Conversational Actions sunset overview

Google is sunsetting Conversational Actions, which allow you to create custom experiences or conversations for Google Assistant users. To ensure you have sufficient time to plan with care and support your users, the turndown is occurring on June 13, 2023.

These docs provide the information you need to prepare for the Conversational Actions sunset. They are organized in the following way:

  • Conversational Actions sunset overview: Describes general information about the turndown and addresses the most fundamental questions for developers.

  • Changelog: Provides a chronological record of all updates related to the turndown.

  • Actions console analytics sunset: Describes the turndown of Actions console analytics for Conversational Actions.

  • FAQ: Provides a list of additional questions and answers for developers.

  • Support: Provides information about support channels for further inquiries.

The following table defines the terms and timelines related to the sunset:

Sunset period Turned down/deprecated state
Dates June 13, 2022 - June 12, 2023 June 13, 2023 and onwards
Details Users can invoke Conversational Actions. Development tools will be available, though some features may be deprecated (see Changelog for details). Users and developers can no longer access Conversational Actions. Tools and features related to Conversational Actions are no longer available (see What is being removed?).

Thank you for being an integral part of the Google Assistant ecosystem. We look forward to continuing to invest in voice experiences, and working with you to build the future of Assistant. To learn more about the future of Assistant’s developer ecosystem, see the Conversational Actions sunset blog post.

What is being removed?

On June 13, 2023, the following content and functionality will be removed:

  • Conversational Actions: Conversational Actions are Actions that extend the functionality of Assistant with custom conversational experiences. All Conversational Actions will be removed, and will no longer be available to users or developers.

On September 13, 2022, the following feature was removed:

  • Actions console analytics: Analytics in the Actions console provide information about your Action’s usage. As of September 13, 2022 you can no longer access your Conversational Action’s analytics in the console.

Other features and products related to Conversational Actions may be removed before June 13, 2023. See the Changelog for the most up-to-date information about these removals. You will also be notified of any removals if/when they occur.

How do I know if my Action is a Conversational Action?

Conversational Actions extend the functionality of Assistant with custom conversational experiences. To check if your Action is a Conversational Action, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Actions console.
  2. Open your Actions project.
  3. Click Overview in the top navigation.
  4. Check for a banner at the top that says that your project is a Conversational Action.

If there is no banner, your Actions project is not a Conversational Action and won’t be affected. Note that the banner appears for both deployed and undeployed Conversational Actions.

What can I do with Conversational Actions until June 13, 2023?

You can still do the following until June 13, 2023:

  • View and edit your existing Conversational Action. You can continue to make changes to your Conversational Action until the sunset date. If you modify your Action and release it to production, it must pass Google’s review process again.
  • Create and deploy new Conversational Actions to production. Google is maintaining functionality and tooling for Conversational Actions until the sunset date, so you can continue to create and deploy Conversational Actions. Your new Conversational Action is still required to pass a review process before it is deployed to production. For more information about this process, see Release your Action.

How will this change affect my users?

Users can continue to invoke and use your CA until June 13, 2023. Additionally, we've upgraded to higher quality Text to Speech (TTS) voices for the following locales:

  • es-ES
  • es-419
  • th-TH
  • zh-HK
  • pt-BR
  • da-DK
  • sv-SE

These TTS improvements are available to your users with no work needed on your part.

What will happen to non-Conversational Action development paths?

The following development paths for Actions will continue to exist, and are unaffected by this turndown:

For more information about upcoming changes and improvements to these development paths, see the following sections.

App Actions

To more accurately reflect how App Actions fits into the Android ecosystem, we’ve migrated App Actions documentation to the Android developer site. You can see the App Actions docs in their new location here.

The App Actions shortcuts API has exited beta and is generally available. This release means that your App Actions implementations that use shortcuts.xml are fully supported through our support channels. For more information, see the blog post about this release.

Smart home

We’re committed to delivering the best smart home developer experience. The new Google Home Developer Console makes it easy to build Matter-enabled devices and apps with added features and functionality. You can find all smart home documentation in the Google Home Developer Center.

To stay informed, subscribe to the Google Home Developer Newsletter.

Actions from web content

Web integrations, which allow you to automatically generate Actions from your web content markup, will continue under Search. We have no changes to announce at this time.

Media Actions

Media Actions feeds let you describe your media content to Google, which enables users to discover your content on Google Search and Google Assistant and initiate playback of the content. We have received a large number of requests and are committed to ensuring Assistant users have access to the Radio of their choice.We are investing in a way to offer more seamless integrations at scale. We will let you know as soon as we have a solution available.