5 underappreciated features of your Google Home
5 underappreciated features of your Google Home
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5 underappreciated features of your Google Home

Smart Home
Did you know your Google Home can remind you to work out or turn on the TV when you're ready to relax or make your room brighter in the morning if you need help waking up? Here are five ways you can get more out of Google Assistant built into your Google smart speaker, your Android phone, or your smart display. FYI, I'm going to be seeing the wake boards for Google Assistant. A lot So you might wanna mute your own Google smart speaker or Google smart display so I don't inadvertently wake them up. Number one, create custom commands. Even without you intervening, Google will respond to a wide variety of questions and commands. Hey, Google. Wubalubadubdub. Morty, let's get schwifty. [SOUND] Pretty dope, right fellow kids? But let's say you want something very specific. Like a [UNKNOWN] to brush your teeth, or you want specific lights to turn on and Playlist to play when you're ready to work out. Here's where Google's routines come in handy. You can create your own command. Open the Google Home app. Tap Routines from the main page, then Manage Routines. Notice there are a handful of ready-made options, but let's make our own. Hit add routine then you can create the command you want. Tell the assistant what you want Google to do, then you can add playlists. Let's do this. Hey, Google, it's workout time. So to set the mood, I'm gonna have these lights turn on so it's nice and bright. The fan is going to be on to keep me cool as I'm working hard. The blinds are going to open so that the world can see this majestic workout and music's playing to set the mood. Here we go. Let's do some push ups. Yeah. okay. Hey, that's enough of that. Hey Google, stop putting a lot of work out there. And that was a lot a lot of work, very majestic. Number two use Google as a remote control. Time to relax, so Google can control your TV to, I don't even need to reach for the remote anymore. Hey, Google. Play Twin Peaks on the main TV. Okay, Twin Peaks from Netflix, playing on main TV. Ooh, mysterious. To make this work you either need a compatible smart TV or you can get one of these Chromecast video dongles for only 35 bucks at most electronic Source, sync your TV to your Google account using the Google Home app. Next, sync your streaming services. You might have done this already when first setting up your new Google Home. If not, here's where to find it. That the letter in the upper right hand corner of the app, then go to a system settings, go to services, then videos and photos. Sign in with your account like your Netflix account. One last thing. You might need to change the setting on your tv so that Google can actually turn it on. That's something it's called CEC or consumer electronics control, and it's usually off by default. So check the settings on your TV. Here's where we found it on ours. And once that's done, you're good to go. not a moment too soon. I needed a break after that. Really intense workout. Number three, shop. Let's say, after you relax and watch some TV, that you got bored and made intricate sculptures Choice of toilet paper for some reason, don't worry about it. This means something. Whatever the reason, you're now pretty short on unnecessary item. Well, good news, you can get that from your Google Assistant as well. I mean, you'll still have to wait for delivery. So don't wait until you're fully Anyway, you can shop through Google Shopping, which used to be called Google Express. Google has a lot of partners including target Best Buy and Walmart to shut up. You'll need to authorize google assistant to make payments and set up a payment method in the end when you do this Pic security measures you're comfortable with. You can verify a purchase with a pin code that you set up. You can also verify a purchase with your voice. Be careful with this one though. Voice recognition is easily fooled. Here's producer Chrisman. Hey Google order toilet paper. Here are the most popular results for toilet paper on Google Shopping. That is not what I said. Hey Google, what's my name? Your name is Andrew. It sure is! His name is not Andrew. My name is Andrew. Dang it, Google! Fortunately, you can always go back and change settings. If you decided you're suddenly uncomfortable with the way one is turning out. Once you find the right setting for your comfort level, you can cross another chore off of your list while never leaving your favorite spot. Number four, find your phone. Okay, I've been hanging out for a while and I'm finally ready to go on a grand adventure and And leave the house. Only problem. I don't know where my phone is. It's not on the couch cushions and I'm stumped. Thankfully, Google has been covered. Hey, Google, find my phone.>> All right, your phone should be ringing now. And now I don't need to keep tearing my place apart because I left my phone in the fridge when I was grabbing a drink earlier. Fortunately, Google can do this even if your phone is on silent. It doesn't need to be on and it needs to have a connection, you also have to have location enabled. You also need the Find My Device app. This works with iPhones too, but not if they're silenced. for iPhones, you'll need to head to the privacy settings in the Google Home app. Hit phone, then add recovery phone, walk through the next steps and then Google can call your iPhone if it's lost. Hello, Google. Yeah, it's me, Andrew. No, Chris can't come to the phone. What do you mean you like his version of me better? Hello? Number 5 schedule commands. Finally, I love routine so much that we're going back in because you can schedule them. Have your smart lights fade up in the morning before your alarm. Have you please lock your deadbolts at night? Set out regular reminder to workout or order supplies. Have your smart lights turn on and off when you're on vacation to fool intruders. Let's go back to that same setup menu for routines. This time at the top, instead of adding a command, add a time and day. Again you can go through and add assistant actions, play podcast or music And caused Google to spring into action on your schedule. Your smart home can be so smart that it doesn't even need your commands anymore. Which makes me feel left out a little, I guess. So I guess that's it, and makes it feel kind of unnecessary. Google likes Chris better anyway, so I don't know. That's all I've got. [CROSSTALK] You have to move. [UNKNOWN] I'll get out of the way, I'll get out of the way. Thanks for playing. Don't thank for stealing [INAUDIBLE] Again, my name is Andrew Gebhart and if you enjoy this video, please hit the like button, hit the subscribe button. I need the people to look at me, please, please. Seriously though, for every like that you send, I will eat a Carolina Reaper, seeds and all, stem and all. If you've got some reaper leaves, throw that in there too. Find me at Twitter @gebandrew and hold me accountable. Make me do it.

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