Google Home Hub ($ 129 at Walmart) does not come with much instructions on how to use it. The Google Home app ($ 99 at Walmart) is also not very helpful, as navigating is not so easy, and many settings are hidden deep in menus.
If you've just connected your home hub and haven't entered the app, there are a lot of options and features you don't know about. Here are five that you probably missed.
Screen Saver Options
The default Google Home Screen saver is a clock, but you can change it to something more interesting. Open the Google homepage, scroll down to your speaker and tap it. Then press the gear icon and scroll to Ambient mode . Now choose between monitors or your Google Photos.
When you select it, it takes a few minutes for the screen saver to switch over, so be patient if you still see the clock.
The Google Home Hub night mode lowers the volume of your speaker on a schedule ̵
When the lights are low in your home, your Hub can automatically lower the screen brightness automatically. To set it up, find your device on the Google homepage, press Settings> Display Settings . From there you can choose when you want your screen to be dimmed. You can also choose whether the display turns off or shows the clock under low light.
Home Hub's Digital Wellbeing feature is about making your hub more child-friendly. It can filter out mature content on video and music, help you turn off call features and schedule screen time.
To set the function, go to Settings> Digital Well-being and follow the on-screen instructions. The process takes about five minutes to complete. When done, the functions can be easily turned on and off by accessing the Digital Wellbeing screen and switching the switch.
Anyone who visits your home can connect to your hub through guest mode without connecting to your Wi-Fi. To turn it on, select your device in the app and go to Settings> Guest Mode and switch the switch.
When switched on, the hub sends out an inaudible tone that triggers a four-digit PIN code to appear on the guest's phone. Then you only need to match the PIN with the one shown on the hub.