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How to center your smart home around your Google HomeIf you're an Android fan or you have a Google Home, here's how to set up a smart home that plays well with Google.
[MUSIC] Are you ready to let Google control your home? I mean, if you already use Gmail, Google Maps, Google Calendar, or any of Google's nearly ubiquitous services then you might as well let Google help you set up your smart home. Here are a few simple steps to help you get started. If you have an Android, it can do a lot of the same stuff in theory. But, the Google Home makes it easy for any member of your home to control your devices with a simple command. Your family can control the Google Home, whether or not they have accounts. But, if they set one up you can teach the Google Home to recognize voices. After that, you'll get individualized responses if you ask Google about your calendar or your route to work. Find the perfect location. I'd recommend your kitchen or living room. Look for a spot near where your family gathers. You want people to be in shouting range of the Home as often as possible for the most convenience. What do you want to automate? At this point, the Google Home works with quite a few Smart Home partners. A Nest thermostat is a popular place to start. Also consider a Belkin switch or some color changing bulbs from LIFX or Philips. Always start small. Pick one or two devices and make sure you like them. Then, check out Cnet's compatibility guide for more gear that works with Google when you're You're ready to expand. Use the Google Home app to organize your smart gear into groups. That way, you can turn off all the lights in one room by saying "turn off my living room lights." Finally, use the app to sync with your different smart home gear. You're up and running, and your Google Home is ready for your command.