How to Control Your Smarthome Devices with Google Home

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To provide your Google Home with even more capabilities, you can connect a few different smarthome devices and control them using nothing but your voice. Here’s how to set it up.

Voice assistant devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are fine by themselves. They can be extremely helpful in the kitchen or with other tasks, such as looking up information, playing music, and even telling you how the traffic is right now. However, where these devices really shine is in the smarthome department. Here’s how to connect your smarthome devices to your Google Home (using Philips Hue as our example) and control them using just your voice.

The first thing you’ll want to do is open up the Google Home app on your smartphone and slide open the menu on the left-hand side and choose “Home Control.”

Tap on the round plus button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

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This will bring up a list of all the smarthome products compatible with Google Home—just scroll through until you find the one you’re trying to add. It should redirect you to that particular product’s login page.

Since there are so many options the actual connecting process will be device-dependent, so you’ll have to follow the instructions for your particular unit.

Once you have your gear connected in the Home app, you’ll want to assign it to a specific room. To do that, slide over to the “Rooms” tab in the Home app.

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Then tap on the round plus button in the bottom-right corner to set up a new room.

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Select a room from the list. This is what your room will be called, and what you’ll need to call it when you tell Google Home to control your device. You can also scroll all the way down and choose “Add Custom Room”, where you can name it anything you want as long as it’s something that Google Home can recognize when you say it.

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Once you select a room, place check marks next to each item that you want associated with that room. Tap on “Done” in the top-right corner when you’ve selected all the appropriate devices.

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The room will appear in the list, and you can tap on the round plus button again to add more rooms. Once you add all of the rooms that you want, you can close out of the app and begin controlling your stuff using the Google Home.

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From there, you’ll have to consult with your particular device’s documentation to find specific voice commands.

Cameron Summerson is a die-hard Android fan, Chicago Bulls fanatic, metalhead, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at HTG, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, spinning legs on the bike, chugging away on the 6-string, or being disappointed in the Bulls.


Craig Lloyd writes about smarthome for How-To Geek, and is an aspiring handyman who loves tinkering with anything and everything around the house. He's also a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, motorcyclist, and proud introvert.