A new Google home ($ 129 at Dell Home) is a great addition to your new home. You can use it to stream music, control your TV with Chromecast ($ 25 on eBay) help you cook and much more.
But with as much as you can do without lifting a finger, where do you are? What should you first know first? Here are seven tips to get started with your new Google home.
Configure Your First Routine
Like Flash Briefing on Alexa Speakers, Google Home has a feature that gives you weather forecasts, news, traffic, reminders, calendar events, and upcoming flight status. (It was previously called My Day, but is now labeled as the "Good Morning" routine in the Google homepage.)
To customize your good morning routine, open the Google homepage, press the gear button in the top right. Scroll all the way down and tap More Settings . Touch the Assistant tab and scroll to Routines . Now pointing the Good morning option. There you can switch between different summary segments and choose whether music, podcast, audio news feed, audio book or radio are played.
To start the routine, just say "OK Google, Good morning."
Change Standard Music Service
Outside the box, Google Home supports some music streaming services. You can listen to Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, and Pandora.
By default, Google Play uses music to power, but if you prefer to play YouTube Music or Spotify instead, you can change the default service on the Google homepage. Go to More settings, tap Services and select Music . Touch the button next to the service you want to set. You can also link your Pandora, Deezer, and Spotify accounts to Google's home.
If you ever want to use any of the other services to stream music, you can only tell Google Home which service to use at the end of the command. For example, say "OK Google, play rock music on YouTube Music."
Use Bluetooth and Cast to play some audio
If Google Home does not support your music streaming or you're choosing something else, such as audio books or podcasts, you can still use Google Home to play external audio. All you need to do is use Cast (if the app supports it) or Bluetooth.
To use Cast, connect your phone to the same wireless network as the Google homepage and open the app you want to play music or audio from. On the play screen with the game controls, look for the Cast icon. Touch it and select the Google Home Speaker to start playing audio.
If the Cast symbol is not present, it is likely not supported. However, if you have an Android phone, you can often drag down the notification screen and look for the option to cast it. Instead of throwing the audio from the current app, it will throw all the audio from the device, but it should still work.
Otherwise, you can use. Just set "OK Google, Bluetooth" or "OK Google, Couple" to start pairing. Look for the Google Home Speaker in the device's Bluetooth settings and select it to pair. When you want to connect your phone to your Google Home Speaker via Bluetooth, just say "OK Google, Connect."
Play Netflix and YouTube videos on your TV
One thing Google Home can do is control your TV. If you have a Chromecast and a TVyou can only say "OK Google, turn on [Chomecast name]".
In addition, you canon your TV. You can say things like:
- "Ok Google, play cat videos on YouTube at [Chromecast name]."
- "Ok Google, play" Parsonsfield "on [Chromecast name]."
- "Ok Google, play" Stricter Things "on Netflix on [Chromecast name]."
- "Ok Google, play" Parker and Recreation "on Netflix on [Chromecast name]."
Discover Assistant Apps
As an Alexa Speaker, Google Home has a third-party library of third-party support for smart home devices for gaming and health applications. They are called Assistant Apps and you can not even know they exist without digging through the Google homepage.
To find all apps that you can use with the Google Home Speaker, open the Google homepage, press the Hamburger button in the top left to expand the menu and select Explore . There you can search for items (Domino's Pizza, for example) or browse the different categories.
Find Your Phone
One of Google's best features is its ability to find your lost phone. You need to takebut when done, it's easy to use.
Just say "Ok Google, call my phone" or "Ok Google, find my phone." Google Home makes the phone ring, even if it's quiet until you've found it.
One thing you quickly learn with a smart speaker is how all the convenience can go out the window when you just want to turn off the lights late in the evening and Google Home wakes everyone with a full volume response.
will save you from this event again. To enable night mode:
- Open the Google Home app.
- Touch the Devices button in the upper right or select Devices from the left menu.
- Click the three points in the right-hand corner of the Google Home Speaker card and select Settings .
- Scroll down and press Enable Night Mode .
- Press the switch next to Enable Night Mode .
- Select a start and end time for night mode, then choose which days night mode should be on a schedule.
- Touch the switch next to Do not disturb to turn off sounds from reminders, broadcasts, messages, and other messages in night mode.
- Finally, change the control to decrease the brightness and set the maximum volume at night.
- Go back from the menu to save your changes.
Now that you talk to Google's home at night, the volume automatically adjusts to the maximum volume you set, and the speakers on the speaker turn dims.