How to Use IFTTT With Google Home

Simplify your commands using this cool service

What to Know

  • Create an IFTTT account, then go to the Google Assistant page. Tap Connect > Allow.
  • Select an applet in the list of Google Assistant options, then select Turn on.
  • To create recipes, choose the down-arrow next to your name > New Applet > This > Google Assistant.

This article explains how to use IFTTT with Google Home. Instructions apply to the web version of IFTTT and the IFTTT mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Setting Up IFTTT on Google Home

Setting up IFTTT with Google Home 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.

  1. If you don't have an IFTTT account, create one on the IFTTT site or download the app from either the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store. If you already have an account, go ahead and sign in to it.

  2. Once you sign in to IFTTT, go to the IFTTT Google Assistant page. If you're using the IFTTT app, tap the search bar, and search for Google, then select Google Assistant.

  3. Tap Connect. If you haven't already logged in to Google via your web browser, you're redirected to a secure Google log in page.

    If you're using two-factor authentication on your Google account, you need to grant IFTTT additional access. Follow the instructions for doing so if this applies to you.

  4. After you're fully logged in, you're asked to allow IFTTT to manage Google Voice commands. Tap Allow, and you're all set.

Why Use IFTTT With Google Home?

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 it up, get started using applets on the IFTTT Google Assistant Channel, and even whip up a couple of recipes of your own.

Using Recipes on the IFTTT Google Assistant Channel

Once you link Google Assistant to IFTTT, you can begin picking out the recipes you want to try. Go to IFTTT Google Assistant or, if you're using the app, tap search and search for Google to find the Google Assistant page. From there, you should see a list of applets to pick from.

Google Assistant channel on IFTTT screenshot

To select an IFTTT applet:

  1. Select an applet you want to use in the list of Google Assistant options.

  2. Select Turn On to enable the recipe. It will turn green.

  3. 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 three 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 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 one directly on 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.

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