Have you recently purchased a Google Home, Home Mini, or Home Max? It's time to install a brand new speaker and voice assistant. This device can do a great deal, from playing music, to reading the weather, to controlling your smart home devices – and you just have to respond to "OK, Google," or "Hey, Google." We'll tell you how to set up your Google Home so you can get started with all the things this product can do.
Step 1: (In case it's not obvious) Connect it
First connect your Google Home device to the wall. There is no power button on Google Home. As long as it is connected to a power outlet, it is switched on. Wait a few minutes for it to light up and then it will start looking for your phone to connect. Have your phone ready to let you know when the two can be synced.
Step 2: 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, you agree to enable location permissions, as this will make it easier for the device to report the exact local weather, the details of the nearest Walgreens, and so on. Make sure your smartphone is connected to your Wi-Fi The Google homepage can access your network information.
Step 3: Sign in with Google
To use a Google Home device Need a Google Account. If you already have an email address from gmail.com, that's perfect – keep going and post it. If you do not have one yet, it's time to start the program. Go to Gmail.com on your laptop or smartphone to create a new account. Sign in to the Google Home app with your new Gmail account.
Be sure to set the location of your Google Home device as it may require local weather, traffic, and commute time, for example. To give you accurate commute times, Google Assistant needs to know the addresses you call at home and at work. Under "Personal data" you will see a section in which you can enter these addresses. When you're done, you can use Google Assistant's "How long does it commute?" Ask questions as you prepare for the morning and get a real-time insight into the traffic conditions on the highway
Step 4: Take the tutorial
The Google Home app encourages you to do a tutorial that we recommend , A tour of the device will give you an idea of the many features that Google Home devices and Assistant provide, and how you can use them effectively.
Step 5: Link Your Music Accounts
Now to the important stuff – music! Google Home lets you choose from four different supported music services: Google Play Music, Youtube, Spotify, and Pandora. To get the most out of this feature, a Google Play Music or Spotify Premium account is very useful, allowing you to request albums and switch to new titles without seeing endless ads. At this point, Google Home devices can no longer access the music libraries on your phone or computer, so you will not be able to block your iTunes playlists.
Step 6: Configure Your Settings  To fully personalize your Google Home device, tap the Menu button on the left side of the app, then tap Account Settings. This will redirect you to a set of optional features that Google Assistant will offer Your device will match your lifestyle.
Step 7: Change how Google Assistant calls you
When you scroll to "Personal Information" in the app, you'll see a place where you can change your nickname, and you can even teach Google Assistant to do it right pronounce. So if you want to be referred to by the language assistant as "Ma'am", "Governor", or "Mary Poppins," your wish is the goal of your Google Home device.
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Step 8: Change Your Message Settings [image] image data image image image image image image image image 19659004] Tapping on Messages and then Customize allows you to choose which news sources to use I'd like to use Google Home to read the news. Whether you are an NPR junkie, an NBC news follower or a fan of Fox News, you can change the sources as you wish. If you say "Ok Google, listen to the news," you'll receive a news report from your Google Home device that's tailored to your preferences.
Step 9: Add compatible smart home products
Google Home devices are compatible with a variety of smart home products, including nest thermostats, Philips Hue bulbs 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 will not be able to control them through Google Home. Once all devices are set up, you can say "Ok Google, dim the lights" and your Philips Hue lights will adjust to your desired setting.
Step 10: Talk to Google
Once your Google Home is up and running, it's time to use the little guy. There are thousands of questions that you can ask Google. Do you need some inspiration? At the top left, tap the menu button and tap "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 talk to your new language assistant!