Do IFTTT and Google Home offer better home automation?

Do IFTTT And Google Home offer better home automation

The Google Home system is a fantastic starting point if you want to experiment with home automation. As the cost of entry is low, it’s highly accessible. By using IFTTT and Google Home together, you can turbo-charge your home automation system.

 

While Google Home is not as advanced as Fibaro or Crestron, you can access a range of additional features and automations using IFTTT. By using Google Home and IFTTT together, you can integrate a seemingly endless list of smart home devices without needing multiple apps.

 

As we explore how Google Home and IFTTT can work in harmony, we’ll look at what each system does, how to get them to communicate, and what devices you can control using the combined system.

 

 

What is Google Home?

As a lightweight home automation system, Google Home is designed for use with Google Assistant. Use the system to control the basic elements of your home without investing in lots of expensive products.

 

Google offers a range of products, including the Nest thermostat, Google Home Hub, Nest mini smart speakers and Chromecast. Many brands offer products that work with the Google Home system, such as Philip Hue bulbs and Somfy blinds.

 

By linking devices with the Google Home app, you can control them from anywhere. You can control them using the app or ask Google Assistant to complete the task. The Google Assistant can help you start preset Google Home routines, making life easier.

 

 

What is IFTTT?

IFTTT is an easy, free way to get apps and devices working together without needing to programme a thing. Think of IFTTT as a digital Swiss army knife that can help Streamline multiple different DIY smart home systems and protocols into a single, coherent system.

 

Using the system, you create recipes which are a set of commands that work together and are triggered by a specific command, measurement, or signal. With the right IFTTT recipes, you can save time, effort, and energy.

 

You can use your Google Home devices and Google Assistant with IFTTT, both using the browser interface and mobile app.

 

 

ifttt google home automate kitchen

 

 

Are there any Downsides to IFTTT?

Sadly, IFTTT isn’t perfect. It won’t enable you to integrate every known device into a smart home system. As a web-based service, you’ll always need an internet connection for your applets to run. Another issue is it can be slow as it uses multiple serves to send and receive commands.

 

IFTTT doesn’t offer customer support. So, unless you can talk with someone who understands how to integrate a device and Fibaro using IFTTT, you will be alone and have to experiment. That said, there are many forums, including the Fibaro one, that can offer support.

 

Manufacturers can be slow to update their IFTTT options or refuse to offer support as your using their device as part of a system. So be aware that you might end up spending lots of time on forums and experimenting.

 

 

Basic requirements

Before you can get IFTTT to work with Google Home, there are a few basic requirements you need to meet:

  • Sign up for a Google Account
  • Enable Google Assistant (either using a Google Nest product or on your smartphone)
  • Sign up for an IFTTT account (app optional).

 

 

Setting Up IFTTT and Google Home

Setting up IFTTT and Google Home is fairly straightforward. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Sign into IFTTT
  2. Go to the Google Assistant page. Using a computer, go to: ifttt.com/google_assistant. On the app, search for “Google.”
  3. Select the option for Google Assistant.
  4. From there, tap the Connect button.
  5. Login into Google (if you’re not already).
  6. If you’re using two-factor authentication on your Google account, you need to grant IFTTT additional access by following the instructions.
  7. After logging into both systems, you’ll be asked to allow IFTTT to manage Google Voice commands. Tap the Allow button, and you’re all set.

 

 

ifttt google home automate life

 

 

What are IFTTT Applets?

IFTTT uses applets, which are custom recipes that others, including Google have built. The best starting point is to experiment with other people’s applets.

 

 

Browse other people’s applets

To use an applet that someone else created:

  1. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, click Search. Search for “Google Assistant”.
  3. Click Google Assistant.
  4. You’ll find applets created by others. To add an applet to your list, click it Turn on.
  5. IFTTT may ask you to give permissions to another service before using the applet. Review the request before giving permission.
  6. Optional: Edit the applet.
  7. Click Save. The applet will be added to ‘My Applets’.

 

 

Creating an applet

After experimenting with other people’s applets, you might want to have a go at building some yourself. The process involves two steps.

 

Step 1: Create a phrase

Create one or more phrases that you want to use to trigger an action from your Google Assistant.

  1. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top right, click your username New Applet.
  3. Click this.
  4. Search for ‘Google Assistant’.
  5. Click Google Assistant.
  6. Choose a trigger.
  7. Complete the trigger fields:
    1. Enter up to three ways to say your phrase.
    2. In the last field, enter what you want your Assistant to say in response to your phrase.
  8. Click Create trigger.

 

Step 2: Create an action

Create the action that you want your Google Assistant to complete when you say your phrase.

  1. Click that.
  2. Search for an action service.
  3. If the service asks you to connect your account, follow the steps.
  4. Choose an action, then fill in the required fields.
  5. Click Create action.
  6. Review your applet. To make changes, go to the top left, then click Back. If you’ve finished, click Finish.

 

 

How to find or edit your applets

  1. Go to IFTTT.com.
  2. At the top, click My Applets.
  3. Click Google Assistant.
  4. Under ‘My Applets’, click an applet. From here, you can:
    1. Turn the applet on or off.
    2. Check the applet: To see if the applet is working, click Check now. If it’s working, you’ll see ‘Applet checked’.
    3. Edit the applet: Click Configure. Make your changes, then click Save.
    4. Find your activity log: Click Configure. View activity log.
    5. Delete the applet: Click Configure. Scroll down, then click Delete.

 

 

google home nest mini and ifttt

 

 

Can I fix an applet that isn’t working?

If an applet isn’t working, you probably have an issue with your device settings. To fix the issue:

  1. Repeat your phrase. Speak clearly and naturally.
  2. See if you’re using one of the phrases that you’ve added to your applet. If there’s only one phrase in your applet, try adding other ways of saying the same phrase.
  3. Follow these steps above to find or edit an applet.
  4. If you’re using Google Assistant on a phone, make sure that you’re signed in with the Google Account that you used to create the applet.
  5. To see which account you’re signed in to on your phone:
    1. On your Android phone or tablet, say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings”.
    2. At the top, you’ll find the email address of the account that you’re signed in to.

 

 

Is it easy to remove IFTTT from your Google account?

  1. Go to your list of apps connected to your Google account.
  2. Sign in to your account.
  3. Select IFTTT Remove.
  4. Repeat for every IFTTT service connected to your account.

 

 

Use IFTTT and Google Home to create a better smart home

Using IFTTT and Google Home together is a winning combination that allows you to build your dream connected home by taking control of a greater range of devices.

 

As IFTTT is free and there’s plenty of advice available using forums, it’s worth spending some time researching, planning and testing. If you run into a problem, use the Google forum to ask other users for support and advice.