Create commands to control online services & 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 Google 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. (Find out how to find the account used to set up Google Home. If you’re using the Google Assistant on a phone, touch and hold the Home button and then Tap your profile picture or initial and then Account. The account will be selected.)

Browse, create or edit applets

Browse other people's applets

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

  1. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, click Search. Search for "Google Assistant".
  3. Click Google Assistant Google 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 Google Assistant.
  6. Choose a trigger.
  7. Complete the trigger fields:
    • Enter up to 3 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.
See or edit your applets

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

  1. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, click My Applets.
  3. Click Google Assistant Google 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.
    • See 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, here are some ways to fix the issue:

  • Try repeating 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 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 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, long-press the Home button and then Tap Explore and then In the top right, tap your profile picture or initial and then Account. The account will be selected.

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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