If This Then That (IFTTT) can circumvent communication problems between all your smart devices, from smart speakers to connected light bulbs. Here’s how.

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How to Control Your Smart Home With IFTTT

It’s clear that Internet of Things (IoT) integration is the Next Big Thing in tech; just ask Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or the Google Assistant. But ironically, IoT integration suffers from too much buy-in; the industry is in an all-out war for control. And it isn’t just big tech—car manufacturers, home appliance makers, and even retailers have entered the IoT arena, each with new platforms that further osbscure the consumer dream of an industry standard at every level.

Introducing IFTTT

Fortunately, there is a solution to all of this. If This Then That (IFTTT), which debuted in 2010, is a platform that can circumvent communication problems between all your smart devices.

Its name comes from a logical operator that is universal across programming languages, but don’t worry—you won’t need any experience to use it. In most cases, IFTTT is as simple as pressing a button (or two).

IFTTT works by using Applets to connect devices, apps, and other services that won’t play nice like you want them to. IFTTT regularly releases convenient “recipes” with popular services for common devices and apps, but you can also customize your own recipes. IFTTT also gives you the ability to add your own devices, apps, and services. It’s so versatile that you can even use it to integrate with more…