Congratulations on your new Google Home ($69 at Walmart) or Nest Mini ($35 at Walmart) smart speaker, Nest Hub ($79 at Walmart) or Nest Hub Max ($229 at Walmart).Â Once youÂ (orÂ ) it’s time to start making it work for you.
Google’s smart speaker can do a whole lot more than give you aÂ orÂ (although it does those thingsÂ ). It’s a powerful tool that can control your other smart home devices and automate your life with a simple voice command.
Where should you put your Google Home?
Google Home speakers and Nest Hub displays are small enough to fit in most places around the house, but they serve aÂ. If you only have one, you’ll want to think about what you’ll probably use it for the most, as well as which room you spend the most time in every day. Here are some ideas to consider:
Master the basics
You can always refer to our up-to-date list ofÂfor detailed descriptions of the various Google Actions your smart speaker or display can perform. But for starters, you might want to go in andÂ .Â
Here are a few other settings you might want to learn and/or change immediately:
How to talk to Google Assistant
The full list of Google Assistant voice commands is long and growing, but there are several you’ll actually use regularly:Â
Rock out to some tunes
Playing music will likely become one of your favorite things to do with your Google Home. Here are several tips to get you started:Â
Podcasts, audiobooks and bedtime stories
Another hugely popular use for your new Google smart speaker or display is listening to podcasts, audiobooks and children’s stories. Here are some ways to get started with those:
Google Home speakers and displays are packed full of features you might not expect. Here are a few tricks you might not have known your new smart speaker or display could do:Â
Control your smart home devices
Google Home speakers can serve as a central hub for all of your smart devices. For the most part, they can control any smart home product you already have. To get started:
How to address common problems
Once you’ve set up your Google Home, you shouldn’t need to mess with the settings or troubleshoot. But no software or hardware is perfect, so if you run into problems, check out these guides:
Originally published last year.