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How to Control Smarthome Devices with Google Assistant From Your Phone

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, March 16, 2017

Want to control your Smarthome devices with Google Assistant right away from your phone? With the new Google Assistant on your Android, you can easily control smart home devices such as the Nest thermostat, Hue lights, and more with just your voice directly from your phone. Just like controlling smarthome devices with Siri which also uses your voice right away from iOS device.

Here’s how to set it up if you would like to.

The first thing to do is to make sure you have Google Assistant running on your Android device. There’s no Google Assistant app you need to download or anything like that. Instead, Google added the feature to “through an update to Google Play Services. So if you receive any pop up update in the Google Play store, you’ll know you’re getting Assistant. If you don’t receive or you missed it, you can simply update your Google Play Service.

Now to control a device with Google Assistant, you’ll first of all need to add it to your Google account. As at the time of writing, Google only supports smarthome devices from five companies natively: Honeywell, Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, and Belkin WeMo. Also, you’ll need the account information for your product. So, in case you skipped the set up process for your Nest account when you installed your thermostat, you’ll have to go back and make one now.

After getting your account information, press and hold down the Home button on your phone to launch Google Assistant. Then tap on the menu button and select Settings.

Then tap on “Home control” at the top side of the screen.

Then tap on the round icon with a plus sign in it at the bottom side of the screen.

Now select which device account you want to link. In this guide, we’ll be using the Nest as an example; however the steps may be slightly different depending on which account you link but not that much.

Afterwards, you’ll be taken to your smart device’s account in order to login.  Google may remember your Google account and just ask you to give Google Assistant permission to connect to your gadget’s account if you’ve logged in your Google account once on your phone or if you are logged in. And if you are not logged in to your Google Account on your phone, it will first of all prompt you to log in to your Google account.

Once you’ve logged in and connected your smart home account, you should be able to see the list of devices available. So from there, you can add them to “rooms” that allow Google to turn them on or off all at once. In this menu, you can also organize your devices afterward. You can also click the Edit button in order to assign a room in case you would like to. 

Tap “Done” to skip this step if you don’t wish to assign your devices to a room.

In the next step, you’ll have to select a name from the list of rooms available there or simply scroll to the bottom to tap on “Custom Room” to add your desired name.

So once you’ve assigned rooms for each device, tap on “Done.” You’re all good to go! So from now on, you can use voice commands to control your lights, thermostat, smart switches, and more Google Assistant-enabled devices you’re signed into. 

Presently, you can only add products from the five companies listed. But, don’t panic, Google have promised it that, they will add support for more devices over time.



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