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The updated Google Home platform brings more powerful automations, new ways to view your cameras, and universal technologies to your smart home. All beautifully organised in the redesigned Google Home app.1,2,3

The Google Home app

Improved camera views

More intuitive automations

Meet Matter and Thread

The redesigned Google Home app.

It's more personalised, organised and easy to use. Coming to Preview: Welcome to the totally new Google Home app.

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Try new features and updates.

Public Preview for the Google Home app gives you access to the latest features before they're broadly available. Learn more

The rebuilt Google Home app. Now more personalised than ever.

The totally redesigned app has a new five-tab layout that's easier to navigate. Pin your favourite devices to your home view and use Spaces to see multiple camera live streams right when you open the app. Plus much more.

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(Video) Meet Google Home
Favourites The new Favourites section makes it easier to access the things that you care about most. See your favourite devices, automations and actions all in one place. Devices Find all your devices quickly in a simple list view. Check the status of your devices with ease. See if your office light is on or your kitchen speaker is still playing, with just a few taps. Automations Customise your devices to do what you want, when you want, with new automations in the Google Home app. Automate schedules so you don't have to worry that you left something on when you're away. Activity and settings Use the activity tab to better understand what's happening in and around your smart home. And easily find and manage devices, services and members in the settings tab.

Favourites

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The new Favourites section makes it easier to access the things that you care about most. See your favourite devices, automations and actions all in one place.

Devices

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Find all your devices quickly in a simple list view. Check the status of your devices with ease. See if your office light is on or your kitchen speaker is still playing, with just a few taps.

Automations

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Customise your devices to do what you want, when you want, with new automations in the Google Home app. Automate schedules so you don't have to worry that you left something on when you're away.

(Video) Introducing the second-gen Nest Hub from Google

Activity and settings

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Use the activity tab to better understand what's happening in and around your smart home. And easily find and manage devices, services and members in the settings tab.

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Simple controls that simply work.

Quicker, more-intuitive ways to control your home, including an app for WearOS, enhanced camera views and upgraded tools to automate and organise your smart home.

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Your home, now on your wrist.

Control your smart devices from your WearOS watch. Turn on lights, adjust thermostats or get alerts when there's a person or a package at your front door. All without having to pull out your phone.1,2,3

Better camera and timeline views.

Easily check your live camera streams and video history with the new timeline or dedicated events view. Coming to Preview.

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See your entire home with just a tap.

Now you can view live video from your Nest cameras and doorbell, directly from the home screen in your Google Home app.

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Quickly scan your video history.

Review events in your timeline easily and efficiently.

Check in on your home. Directly from your browser.

Google Home lets you see live feeds of your Nest cameras and doorbell from your browser, all in one view. Preview it today.

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Routines that are anything but routine.

With Google Home, easily create helpful automations with your devices. Schedule your cameras to turn on and your doors to automatically lock at sunset. Have your lights turn off when you leave the house. And that's just the beginning.

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Make your devices do more for you. Set your security cameras to turn on after dark. Have your motion sensor turn on lights when you walk in the door. Schedule your vacuum to clean in the morning. Peace of mind is automatic. Lock the front door, arm the security system and turn on your cameras at the same time each night – automatically. Sit back and relax. Set the speaker to play your favourite party music on Friday evenings.4 Have your TV turn on when the living room lights go dark for movie night.

Make your devices do more for you.

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Set your security cameras to turn on after dark. Have your motion sensor turn on lights when you walk in the door. Schedule your vacuum to clean in the morning.

Peace of mind is automatic.

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Lock the front door, arm the security system and turn on your cameras at the same time each night – automatically.

Sit back and relax.

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Set the speaker to play your favourite party music on Friday evenings.4 Have your TV turn on when the living room lights go dark for movie night.

Google Home is ready for Matter and Thread.

Coming soon: More compatibility, better connectivity with Matter and Thread.5 Matter ensures that your smart home is easier to build, faster to set up and more responsive and reliable. And Thread helps extend the overall strength, capability and reach of your smart home.

Make life easier with Matter.

Matter is the universal standard for smart homes. It connects and controls your Google Home and other Matter-enabled devices, so your smart home is faster to set up, and more responsive and reliable than ever.

Easier to choose devices.

Matter devices work with your Google Home and other Matter-enabled devices, making it easier to build a smart home that helps with any need.

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Setup is a breeze.

With Android Fast Pair for Matter, your phone can automatically detect Matter devices. So setting up new devices and connecting them to your network is easier than ever.

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More responsive and reliable.

Matter devices connect to each other locally over your smart home network using Wi-Fi or Thread, making your devices more responsive, reliable and secure.

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Control your Matter devices with Google Home.

With Matter, many Nest devices – like NestHubMax and Nest Mini – can act as a hub for connecting all your Matter devices, so you don't need any other special equipment.6

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Matter devices coming this autumn.

Starting this autumn, you'll be able to find Matter-enabled smart lighting, plugs, locks, sensors, thermostats, shades and blinds, Wi-Fi routers and more.

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Your devices do more with Thread.

Thread is the latest wireless mesh technology, designed to make your smart devices more connected and reliable. It helps extend the overall strength, capability, and reach of your home network.

Works with Thread border routers.

Most Nest smart displays and Wi-Fi devices have a Thread border router built in, so you won’t need a separate hub for adding Thread devices to your smart home.

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The updated Google Home platform helps you get the most out of your devices. Start building your smart home today.

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    This autumn, many Google products will be updated automatically to support Matter, including Google Home, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio, Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, Nest Hub (2nd gen), Nest Wifi and Nest Wifi Pro.

FAQs

What words trigger Google Home? ›

Yes, there is an official list: Simply say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" before any of the voice queries below. Those are currently the only two wake words. There's some speculation that other wake words will be coming at some point, but until then, the only two wake words are "Ok Google" and "Hey Google".

Is Google releasing a new Google Home? ›

The updated Google Home platform brings more powerful automations, new ways to view your cameras, and universal technologies to your smart home. All beautifully organized in the redesigned Google Home app.

How do I reset Google Home and start over? ›

On the back of your device, press and hold the microphone mute button for about 15 seconds. Your Google Home will let you know that it's resetting.

Do I have to say hey Google every time? ›

You can have a conversation with your speaker or Smart Display and you don't have to say "Hey Google" before each question or command.

What is the weak word for Google Home? ›

You can alert it with "Alexa," "Amazon," "Echo," or "Computer." The Google Home only has one wake word option, "Hey Google," but it has both male and female voices.

What is the new Google Home called? ›

Google Nest, previously named Google Home, is a line of smart speakers developed by Google under the Google Nest brand.

What is replacing Google Home? ›

Google has announced its new smart speaker called the Nest Audio, which is a sequel to the original Google Home. The change in prefix name for these devices happened after Google brought them under the Nest brand.

Can you restart Google Home? ›

From the Google Home app

Make sure your mobile device or tablet is linked to the same account as your speaker or display. Touch and hold your device's tile. Reboot.

Can you rename Hey Google? ›

No, you can't change Google Assistant's wake word as you can with Alexa, but you can change what Google Assistant calls you. By default, she'll call you by the first name listed on your Google account, but if you like, you can have her call you by a nickname or any other name you like.

Is Google constantly listening? ›

Nearly all voice-activated technology uses microphones that listen for "wake words." That means they are, technically, always listening.

Can I use a different phrase than Hey Google? ›

Google does not offer any official way to change the wake word for Google Home devices. There were unofficial apps that let you change your Google Assistant wake word, but most are no longer supported. You can activate your Google Home using the wake word 'Ok Google' or 'Hey Google.

Who is better Alexa or Google? ›

Both Google Home and Amazon Alexa are excellent smart home platforms, and whichever one you pick, it'll be available in a wide range of different affordable or premium speakers. We recommend going with Alexa if you want the most home integrations.

Can I give my Google Home a name? ›

Open the Google Home app . Touch and hold your device's tile. Device name. tap Save.

Is Google smarter than Alexa? ›

The report found Google Assistant attempted to answer nearly 70 percent of the questions it was asked and responded correctly nearly 90 percent of the time. Alexa attempted a little over 50 percent of the questions and answered correctly just over 80 percent of the time.

What is cheat code on Google Home? ›

The Konami Code strikes again. Go to a Google search bar and using voice, search for “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right.” And just like that, you'll have unlimited free Google searches. Of course this is tongue-in-cheek. It's just the latest hidden gem discovered within Google's tools.

What are Easter Eggs in Google? ›

Easter eggs are hidden features or messages, inside jokes, and cultural references inserted into media. They are often well hidden, so that users find it gratifying when they discover them, helping form bonds between their creators and finders.

Has Google discontinued Google Home? ›

The new Google Home now represents Google's entire smart home platform. Remember Google Home, Google's first and now discontinued smart speaker? Well, the speaker isn't coming back, but the Google Home name is, and this time it means something much bigger.

Are there different models of Google Home? ›

Which one is right for you? The Google Home Mini, Google Home Max and original Google Home are all solid smart speakers. The Google Home is a good smart speaker, but the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max are just as smart and capable.

How many Google Home devices are there? ›

works with over 50,000 smart home devices from more than 10,000 popular brands, and we're adding new brands all the time.

Is there anything better than Google Home? ›

There are more than 25 alternatives to Google Home for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Android, Windows and iPhone. The best alternative is Home-Assistant.io, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Google Home are openHAB, ioBroker, Domoticz and Gladys Assistant.

What has happened to Google Home? ›

Is Google Home being phased out? Google Home devices have been rebranded as Nest, and the original Google Home speaker is now far out of date. However, the Google Home app is still alive and well, and the hub used to control all compatible smart devices. These tips should be able to work with Nest models also.

Do I need to reset Google Home before selling? ›

A Factory Data Reset (FDR) will reset your Google Home to its default factory settings. This action will clear your data and can't be undone. A factory reset is a requirement, prior to sale on Swappa. From your Google Home, press and hold the microphone mute on the back of Google Home for about 15 seconds.

Why is my Google Home not working? ›

Check whether your ISP is down and if it isn't, reboot your router and move it closer to your speaker. You can also try disconnecting your other devices from the home network in case it might be a bandwidth issue. If your speaker still won't connect to your network, try rebooting it.

Why can't I get my Google Home to connect? ›

Try to manually connect to the device's hotspot from your phone or tablet's Wi-Fi settings. Go to the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device. Open the list of available WiFi networks and look for an available network with the name “GoogleHomeXXXX" (where XXXX is a random number).

How do I reset Wi-Fi on Google Home? ›

Open the Google Home app . Touch and hold your device's tile. At the top right corner, tap Settings Factory reset Wifi point Factory reset.

What does resetting Google do? ›

This means any startup home page customizations, tab settings, search engine, pinned tabs, etc will all be reset. Additionally, any and all Chrome browser extensions will be disabled, and all temporary data like caches and cookies will be cleared.

How many voices does Hey Google have? ›

What voices are available on Google Assistant. Google has 10 voices available for English speakers in the U.S. There are six female and four male voices to choose from. The male voices are called Orange, Green, Blue, and Pink.

Can I change Hey Google to another command? ›

Go to Settings > Voice > OK Google Detection > Turn it Off. Now Go back to Open Mic+ For Google Now App and tap on the Bay Area using a pencil icon. You can type in the command of your choice now for which you want Google to respond. Once you have typed, hit on Set.

What word activates Google Assistant? ›

Google Nest Hub Max owners don't always need to say “Hey, Google” to activate the Google Assistant anymore. The smart display now incorporates the Quick Phrases feature teased at Google I/O this year, allowing users to skip the wake word in some cases.

How do I trigger a scene on Google Home? ›

You can trigger a scene through Google Home by preceding the name of the scene with words such as activate, run, or turn on, after, of course, waking up the Google Assistant with the customary OK Google wake word.

What do you say to get Google Homes attention? ›

Say “Hey Google” and ask your question or give a command. You'll know your Assistant listens if the lights on top of the device spin (Google Home) or pulse (Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, Google Nest Audio, Google Nest Hub, and Google Nest Hub Max).

What is cheat code in Google Assistant? ›

If you do a voice search for "up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right", Google will speak back "Cheat mode unlocked. Unlimited free Google searches." Of course, Google searches are free (not counting ads and personal data) and unlimited anyway, but it is still a fun trick.

What happens if you tell Google Home to self destruct? ›

Upon saying “hey Google, self-destruct”, it will reply “Okay, self-destructing”. Then, it will go on to make an electrocution noise, followed by the sound of chickens.

Can Google Home secretly record conversations? ›

Is my Google Nest device recording all of my conversations? No. You can learn more about how Google Assistant protects your privacy and gives you transparency, choice and control.

Can someone watch you through Google Home? ›

A researcher named Matt Kunze discovered that hackers can be spying on you and your family via a Google Home smart speaker. According to BleepingComputer (via AndroidCentral), Kunze was messing around with a Nest Mini when he discovered that a rogue or "backdoor" account could be created using the Google Home app.

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