The Google Assistant has the job to connect to the other devices in the smart home. The lights, door locks and cameras are controlled by the speakers like Google Nest Mini and Nest Hub. Learning how to add devices to your Google home can be a confusing process, but you can follow the guidelines provided by Google’s Seamless Setup Feature.
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How to add smart bulb to a Google home
Before starting, you must have a thorough knowledge of what devices are compatible. It would help if you also had a smart speaker with Google Assistant built-in up and running. First of all, your Android or iOS must have downloaded the Google Home app.
Set up the smart bulb
According to the manufacturer’s instructions, set up the smart home device, which is the bulb. Before you purchase the bulb, make sure it is Google Assistant compatible device. That is done because not all smart home products are compatible. The setting up of the smart bulb is not as hard as it seems. It just involves plugging into the mains power and then connecting to your WiFi network. Sometimes you wish to access all the features, and you have to download the brand’s app for that.
You can avoid dealing with that app as soon as you have got going with the voice. Some smart bulbs may need a bridge, so you will have to set that up first.
Add the smart bulb in the app
After you open up the Google Home app on the main screen, you will see an ‘Add’ button under ‘Home’. You will have to tap on that add button and then click on ‘Set up the device’. Next to it is the blue sign. Now you have the two options.
The first option is to set up a new device that is only for Google’s own devices. This new device does the scanning of the home and then lets you join the WiFi network.
The other option is for the people whose device is from a third party. For that, you will have to click the option ‘Have something already set up. The devices that have already been linked are listed here, and their grouping is done on the basis of their brands. You can also choose the device from a list of Works with Google brands. After you find the device, you have been looking for, select it and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Your account will need a sign in after you install the device. When you are done with the process, hit ‘Done’, and the ‘devices’ tab will have the option of the new device like the smart bulb.
Remove devices in Google App
You can get a clearer overview of your smart home on the Google Home app because it shows you your devices grouped based on the room. The list is present on the home screen. You have to tap on one of these devices. Further options depend on the nature of the device. The control, like a volume controller, will show up for a smart speaker. To go to the device settings, tap the cog icon on the right.
Now you have to name your device. Tap the options from the home screen to go to device settings. The name of products can be changed, and they can be made easier to control. Tap the device you have to change the name of and enter the new text. After you hit ‘save’, its new name will be saved.
Adding a device to the room
Just like Alexa having groups, Google Assistant has rooms. The home screen shows all of these rooms. It’s your choice what device you have to assign there. For doing so, click on the name of the room on the home screen. There will be a cog icon in the top right of the screen that needs to be tapped. The ‘Choose devices’ option helps to add and remove the devices as per your choice. Click on the smart bulb option and give it the room you want.
If you have to add a new room, tap on the existing device or the unassigned new one. Hitting the cog icon will take you to the device settings, and there will be ‘Room’. There will be more than existing rooms there. You can also rename the room as you like. The home screen has a room name. Go to the room settings via the cog icon and tap on the room name. You can enter whatever you want.
Google seamless setup adding the lights
The recent feature of Google is its seamless setup that adds your devices to the Google smart way easier than before. However, the number of compatible devices is low, and they are only limited to smart bulbs. It is expected that this function and enhance and expand in the coming future.
Control lights with voice and texts
The Google Home can perform various actions using voice commands. Those actions may include turning lights on and off, changing the light colour of the supported bulbs, setting a specific brightness level and taking control of all the lights in a room. Before saying your command, do remember to say ‘Hey Google’ or ‘okay Google’. Mention the name of light too. Also, mention the percentage by which you want the brightness to increase or decrease.
Controlling lights through texts is also possible because Google Assistant controls your lights through a Google home device. You don’t have to use a microphone through the Google Assistant app. Just use a keyboard to tap commands like ‘Turn on the kitchen lights.
Do smart bulbs work with Google home?
Yes, your WiFi light works with Alexa and Google Home. Now, turn your lights on and off. You can also change their colour, and all this can be done through voice control. Amazon Echo and Google dot services offer the voice control.
Can Google home turn on the TV?
Google Assistants can do your many tasks. It can play you the shows you want. It can also turn your TV on and off whenever you want. Your apps like YouTube and Netflix can get controlled through Google Assistant.
What is the difference between Google Home and Google nest?
The main design between Google Home and Google nest is the same. The latter can allow the device to be wall hung by adding a screw mount on the rear. If we talk about their making, the Nest Mini is made from 35 per cent of recycled plastic. However, the fabric is made from bottles that are recycled. The Nest Mini is more sustainable than the Home Mini too.
How do I set up Google home mini to turn on my TV?
The menu on your TV settings will have the Settings option. Please open it and find the CEC option. Now enable it and plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port. Choose a video to stream from your mobile gadget. After you tap the cast option, select the Chromecast connected to your TV.
The room of yours that has a google nest or home speaker should also have a smart bulb. If you haven’t set up your speaker or display already, set them up now. Now open the Google Home app and tap Add Set up the device on the top left. Now, choose the light bulb that you would like to set up. The Google Home app will ask you to set up the bulb. Select ‘yes’ when you are asked to.