What to Know About Google Home

Here's everything you need to know about the Google Home smart speaker.

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Google Home is a cylinder-shaped speaker that can be used to listen to music, but there are so many more features that you’ll really like. It’s a smart speaker, which means it has an built-in assistant that can do thousands of different things. Here’s what you need to know about this useful speaker.

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How Google Home Works

Google Home runs using a virtual assistant named Google Assistant. Basically, you can say voice commands and the assistant will do whatever you command. Each command must start with, “Hey, Google,” so that the assistant knows you are about to tell it to do something. Then you can ask Google Assistant what the weather is going to be like, how the traffic will be on your commute, to start a grocery list for you and much more.

Many smart home devices are compatible with Google Assistant. This means that you can control these devices using voice commands and the Google Home speaker. For example, you can turn lights and appliances on and off with just your voice, or even unlock your front door if you have a smart lock.

You connect the smart devices to the speaker using the Google Home app. If you don’t want to use your voice to make commands, you can also use the app to control Google Home and your compatible devices. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up your Google Home.

What Devices are Compatible with Google Home?

More than 5,000 devices from 150 companies are compatible with Google Assistant and Google Home. Some of these include Philips Hue lighting, LG smart TVs and Wemo smart plugs. You can find a complete list of compatible devices on Google’s website.

Is Google Home a Good Speaker for Music?

For most people, Google Home has decent sound. If you turn it up high, though, the sound loses quality. If you’re picky about how your music sounds, you may want to upgrade to the Google Home Max. It works just like the original Google Home, but features much better sound quality. There is a major price difference: Google Home retails for $99 while the Max retails for $299.

Alina Bradford
Alina Bradford is a technology and internet safety and security expert for SafeWise.com and has contributed her insights to dozens of national publications, both in print and online. Her goal is to make gadgets less mystifying, one article at a time.