To set up a Google Home device, you will need to use the Google Home app, a Google account, and a secure Wi-Fi network. You can set up your Google Home and enable Google Assistant within the Google Home app. You can also use Google’s guided tool to help set up your own Google Home devices. Visit Insider’s Tech Reference library for more stories .
Google Home and its family of devices, including the Google Home Mini and the Google Nest Hub, can do everything from telling you the weather to read out a recipe or even playing your favorite songs via Spotify.
If you’ve recently purchased one of these devices and are uncertain about how to set it up and get started, here are some pointers to help you on your way.
How to set up a Google Home account on the Google Home app Create a Google account or sign in to your existing Google account if you haven’t already done so. Download the Google Home app onto your Android or iOS device. Quick tip: Double-check that the mobile device you downloaded the Google Home app on is using the same Wi-Fi network as the one you plan to connect your Google Home device to. Open the Google Home app. Tap the “+” (plus) icon in the top-left corner of the home screen. If you’ve never created a Home account on the iPhone app, you may need to tap the “Get Started” button on the screen. Abbey White/Insider Next, select “Create new home.” You need a Home account to link to all your Google devices. Abbey White/Insider Enter your “Home nickname” and your “Home address” before tapping “Continue.” Enter your Home nickname and your home address. Abbey White/Insider Quick tip: iPhone users may be asked to enable location access and Bluetooth during the set-up process. This can help you pair Bluetooth devices to your Google Home speaker to play music or help you get better weather results. How to set up Google Assistant on your Google Home device Once the Google Home device and Google Home app are connected, you’ll be asked to set up Google Assistant, the artificial intelligence assistant for Google products. After reading the relevant agreement, press “Next.” Activate Voice Match, which teaches the Assistant to recognize your voice. Voice Match makes it so your Google Home will respond to your voice only. Jennifer Still/Insider Enable Personal Results to have your Google Home speaker read or show results specific to you, like with your Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Photos, YouTube playlists, recipes, and more. Google Assistant lets you personalize your Google Home speaker experience. Abbey White/Insider You will then be asked to link any of your music and media services, including Spotify and Netflix. If you choose to link them, you will need to log in and connect them to your Google Home app. When finished, click “Next.” You will then be asked to name your device. This can be anything of your choosing but should be easily identifiable to you, particularly if you own multiple Google Home devices. Click “Next” when finished. After choosing whether or not to receive emails about your device, you should then click “Finish setup.” You’ll see this screen once the Google Home speaker is set up. Jennifer Still/Insider Continue Reading