Mon. Aug 19th, 2019

How to use Google Assistant to Run your Smart Home For you?

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Google Assistant is integrated into millions of smart devices, smartphones, and speakers across the world, and has become almost as close to our hearts as Alfred was to Bruce Wayne or Jarvis to Tony Stark – and for good reason.

The list of things Google Assistant can do will leave your jaw hanging open. The super-awesome voice assistant can do anything from booking your appointments, replying to your emails, answering your general knowledge questions, to ordering grocery for you. But what has truly gotten us hooked to this nifty assistant is its ability to control our smart homes like a butler, acting as a single voice-activated hub for your outdoor security camera, smart thermostat, connected lightbulbs, doorbell, and everything in between.

When we say it never ceases to surprise us, we are not exaggerating. I just heard five minutes ago that if your TV is hooked up to a Dish Hopper receiver, your Google Assistant can now display the weather, your pictures, and what not with a voice command. Just this Wednesday, Dish rolled out a software update that added Google Assistant to its existing voice remotes. You can now control your TV by talking into a Google-branded voice remote. Push a button to talk to the remote to activate your smart home and ask your Tv the same questions that you would have asked a Google Assistant-equipped phone, smart display or smart speakers.

Regardless of whether you run the Google Assistant app on your Android TV, a Google Home Speaker, or your smartphone. You don’t have to have the brains of Ironman to command your connected home devices; not when you have Google Assistant at your beck and call. However, if you are still wondering how to use the Google Assistant app on your smartphone, our comprehensive guide will turn you into a smart home pro.

Where can I find Google Assistant?

A lot of people are under the misconception that Google Assistant is only available on phone, smart displays like Google Next Hub Max, the Google Home Hub, or on the extensive list of Google Home speakers, such as Google Home Max or the Google Home Mini. In addition, Google Assistant has also been integrated with a plethora of third-party devices. While it makes more sense to use a Google Assistant on your smartphones or speakers, any of these devices can be used to control your smart home., if you know how. Though you might not want to have to haul your body over to your car parked outside everytime you want to turn up the heat in the house.

How to set up Google Assistant devices?

However, only your tablet or phone will be able to connect your home devices with Google Assistant. Fire up the Google Assistant app on your device, tap the menu button and choose Settings. Next, tap “Home control” near the top.

On the page that pops up, add the ‘+’ icon, and choose which device account you want to link, such as Nest or Philips Hue. Depending on which option you choose, you will be directed to log into your smart device’s account. If you’ve already done so via Chrome on your phone, Google will ask for permission to connect to your gadget’s account.

After you have connected your smart home account, you will be presented with the complete list of available devices. 

Complete the setup process by following all subsequent steps. Once completed, you can set nicknames for your devices to help you identify each later on. This helps when you want to say, “Dim the lights in the bedroom” or “play some music in the kitchen”.  You can even assign devices to different rooms in your house, especially when you have a lot of different smart devices.  

Once the setup is complete, start asking Google Assistant to do things like “play me some soothing music”, “Turn up the thermostat”, or “Turn off the lights.” Ask your Google Assistant smart display or TV to “display the livestream of your security camera’s view”, “read you your favorite audiobook”, or play a particular video online.

A lot of brands have started working with Google Assistant, such as the latest Neato robot vacuums or the Philips Hue lightbulbs, not to mention products from Google-owned company Nest, such as Nest Cam IQ or the next-generation Nest Smart Thermostat-E.

How to Disconnect devices from your Google Assistant?

If you no longer want Google Assistant to control your smart devices, you can simply disconnect your account. Open the Google Homepage, tap the device>Settings> Remove device, and tap unlink.

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