7 Best IFTTT Alternatives You Need to Try in 2018

IFTTT is definitely one of the best apps when it comes to digital automation! It has a lot of advantages, like its multi-device support and an intuitive trigger-action system. That having said, they have some serious privacy issues. This is also why you need some IFTTT alternatives, at least once in a while.

We tested a number of these popular IFTTT alternatives and picked a few from those. Down below, you will find a list of the best IFTTT alternatives you can try.

#1 Stringify — IFTTT Alternative for Smart Home Control

Sure, IFTTT lets you connect your IoT devices and other apps. Compatibility, however, is a problem in there! You can use Flows — the name for Stringify automation algorithms — to create a flow of how your devices work. You can either choose from 1000s of curated Flows or create one all by yourself. Thanks to the drag-and-drop UI, you can create any Flow in a matter of seconds.

For instance, when you enter your room, Stringify would turn on the lights, optimize room temperature and even turn on the TV.

Stringify

As of now, Stringify supports more than 600 smart devices, which is just great. Another thing is that you can attach multiple actions to a single trigger.  You can connect as many devices as you like to Stringify and start creating Flows according to your needs.

Pros: Superb compatibility, Better flexibility, Multiple trigger support

Cons: Some bugs

The Verdict: Stringify is a wonderful choice when you want to automate your smart home devices. It offers better control and flexibility over IoT devices, with top-notch compatibility as well. That having said, it’s not a good option unless you have some Smart Home devices or wearables. What we loved about Stringify is its ability to control all the connected devices using one interface.

Check Out Stringify — Android and iOS

#2 Microsoft Flow — IFTTT Alternative for Business Workflow

Consider Microsoft Flow as an enterprise version of IFTTT but as the name suggests, it mostly work with Microsoft apps and services. Like IFTTT, you’ll be able to create Flows, based on triggers and actions. The interface is very simple, and you can manage your workflows from mobile devices as well as web interface.

For instance, you can set up Microsoft Flow to send yourself a push notification with your current address.

Microsoft Flow

Just like the case of Stringify, Microsoft Flow also has a wonderful collection of Flows. You can either choose one or create one from blank, all according to your needs. The app offers certain amount of flexibility in the customization department. It’s a better IFTTT alternative than Stringify, because it has a web interface where you can manage all the Flows.

Pros: Intuitive UI, Easy Set up and Wider Collection of Flows

Cons: Not much suitable for personal use

The Verdict: If you run a small-scale or medium-scale business, Microsoft Flow is a superb IFTTT alternative in town. You can use both the Android app and web UI to automate how your digital resources are used. The downside is the lack of compatibility with more non-Microsoft products. Nevertheless, if most of your digital products are from MS, you should choose Flow.

Check Out Microsoft Flow — Android and iOS

#3 Tasker — IFTTT Alternative for Android Automation

Tasker is an undoubted choice when you want to automate things within Android. More importantly, Tasker lets you control these things more effectively than IFTTT does. If you have a rooted Android device, Tasker can do more magic with its built-in plugins. It’s basically the king when it comes to in-device automation.

For example, you can easily set up Tasker to launch a music player when you plug in headphones. Or, you can enable Silent mode when you place the phone upside down. Tasker enables automation with the help of sensors and more.

Read: 10 Best Tasker Alternatives for Android Automation

Tasker

It wouldn’t be wrong to call Tasker limitless. You can assign almost any sort of condition and set up a task to be performed. If your device is rooted, Tasker will be more powerful. You can have a look at the best Tasker profiles to have an idea.

Pros: Easy UI, In-depth customization, Full device control (subject to root)

Cons: Doesn’t support web-based services.

The Verdict: Tasker is the perfect IFTTT alternative when you want to automate your Android phone. It does not support third-party services much, though. On the same note, IFTTT does not let you customize actions on your phone like Tasker does. So, if you are into setting up some cool profiles and making your Android go like clockwork, Tasker is for you. And,

Check Out Tasker ($2.99)

#4 Workflow — IFTTT Alternative for iOS Automation

Workflow is for iOS, what Tasker is for Android. But it goes one step ahead, i.e. in addition to the support for in-device automation on your iPhone and iPad, it also supports web-service automation.  You can even connect it to IFTTT for certain tasks like Google Docs creation.

For instance, you can use Workflow to show you the home ETA when you left from work, or upload the latest photos to Dropbox. Or, in another scenario, you can use Workflow to read you the important news from certain sections too.

Workflow

We really think that Workflow is more than a simple IFTTT alternative. It packs many features that you can’t find in the IFTTT app for iOS. It even comes with a dedicated app for Apple Watch, also letting you log data directly from the sensors. Another feature we loved in Workflow is that you can see a widget of all the flows that you have enabled for a day. Wondering why it’s so cool? Workflow is now owned by Apple.

Pros: Simple UI, Support for in-device and external actions, Native support

Cons: Only available on iOS.

The Verdict: Workflow is the perfect IFTTT alternative for iOS devices. Just like most of the apps we covered, Workflow also lets you choose from the collection of workflow templates. You can also create as many as you want. Despite being completely free, the UI looks premium; so does the performance. When considering all these, Workflow can do better than any other IFTTT alternative for iOS.

Check Out Workflow (iOS, Free)

#5 Huginn — Open Source IFTTT Alternative

One of the major problems with IFTTT is that it’s privately-owned. There have been issues regarding how its data collection was against privacy. This is where Huginn comes in, being an open-source tool for automating web services and more. If you want a program that automates your digital life without compromising data security, Huginn is your deal, but there is a catch.

Huginn is a bit overkill here. You can actually set up Huginn to alert you if a topic becomes viral in Twitter or even remind you to take the umbrella if it’s going to run. The best part here is that you’ve almost 100% control over what the agents do.

Huginn isn’t user-friendly and requires some technical expertise. If you are a beginner, you should better not try Huginn. It needs you to go deep into code and set up agents, who will be automating the actions. In case you didn’t guess that yet, you have to run Huginn on your own server. The take here is for experienced and enthusiastic programmers who need better control.

Pros: Open Source, Highly customizable, custom server support

Cons: Requires in-depth programming knowledge

The Verdict: Huginn is the perfect choice if you are a programmer with enough knowledge and resources. In order to set up and start using Huginn, you will need your own server and a lot of time. But, if you can do it, Huginn can offer you ultimate security, privacy and more. Of course, being open source, you can make a lot of choices according to your needs.

Check Out Huginn

#6 Parabola — Alternative for Data Process Automation

You can use IFTTT for business purposes, but there is a limit. But, at times, you may need to automate data processes for better control. At this point, you can count on Parabola, which is a dedicated automation tool for data processes. You can connect your account with live data sources like Analytics, MySQL, MailChimp and more and gather data instantly.

For instance, you can use Parabola’s Google Geolocation Object to auto-complete addresses and ZIP data. You just have to connect your address data with the mentioned object.

Parabola

Thanks to the drag-and-drop, visual-oriented User Interface, you can create algorithms in a few seconds or so. Once that’s done, you can push your data to various destinations like Dropbox, SendGrid, HubSpot etc. It all happens in a snap and you need not to be a coder for this. You can also set up schedules when a certain flow would run.

Pros: Professional-oriented, Simple UI, Support for various data sources

Cons: None

The Verdict: Out of the many in town, Parabola is the best option for automating data process. Its support for the variety of data sources and destinations make the process easier. Even if you are getting started with data analytics, Parabola would be a great option indeed. Last but not least, there are a lot of instances when Parabola can help you speed things up.

Check Out Parabola (Free, Premium plans start at $49 per month)

#7 Zapier — IFTTT Alternative Overall

Zapier is probably the most popular and effective IFTTT alternative you can find today. The major limitation here is that it doesn’t have good smartphone apps. But, using the web app interface, you can connect, set up and automate almost every web service out there. Popular apps like Gmail, Trello, MailChimp, Twitter, FB Ads, Facebook Pages, Evernote and Google services can be easily connected.

To get an idea here, you can use Zapier to automatically post your latest WordPress posts to your Facebook Page. Or, if you are using Trello, you can create new Trello cards from some Gmail messages.

 

Zapier

Once you select an app, Zapier will show you the suitable Zaps, the unique name for workflows. Of course, if you need, you can set up your own Zap too. You may not need that, since Zapier has one of the biggest and better collection of automation templates we have seen. Unlike IFTTT, Zapier offers support for teams as well.

Pros: Ultimate compatibility, Easy Interface and smooth functioning

Cons: Lacks Smartphone support.

The Verdict: It does not matter if you need a simple web service automation or something business-oriented, Zapier is the best choice. It combines some of the best apps, integrations and algorithms with the simple-to-use UI. Altogether, you would not need another alternative than Zapier. This is also the reason Zapier is often considered the IFTTT-like IFTTT alternative.

Check Out Zapier (Free, Premium plans available)

Wrapping up: Best IFTTT Alternatives

Now that you have seen the best IFTTT alternative in different categories, it’s your choice. If you need quite something like IFTTT, you can go for Zapier or even Workflow. On the other hand, Tasker is the go-to choice if you need better control over Android device. On the other hand, for business needs and advanced options, we’d recommend Microsoft Flow and Parabola. Last but not least, don’t remember Huginn, especially if you have technical knowledge to set up this open-source, privacy-friendly automation platform.

About Abhijith N Arjunan

Abhijith N Arjunan is a Freelance Content Writer from Kerala. But when he's not writing about technology, he is interested in Food and pop culture.