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Create and manage shortcuts commands

Shortcuts let you create faster, easier ways to do your favorite things with your Google Assistant.

Create a shortcut

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name and email address.
  4. Tap More settings and then Shortcuts and then Add
  5. For “When I say Ok Google…”
    1. Type the phrase you want to say to trigger the shortcut or tap the microphone  and speak it. 
  6. For “Google Assistant should do,”
    1. Type what you want to happen or tap the microphone  and speak it. Important: You must structure the this phrase like a supported voice command 
  7. Tap Save.

Example: “When I say OK Google…” <workout time>, the Google Assistant should <Play workout music on Google Play Music>.   

Use a shortcut

Simply say “Hey Google, <shortcut>” and your Assistant will respond. Here's how to browse your existing shortcuts. 

Manage shortcuts

To manage shortcuts, 

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name and email address.
  4. Tap More settings and then Shortcuts.
Find a shortcut
Under Shortcuts, you'll find a list of your existing shortcuts. 
Edit a shortcut
To edit a shortcut,
  1. Tap the shortcut you want to edit.
  2. Make your edits  and then tap Save. 
Turn off a shortcut

When a shortcut is turned off, your Assistant won't respond when you say the shortcut. You can turn it back on at any time.

  1. Find the shortcut you want to turn off.
  2. Slide the slider Off
Turn on a shortcut

To turn a shortcut back on, 

  1. Find the shortcut you want to turn on.
  2. Slide the slider On
Delete a shortcut

When a shortcut is deleted, your Assistant won't respond when you say the shortcut. You'll need to create it again if you change your mind.

  1. Tap the shortcut you want to delete.
  2. Tap the trash can  and then Delete.

Popular shortcuts

Browse and customize popular shortcuts and make them your own. 

  1. Tap a popular shortcut.
  2. To edit the existing “When I say Ok Google…” shortcut, type a new shortcut or tap the microphone  and speak it.
  3. To edit the existing “Google Assistant should do” shortcut, type what you want to happen or tap the microphone  and speak it. Important: You must structure the this phrase like a supported voice command 
  4. Tap Save.

Example: “When I say OK Google…” <workout time>, the Google Assistant should <Play workout music on Google Play Music>.   

For a video demonstration, check out this YouTube video. If you prefer step-by-step instructions, see below.

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

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