Google Home & Assistant Migration
Google is shutting down Home & Assistant voice apps on June 13, 2023. You can keep interacting with your Tesla by using Google Home's IFTTT integration with Tessie, which we've created a guide for below.
Alternatively, you can replace Google Assistant with Alexa on your phone using the guide below.
We know many people loved the Assistant app and we're disappointed that Google is removing this ecosystem. We're in touch with Google to advocate for adding vehicle support back to Google Home & Assistant and are hoping to have a replacement within the next couple months. If you'd like a refund instead, please email us.
Link IFTTT and Google Assistant
- Open the Google Home app and click the Settings button in the middle of the screen.
- Tap Works with Google > IFTTT.
- Sign up or log in to IFTTT.
Get a Tessie access token to use with IFTTT
Open the Tessie app and tap Settings > Developer API > Generate access token.
Create your voice commands
- Visit ifttt.com/create.
- Select If This > Google Assistant V2 > Activate scene.
- Enter the feature you want to activate. For example: "climate". This is the key activation phrase you'll use with Google Home/Assistant.
- Select Then That > Webhooks > Make a web request.
- For URL, enter https://api.tessie.com/VIN/command/start_climate?access_token=TOKEN
- Replace VIN with your vehicle's VIN and TOKEN with your developer token generated above.
- Tap Create action > Continue > Finish.
You can now say "Hey Google, activate climate" to start the climate in your Tesla.
You can use any Tessie API endpoint that controls your vehicle. For example, you could replace "start_climate" in the URL above with "activate_front_trunk".
Alternative: Replace Google Assistant with Alexa on your phone
- Download Alexa for Android and create an account.
- Visit Tessie's Alexa Skill for the US, UK, Canada or Australia to enable it and link your account.
- Open the Settings app on your phone and tap Apps > Default apps > Digital assistant app > Default digital assistant app > Amazon Alexa.
Now you can trigger Alexa by holding the home button and say things like "ask tessie control to lock". You can create your own commands like "heat up the car" or check out the complete list of built-in commands.
Regarding App Actions and Smart Home devices
Google is replacing voice apps with "App Actions" and "Smart Home" devices. Unfortunately, controlling vehicles is not a supported action or device.