“Hey, Google” may be an integral a part of your day, however you may not know all the pieces you are able to do with Google Home Assistant. Spoiler alert: The potentialities are virtually countless. We’re speaking about recipe assist in the kitchen to waking up on time within the morning, preserving celebration friends entertained and catching up on your favourite podcasts. Google Home can do a ton.
We’ve obtained seven important suggestions you will use on the common.
Light it up
Equipping your home (and even only one room) with sensible mild bulbs is one other approach to make the most of Google Home. You do want particular mild bulbs to make this one work, they usually’re fairly a bit costlier than your common bulb. We usein our bed room. It’s very nice if I’m studying in mattress with the lights on and begin to get drowsy. All I have to say is “Hey Google, turn the lights off.” To carry the sunshine again up, simply say “Hey Google, turn on the lights.” You may also specify brightness, dimness and alter the colour.
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Google Home helps a lot of bulbs now along with Philips Hue likeand others. To add a brand new bulb, make positive your app is updated, faucet Add > Set up system > New Devices > Next. From there, comply with the on-screen directions.
Cool off or warm up
We invested in afor our home this year and if you’re as particular about the temperature as I am, I highly recommend. After you , you can ask Google to set your thermostat to a specific temperature. You can also make incremental changes (i.e. “OK, Google, raise the temperature 1 degree.”
You can control the thermostat from the app too, no talking necessary (Google Home app > choose the thermostat icon > change the temperature) One of my favorite parts about the Nest is that it learns how you like your temperature and adapts. For example, our Nest gets cooler at night before bed and warms up before we leave for work. The Nest can also remind you to change your air filter.
An added bonus to setting an alarm
Asking Google to wake you up in the morning is a bit easier than setting the alarm on your phone’s clock or — gasp — a real clock. Simply say, “Hey Google, set my alarm for…” and give your desired time. The alarm will sound and to shut it off,“stop.”
Of course, you don’t have to be turning in for the night to use the alarm. You can also say “Hey Google, set a timer for…” which keeps your hands free during workouts, cooking or if you’re coloring your hair. To silence the alarm, again, just say “stop.” You don’t have to say, “Hey Google or OK Google” before that.
Here’s everything that works with Google Home and Home Mini
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Music, news and podcasts, oh my!
To play your favorite songs podcasts, make sure your preferred music app — YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and Deezer are supported — is linked to your Google Home app. From there, you can ask Google to play a specific song or genre (i.e. “Hey Google, play ’90s rock”). If you like a song, you can ask Google to save it on the app. To end your tunes “Hey Google, stop the music” is your go to phrase.
You can also use the smart speaker with podcasts, but you have to ask for a specific one (i.e. “…play My Favorite Murder”). If you stopped listening in the middle of an episode, either on Google Home or your phone, it’ll pick up where you left off. To hear the headlines you can customize your favorite news sources on the Google Home app and change the order they’re played in. Most news stations have a podcast, so you can ask Google to play that, as well.
Get the weather forecast, today’s and next week’s
Are you going to need an umbrella today? Did it just get really cold? Just ask Google what the weather is like and it will give you the current temperature and an overview for the rest of the day wherever you are. Google can give forecasts further out, as well, if you ask for the weekend or next week.
Google has a few games — I’d recommend trying Mad Libs, Lucky Trivia, or Song Quiz first. These can be fun party games or a good way to keep kids occupied on a rainy afternoon.
Movies playing nearby
The days of calling the movie theater and listening to a recording read titles are long gone. When you ask “Which movies are playing?,” Google will list a few titles, and ask which film interests you. From there, Google can help you pick a time and tell you how to purchase tickets at your nearest theater through Fandango.