How to add devices to Google Home

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Back when computers and digital technology were in their infancy, controlling devices via voice commands was reserved for science fiction shows and books. Some of the most notable shows and movies that used this outlandish technology were Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Fast forward thirty-forty years, and smart devices have become an everyday thing.

Google Home is one of the leading smart speakers on the market, and in addition to weather and traffic reports, music playback and web browsing, you can also use it to control smart devices. in the House. If you want to know how to connect a smart device to Google Home, read on.



Preconditions

Before you start creating your own Star Trek home, you need to meet some prerequisites. First, you need to download and install the Google Home app on a phone or tablet. Next, you need to make sure the devices you want to connect are properly installed and on the same WiFi network as your speaker. Finally, check if Google Home supports your smart device.

The establishment

Now that you've covered the prerequisites, it's time to move on to the setup itself. Open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet. On the main screen, tap the “Menu” icon. It is located in the upper left corner and has the triple burger icon on it. Next, check that the Google account listed on the screen is the same one you linked to Google Home. If not, switch to the correct account.


After selecting the correct account, tap the “Home Control” button. After that, in the "Devices" tab, click on the "Add" button. The button is located in the lower right corner, marked with a “+” sign. Next, you will see a list of device types. Choose the one you want to add and follow the app's instructions. Once the configuration is complete, press the "Done" button.


If you want to add more devices, repeat the same process as many times as necessary. You can connect as many smart devices as you want. If you plan to add multiple devices of the same type and function, it might be a good idea to give them nicknames to avoid confusion.

Add nicknames to similar devices

Devices connected to Google Home will already have names automatically assigned to them by the app. These names are, most often, taken from the devices themselves. Usually they are quite generic and it can be somewhat confusing to have multiple devices with the same or very similar names. To solve this problem, Google offers nicknames.

To assign a nickname to a particular device, open the Google Home app and tap the "Menu" icon. After that, tap on the “Home Control” button. Choose the device you want to edit from the "Devices" tab and tap on it. Next, tap "Nickname", enter the nickname and tap OK. You can check the nickname of the device in the "Device details" tab. Remember that the main device app will not recognize any nicknames you have set in Google Home.

How to configure rooms?

The Google Home app lets you separate your smart devices into rooms so you can control them more easily. It comes with a set of pre-made parts, although you can add your own custom parts if you need to. You can have your own "Enterprise Command Bridge" or "Nostromo" rooms.


To configure a room, open the app and press the "Menu" button in the upper left corner of the "Home" screen. Next, tap the “Home Control” button. Select the "Rooms" tab and press the "Add" button in the lower right corner. The application will then offer you to choose a room or add a new one. If you opt for the latter, tap on the “Custom Room” option, name it, and tap ok.


How do I assign a device to a room?

Once you've created a room, you'll want to fill it with smart devices. To do this, open the app and tap the “Menu” icon in the top left corner. Next, tap on “Home Control”. Go to the "Rooms" tab and select the room you want to add your device to. Press the "Add" button and select the devices you want to add. When you're done, tap "Done."

How do I move a device from one room to another?

First, open the app and on the "Home" screen, tap the "Menu" icon and navigate to "Home Control". Go to the “Rooms” tab and select the room you want to move the device from. After that, find the device you want to move and tap "Move". Google will let you choose to move it to an existing room or create a new room. If you choose the former, select the existing part of your choice and press "Done". If you choose the "Create Room" option, follow the instructions and press "Done" when you're done setting up the room.


How do I search for new devices?

There are two ways to do this, via voice and via app. If you want to add it using your voice, say "Hello/OK Google" to engage the speaker. If you want to sync all devices, say "Sync my devices". But if you want to sync a specific device, say "Sync my outlets/thermostats/lights". Note that the devices must be configured correctly before this.


If you choose to go through the app, open it and tap the "Menu" icon on the "Home" screen. Next, select "Home Control" and go to the "Devices" tab and search for "unassigned" devices. Select the device you want to add and follow the setup.

Conclusion

With the power of modern technology, you can easily connect your smart devices to Google Home in minutes and enjoy your own interactive home. We hope you found this article fun and helpful.

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