Google Home is at the heart of Google’s smart home ecosystem. From video doorbells and security cameras to smart thermostats and smart speakers, Google Home gives you the versatility needed to control everything in your house. There’s a lot of nuance to the system, but getting started is simple — just download the Google Home app to your smartphone, sync a compatible device, and you’re ready to start optimizing your daily routines.
Here’s a closer look at everything you need to know about Google Home.
Google Nest is a branch of smart home devices made by Google that are designed specifically to work seamlessly with the
You’ll also want to connect your
There are hundreds of Google Home-enabled devices, with more coming on the market all the time. When home automation was first introduced, the devices were limited to things like smart speakers and light bulbs. The advancements in connectivity and A.I. have expanded that range to include a much wider and more versatile variety of products.
Smart thermostats allow users to manually control their homes’ heating and cooling cycles — or to automate it fully using geofencing, so that when the house is empty, the heating dials back. With smart Google Home-enabled doorbells, you can easily see who is at the door from anywhere in the house, the city, or the world — essentially, wherever you have a connection.
You don’t need Google Nest devices specifically for your
The advantage of using Google Nest products is that there will be little or no trouble setting the devices up on your system. Third-party smart home products often require downloading an app, creating an account, and then syncing the device with
Google has also been adding Matter support to several first-party devices, including much of the Nest lineup. This interoperability standard allows other Matter devices that aren’t natively compatible with
Routines are sets of commands that you create with the
For instance, the voice command, “OK Google, bedtime,” can initiate turning off the lights in all the main rooms and turning a light on in the stairway to the bedrooms, while the thermostat gets dropped a few degrees. It may follow up with tomorrow’s weather forecast, or a list of what’s on your calendar.
You can activate routines that set a mood and include a number of smart devices. A single command can allow you to dim the lights in the living room and turn them to a warm candlelit glow, turn off the kitchen light, and play a specific playlist on your Nest Audio speakers.
At any time, you can update these routines, change them, or turn them on or off.
If you have a question about absolutely anything, you can ask Google Assistant rather than look it up on your phone. You can also create a routine that gives you the weather and traffic report at a specific time each morning as you drink the coffee from the coffee maker that Google Assistant started at the assigned time.
Home security is another popular use with
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