How to set up and use your Google Home

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Overview

Google Home brings voice recognition in the form of a digital assistant into your home, and here’s what you need to know to set it up and use it.

It comes in two iterations. There is the regular model that comes with a larger speaker, and the Home Mini, a puck-shaped form factor that is small and super lightweight. Both function the same way, so there is no difference in functionality, other than the larger unit’s better speakers, and some touch-based controls.

The voice recognition platform inside both devices is Google Assistant, the voice assistant first introduced in the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in 2016. Since then, Assistant has been made compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets running on version 6.0 Marshmallow.

Google Home units use far field microphones to listen for questions and commands. They then pull in the pertinent information from the cloud to relay to you through voice. Your query can be about a person, place or thing, control a smart home device or setting an alarm, reminder or calendar entry. There’s more to it than that, but those features form the basis of what it does.

Follow the simple steps below to set up your new Google Home so you can enjoy all of the convenience of voice activation in your home.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Can geek squad set up google home assistant for us either in the store or at home? How much for the service? We are in LaSalle Ontario

    • Hi Jana,

      I’d recommend that the device is setup in your own home as it needs to be connected to your home network. While the Geek Squad Agent is present, they will help you configure the Google Home App on your smart phone or tablet, create a google account with you if you don’t have one already, configure and personalize it according to your location, calendar and music services. Finally, if you have other smart devices such as Philips Hue Lighting, Chromecast or Nest Thermostat; they will help connect everything together so you can control everything by voice command. The service is $99 (50% off or $49.99 if you’re a Geek Squad Home Member) and takes about 90 minutes to complete.

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