The world is moving really fast and the technology is progressing with it in the field of electronics. The field of Automation is expanding widely. We have a lot of home automation systems available in the market that can be installed in our homes to make lives easy. Today we are going to install a Google Assistant in our Home. By using it, most of the devices and applications can be controlled easily by just giving a voice command. Google Assistant can work with all types of devices and a considerable amount of devices can be connected to it. In this article, we are going to learn how can we install a smart home in our house and take its assistance to control most of the devices in our house.
How To Install Google Assistant in Your House?
Converting your home to a smart home has so many advantages. You can get full command over your gadgets via voice or android phone. Most of the Android phones have Google Assistant built-in or it can be downloaded from the app store.
Step 1: Buy A Smart Display Or A Smart Speaker
In a smart home, when everything is connected to the assistant, you need something to control everything by giving a command. The best option is to install a smart display or a smart speaker that will take your command without needing access to your mobile phone. There are several gadgets available in the market that will allow your home to be connected to google assistant. The two most common of these gadgets are Nest Hub and Google Home Mini.
Nest Hub is the top of the list gadget that consists of a smart speaker that responds to the human voice and has a tablet-like touchscreen that is used to control the home just by a touch on the screen. On this screen, an organized overview of everything connected to this gadget can be seen in the pull-down menu that comes when you swipe on the screen.
Google Home Mini is another gadget that is low cost and widely used around the world. It comes with a built-in google assistant and, same as nest hub, it also responds to the human voice. It does not contain a touchscreen which makes it very compact and very easy to use.
These two gadgets allow your whole family to control pretty much everything just by giving a voice command or by tapping the touch screen. These have helped us to eliminate the use of mobile phones or different kinds of applications on the mobile phone that can be sued to control the smart home.
Step 2: Lets Train Google
Now, as you have a cool gadget to connect your home to it, let us introduce google to our families. Google assistants can be trained by saying some keywords a few times in repetition. This helps in recognizing the voice of different family members so every time somebody asks something to google assistant, it responds accordingly.
To do this, every member of the family will need a google account. There is no need to make a new google account if they already have one. Sync the google account with the Google Home App. Now the google is ready to be trained. Every member can say a few words in repetition so that google recognizes the later.
This is not necessary. If you don’t train to google its totally fine because it will act according to the command given to it.
Step 3: Pick a Location
Now as you have trained your google assistant, the most important decision that has to be made is where to place your google home gadget in your house. Choose a place in your wisely to put this gadget where you need it the most. Remember that this gadget must be in a hearing range so that when the family is hanging around, it can use it easily. Nest hub can be placed in the kitchen because it can help u in cooking by going step by step through the recipes.
If you have a big house or a multiple-story house, you will need multiple units of this gadget. But an excellent approach is to start small. At first, use one unit in the most populated part of your house, for example, the TV lounge or the kitchen. Once you get used to this unit, you can install multiple units t cover every part of the house. When multiple gadgets are installed, there is no danger of overlapping the voice. Even your other google mini homes hear your voice, you will get a response only from the closest one.
Step 4: Pick Gadgets For Smart Home
Now as the smart home speaker or a smart touchscreen is installed in your house, get ready to control some of your home appliances just by giving a voice command. Now, the next step is to buy some appliances that will be controlled by your google mini home. The best approach is to buy just two or three gadgets at first for testing purposes instead of buying a bunch of things that you won’t use frequently. Once you test the first two or three gadgets, then you can add other cool stuff in your list that can be controlled by your google assistant.
The best option is to install smart lights in your house first. To use the smart bulb, install a smart switch or replace the already wall switch with a wifi supported switch. When you have tested the bulbs, then later you can install smart cameras, smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart locks, and many other smart cool stuff.
Step 5: Sync Your Smart Home
If you are not using C by GE bulbs, you will need a first-party app for the initial setup process for every other gadget you are using. For each gadget, an account has to be created. After connecting every appliance to this system and enabling the internet connection, open the google home app. This app can be downloaded from the App store. Click here to download this app. Now follow the steps below.
- In the main home tab, click on the Add button.
- Click “Set up device”.
- Now click on the “Works with Google” option.
- Now what you have to do is to scroll through the list of brands and find the brand you have installed in your house. ou can either find it in the alphabetically ordered list or you can search it in the search bar to save your time.
- Now, with your Google account, sync your account for your smart device.
- Make sure that you name each device so that when there are a lot of devices connected to google assistant, you don’t find it difficult to remember the name of the device to turn it on.
Step 6: Manage Routines And Setup Rooms
Now you might think of a problem if you have, let’s say, 4 table lamps. You can differentiate between these gadgets by separating them and placing them into different rooms. To do this, after completing your setup, click on the name of your device in the Google home Application and move it to a different room. Just make sure that you give distinct names to all of your devices. This helps a lot. For example, you want to turn off the lights in the kitchen. Say “Turn of lights in the kitchen ” and every light that is connected in the kitchen will switch off.
Instead of making rooms, you can manage routines in google home. routines make it really easy to control everything connected to the whole system. For example, in the morning you can turn on many appliances just by saying “Good morning” or “I’m Home”, etc. To do this, click Routines on the main page of the Google Home App. Click on the “Manage Routines” button. Now look for a plus icon.
Many appliances connected to the google home, can be controlled easily by setting up routines. You can ask it about the weather, calendar, news or even traffic status in the city.
Step 7: Testing
Now your devices are set and synced with the google assistant and your rooms and routines are also managed. Let us move a step ahead and test the whole system. You don’t have to train it, it will respond to a natural human voice. Try giving it commands like “Turn on the lights” or “How is the weather today”, and it will respond accordingly.