What is IFTTT?
IFTTT is a free service that gets all your apps and devices talking to each other. There are over 600 apps and devices including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter, BMW, Fitbit, Dropbox and Samsung available on IFTTT that help you automate simple tasks and transform how you interact with and control your home. IFTTT is now integrated with Control Center.
IFTTT uses sets of instructions called applets that have defined triggers and actions to tell devices what to do. There are some applets already built that you can use or you can design your own applets by selecting triggers (like someone rings your doorbell) and what you want to happen (actions) when that trigger occurs (like send a notification to Caavo Control Center to display a message on your TV).
How do I use IFTTT with Control Center?
Getting started is easy. Go to IFTTT.com and sign up for an account if you don’t already have one. Next, go to IFTTT.com/caavo and click connect. You’ll be prompted to log in to your Caavo account and authorize connection to IFTTT. That’s it! You’ll be able to link Control Center to any apps or devices in the IFTTT ecosystem.
Which services and smart home devices can I connect to my Control Center with IFTTT?
After you create an IFTTT account you’ll be able to connect everything on IFTTT’s rapidly growing platform. Visit IFTTT.com/caavo to see the Applet’s we’ve created, or search for your favorite apps and smart home devices, including Alexa, August Smart Locks, Facebook, Gmail, Google Home, Instagram, Nest, Ring and many more.
What Control Center activities can I use to trigger my other apps and devices?
When Control Center does something, e.g. turns on, plays content, you can use these actions to trigger one of your other apps or devices to do something. For example, when I tell Control Center to “dim the lights” (voice search) it triggers my Philips Hue lighting.
The following can be used as triggers:
- Power on: Trigger fires when Control Center is turned on
- Power off: Trigger fires when Control Center is put to standby
- Content played: Trigger fires when Control Center plays content.
- Voice search: Fires when any voice search is performed on Control Center
What actions can Control Center do when triggered by my other apps and devices?
Likewise, when one of your devices does something, it can trigger Control Center to take an action. For example, if my Arlo security camera detects motion, Control Center will display a notification.
The following can be used as actions:
- Power on: Action turns on Control Center
- Power off: Action turns off Control Center
- Mute: Action mutes Control Center
- Show notification: Action displays a notification on your TV when you’re using Control Center
- Play: Action plays, launches, or tunes to any channel, app, device or content
- Search: Action triggers a search on Control Center
Are IFTTT actions going to make my TV power on unexpectedly?
No. With the exception of Applets designed to turn your TV on, IFTTT notifications will not power on your TV. For example, if you’re using our Boss Alert to get notified when you receive an email from your boss, your TV will not turn on when she sends you an urgent message about trade show booth attire at 2am. Rest easy.
How do I unlink my Control Center from my IFTTT account?
Sign in to your IFTTT account and go to Settings > Linked Accounts and select Unlink. Please note, that any Applet you’ve created will be lost when you unlink your account.
What if I’m watching a movie and I don’t want to be interrupted?
You can sign into your IFTTT account and turn off any Applets you don’t want running.
I have two Control Centers, can I send IFTTT actions to one but not the other?
At this time, any Applets that you’ve turned on will run on all Control Centers tied to your Caavo account. So if you’re using our Applet to turn on the TV when August unlocks your door, both Control Centers will turn on.
How long do IFTTT notifications stay on my TV screen?
IFTTT notifications remain on your screen until you clear them - just press the OK button on your Caavo remote (that’s the round one in the middle).
What happens to notifications when my TV is off?
IFTTT notifications only appear when Control Center is powered on, so if a notification arrives when your Control Center is powered off it will show when you turn on the power.
What are some triggers and actions available for Control Center?
Also see: Introduction to IFTTT - IF This Then That article.