How to Create Custom Commands for Google Assistant

I have told you about custom jokes for your Google Home or Assistant. Today, let us take a look at how to create your own commands for the Assistant. The official solution for this is to use If This Then That (IFTTT). Google has an official Google Assistant channel on IFTTT.

Custom Google Assistant Commands

IFTTT, for those who have never used it, is a very useful service. It lets you automate actions and get things done by connecting different online services. For example, you can connect your Twitter account and your Facebook account and have a tweet sent every time you like a Facebook page. There are tonnes of services (or Applets as IFTTT calls them) available on the platform. Google Assistant channel is available here.

So, the first step here is to sign up for IFTTT if you do not have an account. If you already have an account, login and visit the Google Assistant page. Now, click Connect to link IFTTT your Google Assistant. This gives IFTTT permissions to manage Assistant on your behalf.

Now, to create a custom voice command, you will create a new Applet on IFTTT. Here is how you do it:

  1. On the to right corner of the screen, click the drop down icon next to your username.
  2. Choose New Applet.
  3. Click +this
  4. On the Choose a service screen, search Google Assistant.
  5. Click Google Assistant.
  6. On the Choose trigger screen, choose a trigger. You have multiple options here, each of them well explained on the screen.
  7. based on the trigger you picked, IFTTT will now ask you to complete trigger fields. You can enter a trigger word here, with multiple variations of it (Switch on my lights / turn my lights on / lights on please etc).
  8. Add all trigger fields and click Create Trigger.

That is how you create a basic custom command. You can use get creative with these tirggers and make cool stuff. If you make something really nice, you can publish the Applet for others to use. Also, you can choose from a bunch of official Applets, instead of creating your own trigger.

Questions? Drop me a comment!


Published by Dinsan

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