If you want to bring Google Assistant to your home, you have several different speaker options. There is the original Google Home ($ 129 at Dell Home) the Home Mini and .
While the Google Home Mini ($ 49 at Google Store) is available in three color options (chalk, charcoal and coral) and Max in two colors (chalk and charcoal), you can only purchase the original in buy a configuration – a chalk-white top with a gray fabric base.
Like the Amazon Echo, these colors may not match your decor. If white and gray are not your preferred color, you can customize the appearance of your Google Home speaker in a number of ways.
Buy a new base
While you can not configure Google Home colors at the time of purchase, Google has removed the fabric base that comes with the speaker.
Originally offered in six colors and two different materials, Google now offers only the basis for Google Home in three different styles: coral in fabric and carbon and copper in metal. The coral base is $ 20 (£ 18, AU $ 29), while metal configurations will return you $ 40 each (£ 36, AU $ 59).
To install an aftermarket base, first disconnect the AC adapter from the speaker. Take the base and pull down. A gentle twist helps to release the magnets more easily. Install the aftermarket base by aligning the hole for the power supply with the back of the speaker. The magnets should position it.
While Google may have limited the options for official Google Home bases, a few third-party vendors have entered to fill the void. For example, Amazon has some leather-based options. And if you want to take your Google Home with you, Ninety7 has developed a battery base in white, copper or black.
Enclosures and covers
If you have the problem with the white top, you can also try a case that covers the top of the speaker. Murray Designs makes a case that slips over the top and comes in a range of colors or themes. You can make the top of your Google Home speaker look like marble or wood. Others give your Google Home a tuxedo or Santa Claus suit.
For Google Home Mini, Etsy has several case or cover options that disguise the speaker as a sorting hat for Harry Potter, a Death Star or R2 -D2 (kind of).
Install a Skin
If changing the color of the base is not enough or cases are not your first choice, there is another option. You can purchase a third-party skin to give the white top of the speaker a little more oomph.
In addition to the basic colors, popular smartphone skin maker Slickwraps offers Google Home vinyl skins in a variety of color choices including carbon, metal, wood, leather, glitter, stone and hemp.
If none of them fits your style, there are many other options online that will get you between $ 10 and $ 30. Some even come with skins for the power adapter, which is a cool touch if it can not be hidden behind furniture.
Another option is to dress up your Google Home with real wood. Toast makes real wood skins for Google Home in Ash, Bamboo and Walnut.
The instructions for applying skins to Google Home vary, but take your time and be sure to align the packaging correctly before pressing firmly. 19659016] Mix and match
A skin gives you the power to make your Google Home speaker truly your style. However, some white from the original color will eventually show up. To go one step further, mix a skin and a different color base. The walnut skin and the carbon-metal base look really great.
Now that you've customized your Google Home, take it to the next level with.
And if you have not gone all-in in a smart home, here are four things to consider before you make your home .
Originally posted on January 10, 2017.
Updated on August 13, 2018 : Added more customization options.