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Make IFTTT Date Format play nice with Google Spreadsheets

##Date and Time

=TIMEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE("{{OccurredAt}}"," at ", " ")) + DATEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE("{{OccurredAt}}"," at ", " "))

##Date

=DATEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE("{{OccurredAt}}"," at ", " "))

##Time

=TIMEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE("{{OccurredAt}}"," at ", " "))

To Use

Simple just place either or both separated by ||| in the
Formatted Row Input on IFTTT Example

@PhilD41
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PhilD41 commented Jan 24, 2017

I can confirm that it does the same thing for me. I get an empty cell with {{CreatedAt}}. Which is very annoying as this functionality is exactly what I was wanting. I need to have the timestamp as well though. I expect this is an IFTTT issue though.

@iluc71
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iluc71 commented Feb 2, 2017

Thank you. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you tried then showed "Parse error" message, change local at Menu File, Spreadsheet setings... to United States. Thanks again!

@breedus
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breedus commented Feb 4, 2017

@PaulNewcomb, =TODAY(), etc. on the column would pull the current date every time the doc's rendered

@breedus
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breedus commented Feb 4, 2017

By the way, this solution worked great for me: feel dumb for not having figured it out on my own. As noted, you just need to make sure adjust the OccuredAt ingredient to be specific to your applet. Mine was AddedAt.

@jajube
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jajube commented Mar 18, 2017

For an unknown reason it doesn't work with other languages even when you are using the correct functions and parameters.
In general, every function wrote in any language not English doesn't work well with IFTTT. It throws an error in the cell of the spreadsheet.
You need yo go to the Spreadsheet settings and select "Always use the names of the functions in English."

@monkeydust
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monkeydust commented Apr 20, 2017

Hi - has anyone managed to get this to work, so I want to use Google Home to log to Google Sheet with timestamp. {{CreatedAt}} is still showing as blank. The formula here doesnt work for me. Any ideas? Thanks MD

@likwah
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likwah commented May 26, 2017

I have the same problem to do timestamp on google sheets. I used {{CreatedAt}} but it turn in to empty cell on google sheets. I also tried to use {{OccuredAt}} but ifttt refused it. Any other option to make timestamp that won't be recalculated on Google sheets?

@ayesamson
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ayesamson commented Jun 17, 2017

This worked for me:
=DATEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE("{{OccurredAt}}"," at ", " ")) + TIMEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE("{{OccurredAt}}"," at ", " "))

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but I had to format the column as such:

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@umbertog21
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umbertog21 commented Nov 7, 2017

from today dont work !

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ghost commented Feb 23, 2018

This seems to be a solution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufujOWXsq40&feature=youtu.be
Per https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/googlehome/QuCPPxB9YLs;context-place=topicsearchin/googlehome/category$3Awindows

This works for me on a regular field {{CreatedAt}} with the trigger script

function addDate(e) {
  var lr = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet().getLastRow();
  var timestampRange = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet().getRange(lr, 1)
  if (timestampRange.getValue() == "") {
    timestampRange.setValue(new Date());
  }
}

and then add tiggers as shown in the video (addDate for event from Spreadsheets on change)

I set this up to "record my blood pressue" for my mom

@jfretin
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jfretin commented Mar 20, 2018

Thanks for this last tip! It works like a charm.

@balexander85
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balexander85 commented May 6, 2018

👍 🙏

@norske52
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norske52 commented Oct 20, 2018

Thanks, Oscar. This is exactly what I was looking for!

I've just recently begun playing with Siri Shortcuts and now IFTTT.

@borazslo
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borazslo commented Nov 5, 2018

Another solution working form me right now:
=DATEVALUE(REGEXREPLACE("{{OccurredAt}}";" at .*$"; " "))

  • REGEXPREPLACE instead of the more simple SUBSTITUTE
  • use of ";" instead of ","

@WannabeHomeEconomicus
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WannabeHomeEconomicus commented Jan 6, 2019

Thank You sir,
Helped me make my time tracking sheet much more elegant.

@lowrisk75
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lowrisk75 commented Apr 20, 2021

Another solution working form me right now:
=DATEVALUE(REGEXREPLACE("{{OccurredAt}}";" at .*$"; " "))

  • REGEXPREPLACE instead of the more simple SUBSTITUTE
  • use of ";" instead of ","

Thank ! I spend 24h looking for a solution and that seems to work!

@mbierman
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mbierman commented Apr 10, 2022

Uh... there is a much better way to deal with this.

In IFTTT, you add a filter you can format the date so you don't then have to play with it in the Sheet side.

For example, using the following filter:

let mytime = Meta.currentUserTime.format('l LT');
let update=MakerWebhooks.event.Value1;

GoogleSheets.appendToGoogleSpreadsheet.setFormattedRow(mytime + "|||" + update);

Which will format the all of the entries like so:
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