wifi to IFTTT

To use IFTTT with Google Wifi, you must be the owner of your Google Wifi network and will need an IFTTT account.

  1. Visit IFTTT.com.
  2. Sign in with your IFTTT account.
  3. Go to the Google Wifi channel.
  4. Select Connect.
  5. Sign in to your Google account. (Friendly reminder: You have to be the owner of your Google Wifi network.)

Select or create an IFTTT applet

Choose from a list of popular applets on the Google Wifi channel or create one of your own. Feeling creative? Here’s how to make an applet:

Step 1: Create a trigger

If it slipped your mind: a trigger starts the applet. It’s the “if” part.

1. At the top-right of the IFTTT website, click your user name, then New Applet.

2. Click this to choose a trigger channel. Find and select the Google Wifi channel.

3. Choose a trigger. You can initiate an applet when a device connects or a device disconnects from your Wi-Fi network.

4. Select a trigger device from the drop-down menu. (When this device connects or disconnects from your network, IFTTT will perform an action).

The menu will display your Wi-Fi network at the top, then all the devices connected to your network beneath it.

After selecting a trigger device, click Create trigger.

Step 2: Create an action

An action is what will happen after the trigger occurs.

1. Click that to connect to the app that will perform the action.

2. Find and choose a channel, then click Connect.

For example, if you want to prioritise your phone, select the Google Wifi channel. If you want IFTTT to send you an email, select the Gmail channel.

If this is your first time using this channel, sign in to your account.

3. Choose an action. If needed, fill out or edit the details.

4. When you’re ready, click Create Action, then click Create applet.

That's it! You just created an IFTTT applet! Woohoo!

Now that you’ve got your feet wet, any other applets that you can think of? Feel free to explore the available channels. There are a lot of nifty things you can do.


How do I remove IFTTT from my Google account?
  1. Go to Manage apps in your account’s security settings page. If you aren’t logged in, sign in to your Google account.
  2. Select IFTTT then Remove.

Note: You’ll have to do this for every IFTTT channel that is connected to your account.

Can I use IFTTT with the devices on my Guest Wi-Fi?

Unfortunately, no. Right now, IFTTT only has access to the devices connected to your main Wi-Fi network.

What kind of information does Google Wifi share with IFTTT?

To perform applets, IFTTT needs some basic information from your Google Wifi network. Depending on the applet you create, IFTTT can:

  • View your email address
  • Prioritise the devices connected to your Google Wifi network
  • View all the devices connected to your Google Wifi network, including personalised names
  • See when devices connect and disconnect from your Google Wifi network
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