I’m always looking for better ways to do online backups. After all, you can never have too many ways to keep your data safe. Having recently signed up for an IFTTT account, I thought it would be a good place to start my search.
In case you don’t know it, IFTTT stands for “If This, Then That” – it works by combining a trigger (the ‘if this’ part) with an action (the ‘then that’ part) to make something happen. To do this it takes pieces of data from different places (called ‘ingredients’) and blends them into ‘recipes’. Most interestingly for us, it does it for 60 different channels – applications or programs. I set out to find out if there were any useful IFTTT recipes to automate backups.
Here’s a selection of what I found.
Box, tipped by our reviewer as a great option for professional users, has several recipes to help you use it for more than just backing up your desktop files. At the time of writing there were more than 200 recipes for this online backup service. Here are a few worth considering (click on the links to go straight to the recipe):
- Send files from Dropbox to Box – useful to make sure you have more than one online backup for the same data
- Send photos you are tagged in on Facebook to Box – if you want to be sure of keeping your Facebook stuff, then don’t just keep it on Facebook
- Still on the subject of photo sharing, you can make sure your Instagram photos are backed up with the save your Instagram photos to Box recipe
- Love to upload items to read to Pocket? Then you might need to save these items to Box when you’re done, with this handy recipe
- And you can also use Box to backup your Gmail with a recipe that allows you to archive Gmail to your Box account
Dropbox was one of the most popular file sync tools we looked at last year, so it’s not surprising that there are more than 4,000 IFTTT recipes for this popular online backup and cloud storage site. Here are five interesting Dropbox IFTTT recipes:
- Many of us use Kindles and Kindle apps. Now there’s a recipe that lets you send documents to your Kindle by combining Dropbox and Gmail. Grab this recipe here
- Speaking of email, if you’ve ever wished you could keep attachments in one handy place to search for them, then you might like this recipe to backup email attachments to Dropbox.
- Want to make sure you have a backup of your Dropbox backup? Then send your Dropbox files to Google Drive
- You can also use an IFTTT recipe to backup your Pinterest pins to Dropbox via your Pinterest RSS feed – sounds pretty handy!
- Want to keep a record of your favorite podcasts? You can backup Soundcloud favorites to Dropbox with this recipe – and it will include the MP3 if that is available.
Google Drive is a great option for the millions of Google users out there and there are more than 1,200 IFTTT recipes for the platform. Some of the most popular options are similar to those for other channels, but dig around a bit and you will find a few unusual ones.
- One example is the ability to backup your notes in Evernote to Google Drive
- You can also save your Gmail email attachments to Google Drive
- Here’s a great one for bloggers – the ability to backup your WordPress posts to Google Drive
- Uploaded a photo to Facebook? Why not back it up in Google Drive?
- And, just because you wouldn’t want to lose all that IFTTT goodness, there’s a recipe to backup your IFTTT recipes to Google Drive.
These are just a few examples of how you can backup data from one service to another. There are hundreds more. Just search the IFTTT site for ‘backup‘ or ‘archive‘ to find more ways of protecting your data.
And if you find any great recipes I’ve missed, be sure to come back and share them in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!