Use IFTTT when you monetize

If you’re part of the YouTube Partner Program, you can create fun experiences for your viewers using IFTTT (a free, third-party, web-based service that connects different apps, services, and devices together).

You can use IFTTT applets to automatically trigger real-life actions during a live stream, recognize paying fans, manage your community, or many other unique and fun interactions. IFTTT currently works with the following YouTube monetization features:

  • Super ChatActions get triggered when viewers purchase Super Chat messages.
  • Channel membershipsActions get triggered when viewers join as a channel member.

IFTTT FAQs​

What is this integration?

Once you connect your YouTube account with IFTTT, you can link connected apps, services, and devices with Super Chat and channel memberships. This can enable your viewers who purchase Super Chats or join as a channel member during a live stream to trigger real life actions.
These real life actions are triggered by applets. Applets link online services like Google Drive, social media platforms, or internet connected devices like smart lights or smart switches with Super Chat or channel memberships. See pre-made applets you can use with Super Chat and channel memberships. You can also read more about IFTTT here.

Do I need to purchase anything?

It depends on the type of interaction you want to create for your viewers. Some will require you to purchase an internet-connected device. Many internet-connected devices that you already own will work too.
You can use some shortlisted interactions that are relevant for Super Chat or channel memberships. You can also create your own. You just need to make sure the app, service, or device works with IFTTT.

How do I set it up?

First, you’ll need to connect your YouTube channel with IFTTT.
  1. Create an IFTTT account if you don’t have one already.
  2. Connect to YouTube with the same YouTube account and channel that you use for monetization features.
Once your accounts are connected, you can create interactions by making an Applet that triggers actions in IFTTT or use an existing, published applet.

Get or create IFTTT applets for Super Chat

Eligibility

To enable this feature, you must:

Use pre-made applets

You can choose from a variety of pre-made applets. You’ll find applets that allow your viewers to trigger real-life actions during a live stream, for you to recognize paying fans, or to help you manage your community among other things.

Create your own applet

You can customize the experience for your users, and create your own applets. Follow these instructions to create your own applet:
  1. Go to ifttt.com/create.
  2. Click on +this.
  3. Select the YouTube logo.
  4. Follow the instructions to connect your YouTube account.
  5. Choose "New Super Chat message" as the trigger and choose which color tier you would like to be the trigger.
  6. Click on +that and select any action service.
  7. Follow the instructions to connect that service and choose the action.
  8. Review your applet and click Finish.

How to test Super Chat applets

Once you have created your applets, you will need to test them. The easiest way to test your applet is via email. To test:
  1. Go to ifttt.com/create.
  2. Click on +this.
  3. Select the YouTube logo.
  4. Follow the instructions to connect your YouTube account.
  5. Choose "email" as the trigger and “Send IFTTT any email” as the trigger.
  6. Click on +that and select any action service.
  7. Follow the instructions to connect that service and choose the action.
  8. Review your applet and click Finish.
  9. To test, email IFTTT’s email account. Your Applet should trigger within seconds.

​Creators and viewers must abide by YouTube's Terms of Service and Community Guidelines and must also follow Copyright and protect the privacy rights of others.

Troubleshooting Issues

If your applet isn’t working, the issue could be with the trigger, or action or some issue with IFTTT itself. If you’re having trouble, try the following:
  • Make sure your devices are switched on and connected to the internet.
  • Check your Activity feed on IFTTT - this provides the status of each execution of a trigger on your applets and will specify any errors.

See more troubleshooting tips on the IFTTT website.

Get or create IFTTT applets for memberships

Eligibility

To enable this feature, you must:

Use pre-made applets

You can choose from a variety of pre-made applets. You’ll find applets that allow your viewers to trigger real-life actions during a live stream, for you to recognize paying fans, or to help you manage your community among other things.

Create your own applet

You can customize the experience for your users, and create your own applets. Follow these instructions to create your own applet:
  1. Go to ifttt.com/create.
  2. Click on +this.
  3. Select the YouTube logo.
  4. Follow the instructions to connect your YouTube account.
  5. Choose "New channel membership" as the trigger.
  6. Click on +that and select any action service.
  7. Follow the instructions to connect that service and choose the action.
  8. Review your applet and click Finish.

How to test Membership applets

Once you have created your applets, you will need to test them. The easiest way to test your applet is via email. To test:
  1. Go to ifttt.com/create.
  2. Click on +this.
  3. Select the YouTube logo.
  4. Follow the instructions to connect your YouTube account.
  5. Choose "email" as the trigger and “Send IFTTT any email” as the trigger.
  6. Click on +that and select any action service.
  7. Follow the instructions to connect that service and choose the action.
  8. Review your applet and click Finish.
  9. To test, email IFTTT’s email account. Your applet should trigger within seconds.

Creators and viewers must abide by YouTube's Terms of Service and Community Guidelines and must also follow Copyright and protect the privacy rights of others.

Troubleshooting Issues

If your applet isn’t working, the issue could be with the trigger, or action or some issue with IFTTT itself. If you’re having trouble, try the following:
  • Make sure your devices are switched on and connected to the internet.
  • Check your Activity feed on IFTTT - this provides the status of each execution of a trigger on your applets and will specify any errors.

See more troubleshooting tips.

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