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Important: Changes are coming to how Google Assistant works with  IFTTT. IFTTT is a separate company from Google.

In September, these services will move to a different platform. When this happens, you’ll need to reconnect IFTTT to the Google Home App and rebuild or re-add your Applets. 

You can create your own commands for your Google Assistant with IFTTT. Learn about services and devices you can control.

For example, if you say:

  • "Hey Google, activate '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. You can create an IFTTT Applet or use Applets that other people have created.

Create or edit Applets

Create an Applet

Step 1: Create a phrase

Create one or more phrases that will trigger an action from your Google Assistant.

  1. On your computer, go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top right, click your username and then New Applet and then If This.
  3. Search for "Google Assistant v2".
  4. Click Google Assistant v2 Assistant.
  5. Choose a trigger.
  6. Complete the trigger fields.
  7. Click Create trigger.

Important: To activate an Applet, you need to say “Okay Google, activate,” followed by the trigger phrase for that Applet.

Step 2: Create an action

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

  1. Click Then 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. Click Create action.
    • To make changes, go to the top left and select Back
  6. Click Finish.
Find or edit your Applets
  1. On your computer, go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, click My Applets.
  3. Click Google Assistant Assistant.
  4. Under "My Applets," click an Applet. From here, you can:
    • Turn the Applet on or off.
    • Check the Applet: To see if the Applet is working, click Check now. If it’s working, you get "Applet checked."
    • Edit the Applet: Click Configure Settings. Make your changes, then click Save.
    • Find your activity log: Click Configure Settings and then View activity log.
    • Delete the Applet: Click Configure Settings. Scroll to and click Delete.

Fix an Applet that isn’t working

If an Applet isn’t working, you might have an issue with your device settings.

To fix the issue:

  • Repeat your phrase. Speak clearly and naturally.
  • Make sure you use one of the phrases you've added to your Applet. If it still doesn't work, try to add a different phrase to trigger the applet. Learn how to find or edit an Applet.

Remove IFTTT from your Google Home App Account

  1. Open the Google Home App Google Home.
  2. At the top left, tap Add and then Set up a device Add and then Works with Google.
  3. Under Linked devices, tap IFTTT and then tap Unlink account
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