Gmail API changes are causing IFTTT to drop support for all advanced features

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As of March 31 this year, Google is altering available Gmail API services that will severely restrict integration with If This Then That. IFTTT is used by many home automation enthusiasts for creating actions that would otherwise be difficult to implement across different platforms.

Once Google rolls out its planned changes, the only remaining functions will be to send an email, or to email yourself. All Gmail triggers and the creation of drafts will no longer be possible through IFTTT. According to the IFTTT team, there were attempts to discuss keeping the latter two features available, but the changes were determined to be too great to continue support.

There are sure to be some disappointed users making use of IFTTT with Gmail to help control some of their home automation setups, but Google is working to reduce the amount of risk created by third party apps. Last year, Google was put under scrutiny for allowing developers to have access to Gmail accounts without clear warnings to users that their account information would be available to others.

IFTTT has been forthcoming about the incoming changes and has an updated help document that describes what happens when Google flips the switch on its Gmail API changes. Effectively, any action or trigger containing an unsupported function will be automatically removed. New users will no longer be able to find or create triggers for Gmail functions that are unsupported.

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Lame... I only use IFTTT for a handful of functions based on my aversion to cloud based Smart Home gear. For a number of reasons, but the most significant is the I've been blessed with a single ISP option, and, well, when they know that, they can often struggle to conjure up the sense of urgency to fix it. It's Comcast, and if it's not cutting out at least 3 times an hour, it mine as well be an old 9600 baud telephone modem from the olden days! Wow, I didn't realize I had so much to get off my chest, kinda feel better, some things hanging over my head some seem so critical now. And I'm like 99.555% sure that was a deer that I hit the other night. And yes, I checked on the internet, they often scream almost like like a an old dude, but that's are small things as it that I read were absolutely deer noises. And did you know that in a survey, 65 out of 100 people tested thought they saw handle bars of a bike, but had mistaken what were actually huge deer horns, or antlers. I keep trying to tell my girlfriend about that, but all she does is cry and carry on. I bet so sick of it, I usually just sneak one if those pills that ole' T-bone uses when he goes on dates. Oh well... Still yeah, IFTTT,