How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

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In this tutorial, I will walk you through the steps for creating a free IFTTT account, linking your Arlo & IFTTT accounts together and making use of existing IFTTT ‘Applets’ along with designing your own.

What is IFTTT?

IFTTT is a fantastic tool to help users bridge connected devices and apps with other connected devices and apps without the need for coding knowledge or skills. It does what it says on the tin, “IF THIS happens THEN make THAT happen.” For example, if I listen to a song on Alexa then the song name, artist name, album name gets added to a spreadsheet in Google Drive.

IFTTT has been my go-to for quick & easy automation. However, in 2020 IFTTT changed its platform to a subscription model after providing a free service to users for the past 10 years. Free accounts are still available and include access to all existing branded Applets but are limited to only 3 custom (create your own) applets.

What are IFTTT Applets?

An IFTTT Applet links two or more devices or apps/web services together. This enables you to do something that those devices or app could not do on their own. Applets are composed of triggers and actions. Triggers tell an Applet to start, and actions are the result of an Applet run.

According to IFTTT’s website:

Over one billion Applets run every month.

How to create a Free IFTTT Account

To use an Applet, you will need a free IFTTT account. The process to setup an account is simple.

Click here to join and choose to use your current Apple, Google, Facebook accounts or click Sign Up to use an email address and password.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

How to Connect Arlo with IFTTT

We need to start by connecting your Arlo devices to IFTTT, so we can help them talk to other apps or web services.

After creating or signing in to your IFTTT account, click Explore.

Next up, search for Arlo and click Services.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Click on the Arlo logo followed by Connect. You will be presented with an Arlo web page to Log In.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Follow the steps to authorise IFTTT access to your Arlo account.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

And that is it! Your Arlo & IFTTT are successfully connected.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Explore Arlo Existing Applets

At this point you can begin discovering Arlo related Applets which are ready for you to start using right away. Browse the extensive list and pick whichever Applet is of interest and then Connect.

For example, to be notified when my Arlo camera battery is running low.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

I selected my Garage Camera and then Save.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Top Tip After you have connected an existing Applet if you would like to check how often it has run, click Settings located top right of your screen and then select View activity.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

 

Top 10 Arlo Applets

How to Create Custom IFTTT Applets

Before you begin creating custom Applets, I recommend linking the other device/app/service (that you want to use with Arlo) to your IFTTT account by following the same steps as above. In this tutorial, I am going to setup a Smart Life/Tuya LED strip to flash red when motion is detected on my Arlo doorbell camera.

Therefore, I need to link my Smart Life account to IFTTT.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

To get started creating custom Applets, navigate to the IFTTT home page and click Create and then Applet from the drop-down menu.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Choose a Trigger

Click If This Add and choose a service. Search for Arlo and select your trigger.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

After deciding on your trigger, complete the trigger field by choosing your Arlo device.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Choose an Action

Now, we need the Arlo camera (trigger) to talk to my Smart Life LED strip. I linked my Smart Life account earlier, so I just need to click Then That Add.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Search for Smart Life and select your action. In my case, Activate Scene.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Select your desired scene from the list and click Create action.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Review and Finish

Click Continue to review & finish designing your custom Applet.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Top Tip To check your Applet is running as you intended, I recommend selecting the option to “Receive notifications when this Applet runs.” Don’t worry if you missed it, you can go into the Applet settings to turn this feature on or off at any time.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT - Applet Notifications

Lastly, click Finish.

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Here is my Smart Life LED strip in action:

How To Connect Arlo with IFTTT

Smart Life LED Strip Flashing Red After Arlo Detected Motion

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

You may have noticed; I had a pre-set Smart Life scene created “Arlo Alert” to select as my action. If you would like to create a custom scene for any Smart Life devices, follow the easy steps below.

Customise your Smart Life Tuya Scene

You should start by modifying a preconfigured scene within your Smart Life device settings. Navigate to the Home page of your Smart Life app. Find the device that you want to a scene to run on and tap.

Tap to turn on the device.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

At the bottom of your screen tap Scene. In the Scene menu you will see 8 default Scenes labelled as follows:
Night
Reading
Party
Leisure AKA Scene
Soft AKA Scene 1
Rainbow AKA Scene 2
Shine AKA Scene 3
Gorgeous AKA Scene 4

Only the bottom row i.e. Scenes 1-4 are customisable.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

Tap the pencil icon within the Scene circle and edit the colour(s) and speed setting.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

Tap the Back button at the bottom or top left arrow to reach the Home page.

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Tap-to-Run your Smart Life Tuya Scene

At the bottom of the Home page of your Smart Life app, tap the Smart icon in the centre. In the Tap-to-Run submenu, tap the circular + icon.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

Tap Launch Tap-to-Run (for IFTTT) or select your choice of condition and then Run the device.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

You will be presented with a list of connected Smart Life devices. Choose the device that you intend to run the scene on and modified a default scene for in the previous step.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

If your Smart Life device is usually off, you need to configure your device to turn on before running the scene. Tap Switch and then ON.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

Next, you will need to set the Mode. Remember to choose the scene you modified in the earlier step i.e. Scene 1 – 4.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

Tap Save. Your Scene should appear in your list of Tap-to-Run Scenes. You can tap the icon to test the Scene.

How to Setup Smart Life Tuya Scenes

Please feel free to drop a comment if you enjoyed reading this article today or if you have any questions. How do you use Arlo & IFTTT together? Do you have any custom Applets you wish to share?

Last update on 2021-09-04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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