I'm trying to figure out a clever way to set a Google Home timer and perform another action in one command.

I currently have a shortcut called "tea time" which sets a timer for my tea. I would really like to have it also trigger an IFTTT (or something) to make a light dim with it as a visual representation of the timer. I also have a smart things hub integrated. In the case of my light script, that's where the script actually runs.

Does anybody have any thoughts on how I could make that work so that I can run the timer and the light script?


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You could use the competitor Stringify which supports subsequent actions as well as conditions in their rule engine. This rule for example does three actions:

WHEN I say "OK Google, tell Stringify Good Night"...

THEN turn on my Hue Bulb A19 to orange at 15% brightness, AND set the cool temperature on my Nest Thermostat to 69F...

THEN fade off my Hue Bulb A19 over 10 minutes.

This seems very close to what you're trying to do.

  • Almost. But, I don't think there's a way I can set the GA timer with it.
    – MojoFilter
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 13:14

Google Assistant recently added the ability to execute multiple commands in a shortcut, which solves this problem for me. I was able change my "tea time" shortcut to look like:

"Set a 4 minute timer called tea and turn on the 4 minute timer light."

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