Skip to content

Best IFTTT recipes for Amazon Alexa

Posted in Internet, and Technology/Software

Last updated on February 3, 2018

IFTTT stands for If This Then That. And IFTTT has a number of applets (also known as recipes) for Amazon’s popular voice assistant gadget- Alexa. Using IFTTT app you can increase Alexa’s user experience and get the maximum out of it.

Before getting started, download the free IFTTT App from the Play store on Android or App store on iOS.

Best IFTTT Echo recipes

We have listed out some of the best IFTTT applets exclusively for Alexa users. Check below the Must have IFTTT Applets for Amazon Echo.

1) Save a Google spreadsheet of the songs you listen to on Alexa

Did you lose your playlist while updating your device? Or you are Running out of storage on your iPhone or Android due to last weekend party pics. Just Easily log all songs you have listened to Google spreadsheet automatically from your Alexa with this applet.

The Best IFTTT recipes for Amazon Alexa. A Guest Post By Pro Blogger Pratyaksh Somani via pvariel Share on X

To use this Applet:

Go to Applet > Click Turn ON> Grant IFTTT to access Alexa > Authorise IFTTT in Alexa> Authorise IFTTT in Google Docs> Click Save

alexa played songs logs

To Authorize IFTTT with Alexa, just log in to associated Amazon account and authorize IFTTT to use information.

This will save ensure you never lose your favorite playlist, as Google Docs will take care of them responsibly.

2) Unsilence your phone with Amazon Alexa

Did you miss an important call just because you forget to deactivate silent profile on your phone? Mostly this happens when you return from office or School/college.

By installing IFTTT and enabling this Applet, you can unsilent your android phone using a command on your Amazon Echo. Your phone volume will increase to full and ringing will be audible. This will work only on Android phones.

To use this Applet:

Go to Applet > Click Turn ON> Set Keyword (by default is “Alexa, trigger unsilence phone“) > Click Save

best IFTTT android recipe

Did you miss an important phone call just because it was in silent mode? No worry here is an Applet to help you via pvariel Share on X

This is by far my favorite IFTTT android recipe, Just set this Applet, as you never know when you can miss an important call on your Android phone. You can change the command using the gear button  in Applet. You can also turn Off Applet running notification for this applet to avoid annoying notifications in notification center.

3) Tell Alexa to call your phone

Make a call on your phone by using voice command on Amazon Alexa using this IFTTT Applet.

To use this Applet:

Go to Applet > Click Turn ON > Grant IFTTT to connect Phone Call > Set Keyword (by default is “Alexa, trigger find my phone”) > Click Save

ifttt applets for echo


This Applet has a limitation. This works currently on in the US. And for the rest of regions, it’s currently unsupported.

By turning on this Applet you may not miss your device under your pillow next time.

4) Add an item to your shopping list, send it to Facebook Messenger

Facebook is used by over 2 billion people around the world! And Facebook Messenger comes free with every Facebook account. You can use Facebook Messenger to save your shopping list.

This Applet will help you in auto-updating your shopping list to Facebook Messenger directly from your Alexa voice command.

Did you lose your playlist while updating? Or are you Running out of storage on your Android or iPhone? No Prob. this App will help you! via pvariel Share on X

To use this Applet:

Go to Applet > Click Turn ON> Grant IFTTT to access your Amazon Alexa and Facebook profile> Authorise IFTTT> Click Save

Shopping list apps

For authorizing Facebook Messenger, you have to ping “Get Started” and confirm the link in the IFTTT registered email


5) Tell Alexa to start the party and put your lights on a color loop

Put your Philips Hue lights on party mode with this IFTTT applet for Alexa.

Using this Applet, just Say “Alexa, trigger party time” and voila, your Smart home will turn into a party house.

To use this Applet:

Go to Applet > Click Turn ON> Grant IFTTT to access your Philips Hue > Click Save

philips hue in party mode

This IFTTT Applet works with Philips Hue lights only, designed Officially by Amazon for IFTTT in association with Philips Hue.

Hue lighting IFTTT Trigger Rainbow Scenes and Loop Colors
Party Mode in Hue with Amazon Echo using IFTTT

We would recommend you to turn Off  Applet running notification for this Applet ;)

6) Keep your Alexa To Do List in sync with your iOS Reminders app

This IFTTT Applet will add your new to-do items to your iOS device reminders automatically. All you have to do is to turn On this applet and tell your next to-do to Alexa.

To use this Applet:

Go to Applet > Click Turn ON> Grant IFTTT to access Google Profile> Authorise IFTTT in Google> Click Save

set reminder on iPhone with echo

TIP: You can tweak this applet as per with some available settings. Click on the Gear icon and add ingredients, change the name of To-Do list created, priority and so on.

IFTTT applets settings

 Turn Off the Applet running notification to avoid annoying notifications in the notification panel.

7) Change the color of your Hue bulb using Amazon Echo

Many people, including me, change the light colors according to the ambiance and the time of the day. If it’s a couple’s casual house party you may put the white light. But if it’s a bachelor’s cocktail party then you may go with some darker shades. And so on.

To use this Applet:

Go to Applet > Click Turn ON> Grant IFTTT to access Philips Hue > Click Save


This IFTTT Applet will save your time and effort to alter Philips hue lights as per the theme. Tell Alexa the color name and the same will change in Philips. You can also use Colour Hex codes for more Light color options.

You can Turn off applet running notifications to avoid daily notification of this activity.

Find more Android Applets on IFTTT for you.

The best part of IFTTT Applets is that they are free and do their job without any impact on your device performance



This is a Guest contribution from renowned Tech blogger and SEO Expert Pratyaksh Somani.

Read more about him at the Author Bio below.  Thanks Somani for your valuable time with our readers.

He tweets @techktsocially

Dear Readers, Your Attention Please!

Thank you so much for your valuable time.
I appreciate and love your feedback/comments!
 I accept feedback from my readers and often I do reciprocate.
Your feedback negative or positive, I would like to hear from you.
But there is a slight restriction/rule in this regard.
Please read our comment policy before you make a comment,
otherwise, you may miss the mark and your comments may not get approved!
So please do share your views in the comment box keeping the comment policy of Philipscom.

In short, Philipscom will not approve comments that

 1.  Are One word or one line.
2.  Are abusive, intimidating, threatening or inflammatory
3.  Make offensive generalizations
4.  Ramble without a point
5.  Use offensive or insensitive language
6.  typed all in CAPITAL Letters.
7.  typed in a language other than English
8.  Are irrelevant to the post in question
9.  Contain self-promotional materials or links
10.  Give unnecessary, advice to Philipscom
Philipscom also reserves the right to edit comments or to remove material that does not conform to our comment policy.
If time permits please do visit this post related to blogcomments.
Connect with me on LinkedIn, Follow me on Twitter @PVAriel for more amazing updates.

Check your domain ranking


  1. It’s a great opportunity for me to be a part of this wonderful space and contribute to
    I am wholeheartedly thankful to Philip Sir for lending me this opportunity.
    I hope all the readers will enjoy my writing.
    Hey, by the way, feel free to contact me at social media. I would love to hear from you.

    December 2, 2017
    • Hii.. Prat!
      Am Gnaneshwar from techapis, U got a nice opportunity to contribute to this blog,
      Philip Sir is a great inspirational person for all bloggers like us, really I enjoyed ur article prat.
      Keep writing.

      December 3, 2017
      • Prat

        Hi Gnaneshwar,

        Yes indeed. It’s a nice feeling to contribute for this wonderful blog.

        December 4, 2017
      • Hi Gnaneshwar,
        Greetings from Philipscom.
        Thanks for your maiden visit over here.
        I appreciate your time.
        Keep visiting.
        Keep in touch.
        P V

        December 6, 2017
    • Hi Prat,
      It is indeed a great joy to meet you on this vast ocean called www!
      I appreciate your valuable time with our readers with an amazing information.
      Thanks a lot.
      Keep sharing.
      Best Regards
      ~ Philip

      December 3, 2017
    • Hi Prat.
      It’s indeed a great joy to have you on board.
      Thanks for sharing this informative piece to the readers of Philipscom.

      January 13, 2018
  2. I do not currently have Alexa but will keep mind of this article if I choose to get one.

    December 6, 2017
    • Hi Elise,
      I appreciate your valuable time here.
      Ok, keep us inform when you join.
      Have a wonderful time.
      Season’s Greetings to you and yours.
      ~ Phil

      December 6, 2017
    • Prat

      Hi Elise,

      Sure. Do share your experience. I am waiting to hear from you.
      You can browse IFTTT Android Applets in the meanwhile.

      December 6, 2017
  3. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    Dr. Erica Goodstone


    Although Alexa may provide some really useful help, at this point engaging Alexa would just add more stuff to do. When I misplace my phone, I use my home phone to cal it and locate it. When I have left it on silence by mistake, as soon as I realize that I just turn off the silencer.
    And I never program songs because I never spend time listening to songs on my phone. The only time I listen to songs is when I drive in my car – which is every day, a lot. My phone is for phone calls and text messages and checking my emails, although there is a big time delay. Once in a while I use Suri, but she often gets confused and doesn’t understand my question.

    I find many of these “time savers” to actually lead to spending more time.


    Dr. Erica

    December 6, 2017
    • Prat

      Hi Erica,

      I have 100 % compliance with your thought, it’s not all technology advancements that make you move ahead. But Alexa (and other Voice assistants) can be helpful under some circumstances.
      And yes it again also depends on the individual. For some users, iPhone X Augmented Reality is making their business go on the handheld, while for some it’s of no use.


      December 6, 2017
    • Hi Elsie,
      Season’s Greetings From Philipscom.:-)
      It’s indeed a great joy to see you here again with an insightful feedback. I appreciate your valuable time.
      Glad to note that you liked the post.
      Keep sharing
      Have a blessed weekend.
      P V

      January 13, 2018
  4. This is something new for me

    There is Amazon Alexa in my office. But I never try these IFTTT applets on my Amazon Alexa. Actually, I’m not aware of this thing, So.

    Now I will sure try it using your guide.

    Thanks for sharing!

    January 12, 2018
    • Hi Suraj,
      Happy to see you here.
      Thanks for your precious time.
      Glad to know that you read something new.
      Please check out and let us know your findings.
      Have a wonderful weekend.

      January 13, 2018
  5. Dev

    Great article. Loved it. Will definitely try out IFTTT applets on alexa.
    Good to read more about it thru this informative guest post.
    Keep sharing

    January 31, 2018
  6. Jennifer

    Thanks for sharing so much information. Innovative products like these are bringing about a revolution in the truest of sense! Looking forward to using them real soon!

    April 3, 2018
  7. Anibal Numbers
    Anibal Numbers

    I am often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information.

    September 30, 2018
  8. Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the captial of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    The Jewish people deny Jesus as their Messiah and have stated that their Messiah has been identified and is waiting to be revealed. They say this man will rule the world under a one world religion called “spiritualism”.

    They even printed a coin to raise money for the Temple with Donald Trumps face on the front and with king Cyrus'(who built the second Temple) behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the third Temple.

    The Bible says this false Messiah who seats himself in the Third Temple will be thee antichrist that will bring about the Great Tribulation, though the Jewish people believe he will bring about world peace. It will be a false peace for a period of time. You can watch interviews of Jewish Rabbi’s in Israel speaking of these things. They have their plans set in place. It is only years away!

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically Revelation 13:16-18:

    He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we need two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.


    March 29, 2019

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Let's Connect On YouTube