Smart & Connected Life Smart Home How to Use IFTTT With Google Home Simplify your commands using this cool service by Rose de Fremery Writer Rose de Fremery has been writing about technology since 2011. She's covered numerous tech topics for companies such as Ziff-Davis, Intel, IBM, and HP. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Rose de Fremery Updated on April 30, 2020 Tom Williamson / Getty Images Smart Home Google Your Best Year Ever: College Tech Tips Amazon Appliances & Lighting Tweet Share Email If you're comfortable automating some of your connected devices with Google Home and feel like you're ready to take your smart home to the next level, Google Home's integration with IFTTT offers a great way to do just that. You can do some pretty cool things using Google Home IFTTT recipes that neatly sync up the connected devices in your home. Here's how to set up IFTTT on Google Home, get started using applets on the IFTTT Google Assistant Channel, and even whip up a couple of IFTTT recipes of your own. Setting Up IFTTT on Google Home Setting up IFTTT with Google Home is fairly straightforward, and begins with creating an IFTTT account and getting the official app. Follow the steps below and you'll be ready to go in no time. Lifewire If you don't have an IFTTT account, create one at IFTTT.com or download the app from either the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store. If you already have an IFTTT account, go ahead and sign into it on the web or using the app. Once you're signed into IFTTT, go to the Google Assistant page. If you're on the web, you can find it at ifttt.com/google_assistant. If you're using the app, tap the search bar, and search for "Google." Select the option for Google Assistant. From there, tap the Connect button. If you haven't already logged into Google via your web browser, you're redirected to a secure Google login page. If you're using two-factor authentication on your Google account, you need to grant IFTTT additional access to your Google account. Follow the instructions for doing so if this applies to you. After you're fully logged in, you're asked to allow IFTTT to manage Google Voice commands. Tap the Allow button, and you're all set. Using Recipes on the IFTTT Google Assistant Channel Once you link Google Assistant to IFTTT, you can begin picking out the Google Assistant recipes you want to try. Go to either ifttt.com/google_assistant or, if you're using the app, tap search at the bottom and search for "Google" to find the Google Assistant page. From there, you should see a list of applets to pick from. Lifewire The process for selecting an IFTTT applet is easy: Select an applet you want to use in the list of Google Assistant options. Select the little Turn On slide button to enable the recipe. It will turn green. From here, you may need to give IFTTT permission to connect with another smart device or app. Grant permission if this comes up. You can begin using the applet you selected by performing the trigger, which is the “If” part of the recipe. For instance, if you're using the applet to have Google Assistant send someone a text using your Android phone and Google Home, say, "Okay Google, message [Name]," then start dictating your message. Here are two IFTTT applets you may find fun to start with: Find My Phone If you've ever misplaced your phone and turned your house upside down in a panic, Google Home Find My Phone could be a lifesaver. All you have to say is "OK, Google, find my phone," and it calls your phone so you can locate it. Send a Text If you have an Android phone, you may find the Send a text message to someone with your Android and Google Home applet handy. Even if your hands are full, you can still communicate with friends or family. IFTTT works really well with Google Assistant and syncs up with a lot of different smart home devices, but it's best not to use IFTTT recipes for devices already supported by Google Home and Google Assistant, like Philips Hue or Nest products. In those cases, it's best to stick with the automation you already get from your Google Home setup, which tends to work better. Creating Your Own Google Home IFTTT Recipes Once you're comfortable using IFTTT applets, you may want to try creating your own custom recipe. You can create applets directly on IFTTT.com or on the mobile app. Choose the drop-down arrow next to your username in the top-right corner, then go to New Applet > This > Google Assistant and you're on your way. You can even share the recipes you create with other people if you like. If you can’t remember any part of a recipe you applied, log in to your IFTTT account and select My Applets. Select any applet to view details, make changes to it, or disable it.