[Tutorial] Add to multiple inboxes! via any voice assistant! [IFTTT Webhooks]

Today I decided to clean my garage. I have 20 empty boxes, numbered 1 thru 20. I want to remember whats in what box, but without effort. I plugged a Google Home Mini in to be my assistant. Of course since I’m using IFTTT, any assistant service like Alexa would work too.

My method of inventory is to log a list I can search. The final, permanant form would look like this:

  • scuba gear in box 3
  • basketball in box 11
  • scuba snorkel wetsuit in box 4

There will be absolutely no editing or organization. I will simply search a keyword and read the last item, to see the latest location of items. I’m a big beleiver in minimum effort for maximum benefit.

Now, the nice thing about “multiple inboxes” is you can redo this tutorial as many times as you like, for “ok google shopping mayonnaise” or whatever. No more grabbing the phone or computer, just add whatevers on your mind to the correct place by voice.

Let’s get to the tutorial. I just got this from the dynalist documention, but you might find screenshots easier to understand. Also the documentarion is missing token and a comma after the note, but whatever, I figured it out.

Before we start, you need to fill these variables into the code, which are secret strings of letters and numbers, unique to you and your documents and nodes:

  "token": "TOKEN",
  "file_id": "DOCID",
  "changes": [
      "action": "insert",
      "parent_id": "NODEID",
      "index": -1,
      "content": "{{TextField}}",
      "checked": false

token: get it from https://dynalist.io/developer , it’s basically your username and password in gibberish form. Paste it where TOKEN is.

file_id: Zoom into the node that you want to add items to, and copy the file_id part from the address bar: https://dynalist.io/d/file_id#z=parent_id . Paste it where DOCID is.

parent_id: Same method as above but the parent_id part of the address. Paste it where NODEID is.

content: Skip this for now. You’ll get this later on by clicking the Add Ingredient button in IFTTT after you paste the code in. For Google Assistant users it’s just going to be {{TextField}}

Now that you have the code written somewhere, we can start. Sign in to ifttt.com and click Create at the top.



You’re done. Say aloud “add inventory test 123” and it should appear in the correct place in less than 1 second.


Thanks. Saying “add” didn’t work for me. I had to just say “inventory test 123.” Great tutorial.

Now that IFTTT Pro is out you can make this even more powerful. Here’s the code to add todays date to an input: Use date picker in the API via voice (IFTTT Pro)

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This is insanely usefull. Even though it only works in some languages.

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If you want to take this further and have IFTTT Pro, they have a new recipe feature called a “filter” which lets you transform data with javascript as it flows thru your recipe.

Here is the code I use to transform the word “tomorrow” in the notes I add to dynalist into the ! formatted date for tomorrow, as it flows via voice into my Google Assistant. Sorry if that’s confusing, just providing some inspiration here:

let today = (new Date(Date.now() - (60000 * 8 * 60) + (60000 * 24 * 60))).toISOString().slice(0, 10);

let varText = GoogleAssistant.voiceTriggerWithOneTextIngredient.TextField + ' !(' + today + ')';

let varBody = '{"token":"doooooooooooooongs","content":"' + varText + '"}';


This all is really great but Google Assistant interrupting you when you do even a slight pause while speaking out your note :man_facepalming:t2: … What is your recommendation on that?

Google Assistant interprets ~1-2 seconds silence as End of Command. There’s no way to change that as far as I know. They have to balance simplicity with speed.

You either need to repeat the command, or say a filler every second - “uh”, “erm”, “um”. Google automatically ignores fillers but it does extend the time while you think of what to say.

If you want to dictate using Google speech recognition without any timeouts, these are the 3 options I’ve found:

There is also the Dictate button on Macbooks, but it times out with silences too.

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Thanks a lot. I will try these methods out.

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Thanks for sharing. Sounds like it’s such a simple hack in hindsight. I can’t believe I didn’t come up with it myself. Seems like it will take a few hours to get used to. I will see how it goes.