So you've got a Google Home for Christmas. This is great because this is a great little smart speaker that can do a lot of different things – in fact it can be a bit overwhelming. The good news is that we have covered you. Here are some ideas on how to start your new home.
Setting Up Your New Google House
First you have to set up the bad boy, as he is practically useless in the box. But before we get into that, let me briefly turn to something that is constantly in the minds of users when they receive a constantly listening device like Google Home: It does not spy on everything you say. It only listens for the hotword ("OK Google" or "Hey Google"), but that's it. Nothing is recorded or sent back to Google until it hears these words. I promise it.
If that's out of the way, let's set up your new speaker. The first thing you need to do is connect your home computer and download the Google Home app for iOS or Android.
Start it and complete the tutorial ̵
From There you set up a room and connect the home to the WLAN. After all connections have been made, log in to your Google Account. If you've set up Google Assistant on your phone, your voice settings will be automatically imported. That's cool.
When you set up Google Assistant for the first time, you can teach it to recognize your voice. If you have already set it up on another device, it can retrieve the language model for you.
Next, the Google Home app detects whether certain music apps are installed and offers to set them up for you. It turned out that I use Spotify. It then offers to set up video services for you.
Finally, you have the option of specifying the location where the Home is used to review and run all your settings through a short tutorial on using Home.
With all the simple stuff out of the way, you're ready to really start using your new Google homepage.
Add another account
If you want to share your home with someone else in the house (or even more people), you want to add the Google Account to everyone else. Why? Because the Google Assistant is able to distinguish people by their votes, it provides personalized results.
For example, if I direct my Google Home to add an appointment to my calendar, it will assign my voice to my account and add it only to my personal calendar, not to my wife. This works for them as well.
To add a second (or third, fourth, etc.) account to an existing Google homepage, the person you want to add must install the Home app on their phone. When you start up and log in, you are looking for new devices, and you can simply follow the setup routine.
You can also add new home members from your home app by going to Settings and clicking the "Household" option in Preferences. Then click the plus button at the top right. You can then choose from your contacts or manually enter a Gmail address.
Learn more about adding accounts to Google Home in this post.
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Get the Tunes
I mean, Google Home is a speaker because music is pretty good to do with it. There are several ways to get your songs up and running with Home:
Cool, right? Yes. However, if you've taken the time to add multiple accounts to your home, as described above, there are a few things you'll want to see.
First of all, each account can set its own preference for the music service. Google Play Music, Pandora, YouTube Music and Spotify are all supported, but you can only use one of them at a time. It's a funny thing, but unfortunately you can not do anything.
To change your music preferences, open the Google Home app and click the Settings button. On the Settings page, scroll down a little and tap the Music option.
You will see a list of your music services and other options available.
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But suppose you have a top notch Spotify Account and your important member. & # 39; t. You can actually allow him to use your account by selecting the last option here: "No default value". This will automatically use all music that plays the other person's settings as the default. More information about how it works can be found here.
Setting Up Your Smarthome
Aside from being a speaker that you can talk to, Google Home is essentially the hub of your entire smarthome. If you have other smart devices, such as Philips Hue lighting, nest thermostats or cameras, etc., you want to set them up in Google Home. You can even take Chromecast and Android TV home for easy control of your voice.
When you open the Home app, the main screen appears as a dashboard that displays your rooms, routines, Google Home devices, and other smart home devices. To add a new device, a new member, a speaker group, or even a new home, click the "Add" button and then choose what you want to add.
 Just follow the instructions to set up your stuff, and if you have any problems along the way, check out our guide to setting up your smarthome with Google Home.
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Make Calls to Google Home
Your Google Home can also act as a legal handsfree device serve – even without you ever having to do this Touch your current phone. Just say "Hello Google, call
It's also very important because you can use an anonymous number (Google Voice) number (if any) or even your personal phone number. All these things can be set in the Google Home app under More Settings> Calls to Speakers.
Detailed setup instructions can be found in our posting.
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Get cooking instructions, malls and more
My "Main" -Google Home is in the kitchen, because that's where it's most useful. To clean up? Play some music. Bake something? Set a timer (you can also change the volume of the timer alarm). Cook? Get step-by-step instructions without having to touch the phone. Seriously, this is a game changer.
Retrieving recipes is also very simple: Search for what you want and send it to Google Home. We actually have a complete tutorial on how to get started, so if you have more detailed instructions, give it a look.
But wait, there is more! You can also tell your Google Home to buy things for you. This is done with Google Express, but you must also set your shipping and payment settings in the Google Home app. Detailed instructions can be found here if you want to take a closer look at how it works.
Since your Google Home is basically just a Google Assistant in a speaker, you can do all the cool things you do with Assistant. For example, ask questions on the phone, get a briefing a day, run a grocery list, and more more.
If you have a feature that you can not find and find, you can use Android to set custom commands and Tasker. It's not the easiest setup, but if time and patience are given, you can do it. You can find out how it works here.
Google Home is crazy and powerful, and its functionality is expanding every day. The voice control is very natural and the more you use it, the more you can do with it.