If getting Google Home ($99 at Walmart) to and with just your voice are the gateway to a smart home fixation, these next-level tips and tricks might leave you with a full-blown Google Home obsession. After all, it's one thing to use Google Home to . But once you learn how to order a pizza, control your TV or estimate your morning commute with Google Home, it becomes an indispensable part of your daily routine.
The real power behind Google Home and Nest Home smart devices comes from Google Assistant, a powerful tool with (if not thousands) of connected applications. And with from and , Google engineers are adding new Google Home Actions all the time.
Here are eight of the most addictive and useful things you can do with your Google Home setup that before long will have you jonesing for more.
Order a pizza, lock your doors (not necessarily at the same time)
Google Assistant connects with a ton of third party services that let you broaden its abilities. These integrations, called , can from Domino's, your compatible Mercedes, or if you have an .
Want more? The list of Google Assistant Actions.
Go shopping without leaving the house
Out of milk? Need more shampoo? Want to order another Google Home smart speaker? Google Assistant can handle that for you. Once you, you can ask your at , Whole Foods, Costco, , Petsmart, Walgreens and many more stores.
Sometimes the simplest tools are the best ones. If you usually rush through brushing your teeth,is dead-simple way to make your dentist happy.
Sure, you can ask Google Assistant to "Set a timer for 2 minutes," but you can go one step further and set up Google, toothbrush time" and it starts the countdown to cleaner teeth.. Just say the magic phrase, like "OK
Ditch your remote
Never again will you need to sift through Netflix recommendations with a remote. With Google Home, you can and start playing movies and shows from , HBO, and .
Google Home also recognizes Netflix such as Pause, Stop and Start at the beginning. Just say the magic words and you get complete control over your TV.for
Change Google Home's Voice
If you're tired of the standard voice of Google Assistant, you iOS or Android app, just head to Settings > Preferences > Assistant Voice. There you can pick from eight different voices, some more robotic-sounding than others.! From the Google Assistant
If none of them suite your tastes,is one the options.
Your new morning routine
Imagine when you wake up, Google Assistant can relay your calendar events, turn on your bedroom lights and start making you coffee, just by saying "Hey, Google, good morning" (or any phrase you want to use).with your Google Home.
To set up a, open the Google Assistant app and select any of the six pre-installed Routines, such as "Good morning" or "Commuting to work," or create your own from scratch. Routines can do everything from play music and read your reminders to turn on lights and smart switches and adjust your smart thermostat temperature.
Give Google Home a makeover
While the Google Home Mini ($40 at Best Buy) and Nest Mini ($49 at Walmart) come in a variety of colors, the original Google Home speaker is clean, white and, frankly, lacking in the personality department.
Fortunately, it's easy to copper, black, or red options from Google. Don't like the white top part of the speaker? Cover it with a .to better fit your taste in decor. You can swap out the gray base for official
If you'd like to untether your Google Home from your wall outlet, you can easilyfor it. That lets you bring your Google Home speaker into the backyard so you can play music without running an extension cord.
For a full and often-updated list of everything you can do with Google Home, here is Siri fans throwing shade at Google Home? Show them what . Unfortunately, Google Home doesn't always work absolutely perfectly, but we've got a guide to the so you can get things back on track.Tired of Alexa and