Getting more out of your Google Home – Tips & Tricks

by birtanpublished on September 2, 2020

While most of us are familiar with our homes telling us what time it is it's 1107 or what the weather's like right now in Chicago it's 28 with snow Oh God your Google Smart speaker is capable of so much more hi everyone jerome ortega here with

Android police and if you've recently purchased or been gifted one of Google's line of home products here are a few things that you can try to get more out of your smart speaker to make sure I don't drive everyone's homes crazy with

This video I'll be editing out the wake words of and before giving it a command if you ask Google to set a reminder set a reminder to take the clothes out of the washer in an hour okay I'll remind you at 1213 p.m. you'll get a solid

White LED notification that displays on your home and lasts about 10 minutes at your requested time just use Google's wake words and ask what's up to hear your notification what's up just letting you know that you have one reminder take

The clothes out of the washer for today at 11:00 your home is capable of stringing two commands together so you can do more while saying less play The Midnight Marauders album on Spotify and set the volume to eight playing the

Album Midnight Marauders on Spotify or turn my lights off and set an alarm for 7:00 a.m. all right your alarm set for tomorrow at 7 a.m. sure turning 10 lights off you can also set up specific shortcuts by using your

Own custom phrases for example instead of asking Google to turn my lights off and set an alarm for 7:00 a.m. I can create a shortcut and tell Google I'm done for the day done your alarms set for tomorrow at 7 a.m. you got it

Turning 10 lights off or if you'd simply just like to say things differently instead of me having to specifically say ask Roomba to clean to get my Roomba running I have set a shortcut where I say clean my apartment

Sure here's your money okay we might have started cleaning to customize your own shortcuts just go to the home app select more settings and shortcuts your Google home has a night mode feature that can dim your home's LEDs and lower

The maximum volume these settings are controlled in your home app select your specific home and devices and toggle on night mode you can also schedule specific times and days to activate this feature and there's even a Do Not

Disturb toggle that will disable everything except for timers and alarms well anyone can activate your home by its wake words setting up voice match enables a Google home to give you personalized results such as events on

Your calendar items on your shopping lists and even specific playlists on your music streaming service of choice setting up voice match is done in the home app you'll see a section highlighted in blue to link your account

From here you can get Google's assistant to train your voice up to six users can be added with voice match your home can also help you find your phone if you can't seem to remember where you last put it your phone does need to be on or

Connected to Wi-Fi for this to work simply say find my phone or bring my phone to get your phone ringing even if it's muted or on do not disturb I found a few phones the first listed is a pixel 2xl should I ring it yes all right your

Phone should be ringing now the ability to make phone calls is possible on your Google home well if you're in the US or in Canada availability for the UK was slated sometime in 2017 but that's come and gone and still isn't a feature but

For those that can just tell your home to call someone in your contacts call mom home mobile or work mole calling mom mobile or you can even ask to call specific numbers or just name a specific business call Lou Malnati's

calling Lou Malnati's pizzeria on North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago and don't worry if you have multiple users in your household and have voice match set up you'll still be able to call your

Specific contacts and so will all the others by their voice if you have multiple homes and wanted to group some or all of them together you can do so using the home app just pick one of your home devices tap the menu on the top

Right corner create group name it and select the devices that you want included I have one specific group that I called all the speakers that I used to listen to music play JJ doom on all the speakers okay JJ doom

From Spotify playing on all the speakers podcasts or even news here's the latest news from NPR news now at 11:00 a.m. today if you have multiple Google homes spread around your household you can

Broadcast custom voice messages to all of them broadcast hey wait all the pizza oh wait that was me okay broadcasting now hey hey wait a little people and while you can do this on one

Of your Google home devices you can also perform this on your phone when you're away broadcasts meet me outside in ten minutes okay Google has also provided some pre-made broadcasts that I'll provide a

Link with in the description if you're curious setting and naming multiple timers helps avoid confusion when you have two or three things going on at once whether you're throwing something in the oven send a thirty minute

Oven timer okay a 30-minute timer called oven and here we go changing out laundry set a one hour timer for the washer second timer the washer for one hour starting now or even a sleep timer to have your home stop

Playing music at a certain time set a sleep timer at midnight kitchen mini will stop playing at midnight your home can handle it all and let you know how much time is left for each how much time is left on the oven there's 26 minutes

And 29 seconds remaining how much time is left on the washer you've got 56 minutes and 39 seconds remaining you can now get detailed weather on your TV while using your chromecast show you the weather on the TV

right now in Chicago is 27 and cloudy today there will be snow showers with a forecasted high of 27 and a low of 18 do note as of this publishing it's only rolling out to certain countries and

You'll need a second generation chromecast to get this going for even more advanced control the IFTTT app can work in conjunction with your home and other third-party devices to even bring more customization and control to your

Smart speaker hopefully this video will help you get a little more out of your Smart speaker than just your basic time and weather requests as Google's assistant continues to mature so does its integration with your connected

Devices simplifying tasks everyday tasks at your command you

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