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You Can Now Use ‘Hey Siri’ to Trigger Google Assistant Using Siri Shortcuts

Google Assistant has always been something of a second class citizen on iOS, mainly thanks to the way Apple refuses to allow users to switch between digital assistants.

Google Assistant supports far more smart home devices and has integration with other services when compared to Siri so this shortcut is definitely going to be useful for many.

There's great news for fans of Google Assistant with an iPhone: for the first time, iOS users can now access the smart assistant using a verbal command. This means that you can record a phrase such as "Okay, Google", which will open the Google Assistant app on command.

How do you set this up? Google has made a decision to take advantage to this, by enabling it's Assistant to launch via Siri Shortcuts. You'll still need to say "Hey Siri, Okay Google", but it nonetheless represents a big step forward.

You Can Now Use ‘Hey Siri’ to Trigger Google Assistant Using Siri Shortcuts
Google takes a Shortcut to link Assistant and Siri

You can also use Siri to run Google Assistant commands in a smart home. The update adds a useful new Siri Shortcut support using which one can use Siri to trigger Google Assistant.

Once you update the Google Assistant app from iOS App Store, open the app on your iPhone. If you're leaving the house, for example, saying "Hey Google, I'm leaving" to Siri could prompt Assistant to turn off your smart lights, thermostats, and more. Using Siri Shortcuts, Google is at least removing one such limitation. This will make it easier for iOS users to ask Google questions while being completely hands free. Then when Siri comes up, just say, "OK Google". You would have to either go to the Google Assistant or Google app and talk to it manually or go to your mobile Safari browser and type it in.

This will bring up the Add to Siri menu, where you tap the little orange button and record your hotword.

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