Of course, there is a lot of hype around the Amazon Echo, but what would you say if I said that you already have the features that the Echo offers in your existing Android smartphone? It’s called Google Now.
If you have an Android phone, don’t waste your hard-earned money on the Amazon Echo! Follow the tips in this article to use your voice smartphone to automate everything that matters to you.
Control your nest thermostat
Create a trigger and then select the Nest channel as the action. Select the Nest device you want to control, install the ingredient bodyplain, so that it uses the body of the email as the temperature parameter.
This IFTTT recipe monitors your email account for incoming emails with the subject «Nest» and sets your nest temperature to any number in the body of the email.
So how does it work with Google Now and your phone?
Well, now all you have to do is say: Send email to Ryan, Nest subject, message 70 «.
Instantly, Google Now will send an email, the email will fire IFTTT, and your nest will be set to 70 degrees. Performed.
Google Now Email Startup Tips
Now that you know how to turn Google Now into your own voice controller for everything, there are a few things you can do before you start going crazy setting up your integrations.
- The last thing you want is a bunch of random emails coming into your regular email account, so you might want to consider creating a dedicated email account just for your Google Now voice triggers and setting it up to work with your IFTTT account .
- For any on/off configuration, such as Philips Hue lights you only need to worry about the topic. Try something like «kitchen light on» or «kitchen light off» and then set up those integrations (see below).
- For devices you need to configure, use the body of the email, as in the Nest example above.
- When you set up this «voice control» email in IFTTT, consider giving it a name that makes sense to you. Hey, if you really want to make people laugh, call it «Alexa».
To avoid any copyright infringement, I will go with «Johnny» for my personal voice assistant.
Add reminders to your To-Do app
Here is the voice command you can use for this: Send an email to Johnny, subject «To do, message». Grab your groceries today «.
Create a Gmail trigger using New email address in inbox from search, and install for fields » Search» meaning «to do».