Smart & Connected Life Smart Home 14 Best Google Home IFTTT Applets By Patrick Shawn Hearn Writer Patrick Hearn has been a freelance technology writer for 6+ years. He has written for CBSi, GameSpot, Xfinity, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Patrick Shawn Hearn Updated December 27, 2019 Randy Shropshire / Getty Images Smart Home Google Your Best Year Ever: College Tech Tips Amazon Appliances & Lighting Tweet Share Email Google Home is already pretty useful. It can tell you the weather, read the top news stories of the day, and a whole lot more, but if you hook it up to IFTTT, the possibilities become nearly limitless. Here are 14 of the best Google Home shortcuts and applets. 01 of 14 Find My Phone IFTTT It's so easy to set down your phone and forget where you placed it, especially if the volume is turned off. This IFTTT applet turns your phone's ringer to max volume and uses a VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) number to dial it. What We Like Convenient Provides volume adjustment What We Don't Like This might not work with all phones. 02 of 14 Send a Text IFTTT When you're in the middle of cooking dinner and realize you're missing an ingredient, the last thing you want to do is find your phone and send a text. Google Home can do it for you. Just tell Google to text your spouse/friend/family member and let them know what ingredient you're missing. This can also be used to send texts when you don't feel like finding your phone, or when something comes to mind. What We Like Hands-free texting What We Don't Like SMS charges might apply. This might not work with all phones. 03 of 14 Send a Tweet IFTTT Tweets are a lot like texts – the most inspired ones come when you're in the middle of something more important. Rather than stop what you're doing, say, "Hey Google, send a Tweet," then tell Google Home what you want to Tweet out to the world. It'll show up on your timeline without any need for you to press a button. What We Like Tweeting without Twitter What We Don't Like This is more fun than it is useful. 04 of 14 Add a Contact IFTTT Your phone is like a modern-day diary. Handing it to someone for them to enter their contact info may be the way everyone used to do it, but Google Home makes it even easy to enter a new contact. If you have a dinner party and make new friends, say, "Hey, Google, add a contact. His name is Bob, and his number is 555-555-5555." Not only is this an easier, more private way to add new contacts to your phone, but the applet may also be a conversation starter. What We Like No more handing our phones to people. What We Don't Like This might not work with all phones. 05 of 14 Receive an Emailed List of Notes at the End of the Day IFTTT If you're the type to keep a small notebook on hand at all times to record random thoughts, then this is the applet for you. When you have a thought, you want to record, tell Google Assistant to add it to your digest. At the end of the day, Google Home will send you an email with the notes you've entered. What We Like Hands-free note-taking What We Don't Like You need to be near Google Home or the Google Assistant app on your phone. 06 of 14 Create a Wishlist for Santa jdp213/IFTTT This applet is similar to the note-taking app, but with a fun twist. Your kids can tell Google to let Santa know what they want for Christmas, and rather than sending a letter to the North Pole, Google will add the entry as a line in a Google Sheets document. You can reference this document easily and nail Christmas presents every year. What We Like Makes Christmas shopping easier. What We Don't Like Not applicable at all times of the year. 07 of 14 Adjust the Temperature IFTTT When you're shivering under a blanket or sprawled on the couch sweating, you don't want to get up to adjust the thermostat. If you have a smart thermostat, Google Home can do it for you. Activate this applet and tell Google Home to change the temperature to something a bit cooler or warmer than what it is. While Google Home works seamlessly with Nest, it also works with other smart thermostats. What We Like The temperature will change and will be logged in a spreadsheet. What We Don't Like You need a smart thermostat for this to work. 08 of 14 Start the Coffee Google/IFTTT If you have a smart coffee machine, you probably have it set to begin brewing at a specific time. For those mornings you want to sleep in, though, this is the perfect applet. Just tell Google Home to start brewing coffee as soon as you wake up. In only a few minutes, you'll have a fresh, piping hot cup of joe waiting for you. What We Like Get coffee without getting out of bed. What We Don't Like This applet only works with certain smart coffee makers. 09 of 14 Turn off the Power jhabrajesh/IFTTT If you have a smart plug, you can easily turn your appliances on and off. With this IFTTT, tell Google Assistant to turn off an individual outlet or power strip. This isn't limited to a single brand, either; IFTTT has multiple recipes allowing you to create a custom applet for almost any brand of smart plugs on the market. What We Like The ability to turn appliances on and off without pressing a button. What We Don't Like You may have to make a custom applet depending on the brand. 10 of 14 Adjust the Lights IFTTT If you have smart lights installed in your home, you can adjust them without reaching for a knob. Google Assistant can turn the lights on and off and even dim individual bulbs. Just give each bulb its nickname and tell Google which one you want to adjust. The lights will darken or brighten at your word. What We Like This works with a variety of smart lights. What We Don't Like Lesser-known brands of smart lights may not be supported. 11 of 14 Turn off the TV IFTTT Google Home can already turn on the television. All you have to do is cast to it from any device, and it will automatically turn on the proper display. However, you need to manually turn off the display, unless you connect it to a hub through IFTTT. With something like the Logitech Harmony or another smart home entertainment hub, you can control your television with just your voice. What We Like You'll be able to change the volume and turn the television off with just a few words. What We Don't Like This requires a third-party hub. 12 of 14 Arm the Security System IFTTT How many times have you laid down for the night only to remember you forgot to arm the security system? No one enjoys getting out of bed when they're comfy, and Google Home makes it so you can arm your security system with a simple sentence. What We Like Home security integration is needed for more smart assistants. What We Don't Like This applet only works with certain security systems. 13 of 14 Send a Message on Slack IFTTT If you keep a Google Home in your office, this is the applet for you. When you finish a milestone on a project, and you already have two dozen tabs open in your browser, the last thing you want to do is open another one to send out a Slack update. Just tell Google to send the message for you to the group. What We Like This applet helps you stay productive on busy days. What We Don't Like The message is sent without an identifier, so you need to say who you are. 14 of 14 Party Time IFTTT This one is just for fun. The Party Time IFTTT recipe tells your Google Home to set your smart lights into a color loop. Throw in a few more commands like "play music" and "turn on the television" and you have the formula for a fun night in. What We Like Party time. What's not to like? What We Don't Like Without the necessary smart home devices, this applet is rather ineffective.