When Google announced its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, one of the main strengths of the devices was the perfect integration of Google Assistant. While previously we saw the Google Assistant on Allo, Pixel devices have integrated the service into the Android operating system. The Google Assistant comes with a lot of integrated tricks. However, you can even use the Assistant with the "IFTTT" automation service to unlock a lot of hidden potential. So, here are the 10 Google Assistant IFTTT recipes you should definitely check out:
Note : these recipes work with the Google Assistant on both your smartphone and Google Home. You will need to link the services with IFTTT, however, and you can consult our article on using IFTTT for more information on it.
1. Use Google Assistant to turn TV on and off
If you use a Harmony hub with your TV at home, you can use two fantastic IFTTT recipes to control TV with the Google Assistant. These recipes will allow you to use Google Assistant to turn the TV on and off, using only your voice.
To use Google Assistant to turn on the TV, you can use the Activate TV recipe by voice on IFTTT.
To use Google Assistant to turn off the TV, you can use the Disable TV by voice recipe.
2. Create a one-hour event on Google Calendar
While Google Assistant can create events by default, if you want a quick way to easily book an hour on your calendar, you can use this fantastic recipe called Block the next hour on Google Calendar. With this recipe, you can simply invoke Google Assistant and say " Freeze some time "and automatically create a one-hour event for you.
3. Add activity in Todoist
Another really useful recipe to use with Google Assistant is the "Add a task to Todoist By Voice" recipe. With this recipe enabled, you can simply say " Ok Google, add a business create a newsletter "Google Assistant will automatically create a business in Todoist called" Create Newsletter ". You can simply replace" create newsletter "with anything you want to create.
4. Publish on Facebook
If you are a social butterfly and you like to post many updates on Facebook, the recipe "Publish on Facebook By Voice" will certainly come in handy. With this recipe enabled, you can simply say " Ok Google, give my friends that I am sailing "And Google Assistant will post a status update on Facebook, saying" I'm sailing. "So, you no longer need to start the Facebook app. Just use the recipe and get your updates faster.
5. Post a Tweet
If you want to use Google Assistant to publish tweets for you, you can use this simple recipe called "Publish a tweet using your voice". With this recipe enabled, you can simply say " Ok Google, tweet almost done with the article . "And Google Assistant will post a tweet on the Twitter timeline, which reads" Almost done with the article. "This can be useful when you want to tweet while on the move and don't want to start the Twitter app. Or, when you just want to post a tweet without having to type anything.
6. Use the Google Assistant to add a new contact
Google Assistant can't create contacts for you. Sure, it may not seem like a big deal, but there is something to be said about the possibility of making contacts just by talking on the phone. If you want to use Google Assistant to create a new contact, you can use a recipe called "Use Google Assistant to add a new Google contact". With this recipe enabled, you can simply say " Ok Google, add John to my contacts. The number 5544332211. "And the Google Assistant will create a new contact named John, with the specified number, in Google Contacts.
7. Send a Slack message
A lot of teams around the world use Slack for their messaging needs. If you are part of such a team, a recipe called "Send a note on Slack by Voice" can be extremely useful for you, when you need to quickly send a message on Slack. With this recipe, you can simply say " Ok Google, tell me Slack I'm late "And the Google Assistant will send a message on Slack, which says" I'm late. "
8. Send yourself a list of notes at the end of the day
Another recipe you can use with the Google Assistant called "Keep a list of notes to be emailed at the end of the day". Yes, it actually has such a long name. This is a recipe that can be used for a variety of tasks. You can use this to keep a practical list of things you need to do the next day. You can also use this recipe to keep a list of things you did on that particular day. With this recipe, you can say " Ok Google, add two completed articles to my summary "and the Google Assistant will announce all the things you asked him to add to your table of contents and send you the list by e-mail at 5 PM, every day. You can change the time you want the email is sent.
9. Use the Google Assistant to ring your phone
If you are like me, you tend to leave the phone lying around in a corner of your house, and then frantically look for it. For people like us, there is a great recipe called "D to Google Assistant to call your phone". With this recipe, you can simply say " Ok Google, find my phone "and Google Assistant will squill your phone for you, so you can easily find it. This is also the only recipe on this list that is only useful if you have two Pixel phones (not likely) or if you have Google Home in your home (probably). If not, you can also activate Google Assistant on any Android device you own, or Android Nougat, and use it.
10. Turn off the lights of your shade
The lights of the shades are fantastic and, if you use them, you will find this recipe incredibly comfortable. If you want to use the Google Assistant to be able to turn off the Hue lights with a simple command, you can use this recipe called "Ok Google Elvis has left the building". This recipe with a creative name will allow you to simply say " Ok Google, Elvis has left the building . "And Google Assistant turns off the Hue lights for you.
Get more from the Google Assistant with IFTTT
So those were the 10 Google Assistant IFTTT recipes that I think you should definitely check out. There are many more of these recipes that are available for the Google Assistant, and you can look at them through the IFTTT page. As always, I'd like to hear your views on these recipes and if you have any problems with them, feel free to start a dialogue in the comments section below.