Congratulations on your new Google Home ($79 at Walmart) or Nest Mini ($35 at Walmart) smart speaker, Nest Hub ($99 at Walmart) or Nest Hub Max ($230 at Best Buy). Once you (or ) it's time to start making it work for you.
Google's smart speaker can do a whole lot more than give you a or (although it does those things ). It's a powerful tool that can control your other smart home devices and automate your life with a simple voice command.
Where should you put your Google Home?
Google Home speakers and Nest Hub displays are small enough to fit in most places around the house, but they serve a. If you only have one, you'll want to think about what you'll probably use it for the most, as well as which room you spend the most time in every day. Here are some ideas to consider:
- If you have an extensive morning routine, there are
- Maybe you cook a lot, or your family generally congregates in the kitchen, where your smart speaker or display can set timers, provide recipes, answer cooking questions and control smart appliances.
- A lot of people
Master the basics
You can always refer to our up-to-date list offor detailed descriptions of the various Google Actions your smart speaker or display can perform. But for starters, you might want to go in and .
Here are a few other settings you might want to learn and/or change immediately:
- Ask your Google speaker to
- If your family speaks more than one language, you can
- You can
- so it won't wake anyone up when you use it late at night.
How to talk to Google Assistant
The full list of Google Assistant voice commands is long and growing, but there are several you'll actually use regularly:
- Make a to-do list, or shopping list.
- Ask your Google Home to remind you to do anything.
- Create as many timers as you want.
- Place or receive calls (and learn how to link your phone number)
- Learn how to
Rock out to some tunes
Playing music will likely become one of your favorite things to do with your Google Home. Here are several tips to get you started:
- 9 Google Home tips for music lovers.
- Now you can ramp up the bass on Google Home speakers.
- Set up whole-home audio with multiple Google smart speakers or displays.
- If you have two identical speakers, you can create a stereo pairing that acts like one speaker.
Podcasts, audiobooks and bedtime stories
Another hugely popular use for your new Google smart speaker or display is listening to podcasts, audiobooks and children's stories. Here are some ways to get started with those:
- Listen to
- Google Home can
- You can also
Google Home speakers and displays are packed full of features you might not expect. Here are a few tricks you might not have known your new smart speaker or display could do:
- Show off these
Control your smart home devices
Google Home speakers can serve as a central hub for all of your smart devices. For the most part, they can control any smart home product you already have. To get started:
- Check out the master list of Google Home-compatible smart home devices
before you buy.
- Here are
- Learn with Google Home
How to address common problems
Once you've set up your Google Home, you shouldn't need to mess with the settings or troubleshoot. But no software or hardware is perfect, so if you run into problems, check out these guides:
- If your speaker gets bricked,
- You also should regularly check
Originally published last year.