7 Cool automation ideas with Google Assistant and IFTTT

Google Assistant is an incredible tool. IFTTT (If-this-then-that) is a tremendously impressive automation service. Put Google Assistant and IFTTT together and you will have a powerful duo that will allow you to integrate almost any service or smart device in your life.

The beauty of IFTTT is that you do not have to be a programming guru to use it. And the Google Assistant gives you voice command access to almost anything, directly from your mobile phone or the Google home page. [ Lee: Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: What's better for smart home control?]

In this article, we'll look at 7 of the best things you can do when combining the powers of IFTTT and Google Assistant.

Great Ideas from Google Assistant IFTTT

In a typical scenario, IFTTT works as the link between two different services (for example, Google Assistant and ToDo list). Here are some of the most common ideas on the Google IFTTT home page. But there are some unusual scenarios and, in some cases, IFTTT is the only way to control certain smart home devices. For example, the Abode Security system does not have native support for Google Assistant. But Abode supports IFTTT and Google Assistant works with IFTTT and, therefore, Abode can be controlled indirectly through IFTTT. Alternatively, if you use Home Assistant, you can integrate with Google Assistant and eliminate the need for IFTTT, which can sometimes have a few second delays. But this is beyond the scope of this post. Let's see some automation ideas with Google Assistant and IFTTT.

1. Add to your to-do list


Whether you use ToDoist, RememberTheMilk, or any other popular ToDo application compatible with IFTTT, add tasks to your lists You can add an all new level of productivity to your life. This is one of my favorite Google Home ideas from IFTTT.

Imagine you are talking to your partner in the kitchen and the theme of Valentine's Day appears. You know that you probably forget to make reservations for a good restaurant, so you tell your Google Home, "Hi Google, add the Valentine's Day reservation to Todoist."

The Wizard then adds the task to your entire application. This automation is easy to configure.

  1. In your IFTTT account, click New applet and click on .
  2. Type assistant in the search field and click on Google Assistant.
  3. Click Say a phrase with a text ingredient .
  4. In the field What do you mean? type Add $ to my to-do list .
  5. In the field What do you want the Assistant to say in response? field, type I have registered your task and click Create a trigger .
  6. Click that .
  7. Type todoist (or your own to-do application) in the search field and click on your application.
  8. In In step choose the action click on Create task .
  9. You can leave everything as the default and click Create action and click Finish .

Wh is that it configures an automation in IFTTT for Assistant, the symbols # or $ represent a quantity of text that can say that it will be passed to automation.

Now make a test. You should find that when you tell your Google Home Hub or the Google Assistant on your Android to register a new pending task, the new task will appear in your default task or project inbox.

2. Post to Twitter or Facebook

  post to twitter from ifttt

Write a post on social networks is so 2018. With Google Assistant and IFTTT, you can say your post out loud and put it posted instantly.


Once you have finished setting this up, you can say: "Hi, Google, post Today I had a great day at work on Twitter", and your post will be published instantly.

To configure this:

  1. Click New applet and click on .
  2. Type assistant in the field search and click Google Assistant.
  3. Click Say a phrase with a text ingredient .
  4. In the field What do you mean? type post $ a Twitter .
  5. In the field What do you want the Assistant to say in response? field, type . I made your post on Twitter and click on Create trigger .
  6. Click that .
  7. Type twitter in the search field and click Twitter . In step choose the action click Publish a tweet .
  8. Finally, click Create action and click . You can do the same automation to publish on Facebook, but keep in mind that IFTTT only supports posts on Facebook pages, not personal Facebook accounts.

    3. Send a list to your printer

      hp printer


    This automation is very convenient if you have an HP printer with the ePrint function.

    IFTTT can send hard copies to your HP printer with ePrint capability. Before you can use this automation, you must register to get a web-based ePrint account with HP and then connect to that account in IFTTT.

    Once it is configured, you can tell Google Assistant to print a list. and then declare your complete list. You can narrate your list in your Google Home Hub, or in your phone if you have the Google Assistant installed.

    To configure this:

    1. Click New applet and click on .
    2. Type assistant in the search field and click on Google Assistant.
    3. Click Say a phrase with a text ingredient .
    4. In the What do you mean? field type print list $ .
    5. In the field What do you want the Assistant to say in response? field type I printed your list and click Create trigger .
    6. Click that .
    7. Type hp in the search field and click on HP Print .
    8. In the choose the action step, click on Print list .
    9. Give the list the title you want and add the ingredient text field in the List field.
    10. Beyond the e-mail address of your printer in the e-mail address of the printer field.
    11. Finally, click Create action and click End .

    Now you just have to say "print list" followed by several words that make up your list, and IFTTT will instantly print your list on your printer.

    Pro tip : To make sure that each item in the list is printed on its own line, be sure to say "comma" between each item in your list.

    4. Capturing images from a Wi-Fi camera

      video d-link IFTTT supports a variety of Wi-Fi cameras such as D-Link and Nest. There are many situations in which the ability to capture images or a video from those cameras can really be useful.

    Imagine you are in your room until late at night and suddenly you hear a noise in the floor below. All the lights are off and you are afraid to go down there. You can configure IFTTT to capture a video so you can see if it's just your cat making a fuss or worse.

    To configure this:

    1. Click New applet and click on .
    2. Type wizard in the search field and click Google Assistant.
    3. Click Say a simple phrase .

      In the What do you mean? Field type take a photo of the camera .

    4. In the field What do you want the Assistant to say in response? type I have taken a photo and click Create trigger .
    5. Click that .
    6. Type d-link (whatever your camera's brand is), and select the brand of the camera.
    7. In step choose the action click Capture video .
    8. Click Create Action and click Fini sh .

    Now, the next time you're scared by a noise in the house, you do not need to risk your own security by checking it out. Simply capture a video, and if there is any danger, you can call the police.

    Note : Currently, only D-Link models DCS-8200LH, DCS-8330LH, DCS-935LH and DCS-8300LH are compatible.

    5. Register a journal entry in Evernote as Captain Picard

      IFTTT Google Assistant Ideas - Evernote Journal Entry Would not it be great if you could, "Stardate 2019. Captain's Registration Number 45 …" and start your next journal entry Like Captain Picard on Star Trek?

    With the modern technology that IFTTT offers, it really can. Of course, you do not have to be as geeky as that. Simply start your journal entry by saying "Begin journal …" in your Google Home or Google Assistant hub on your phone.

    IFTTT allows you to integrate Google Assistant and Evernote to do just that. Before you start, create an Evernote note called "Journal Entry."

    How to make this applet:

    1. Click on New applet and click on this

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