Here’s how to set up Google Home

If you’ve just bought one of the three smart speakers currently in the Google Home family, you’re likely excited to set it up. But what if you need some help setting up your new Google Home product?

In this article, we will give you the information you need to set up a Google Home speaker, so you can start enjoying it in your own house. As you’ll see for yourself, it will take more than just powering up the speaker to get it ready to work. So want to know how to setup Google Home? Let’s get started.

How to set up Google Home — Launch the Google Home app

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In order to set up Google Home, you first have to power it up, obviously. After you plug the included power cord into the speaker, and then connect the other end of the cord to a power outlet at home, you will need to launch the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.

  1. Launch the Google App on your mobile device.
  2. Tap on the “Set Up” icon in the app.
  3. The app should automatically detect your new Google Home speaker.
  4. Once it does, just tap on “Yes”to continue the process.

How to setup Google Home — Test its audio

It’s now time to see if the speaker inside the Google Home is working properly, which is without a doubt a pretty major part of this process.

  1. After you tap on the “Yes” command when the Google Home app finds your speaker, it should make a sound.
  2. If you hear the sound coming from the device, you can tap on “Yes” in the app to continue the process.

How to set up Google Home — Location and language (optional)

In some (but not all) cases, you may be asked by the Google Home app to select which region of the world you are in, along with the language you want to use with the speaker. 

  1. If you encounter the location menu in the app, select the region that applies to your particular area of the world.
  2. You may then be asked by the app to select the supporting language you will use for Google Home. Select it and tap “Next.”

How to set up Google Home — Home location and naming

The next part of the Google Home setup process will ask you to choose which location the speaker will be placed in within your home, along with actually naming your device.

  1. You should see a list of choices in the Google Home app for where the speaker could be located in your house (living room, bathroom, bedroom, etc).
  2. You can select which room the speaker will be in from those menu choices, or you can type in a location yourself in the app, in case it’s in an unconventional place, like a basement, man cave, or somewhere else.
  3. After that, the app will prompt you to actually name your Google Home speaker. If you want, you can simply keep the name that’s based on the room where it’s located, or you can type in any name you like.

How to set up Google Home — Sign in to Wi-Fi network

It’s now time to get your new Google Home speaker connected to your local Wi-Fi network, so you can have it access the Internet, via Google Assistant.

  1. The Google Home app should ask you to connect to your local Wi-Fi network. If you see it in the app, tap on the Wi-Fi network name to continue.
  2. The app will then ask if you want to use the Wi-Fi network’s password that’s already stored in your smartphone for the speaker. If you don’t want to do it through this automatic process, there’s also the option to type in the password manually.

How to set up Google Home — Google Assistant

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Google Assistant is the digital companion service that Google Home uses for offering information via your voice commands.  Here’s how to get it set up.

  1. The first thing you should see in the Google Home app is a brief description of Google Assistant.
  2. After you go through that page, you will then be asked to teach Google Assistant to recognize your voice. You should tap “I agree” to move on.
  3. Then you will be asked to say four phrases so Google Assistant can get a sample of your voice.
  4. Once that’s done, the app will ask if you want “Personal Results” enabled, which will allow Google Home and Assistant to access things like your contacts, calendar and more when you request them with your voice. If that’s for you, tap on “I agree.”
  5. Finally, you will be asked to type in your current home address in the app, again so that Google Home and Assistant can give you the local weather, traffic conditions, and more when asked.

How to set up Google Home —  Music and video

Now it’s time for you to get Google Home ready to play music, along with sound from streaming video services.

  1. You should see a menu page in the Google Home app called “Add music services” and a series of choices, including Spotify, Pandora, and (of course) Google Play Music. Tap on the ones you want to access and then tap “Next.”
  2. You’ll then be asked to pick a default music app from those you’ve selected. Google Home will access your choice when you ask it to play music.
  3. Once that’s done, you will be asked which video services on TV you want to connect to Google Home, such as Netflix, YouTube, and others. As with the music services, you simply tap on the choice you want, and then tap “Next.”

How to s etup Google Home —  Link Chromecast and Google TV (optional)

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The final major part of setting up Google Home is just for folks who own a Google TV-based television or set-top device, or who have a Chromecast connected to their television.

  1. You should see a menu choice in the Google Home app called “Choose a TV.”
  2. Once you select that, you will see a list of supported TV devices in your home.
  3. You should then tap on the one device that you want to use as the default TV when you ask your Google Home speaker to show something on your television.
  4. Finally, tap on “Save” to complete the process.

How to set up Google Home — Demo and conclusion

If you have gone through all of these menu choices in the Google Home app, you are now ready to use your new smart speaker.

  1. You should see an “Almost done” page in the app, and if you tap “Continue,” you can check out a brief but helpful demo that will show you more of its features.
  2. Once you are done with the demo, just tap on “Finish setup” and you should be all set.

Was this article on how to set up your Google Home helpful to you? Let us know in the comments. You can also check out our list of Google Home Easter eggs for even more cool features.

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