IFTTT Recipes for August Smart Lock, Part 2

Earlier this week we took a first look at another great way to use IFTTT in your home automation routines, with IFTTT Recipes for August Smart Lock, examining what IFTTT’s August service can do for us, and suggesting some ideas for a few basic applets. Today we’re going to go a little deeper with some more ideas for even cooler things you can do with IFTTT and your August Smart Lock.

To recap, IFTTT and August allow you to trigger a multitude of actions based on when your door is locked or unlocked. We talked about the August Smart Lock’s available triggers in Part 1, so we’re just going to jump right in today with some other ideas.

Take a picture when your door is unlocked

If you have a compatible D-Link security camera, you can use IFTTT’s D-Link service to capture a snapshot whenever your front door is unlocked, so if you have a camera positioned in your entryway, you’ll know who is coming in the door.

The D-Link Connected Camera service also includes an action for recording video.

Pause internet access when your child unlocks the front door

Circle with Disney is one of our favorite parental control solutions just by itself, and the fact that it provides IFTTT actions makes it even more flexible. Use IFTTT’s August Unlocked by a specific person trigger with the Circle service, and you can manage your internet filters based on who is coming in the door, such as shutting down internet access entirely for your kids when they come home after school — a good way of ensuring that they finish their homework before they start surfing YouTube.

You can also choose to pause only a specific Circle user profile if you prefer, and additional options include the ability to extend time limits, bedtimes, and override set off times.

Send a digital fridge note when someone comes home

Invoxia’s Triby is a digital speaker and message board for your kitchen refrigerator, and if you have one of the newer IFTTT-compatible Triby IO models, why not post a welcome home message when the front door is unlocked?

This one uses an ingredient from the August trigger to personalize the message with the name of the user who unlocked the door.

Turn off the oven when the front door is locked

If you have a GE Connected stove, IFTTT and August can also help you make sure that you haven’t forgotten to turn it off before you leave the house. Just use the August Locked trigger combined with the GE Appliances Cooking Turn off oven action.

Keep in mind, however, that August and IFTTT have no way of knowing whether you’re locking the door from outside your house or inside your house, so you’ll want to be careful with this one if people are likely to come home and lock the door behind them while you’re in the middle of making dinner.

Log door lock activity in Google Calendar

In part 1 we looked at logging your August lock activity in a Google Sheets spreadsheet, but if you prefer to have a different view, you can also log it to a Google Calendar instead.

The Google Calendar IFTTT action lets you fill out just about every important field for a calendar event, so you can choose an appropriate title, description, and even location, using IFTTT’s August ingredients to ensure that the time and username are filled into the appropriate fields. You can even choose which Google Calendar you want any given IFTTT applet to log events into, so you could have a dedicated calendar just for home security events like this.

Jesse Hollington

Jesse Hollington

Jesse Hollington is based in Toronto, Canada, where he lives with his daughter, Victoria. He is the author of iPod & iTunes Portable Genius, and works as a senior editor for iLounge.com. Prior to becoming a writer, Jesse ran his own information technology consulting practice and served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve.

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