How to Create Google Assistant Shortcuts

Google Assistant shortcuts? Let me first explain what they are. These are personalized short keywords that you set up to make Google Assistant do things for you. For example, just by saying “Ok Google, Later”, you can make Assistant send a text message to your partner with a custom message, like good night, or say, I will reach home late.

In my first job, I had to provide customer support via chat. We used IM clients like AIM and Yahoo Messenger etc. Later, we moved to an IM client named Pidgin which allowed us to add multiple IM services. It also had a shortcuts option. I used to configure shortcuts using words from my mother tongue (so that these custom messages won’t be triggered when I use those words in a normal conversation). For example, I had a shortcut named “aaraa”. This means “who is it?” in my mother tongue. When I type this and hit enter, Pidgin will send “Thank you for contacting ****, how can I help you?”. With Google Assistant Shortcuts, you can do something similar.

Create Google Assistant Shortcuts

Here is how to set up a Google Assistant shortcut:

  1. Long press your home button and launch Google Assistant.
  2. Top the blue circle on the right side of the screen.
  3. In the next windows, touch “Your Stuff“.
  4. Touch Shortcuts
  5. Touch one of the Popular shortcuts to customize, or touch the + icon on the bottom of the list to create your own shortcut.
  6. On the next screen, customize your shortcut and touch Save.

Works While Chatting Too

When I read about this feature, the first thing that I wanted to know was this: will this work while I am typing my conversation with the Assistant, instead of using my voice?  I tested this with a shortcut that I created, and got it working.


So, you can have secret custom messages and send them discreetly too! What do you guys think about this feature? Let me know in comments! And as always, stay subscribed for more Google Assistant tips and tricks.


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  1. Great blog, Sir! I wasn’t aware of the shortcut features; would definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Hello there,

      I am referring to that briefcase icon. On the screenshot here, look for “cheer up” the icon is right on top of it.

      Which phone are you trying this from?

      1. There is no blue circle on the screen. I’m using a Pixel XL and no beta version.

        1. Can you share a screenshot ?
          I am using Android O Beta. Will that be why you don’t have it yet?
          I will check if this is an Android O only feature.

      1. I see that you are using keyboard as default. Can you switch to voice and see if you get the icon?

        1. There is no switch, the keyboard is visible since latest update. Even if I do a voice-search there is no blue circle.

          1. Sure I can but that won’t open the settings, it does a web-search. I went to the settings and found that my primary input tool is voice-search and I’m able to tap the keyboard if I’m not alone and won’t talk to an imaginary friend while in public.

          2. I think we need to uninstall updates for Google app, restart the phone, and then update the app again.

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