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