Today, Google has four smart speakers: Google Home, Google Home Max, Google Home Mini and Google Home Hub. All of them allow you to interact with the Google Assistant using your voice, although first of all you need to configure it.
Setting up a new Google Home isn’t complicated, though requires a series of concrete steps that you must carry out in the official application. The process takes about five minutes in total, and here we show it to you in five steps.
1. Connect your Google Home
First of all, touch the physical part, that is, take the Google Home out of its box and plug it into the power. This really does not have much science, because in the box of the device there is only the charger with its cable and the Google Home itself.
The cable connection itself varies from one model to another. On the Google Home Mini, it is a microUSB connector, while the normal Google Home connects underneath and both Google Home Max and Google Home Hub have the connector behind.
As soon as it has power, the smart speaker will welcome you As the lights come on to show you he’s alive You don’t need to do more with it at the moment: from here, the process continues on your mobile.
2. Install the Google Home app
Just like setting up a Chromecast, the entire Google Home speaker setup process takes place in the app of the same name: Google Home. You can download it on Google Play.
With the Google Home application installed, you may see a notification on your mobile indicating that there is a nearby device that needs to be configured (in my case, the notification was wrong, saying it was a Chromecast). If the notification does not appear, within the Google Home app you should see a panel saying that there is 1 device found, in which you must press the button Set up.
Then the application may ask you what house are you in? If so, choose the default option or create a new home if you wish (this is used to have different settings in different places, for example, at home and at work).
Regardless of this, the application will search for nearby devices. This process is generally quick, especially if you are next to the Google Home with your mobile, to reduce possible interference.
3. Connect the device with the app
Sooner or later, the app will find your Google Home and ask you if you want to configure that device. press Yes. Then your mobile will connect momentarily to the smart speaker (and will disconnect from the Wi-Fi connection during the process).
Now comes the most important part: hear the sound. The Google Home speaker will emit a sound so you can verify that you are actually connecting to that one and not the neighbor’s. If you have heard the sound, press Yes. In the next step, you are asked if you want to collaborate by sending anonymous usage statistics. It is optional, so it is up to you if you want to do it or not.
Before you chose the house, now it’s your turn choose the room. This setting is useful if you have multiple Google Homes in different rooms, so that you can target a specific one. Another way to recognize them comes in the next step: you need give it a name.
This name is used to be able to distinguish the Google Home and to be able to send them orders or configure them separately, in case you have several. At the moment it is not possible to speak to your speaker by name and have him answer you.
4. Set up the Wi-Fi connection
The next step is the most important: the configuration of the Wi-Fi connection. A list will appear with the Wi-Fi connections available in the area, and you must choose which one do you want it to connect to the Google Home. Ideally it should be the same one that you normally connect your mobile to.
Then you have the option to let the application fill in password for Wi-Fi by yourself or enter it manually. In addition, you can check a box so that the application remembers the password when configuring other devices in the future.
After pressing Next, the Google Home finally connects to the internet. You are almost ready, leaving only the last step of configuring other services that you want to use in conjunction with the speaker.
5. Connect other services
Google Home can do a lot of things on its own, but some of its features rely on third-party services. Now you have to configure your bedside music service, such as Spotify, Google Play Music or YouTube Music. Optionally, you can do the same with your video services.
The last step is choose a default TV, to choose between a compatible smart TV or a device like a Google Chromecast. Google Home uses this TV when you give it related commands like “Watch Stranger Things on Netflix”.
It is done. Your new Google Home is set up, connected to the network, and ready to use. To talk to him, use the “Ok, Google” or “Hey, Google” commands. If you want a list with ideas of what you can ask for, here https://www.xataka.com/basics/lista-de-commands-de-voz-de-ok-google you have it.