Google Assistant IFTTT integration changes

Assistant has supported IFTTT for quite some time, but Google is now warning people about “upcoming changes” to third-party integration. Some functionality will be removed and all users will have to reset IFTTT.

Earlier today, Google Assistant users started hearing the following message after activating IFTTT on smart displays and speakers:

BTW, there will be some upcoming changes to this IFTTT integration. See the Google Assistant Help Center for more information.

An email from IFTTT explains that the “Google Assistant service on IFTTT will be changed due to changes required by Google on their platform” on August 31, 2022.

Your existing Google Assistant applets will be archived and your service connection data will be deleted.

In light of this, a new version of Google Assistant (V2) has been launched on IFTTT, but “there is no direct migration path for your existing applets”, and you have to manually reconnect. Other aspects that are changing include:

  • Existing custom trigger phrases such as “OK Google, Blink the Lights” now require an additional trigger phrase such as “OK Google, Activate Blink the Lights”.
  • Authentication, which can currently be initiated by a user on the IFTTT website or mobile apps, now only works on mobile devices and requires the user to download and launch the Google Home app from the “Works with Google” section under Settings.
  • Custom Google Assistant responses to the trigger phrases set by users through IFTTT are no longer supported.
  • Existing Google Assistant triggers that allow variable input (for example, say a sentence with a number) are no longer supported.

In the early days of the smart home, IFTTT was useful due to the sheer number of third-party integrations, but Google Assistant has built in many direct smart home links since then. Custom phrases and actions are called applets. They can be created from the IFTTT website or mobile apps, while sharing and browsing Applets created by others is a great, convenient aspect of the offering. IFTTT noted its user base today:

Millions of people have connected Google Assistant to IFTTT, enabling thousands of applets ranging from fun party tricks to helping increase accessibility in their smart home.

An IFTTT support article explains how to recreate applets after first enabling the new integration from the Google Home app.

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