Create commands to control online services and devices

You can create your own commands for your Google Assistant using IFTTT. See services and devices that 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. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. If you haven’t already, sign in or sign up.
  3. At the top-right, click Search. Search for 'Google Assistant'.
  4. Click Google Assistant Assistant and then Connect.
  5. Choose a Google Account to which you want to give IFTTT access. Make sure that you choose the account used to set up Google Home or the Google Assistant on your phone.

Browse, create or edit applets

Browse other people's applets

To use an applet that someone else created:

  1. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, click Search. Search for "Google Assistant".
  3. Click Google Assistant Assistant.
  4. You’ll find applets created by others. To add an applet to your list, click it and then Turn on.
  5. IFTTT may ask you to give permissions to another service before using the applet. Review the request before giving permission.
  6. Optional: Edit the applet.
  7. Click Save. The applet will be added to 'My Applets'.
Create an applet

Step 1: Create a phrase

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

  1. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top right, click your username and then New Applet.
  3. Click this.
  4. Search for 'Google Assistant'.
  5. Click Google Assistant 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. Click Create trigger.

Step 2: Create an action

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

  1. Click 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.
  6. Review your applet. To make changes, go to the top left, then click Back. If you’ve finished, click Finish.
Find or edit your applets
  1. 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’ll see '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 down, then click Delete.

Fix an applet that isn’t working

If an applet isn’t working, you probably have an issue with your device settings.

To fix the issue:

  • Repeat your phrase. Speak clearly and naturally.
  • Make sure that your Web & app activity is turned on.
  • See if you’re using one of the phrases that you've added to your applet. If there’s only one phrase in your applet, try adding other ways of saying the same phrase. Follow these steps to find or edit an applet.
  • If you’re using Google Assistant on a phone, make sure that you’re signed in with the Google Account that you used to create the applet.
    • To see which account you're signed in to on your phone:
      1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings" or go to Assistant settings.
      2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Account.

Remove IFTTT from your Google account

  1. Go to your list of apps connected to your Google account.
  2. Sign in to your account.
  3. Select IFTTT and then Remove.
  4. Repeat for every IFTTT service connected to your account.
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