The Google Assistant SDK integration allows Home Assistant to interact with Google Assistant. If you want to use Google Assistant (for example, from your phone or Google Home device) to interact with your Home Assistant managed devices, then you want the Google Assistant integration.
This integration allows:
- Sending text commands to Google Assistant to control devices supported by Google Assistant but not by Home Assistant. Examples:
- Set Nest Guard to home and guarding
- Start vacuuming
- Stream front door on living room TV
- Turn off kitchen TV
- Play rain sounds on bedroom speaker
- Broadcast messages to Google Assistant speakers and displays without interrupting music/video playback. Examples:
- Coffee is ready
- Someone is at the front door
- Smoke detected in the master bedroom
- Water leak detected in the master bathroom
- Playback Google Assistant audio response for any query on any media player. Examples:
- Tell me a joke
- Say the ABC
- Sing happy birthday
- What does the elephant say?
- Having a conversation with Google Assistant using the conversation integration via text or voice.
In this case, all you need to do is enable the API:
- Go the Google Developers Console Google Assistant API .
- Confirm the project and Enable the API.
- Continue with the steps described in the Configuration section.
In this case, you need to generate a client secret first:
This section explains how to generate a client ID and client secret on Google Developers Console.
- First, go to the Google Developers Console to enable Google Assistant API .
- Select Create project, enter a project name and select Create.
- Enable the Google Assistant API.
- Navigate to APIs & Services (left sidebar) > Credentials.
- In the left sidebar, select OAuth consent screen.
- Select External and Create.
- Set the App name (the name of the application asking for consent) to anything you want, e.g., Home Assistant.
- You then need to select a Support email.
- From the dropdown menu, select your email address.
- Under Developer contact information, enter your email address (the same as above is fine).
- Scroll to the bottom and select Save and continue.
- You don’t have to fill out anything else here. Adding other information to this page (like an app logo) may trigger an additional review process from Google and delay setup by days.
- You will then be automatically taken to the Scopes page.
- You do not need to add any scopes here. Select Save and continue to move to the Test users page.
- You do not need to add anything to the Test users page. Select Save and continue, which will take you to the Summary page.
- Select Back to dashboard.
- Select OAuth consent screen again and under Publishing status, select Publish app.
- Otherwise your credentials will expire every 7 days.
- Make sure Publishing status is set to In production.
- In the left sidebar, select Credentials, then select Create credentials (at the top of the screen), then select OAuth client ID.
- Set the Application type to Web application and give this credential set a name (like “Home Assistant Credentials”).
https://my.home-assistant.io/redirect/oauthto Authorized redirect URIs then select Create.
- This is not a placeholder. It is the URI that must be used.
- You will then be presented with a pop-up saying OAuth client created, showing Your client ID and Your client secret.
- Make a note of these (for example, copy and paste them into a text editor), as you will need them shortly.
- Once you have noted these strings, select OK.
- If you need to find these credentials again at any point, then navigate to APIs & Services > Credentials, and you will see Home Assistant Credentials (or whatever you named them in the previous step) under OAuth 2.0 Client IDs.
- To view both the Client ID and Client secret, select the pencil icon. This will take you to the settings page for these credentials, and the information will be on the right-hand side of the page.
- Congratulations! You are now the keeper of a client secret. Guard it in your treasure box.
To add the Google Assistant SDK integration to your Home Assistant instance, use this My button:
If the above My button doesn’t work, you can also perform the following steps manually:
The integration setup will next give you instructions to enter the Application Credentials (OAuth Client ID and Client Secret) and authorize Home Assistant to access your Google Assistant API.
Continue through the steps of selecting the account you want to authorize.
If your Google account settings are set to a language not supported by the SDK – which can be noticed by the authentication screen of Google being localized in that language – the authorization will fail without a clear error. Changing the language at the bottom of the error page to one that is supported by the SDK will allow you to continue to the link page of Home Assistant.
NOTE: You may get a message telling you that the app has not been verified and you will need to acknowledge that in order to proceed.
You can now see the details of what you are authorizing Home Assistant to access with two options at the bottom. Click Continue.
The page will now display Link account to Home Assistant?, note Your instance URL. If this is not correct, please refer to My Home Assistant. If everything looks good, click Link Account.
You may close the window, and return back to Home Assistant where you should see a Success! message from Home Assistant.
If you have an error with your credentials you can delete them in the Application Credentials user interface.
If commands don’t work try removing superfluous words such as “the”. E.g. “play rain sounds on bedroom speaker” instead of “play rain sounds on the bedroom speaker”.
If broadcasting doesn’t work, make sure: the speakers aren’t in do not disturb mode, the Home Assistant server is in the same network as the speakers, and IPv6 is disabled in the router.
The easiest way to check if the integration is working is to check My Google Activity for the issued commands and their responses.
- Multiple Google accounts are not supported.
- Personal results are not supported yet since that requires creating an OAuth client ID of the Desktop app.
- If you see the issued commands in My Google Activity, the integration is working fine. If the commands don’t have the expected outcome, don’t open an issue in the Home Assistant Core project or the underlying library. You should instead report the issue directly to Google here. Examples of known Google Assistant API issues:
- Media playback commands (other than play news, play podcast, play white noise, or play rain sounds) don’t work.
- Routines don’t work.
- Broadcast doesn’t work with IPv6.
- Broadcast to specific rooms often doesn’t work for non-English languages.
- Commands that need to verify your identity through voice match do not work.
On the configure page, you can set the language code of the interactions with Google Assistant. If not configured, the integration picks one based on Home Assistant’s configured language and country. Supported languages are listed here.
You can use the service
google_assistant_sdk.send_text_command to send commands to Google Assistant.
|Service data attribute||Optional||Description||Example|
||no||Command(s) to send to Google Assistant.||turn off kitchen TV|
||yes||Name(s) of media player entities to play response on||media_player.living_room_speaker|
service: google_assistant_sdk.send_text_command data: command: "turn off kitchen TV"
# Say a joke on the living room speaker service: google_assistant_sdk.send_text_command data: command: "tell me a joke" media_player: media_player.living_room_speaker
You can send multiple commands in the same conversation context which is useful to unlock doors or open covers that need a PIN. Example:
service: google_assistant_sdk.send_text_command data: command: - "open the garage door" - "1234"
You can get responses. Example:
service: google_assistant_sdk.send_text_command data: command: - "tell me a joke" - "tell me another one"
responses: - text: |- What do you call a belt made of watches? A waist of time 👖 🕝 - text: |- What's the most musical part of the turkey? The drumsticks 🍗
You can use the service
notify.google_assistant_sdk to broadcast messages to Google Assistant speakers and displays without interrupting music/video playback.
|Service data attribute||Optional||Description||Example|
||no||Message to broadcast.||someone is at the front door|
||yes||Rooms (in Google Assistant)||bedroom|
Example to broadcast to all speakers:
service: notify.google_assistant_sdk data: message: time for dinner
Example to broadcast to speakers in selected rooms:
service: notify.google_assistant_sdk data: message: time for dinner target: - bedroom - basement
You can add an assistant with the conversation agent set to “Google Assistant SDK”. See setup your assistant section here. Then you can converse with Google Assistant by tapping the Assist icon at the top right of your dashboard:
Or by calling the
Note: due to a bug in the Google Assistant API, not all responses contain text, especially for home control commands, like turn on the lights. These will be shown as
<empty response>. For those, Google Assistant responds with HTML and Home Assistant integrations are not allowed to parse HTML.