When posting to social media from your smartphone, the process is usually the same. Find the app. Open the app. Tap the app version of the create button.
With shortcuts for the Google Assistant, you can reduce this process to a single command, so you can go straight to create mode. While routines can start several actions with one command, shortcuts are used to carry out certain actions in apps.
Here’s how to use shortcuts in the Google Assistant to quickly post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok.
Step 1: Install or update the Google Assistant
With the exception of Samsung devices, the Google Assistant is the default voice-activated assistant for most Android devices. If it isn̵
Siri has its own shortcuts function for iPhones. However, if you prefer the Google Assistant, there is an app for that.
- Install Google Assistant: Android (Free) | iOS (free)
Step 2: Open the wizard settings
To access the settings, go to the Google Assistant by saying “Okay Google” or by tapping the shortcut on your home screen. Then tap the icon in the lower left to jump to the snapshot screen. Finally, tap your profile photo in the top right to open Settings. (You can also add a shortcut to Snapshot on your home screen, as you can see below.)
Alternatively, you can search the settings for “wizard settings”. The effort is similar.
Step 3: Access Shortcut Settings
Scroll down to the All Settings section, which is sorted alphabetically. Scroll further down to find the shortcut settings. Tap on it to continue.
Step 4: Enable and customize shortcuts
Shortcuts are based on the apps you have installed, with most of the big names represented. A handful of suggested shortcuts are listed first. However, scroll down to see all of the available shortcuts for your apps.
Find the social app that you want to create a shortcut for and tap it to see the options available. For Facebook, you can add a shortcut to create a story or post. For Twitter, you have options for direct messages and tweets. For Instagram, there is a link for posts, but no stories. For Snapchat, your only option is a new snap. Finally, there is a shortcut for TikTok to create a new video.
When you find the shortcut you want, tap the blue plus sign to add it. A window will open in which you will learn how to trigger the new link.
If you want to change it, you can now tap the pencil icon to edit the phrase. For example, I choose to change “New Facebook Post” to “Post to Facebook” for a more natural imperative. After editing the phrase, tap Done to save it.
Step 5: trigger links
After you have triggered the wizard, you can now say the shortcut to jump directly into the composition mode of the respective app.
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