Google Home gets a new script editor: What it means for users, how to use, and more

Google has introduced a new script editor with enhanced automation control for Home users. This means users can now use a scripting tool to create more advanced automation for their smart home devices.

The script editor offers users nearly 100 starting points and actions to help them come up with ideas for their automation. For instance, Google provides an example of custom automation where a specific song plays when a designated sensor detects motion or the lights turn on when you arrive home at a particular time. However, users need basic programming skills to use this editor since it uses the YAML data serialisation language for configuration files.

While typically used for configuration files, YAML can be used as a scripting language for defining conditions and actions for smart devices in your home.

How to create a script for Google Home devices
To create automation, you need three key components: starters, conditions, and actions. A starter triggers the automation, such as turning on the TV. Conditions are requirements that must be met before the automation can run, such as it is between sunset and sunrise. Lastly, actions specify which devices will be activated, such as lowering the blinds and turning off the lights.

You can access the script editor through a preview build of the Google Home app or on the web. It comes with various sample scripted automation, and Google has provided a detailed guide to help you get started.

To sign up for the Preview, go to the Google Home app’s settings menu and choose the Public Preview option. After being accepted, you will receive a notification and see a flask icon.

The script editor can be used with Google Home and third-party smart home devices, and it’s compatible with popular sensors, including Matter-supported sensors.


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