Google Home: Top 5 tips and tricks

BY Bethwel Njore / January 3, 2017
BY Bethwel Njore / January 3, 2017 / How To

If you have decided to purchase the new Google Home, it is now a high time to figure out what it can do. It can take a while before the handset can catch up with Amazon Echo’s vast library skills. However, the more you use it, the more you discover what it can do.

Here are some tips and tricks that you need to get most out of your new Google Home.

1. Set up IFTTT

IFTTT takes things you say to Google Home and then sends commands to other smart items you have. Setting up the IFTTT is very simple and the number of smart handsets supported by the IFTTT service is huge.

For instance, saying a certain word to Google home can have your Hue lamps glow or have music play through your stereo. All this because of Google Home and IFTTT.

2. Get a morning report

What are you supposed to do today? Google Assistant knows. Just ask Google Home ‘tell me about my day’. You will then get a report about your morning commute, future meetings, reminders you have set and the weather condition. The report is simple to customize. You just need to exclude the aforementioned categories and then add items such as the news reports.

3. Cast with Google Home

In case you have already set up your Chromecast handset, you are halfway to casting with Google Home. The process is simple as you only need to plug in your device and sync it to the same WiFi network Home is on.

Rename your Chromecast to something live TV or basically something that is easy to remember. Go to ‘More settings’ in the Home application and tap ‘TV and Speakers’. Link a Chromecast speaker, TV or any other handset that has Chromecast built in by clicking on the ‘+’ symbol. Google is also adding Google Photos and Netflix but for now all you can cast with Google Assistant are YouTube videos.

4. Call an Uber

For now, only Uber is listed as a third-party service in the Google Home app. As times goes, we expect the list to grow as many developers are willing to work on adding support. Find a list of compatible devices and supported services by going to More Settings > Services. Click on the service you want to use and then follow the prompts.

5. Set preferences

All of the interaction with the Home is done with Google Assistant. You will want to tailor the type of information the Google Assistant knows and use it to help you better with your requests. Open the Google Home application and slide the menu drawer on the left side of the screen. Tap More Settings.

Start with the sections My Day and News. Select various audio news update to listen to and set My Day to prompt the Google Home to inform you about your day.

Source: The Verge


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