Have you recently purchased a Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max? It's time to set up your brand new smart speaker or smart display. These devices can do a lot, from playing music to reading the weather to operating your smart home devices – and all you have to do to get the attention of Google Assistant is & # 39; OK , Google & # 39; or & # 39; Hey, Google & # 39; to say. We are breaking down how you can set up your Google Home so that you can get started with all the things this product can do.
1. (In case it is not clear) connect it
First connect your Google Home device to the wall. There is no on / off button on the Google Home, so as long as it is connected to a power outlet, it is automatically turned on. Wait a few minutes for it to light up and it will then search for your phone to establish a connection. Keep your phone handy so that you know when the two are ready to be synchronized.
2. Download the Google Home app
Whether you use an iPhone or Android, you can find the Google Home app in the App Store or on Google Play. When prompted, you agree to enable location permissions, as this makes it easier for the device to accurately report local weather, let you know the nearest Walgreens, etc. Make sure your smartphone is connected to your Wi-Fi. Fi at home, because this is how the Google Home has access to your network information.
3. Log in with Google and synchronize your device
If you want to use a Google Home device, you need a Google account. If you already have a Gmail address, that's perfect – go ahead and enter it. If you don't have one yet, it's time to start the program. Go to Gmail.com on your laptop or smartphone to create a new account. Log in to the Google Home app with your new Gmail account and then go to Devices and let your mobile device detect your Google Home device. The app then plays a test sound on the chosen Google Home unit – simply select "I heard the sound" when you hear it.
If you have a Nest Hub, click on the compass in the Google Home app to view your device. When the app indicates it has found your Hub, select S and Up to connect your smart display. A series of numbers appears on the screen of both your Hub and on your phone, and these numbers must match. Select Yes to check if these numbers match and that you connect the correct device. Once you have verified that you have the correct device, follow the remaining instructions and perform any updates.
Make sure you set the location of your Google Home device because you need it for things like local weather reports, traffic conditions, and travel times. To provide you with accurate travel times, Google Assistant must know the addresses that you call at home and at work. Under Personal info you see a part where you can enter these addresses. When you are ready, you can ask Google Assistant "how long does my commute take?" While you prepare & # 39; in the morning, you get a real-time look at the traffic conditions on the highway.
4. Follow the tutorial
The Google Home app asks you to follow a tutorial, which we recommend that you do. A tour of the device gives you an idea of the wide range of functions that Google Home devices and Google Assistant offer and how you can use them effectively.
Google adds new functions to its speakers and displays. If you have the Google Nest Hub Max, it has a built-in Nest camera. You can also set the camera for video calls or use camera detection functions such as face recognition and hand gestures.
5. Add your music accounts
Now to the important things – music! With Google Home you can choose from various supported music services: Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Deezer. To get the most out of this feature, it is nice to have a Google Play Music or Spotify premium account, with which you can request albums and shuffle new songs without having to watch endless advertisements.
6. 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-driven content partners: Netflix, CW, CBS, HBO Now, YouTube, Viki, Crackle, Red Bull, Starz and Google Play Movies and TV.
For some of these services you must have your account. In the Google Home app, go to S settings> Services> Photos & videos & # 39; s to 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 by voice. If you have a Nest Hub, you can view your content directly on your Hub screen.
7. Set your preferences
To fully personalize your Google Home device, tap the menu button on the left side of the app and then tap Account Preferences. This brings you to a number of optional features that Google Assistant offers, so that you can make the device unique to you based on what fits your lifestyle. If you go under Settings> More settings> Assistant you can change the language of your assistant or add an additional language.
By tapping News and then Edit you can select from which news sources you want to get the Google Home when you read the news. Whether you are an NPR junkie, NBC News follower or Fox News fan, you can change the sources at your leisure. If you Google & # 39; OK, listen to the news & # 39; says, your Google Home device will give you a news report that is tailored to your preferences.
8. Change what Google Assistant calls you
If you scroll down in the app to Personal info, you will see a place where you can change your nickname and you can even teach Google Assistant to pronounce it correctly. So whether you want the voice assistant to call you "Mrs.", "Governor" or "Mary Poppins", your wish is the command of your Google Home device.
Google Home devices are compatible with more than 30,000 smart home products. 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 can't control them via the Google Home, once all the devices are set up, you can say & # 39; OK Google, dim the lights & # 39; adjust your Philips Hue bulbs to your requested setting, view some of the best Google Home compatible devices here.
10. Start talking to Google  Once your Google Home is set up, it's time to use the little man. There are thousands of questions that you can ask Google. Need inspiration? Tap the menu button at the top left and select "What can you do?". The app gives you some suggestions. For example, if you want to change the volume of the music, say & # 39; OK Google, volume – & # 39; and say a number between 1 and 10. It is time to start chatting with your new voice assistant!
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