Have you recently purchased a Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max or Home Hub? It's time to set up your brand new smart speaker or smart screen. These devices can do a lot, from playing music to reading the weather to controlling your smart home devices – and all you have to do to alert Google Assistant is to say "OK, Google" or "Hi, Google." We break down how to configure your Google home so you can get started with all the things this product can do.
1. (If not obvious) plug it in
To get started, first connect the Google Home device to the wall. There is no power button on Google's home, as long as it is connected to a socket, it is automatically turned on. Wait a few minutes for it to light, and it then starts looking for your phone to establish a connection. Keep your phone handy so you know when the two are ready to sync.
2nd Download the Google Home app
If you're using an iPhone or Android, you can find the Google Home app in the App Store or on Google Play. When prompted, accept activating site permissions, as this will make it easier for the device to report exact local weather, inform you about the nearest Walgreens, etc. Make sure your smartphone is connected to your home Wi-Fi, as this is how Google Home will be able to access your network information.
3. Sign in with Google and sync your device
In order to use a Google Home device, you need a Google Account. If you already have a gmail.com email address, it is perfect – continue and enter it. If you don't already have one, it's time to come up with the program. Go to Gmail.com on your laptop or smartphone to create a new account. Use your new Gmail account, sign in to the Google homepage, go to Devices, and let your mobile device discover the Google homepage. The app will then play a test sound on the chosen Google home unit – simply choose "I heard the sound" if you hear it.
If you have a Google home hub, you can click the compass on the Google homepage to discover your device. When the app indicates that it has found your homepage at Google, select "set up" to connect your hub. A series of numbers will appear on the screen for both your home hub and your phone, and these numbers will match. Select "yes" to verify that these numbers match and that you connect the correct device. Once you have verified, you have the correct device, follow the remaining instructions and perform updates.
Be sure to set up your Google Home device because you need it for things like local weather reports, traffic conditions, and shuttle times. In order to provide you with accurate commuting times, Google Assistant must know the addresses you are calling at home and on. Under "Personal Information", a section is displayed that allows you to enter these addresses. When you're done, ask Google Assistant "how long is my commute?" While getting ready in the morning, it gives you a real-time look at the traffic conditions that are on the highway.
4th Take the Guide
Google Home app will encourage you to take a tutorial, which we recommend you do. Going through a tour on the device gives you a sense of the vast array of features that Google Home devices and Google Assistant offer and how to use them effectively.
5th Add your music accounts
Now to the important stuff – music! With the Google homepage, you can choose from several supported music services: Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Deezer. To get the most out of this feature, it's nice to have a Google Play Music or Spotify premium account that lets you request albums and shuffles for new songs without having to run through endless ads.
6th Add Your Video Accounts
You can also control video content with your Google Home devices, as long as you have a TV with Chromecast or Chromecast built-in. Google currently has the following voice-supported content partners: Netflix, CW, CBS, HBO, YouTube, Viki, Crackle, Red Bull, Starz and Google Play Movies and TV.
Some of these services require you to link your account. In the Google homepage, go to settings> services> photos and videos to link your account. If you have a Google Home speaker and a TV with Chromecast, you can control the video content on your TV. If you have a Hubhub, you can view your content directly on the Home Hub screen.
7th Set your preferences
To personalize your Google Home device, tap the menu button on the left side of the app, click then click "Account Settings". It takes you to a bunch of volunteer features that Google Assistant offers so you can make your device unique based on what fits your lifestyle. If you go under settings> more settings> assistant, you can change the assistant's language or add another language.
By pressing News and then Customizing, you can choose which news sources you want Google Home to draw from when you read the news. Whether you are NPR junkie, NBC News follower or Fox News fan, you can change the sources for your convenience. If you say "OK Google, listen to the news", your Google Home device will provide a news report tailored to your needs.
8th Change which Google Assistant to call you
If you scroll down the app to "Personal Information", a location will appear allowing you to change your nickname and you can also teach Google Assistant to pronounce it correctly. So if you want the voice assistant to call you "Ma", "Governor" or "Mary Poppins", your desire is your Google Home device command.
] 9. Add compatible smart home products
Google Home devices are compatible with a wide range of smart home products, including Nest thermostats, Philips Hue lamps and Samsung SmartThings. In the app, tap Home Control to add a new device. Make sure these smart home devices are all on the same Wi-Fi network, otherwise you won't be able to control them from the Google homepage. Once all the devices are configured, you can say "OK Google, mute the lights" and your Philips Hue lights will adapt to your desired setting. Check out some of the best compatible devices in Google Home here.
10th Start talking to Google
When your Google home is laid out, it's time to start using the little guy. There are thousands of questions you can ask Google. Need some inspiration? Give the upper left menu button a button and select "What can you do?" The app gives you some suggestions. For example, if you need to change the volume of the music, say "OK Google, Volume -" and then say a number between 1 and 11. It's time to start chatting with your new voice assistant!