Google Home can do a lot of really cool things with voice commands, but some of them can be long and complicated. You can now create keyboard shortcuts for any frequently used command to save time and effort when using Google Home.

The new Google Home shortcuts allow you to replace a simple short command with a longer and more complex one. For example, if you normally say «Ok Google, set office lighting to 30%», you can create a shortcut for this command to simply say «Ok Google, time to work». The latter is more conversational and takes less time. time.

This is especially useful for third party Google services where you need to add an extra layer. For example, to talk to Stringify , you would say «Ok Google, say goodnight to Stringify» and Google will pass your command to Stringify. However, it’s a little awkward to say out loud and it adds extra steps. However, you can set a shortcut so that «Ok Google, goodnight» is interpreted as «Ask Stringify goodnight».

To create a shortcut, open the Google Home app and tap the menu icon in the top left corner, then tap More Settings.

Scroll down and tap Shortcuts.

You will see a list of suggested shortcuts that you can automatically enable or configure. Alternatively, you can click the blue plus icon at the bottom of the screen to create you. We will do the latter for our example.

In the first field, enter the shortcut command you want to use. Then in «Google Assistant should do» enter the normal command you would normally say. This can be any valid Google Home command. For example, I want to create a shortcut for Stringify Flow sleep time. So, in the first window, I entered «good night» and then at the bottom I entered the full command «ask Stringify for good night». It’s a good idea to test your Google Home team without a shortcut to make sure it works as you expect before adding the shortcut.

Once you’re done, click Save at the top of the screen.

When you’re done, you’ll see a shortcut at the top of the page with a toggle. You can click this switch to enable or disable each shortcut without deleting it. This is especially handy if you need to troubleshoot a shortcut.

Each shortcut is limited to one command, but you can always use services like IFTTT or Stringify to chain multiple commands together and then run them from a single shortcut.

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