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You can create faster ways to ask your Google Assistant to do things for you.

For example, if you say:

  • "Workout time," your workout music starts playing on Google Play Music
  • "Heading home," a text message is sent to your family to let them know
  • "Good night," your lights turn off

Your shortcuts work across Google Assistant devices, like your Google Home or Android Wear device.

Browse popular shortcuts

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Assistant app Google Assistant.
  2. At the top right, tap Explore & Your stuff and then Your stuff.
  3. Scroll down to "Shortcuts" and thenSee all.
  4. You’ll see a list of popular shortcuts.
  5. To save a shortcut, tap it and then Save. If you want, edit the shortcut before saving. Learn how to change a shortcut.

Create a shortcut

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Assistant app Google Assistant​.
  2. At the top right, tap Explore & Your stuff and then Your stuff.
  3. Scroll down to "Shortcuts" and thenCreate new shortcut.
  4. Tap "When I say Ok Google," then enter the phrase you’ll say to your Google Assistant.
  5. Tap "Google Assistant should," then enter what you want your Google Assistant to do. Use a command that works with the Google Assistant. Learn more about commands you can use.
  6. Tap Save.

Change or delete a shortcut

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Assistant app Google Assistant​.
  2. At the top right, tap Explore & Your stuff and then Your stuff.
  3. Scroll down to "Shortcuts" and thenSee all.
  4. Tap a shortcut. From here you can:
    • Change the shortcut: Under "When I say Ok Google," edit your phrase or under "When I say Ok Google," edit the Google Assistant response. The response must be a command that works with the Google Assistant. Learn more about commands you can use.
    • Delete the shortcut: At the top right, tap Delete Delete.

Turn a shortcut on or off

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Assistant app Google Assistant​.
  2. At the top right, tap Explore & Your stuff and then Your stuff.
  3. Scroll down to "Shortcuts" and thenSee all.
  4. Next to a shortcut, turn the switch on or off.

Commands you can use

When you create a shortcut, you’ll need to enter a command that works with your Google Assistant. Here are examples of commands you can use:

Get to shortcuts from settings

You can also see, create, or change shortcuts by going to your settings.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Assistant app Google Assistant​.
  2. At the top right, tap Explore & Your stuff and then More More and then Settings and then Shortcuts.
  3. Follow the steps above to create or change a shortcut.

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

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