If This, Then That (IFTTT) is a system by which you can create amazing workflow recipes. There’s also an app in the App Store that lets you use the incredibly powerful recipes right on your iPhone. Send all your Instagram photos to Dropbox, for example, or email all your Photos to a specific address. There are tons of recipes you can browse and
steal use, plus making your own custom recipes is a snap.
Since emails can often contain things you have to make reminders for follow-up, let’s take a look at turning our emails into reminders using the IFTTT app right on your iPhone.
Download IFTTT from the App Store and create an account on the first screen. You’ll then see the first IFTTT screen, full of activated Channels and a sample recipe at the top.
Next, tap the little mortar and pestle icon in the upper right, and then tap the Plus icon to roll your own recipe. Tap on the first plus sign, highlighted in blue. Tap on the Email icon, and then tap the plus symbol by “Send IFTTT and email tagged” and add the tag #reminder in the resulting field. Don’t put in the actual # character, either, since IFTTT will automatically add it.
Now tap the next plus symbol, this time highlighted in orange. Swipe to the left across the top to find the iOS Reminders Channel. You’ll need to activate this in IFTTT to allow it to work, so tap on through the prompts to do so. Tap the orange plus sign to Add Reminder to List. You can also toggle notifications ON if you want a notification on your iPhone each time this recipe runs. Then tap Finish.
You’ll be asked to toggle background sync ON to better allow IFTTT to run certain types of Recipes, especially location-based ones. Go ahead and enable this one.
Now, when you get an email you want to turn into a Reminder on your iPhone, simply forward it to yourself with the tag #reminder in the subject and it will go right to a Reminders list called IFTTT. Slick, right?
There are quite a few more ways to make this work with other email clients, like Mailbox and the Gmail app, too. Explore and learn as you go, and stay tuned for more IFTTT recipes right here.