If you have a number of Google Home or Nest speakers and smart screens scattered around your house, why not use them as a broadcasting system? This is exactly what you can do with Google Assistant.
Google Assistant’s broadcast feature works like a modern intercom. You can send a message to your child̵7;s room to tell them that dinner is ready or send a message to the whole house when you are away. It is a very useful feature.
Before we start sending messages, let’s cover some basics. You can send a message from Google Assistant on your smartphone or tablet or a Google Nest or Home device that is part of your smart home.
Shipments can be sent to any Google Nest or Home device in your house or routed to specific rooms and devices. It is also possible to reply to a sent message.
Launch Google Assistant
To use a Google Home or Nest smart speaker or Smart Display, you simply need to say “Hello, Google” and one of the commands below. With an iPhone, iPad or Android device, you need to start Google Assistant.
On Android, there are a number of different ways to start Google Assistant. The first is to say “OK, Google” or “Hello, Google.” Newer units can start the assistant with a swipe from the lower left or right corner.
On iPhone and iPad, you need to install the Google Assistant app and launch it from the Home screen. Once you have opened the app, say “OK, Google” or press the “Microphone” icon and the assistant will start listening.
Send a message
To send a message to any Google Nest or Home device in your house, use one of the following commands:
- “Broadcast [message]. ”
- “Inform [message]. ”
Use these commands to specify where to send the message:
- Send to [room name] [message]. ”
- “Send to [device name] [message]. ”
The difference between these two phrases is that the first will be transmitted on each device in the room, while the latter only transmits on the said device. You can find the name of each device and room with the Google Home app on iPhone, iPad or Android.
Reply to a shipment
Replying to a shipment works in the same way as sending one. When Google Assistant finishes reciting the message from a speaker or Smart Display, say “Hello, Google” and the following commands:
- “Response [message]. ”
- “Send a reply” (Google will follow up and ask what the message is).
Your reply will only be sent to the original sender. If the original message was sent from a phone, they will receive a message with your reply. If the original message came from a Google Home or Nest speaker or Smart Display, your reply will be played aloud on your device.