Tips to install and use Google Home

You have probably heard of Google Home, the search giant’s new Wi-Fi speaker. Fueled by the all-new Google Assistant, the device serves as a smarthome control center and an assistant for the whole family with the ability to control your lights, answer questions, play music, and so on. If you have got your hands on Home, you may be left wondering how to install and use it. Keep reading this tutorial, and you can do it. Have a look.

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Steps to install Google Home

Before getting started, note that your Home doesn’t have a screen, so you will have to install it using your smartphone. Now, just follow these steps:

Step 1: First and foremost, download Google Home app from the Google Play Store to your smartphone.

Step 2: Now, plug the included power adapter into the power supply, and plug the other end into the input on the bottom of the speaker.

Step 3: Your Home will automatically boot up and a colorful array of lights lit up in the colors of Google’s icon.

Step 4: On your smartphone, launch the Home app.

Step 5: Tap on the devices icon in the upper right corner of your screen. Once you are in the Devices screen, just search for the Google Home entry, and then tap on Continue.

Step 6: Your smartphone should switch to a temporary Wi-Fi network on your Home.

Step 7: Tap on the Play test sound button. Tap on I heard it after hearing a sound from your Home device.

Step 8: You are now required to name your new device.

  • You can select from various room options.
  • If you want another name, tap on Other, then enter your desired name.

Step 9: Tap on Continue.

Step 10: Now, you will need to connect your Home to a Wi-Fi network. Pick the network you want, and then enter your Wi-Fi password.

Step 11: Once done, tap on Continue.

Step 12: Your Home should start downloading and installing an update.

Step 13: Once you are done updating the device, tap on the Sign in button to add a Google account to your Home.

Step 14: Choose your Google account, and then tap on Continue.

Step 15: If you allow your Home to use your personal info like calendar or flight, simply tap on Allow.

Step 16: If you would like to get localized info about weather, traffic, businesses and more, just type in your address, and then tap on Set Location.

Step 17: If you would like to get email notifications about new features, apps, and more, flick the Get e-mail notifications ON, and then tap on Continue.

Step 18: From now on, Google Home works with multiple services, including Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify and Pandora. Tap on the music service you want to set as your default, and then tap on Continue.

Step 19: The setup is now finished. Tap on Continue, and start getting to know how to use Google Home.

That’s it. You are all done setting up your Home.

Steps to use Google Home

Control volume on Google Home

Press your finger down on the top panel to adjust the volume.

  • Increase the volume by moving your finger in a clockwise
  • Decrease it by moving your finger in a counterclockwise

Instead of using your finger, you can say “Hey Google, increase volume” or “Hey Google, increase volume to maximum”, and “Hey Google, decrease volume” or “Hey Google, decrease volume to minimum.”

Mute Google Home

If you want to mute it, you just need to press the microphone button on the back of it. If you want to unmute it, just press the button microphone again.

You can also say “Hey Google, mute your microphone.”

Reboot Google Home

Step 1: Launch the Home app on your smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on the devices icon in the upper right corner of your screen

Step 3: Search for the Google Home entry, and then tap on the three vertical dots, and then simply tap on Reboot > OK.

Factory reset Google Home

If you want to factory reset the device, you will need to press and hold the microphone button on the back for around 15 seconds until you hear Home confirms that it’s resetting your device.

Enable Guest Mode on your Home

Step 1: Launch the Home app on your smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on the devices icon in the upper right corner of your screen

Step 3: Search for the Google Home entry, and then tap on the three vertical dots, and then tap on Settings.

Step 4: Scroll down until you see Guest Mode. Tap on it.

Step 5: Flick the Guest Mode ON, and the app should provide you with 4 digit PIN for your device. You will share the PIN with your guests.

Step 6: In order for a guest connect to and use the device, launch any Google Cast-enabled app, then tap on the cast icon.

Step 7: Tap on Nearby device, and then follow the instructions to connect.

That’s all about how to install and use Google Home. Got any questions? Let us know by commenting below.

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