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):


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:

Google Drive

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.

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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.

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