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You can create your own commands for Google Home or the Google Assistant on your phone using IFTTT. See services and devices you can control.

IFTTT is a separate company from Google. The name stands for "If this, then that." 

For example, if you say:

  • "It’s time to wake up," then your automated coffee maker turns on
  • "Tell my friends I'm going sailing," then a status update is posted to your social network

Together, your custom phrase and action is called an Applet. To create an IFTTT Applet or use ones that other people have created, follow the steps below.

 

Get started

  1. On your phone, go to IFTTT.com.
  2. If you haven’t already, sign in or sign up.
  3. At the top, tap Search Search. Search for "Google Assistant."
  4. Tap Google Assistant Google Assistant and then Connect.
  5. Choose a Google Account to give IFTTT access to. Make sure to choose the account you used to set up Google Home or the Google Assistant on your phone. (Learn how to find the account you used to set up Google Home. If you’re using the Google Assistant on a phone: Touch and hold the Home button and thenMore More and thenAccount. The account will be selected.)

Tip: You can also create and manage Applets using the IFTTT app.

Browse, create, or edit Applets

Browse other people's Applets

You can explore Applets others have created to use with the Google Assistant. If there’s an Applet you like, you can add it to your list of Applets.

  1. On your phone, go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, tap Search Search. Search for "Google Assistant."
  3. Tap Google Assistant Google Assistant.
  4. You’ll see Applets created by others. To add an Applet to your list, tap it and then Turn on.
  5. IFTTT might ask you to give permissions to another service before using the Applet. Review the request before giving permission.
  6. Optional: Edit the Applet.
  7. Tap Save. The Applet will be added to My Applets.
Create an Applet

Step 1: Create a phrase

Create one or more phrases you want to use to trigger an action from your Google Assistant.

  1. On your phone, go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top right, tap your username and then New Applet.
  3. Tap this.
  4. Search for "Google Assistant."
  5. Tap Google Assistant Google Assistant.
  6. Choose a trigger.
  7. Complete the trigger fields:
    • Enter up to three ways to say your phrase
    • In the last field, enter what you want your Assistant to say in response to your phrase
  8. Tap Create trigger.

Step 2: Create an action

Create the action you want your Google Assistant to complete when you say your phrase.

  1. Tap that.
  2. Search for an action service.
  3. If the service asks you to connect your account, follow the steps.
  4. Choose an action, then fill in the required fields.
  5. Tap Create action.
  6. Review your Applet. To make changes, go to the top left, then tap Back. If you’re finished, tap Finish
See or edit your Applets

You can make changes to Applets you've created or added to use with your Google Assistant.

  1. On your phone, go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, tap My Applets My Applets.
  3. Tap Google Assistant Google Assistant.
  4. Under "My Applets," tap an Applet. From here, you can:
    • Turn the Applet on or off.
    • Check the Applet: To see if the Applet is working, tap Check now. If it’s working, you’ll see "Applet checked."
    • Edit the Applet: Tap Configure Configure. Make your changes, then tap Save.
    • See your activity log: Tap Configure Configure and then View activity log.
    • Delete the Applet: Tap Configure Configure. Scroll down, then tap Delete.

Fix an Applet that isn’t working

If an Applet isn’t working, here are some ways to fix the issue:

  • Try repeating your phrase. Speak clearly and naturally.
  • Make sure your Web & App Activity is turned on.
  • See if you’re using one of the phrases in your Applet. If there’s only one phrase in your Applet, try adding other ways of saying the same phrase. Follow these steps to see or edit an Applet
  • If you’re using the Google Assistant on an Android phone, make sure you’re signed in on your phone with the Google Account you used to create the Applet. To see which account you're signed in to on your phone, touch and hold the Home button and thenMore More and thenAccount. The account will be selected.

Remove IFTTT from your Google Account

  1. Go to your list of apps connected to your Google Account.
  2. If you haven’t already, sign in to your account.
  3. Select IFTTT and then Remove.
  4. Repeat for every IFTTT service connected to your account.

Katie is a Google Assistant expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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