How to set up and Configure your Google Home Smart Speakers

Google has made the world a better place to be by introducing a number of amazing innovative products. Google home is one of its products that are known to perform incredible tasks with ease and comfort. Just by a voice of command, Google Home can be able to play music, set reminders, make a call and control your home among other tasks. This, therefore, makes this product your best home companion.

Google Home Smart Speakers
Google Home Smart Speakers

Now that you have got yourself this astonishing Google product, you might be asking yourself where to start from or how to get it all set up. We have methodically outlined for you the step by step procedure on how to get started with your new Google Home device.

Requirements for setting up Google Home

First of all, before getting started with your Google Home device, you need to ensure that you have the requirements in place. As it is always said, never start a project when you don’t have all the resources in place, the same applies to the setting up of this Google product.

Therefore, you have to make sure that you have a smartphone or tablet that is running Android version 5.0 (or higher) or iOS version 10 (or higher). This ensures that your device is compatible with the Google Home app. Also, you will need to have the latest version of the Google Home app as well as the Google smart speaker itself. This may be Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max.

Checking the iOS version
Checking the iOS version

Moreover, there must be a stable and secure internet connection since the Google Home device won’t function without the availability of the internet. Also, you will be required to have a Google Account as well. Once the requirements are in place, you can now proceed to the setup process.

Step 1: Plug in your Device

Before anything else, you will first need to plug in your Google Home smart speaker to a power source. This will power up your device and make it ready for the setup process. You need to wait a few minutes as the device is lighting up. The Google Home device does not have a power button therefore, it automatically powers on when connected to the power outlet.

Step 2: Download the Google Home app

While considering the compatibility of the Google Home app with your phone, you will then need to download and install the app on your phone. Since the app is available for both Android and iOS devices, it can be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store and the App Store respectively. At this point, you need to ensure that your phone is connected to your Wi-Fi network.

To download the Google Home app for Android devices:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store on your phone.
  2. Search for Google Home app.
  3. Click on Install.
Installing the Google Home app
Installing the Google Home app

Also, for iOS users:

  1. Go to the App Store on your phone.
  2. Search for Google Home app.
  3. Next, click on Get.

Step 3: Launch the Google Home app

After downloading the Google Home app, you will then have to open it and perform a number of setup procedures. This will involve setting up new devices, scanning for Google Home devices and connecting to your device among others. You, therefore, need to follow the steps as outlined below:

  1. On the home screen click on Add.
  2. Select set up the device.
  3. Click on set up new devices in your home.
  4. Scan for Google Home devices and tap on the home you want to add the device to and click on Next.
  5. Connect to your new Google Home device so that you can configure it.
Setting up a Google Home app
Setting up a Google Home app

Step 4: Sign in with a Google Account

Now you will have to sign in using a Google Account. If you already have a Google Account you can proceed and sign in to the Google Home app using your account. However, if you don’t have a Google Account, be sure to create one preferably one with a gmail.com address. You will just need to head to Gmail.com and set up a new one.

Signing in using Google Account
Signing in using Google Account

Step 5: Link your Music Services

Music is one of the crucial forms of entertainment required. The Google Home support different type of music services including, Google Play music, Pandora, Spotify as well as YouTube. You, therefore, need to add the music account of your choice. Google Play Music or Spotify account is the most preferred as they allow you to request albums and music libraries at no fee.

Adding Music Services
Adding Music Services

Step 6: Link your Video Accounts

Moreover, you can add your video accounts to the Google Home. The services may include YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Crackle, CBS among others. These allow you to acquire the video content using the Google Home device. To link the account:

  1. In the Google Home app, click on Settings.
  2. Select Services.
  3. Navigate on photos and videos and link your account.
Adding video accounts
Adding video accounts

Step 7: Go through the Tutorial

Next, you will be prompted the Google Home app to take a tutorial which will provide you with more knowledge on how to use the Google Home device.

Step 8: Setup Additional Features

To finalize with the setup process, you can perform additional settings in order to fully personalize your Google Home device. These settings could be changing the Google assistant’s language, selecting News sources or My Day settings just to mention a few. To achieve the set up of these optional features you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the three-line icon at the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on More Settings.
  3. Next, you will see a bunch of additional settings that Google Home offers. Be sure to select any of your choices and perform the setup.
Performing additional settings
Performing additional settings

Step 9: Start Using your Google Home Device

After you are done with all the settings, your Google Home device will now be all set up. You can now start talking to the device and enjoy the outstanding functionalities that come with it. There are a vast number of questions that you can ask Google and you must always begin with “OK Google” or “Hey Google” every time you wish to ask a question.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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