How to Build a Smart Home with Google Home In 6 Easy Steps
Who wouldn’t want a smart home? With a Google Home device, you can raise the IQ of your house and get some things done by just speaking it.
To achieve this, you have to connect some compatible smart home devices. This won’t be a problem as Google smart home hub works with over 1000 brands and is compatible with over 10,000 devices. As it is, almost any smart home device you buy will work with Google Assistant.
You could also use a Google Nest Hub or a Google Home Mini to sync your smart devices and control them with voice commands or over an app.
Today, we’ll tell you, in detail, how to build a smart home with Google Home and connect different devices to it.
With that said, “Hey Google, let’s get these good folks started”.
How to Build a Smart Home with Google Home: The Process
We’ll run you through the things you need to put in place to set up a smart home. By the time you’re done, you’ll be able to verbally interact with smart devices in your home through Google Assistant.
Step 1: Choose a speaker or a smart display
There are different Google smart home devices you can use as a hub for your smart home. They all serve the same purpose, but at different levels. So, you have to choose one based on your requirements.
Google Assistant (that voice you speak to) lives in most Android phones. So, your phone can essentially serve this purpose. You can get it as an app on iPhones too.
However, a smart speaker or display let’s other members of your household communicate with it without needing your phone.
If you ask us, we’ll tell you to choose the Google Nest Hub. It has a touchscreen along with its ability to respond to voice commands.
If you open the “control panel” (by swiping down), you’ll see a collection of the smart devices you have connected to it. This will serve as a reminder to you and the rest of your family which devices you can control with it.
Home Mini is the entry-level to the Home devices you can choose. It’s a pebble-shaped smart speaker that packs a lot of sound for its size.
The Home Max and the original Google smart speaker are others you can choose from.
Whichever you end up with, everyone in your home can ask questions and give commands to connected smart home devices with ease. For that to happen, keep reading to find out how to intimate Google Home with your family.
Step 2: Have a meet and greet of your family and the Google Home device
Since you’re not going to be stingy with Google Home and let others have access, it has to be able to differentiate them.
For this to happen, you have to teach Google Assistant to recognize each person’s voice. For proper personalization, each person will have to sync their Google account with the Home app.
Then, they’ll say the wake work “Hey Google” a few times. Once done, if your child asks the Assistant to play their playlist, your favorite songs won’t start playing instead of theirs.
Though it’s not critical for anyone to enter their Google account to use the device, however, the personalization comes with some convenience.
Step 3: Choose where the device will live
A central area where you and others will need it the most is an ideal spot to place the device. For instance, in the kitchen; you can ask for a recipe and get a guide that’ll walk you through the cooking process. This is especially useful if you’re using a device with a display.
When you’ve gotten a hang of the smart home speaker or display, you might find out you want more of it. This will allow you to use voice commands in more areas of your home. That way, you won’t have to go to the kitchen to dim the lights in the living room.
To avoid doing this, you can use the Assistant on your phone to give commands instead.
With multiple Minis in your home, for instance, it’s only the closest one to you that’ll respond.
Step 4: Get the smart home devices you want
Before we go any further, don’t go overboard with this. You don’t want to end up with all sorts of smart home devices you don’t need. Trust us, it’s easy to get carried away with excitement.
Start small, buy only the few ones you know you’d like to control with your voice. We recommend smart lights. You can go with smart bulbs or connect to a smart switch. There’s also the option of Wi-Fi wall switches if you want.
C by GE smart bulbs or Philips Hue are smart bulbs we can recommend. Some of the switches you can use are in the picture below. “Let there be light…”
Smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart locks, etc. are some of the devices you can start your smart home journey with.
Step 5: Connect the devices with Google Home
Of course, Google Assistant won’t recognize the new devices just because you’ve bought them. You’ll have to introduce them to each other. Don’t worry, the process is easy.
Each device will guide you on how to set it up and connect to the internet. We will guide you on how to connect the devices to Google Home.
You’ll register an account for each device for the initial setup to take place. As for the rest of your family, Google Assistant can help with those.
Once all that is done, open the Google Home app and tap the add button in the Home tab. Tap the setup device and then “Works with Google”. Scroll through to find the brand of your device or just search for it. Once you find it, sync your account with that of Google to complete the setup.
You’ll have to name each smart home device you add. It’s best to use a short descriptor because it’s easy to get things mixed up as you add more devices.
Step 6: Fine-tune the setups and create routines
You probably have more than one light source in your home and you want to control them all with Google Home. You can separate similar smart home gadgets according to their location.
Once you’ve done the initial set up, tap the name of the device on the Home app and then the gear icon. You’ll see it at the top right corner. You can add any device to a room or change its location with this method.
Assign names to the device intuitively so other members of the home can relate to it. The organizations you’ve set up will appear on the Home app or the Google Nest Hub’s drop-down menu.
This grouping will also let you control multiple smart home devices simultaneously. For instance, if you say “turn off living room lights” all the smart bulbs in the living room will go off.
You can also set up automation using the Google Home. On the main page of the Home app, tap “Routines” and then the plus button to add a routine. Routines, in this case, is the automation of different commands based on your preference.
For instance, you can set a routine for the phrase “I’m home” such that when you say that, the thermostat sets the temperature how you like it, the lights come on, and your favorite music starts playing.
Routines give you the freedom to automate as you want with all the connected smart home devices. Are you beginning to imagine the beauty of this?
Enjoy your rule
Once you’re done setting up your smart home devices and have created one or two delicious routines, you can sit back and watch your home come alive.
Google Assistant recognizes natural language so you don’t have to teach it how to talk. Moreover, it keeps getting better with its communication and response skills. So, command away.
How to Add a Smart Plug to Google Home
A smart home plug is an electric plug that connects to any regular socket. What makes it smart is that you can turn any device connected to it on or off remotely through an app.
This is one of the smart devices you’d want to add to your smart home. It comes with numerous benefits. You can add it to your security system, for instance.
That way, it can be triggered by a motion detector camera which can deter unauthorized entry. You can also add it to a “routine” as we explained earlier to have it come on as you get back home.
Furthermore, you could use it in the kitchen to help start-up your kettle so there’s hot water for your tea when you’re ready.
If you have a crockpot, you could load it before going out and switch it on when you’re about to leave work. It would have slow cooked and ready by the time you get home. How’s that for sleek automation?
If you’re sold about getting a smart plug, let’s teach you how to add it to Google Home. For the sake of illustration, we’ll use a tp-link smart plug.
Kindly note that you must have set up your Google Home and have registered and set up the smart home plug on the manufacturer’s website. Now let’s get started.
- Startup the Google Home app and tap the “Add” button on the main screen.
- On the new screen, tap “Set up device”.
- Under the “Works with Google section”, tap on “Have something already set up?”
- Scroll to find the product name or just tap on the magnifying glass to search for it.
- Once you find TP-Link Kasa, in this case, tap on it.
- Sign in to your Kasa account that you registered the device with and authorize Google Assistant so you can control it with your voice.
- On the Home app, you’ll see a list of devices you’ve registered on Kasa. Choose the model of the smart plug you want to connect.
- Select the home and room for the smart plug.
That’s it! You can now give voice commands or create a routine for the smart plug.
What smart plugs work with Google Home?
As we mentioned earlier, there are lots of brands and devices that are compatible with Google. We won’t be able to list them all here, but we’ll give you a few of the popular ones.
Kasa Smart HS100 Wi-Fi Plug
Amazon Smart Plug
Amysen Wi-Fi Smart Plug
How to Connect a Smart TV to Google Home
You’ll need a Google Chromecast, a video streamer, that plugs into an HDMI port on your TV to connect it to Google Home. The good thing is that the device isn’t just for connecting your smart home, it offers a service of its own.
You can stream content from your smartphone or tablet through the Chromecast so that it shows on your TV. That’s not all, if you connect this smart home device to your Google Home, you can use voice commands to control your TV via Google Assistant.
You just have to make sure that the Chromecast, your smartphone, and Google Home are all connected to the same router.
Now, let’s go through the connection, shall we?
Connect the Chromecast to the TV
- Turn on your TV and plug in the Chromecast in an HDMI port.
- Launch the Google Home App on your smartphone and tap the “Devices” icon. It’s in the top right corner; looks like a speaker inside a box.
- One the new screen tap “Add New Device” and follow the Wi-Fi instructions.
- Once that is done, tap “Continue”
- A code will appear on your TV, it should match the one on your phone. If so, tap “Next”. You’ll now be able to choose your region and a name for your Chromecast.
That’s it getting Chromecast to work on your TV. However, our goal is to connect the TV to Google Home. For that, we’ll connect the Chromecast to our Google Home Hub.
Connect Chromecast to Google Home
- Open the Home app on your phone again. This time, go to “More settings”.
- Locate “TVs and Speakers” and tap the “+” icon. It will be at the bottom right of your screen.
- Choose the device you want to link and follow the prompt.
- Additionally, you can go to “Local devices” tap on “Add to a room”, choose the room you want from the available options, and tap “Next”.
This extra setting will help you attach the Smart TV to a particular room in your home. Once this is done, you’ll be able to control your TV with voice commands.
How to Set Up Smart Lights with Google Home
You already know to control your lights with your voice or automating it is possible. However, do you know how to make it happen? That’s what we’re about to touch on now.
For the sake of illustration, we’ll be using the Philips Hue smart bulbs.
- Launch the Google Assistant App
- Navigate to the “Explore” section and tap on the compass icon. It will be in the top right corner of your screen.
- Tap the 3 dots at the top right corner of your screen. On the new screen, tap “Settings”.
- Go down to “Services” and tap “Home Control”
- Tap the “+” icon in the bottom right corner.
- Scroll through the list of devices and locate Philips Hue; tap on it.
- Sign in to your Philips Hue account and authorize Google.
- By now, the smart bulb will appear under Home Control.
- Additionally, you can assign the smart light to rooms or automate it in “Routines”.
What smart bulbs work with Google Home?
There are lots of smart bulb brands you can choose from. However, the ones we suggested here great options to go for.
Kasa Smart LED
Google Home can change the status of your home. With a smart home, everyday activities become easy and even fun. You can automate the things you usually do one after the other. If you plan to go this route, we suggest you start small and expand as you get comfortable. If you like any of the devices we suggested, click on the image to get it. Thank you for your time. Do check back next time.