Is there a way for IFTTT to distinguish between 2 Automatic adapters?

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I'd like to use IFTTT to turn down my Nest thermostat when my wife leaves the house.  I go to work every morning, she is home far more often with the kids.  When she leaves, I want to drop the temp 2-3 degrees.  Problem is that the IFTTT channel for Automatic doesn't seem to let me pick which car I'm trying to control from.   Help?

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Great question, herbietown. Currently, IFTTT cannot distinguish between multiple Links, but I can pass along the request :) In the future, our IFTTT integration may become more robust (especially when it comes to multi-user support), but for now, recipes are triggered on an account-by-account basis. In other words, it doesn't matter which Link you're connected to; if you activate a recipe, connect to a Link (in either car), and a trigger occurs, the action will be fired.
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I really need this more advanced IFTTT integration.  My wife doesn't necessarily go on business trips when I do and vice versa.  I need to differentiate this somehow - and I'd rather not have it go through separate accounts - that'd get messy.
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Hi Jason, 

I think I may have answered this in my reply to you in another thread just now.  So at the risk of repeating it: you may be better served tagging trips as business in the Automatic app then exporting from our native web dashboard instead of piping through IFTTT.  

Note: per my reply on the other topic, our current web dashboards export doesn't include biz trip tags, but the internal version we're testing now does. It will be released within a few weeks. If you need to get at an export sooner than that, email in to and we can help you get that.

Alternatively, though I think you've said you don't want this, your split would be solved if you and your wife had separate Automatic accounts.

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Hi Herbietown, 

The behavior you're looking for is very achievable now, just requires the right setup.  IFTTT connects to a single Automatic user account. We then pass IFTTT any events which happen on that account.

Your wife should have her own automatic account. Our adapters support multiple registered users.  If it were like this, when she left the house Automatic would register an event on her account, not yours.  We would send it to her IFTTT account, which would be able to have it's own set of recipes.

Make sense?


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