Google Home is a virtual assistant for your household. It can talk to your other gadgets, stream music and much more. Set it up using the guide below and take control of your home with nothing more than your voice and your smartphone.
A Google Home device works best when you already use Smart Home gadgets like a Google Chromecast, NEST thermostat or Phillips Hue lighting. If you haven't set up your Google Home yet, the first thing to do is plug it in to mains power. The screen will light up and you're ready to start the Setup Wizard from your smartphone.
Check your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi you want to use with your Google Home, then open the Google Home app. Tap Get started.
Choose a Google account to link with your Google Home, or set up a new one. Tap OK to move on.
'Location access' helps personalise searches and brings you local information. Tap Next, then tap Allow to set it up.
When your Google Home is found, you'll be asked to set it up. Tap Yes to carry on.
After ‘pairing’ (connecting) your Google Home, you should hear a test sound to show you're setting up the right Google Home. Tap Yes if you heard it, or Retry to play the sound again.
Sending back crash reports and stats helps Google fix problems and make improvements. Tap Yes, I'm in to let this happen or No Thanks to prevent it.
Pick where the device is. This gives it a name, and makes them easy to manage if you have more than one.
Choose the Wi-Fi network to connect your Google Home to, then tap Next.
If your phone's connected to the same network, it'll transfer the password automatically so you don't have to type it in. If not, put the Wi-Fi password in to connect the Google Home, then tap OK.
There's a few things to learn about your google Home, and how it handles the information it finds out about you. Tap the arrows to open a section, or tap More to move on.
There's some settings to turn on to make the Google Assistant work at its best. Tap More to open them.
Tap the arrows to see more details, and tap Turn on to make the most of your Google Home.
Voice Match helps the Google Home to recognise you and personalise its responses, handy if you live with others who might also use it. Tap More to set it up, or No Thanks to skip.
Read the words on your phone screen, waiting for the Google Home to respond to each one before moving on.
When the Google Home recognises your voice, you can add to things like your Google calendar, contacts and reminders. Tap I agree to personalise your results, or No Thanks to skip.
Type your address to get local results for things like weather and traffic reports, then tap Confirm Address.
You can use your Google Home to play music from many online services. Tap one to add it now, or do it later. Tap Next to move on.
If you'd like to get updates and information by email about your Google Home tap Sign up, or No Thanks to leave it for now.
Add a payment method to your account if you want be able to pay for goods and services, or you can leave it for later. Tap Continue.
You've finished setting it up, now it's time to discover what your Google Home can do. Tap Continue.
Say "OK Google" or "OK Google" when you want it to listen and respond to what you're saying.
Tap More to see a few ideas of things you can do with your Google Home, or ask it. Tap Finish Setup.
You can change the seettings at any time within the Gooigle Home app on your phone. Open the app, and tap your device to manage it.
You're ready to start using your Google Home. Try it out by saying "OK, Google" or "Hello, Google" and wait for it to respond. You can ask lots of questions, and even ask questions that follow on from each other. Check out Google's full list of commands and features to find out what Google Home can do for you.
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