Beta Testing Google Actions In Development: a caveat

Plus a tip for testing Smart Home Actions

Edoardo Nosotti
Oct 12, 2019 · 3 min read
Photo by Ciprian Boiciuc on Unsplash

Taking things for granted

This week I started a new Google Actions project. As soon as I had some working code I wanted to engage some friends to test it on real devices. I knew the procedure to enable for inviting other people to the testing because I had done that before, but I noticed that something had changed in the Actions Console.

Enabling testing, pt. 2

A brief chat with the Support Team clarified that the Actions testing procedure had been upgraded, but the docs were not up to date. Follow these steps to invite other people to test your Actions:

How to access the Permissions console in GCP IAM to invite testers
The Actions Console dashboard
How to enable testing on physical devices from the Actions Console
Photo by Jens Kreuter on Unsplash

Testing Smart Home Actions

If you are testing a “Smart Home Action”, follow these steps to test it on your Home device or app:

  • In the dashboard screen, tap on “(+) Add”
  • In the “Add and manage” screen, tap on “(+) Set up device”
  • In the “Set up” screen, tap on “Works with Google”
  • You should see the “[test] your-project-name at the top of the list
  • Select your Action and enjoy!

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