You can adjust the brightness or set an alarm on your Google Home Hub with a voice command. However, if you try to be quiet or hear background noise, you can do so with a hidden menu of screen settings.
Accessing the Screen Settings menu is easy. The hardest part is probably just knowing that it exists. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Once you do this, a small menu will appear (similar to what you see when you swipe from top to bottom in smart home settings).
You can find the order from left to right:
- Brightness: Allows you to adjust the screen brightness up and down. It also enables and disables the ambient EQ feature. If you set the brightness to a specific value of 1 to 10, the ambient EQ will be disabled. Setting the value to zero activates the Ambient EQ.
- Volume: This is another way to increase or decrease the volume, but you can also use your voice or the physical buttons on the back of the hub. This is ideal when the buttons stop working.
- Do not disturb: If you enable this option, you will not receive calls or notifications. Once you disable this, your missed notifications will be displayed. This setting will not stop . However, alarms are not stopped.
- Alarms: Allows you to set new alarms.
- Settings Gear: Fi connection and some legal references.
Accessing these non-voice settings is a good thing, especially if your hub is in a location where access to the physical volume keys is uncomfortable. It would only be nice if the introductory video mentions that the screen settings menu is present.