Google Assistant can turn on lights, answer questions, and stream videos to your Smart TVs in just a few words. The best part is that installation and setup is simple and only takes a few minutes. All devices are set up about the same, so it doesn’t matter which model you have.
Here’s how to set up Google Home, Mini, or Home Hub. The process is the same for each of the models.
How to set up a Google Home
Setting up Google Home is easy.
- To get started, download or open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.
- Make sure the device is plugged in and fully powered; when it is ready to be configured, you will hear a beep.
- With an open application, find the + symbol in the upper left corner of the screen. A new screen will appear.
- Under the Add to Home heading, click Configure Device.
- On the next screen, click “Configure New Devices”.
- You will be prompted to select the home where the device will be installed. If you’ve never created a home address in Google Assistant before, follow these steps to set up your home.
- If your device is detected on the next screen, the setup process will inform you that GoogleHomeXXXX, where the crosses represent a series of numbers, has been detected. Click Next in the lower right corner of the screen. The connection process starts.
- If you hear a sound, it means the device is connected. Scroll through the screens until you get to Additional Legal Terms and click I Agree at the bottom.
- You then have the option to send device statistics and crash reports to Google. You can turn this on or off; it doesn’t matter which you choose. If you’re concerned about privacy and want to limit the amount of information Google receives about your devices, click No thanks.
- Then select a location for the device. The setup assistant will present you with a list of pre-created rooms to choose from, as well as any rooms you have configured.
- After selecting a room, select your Wi-Fi network.
- When you complete this step, you will be prompted to set up Google Assistant. All you have to do is click Next. You can then turn Voice Match on or off, a feature that allows the Assistant to distinguish your voice from others in your family and provide personalized results.
- You will then be prompted to select a default music service. Finally, at the end of the setup process, you will be prompted to name your presenter. It will be assigned to any room you previously selected, but you can give it your own name to separate it from other devices in your home.
Voila, that’s all. When you’re done setting up Google Home, all you have to do is say “Ok Google” or “Ok Google” to activate the assistant and start giving commands. You can do everything from controlling individual smart home devices to streaming content.