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Google Home: How to add smart devices in Google Home App or to Google Assistant


Today with Google Home (Google Assistant), you can control almost all your connected home devices like WiFi LED Lights, WiFi Plugs, Google Assistant enabled devices like Smart TV, Oven etc. using voice commands. Google Home has become one of central unit of Smart Homes. Today it supports most of the devices available in market and the list of supported devices is growing everyday. 

If you are new to home automation, I would highly recommend you to read my article - How to Go About Automating Your HomeYou can refer to the list of commands that you can use to control your home devices under "smart home devices" section in my article  - Comprehensive list of Google Home Commands. 




To add smart devices to Google Home, you can watch my YouTube video or follow the instructions in the article below. 



Before you add the device to Google Home, you need to set up smart home device. If you haven’t already, set up your smart home devices by following the steps provided by the device maker. After set up is complete follow the below steps to integrate the device with Google Home Speakers/Google Assistant.

Connect smart home devices to your Google Home device

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. On the Home tab, tap the “Add” quick action .
  3. Tap Set up a device
  4. Tap Have something already set up?
  5. Select the manufacturer of the device
  6. Follow the steps to complete setup
Note: There isn't a limit to the number of devices you can connect to Google Home.

Set nicknames for devices

You can choose names to call your smart home devices.
  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap a device in the home tab
  3. Tap settings Settings icon
  4. Tap name
Note: Nicknames are alternate ways to reference lights in the Google Home app. Nicknames you've assigned to lights in the Google Home app are not reflected in the partner app.

Assign devices to a room

To control your devices more easily, assign them to a room.

Follow below steps If your smart devices need an update to use Google Home

Step 1. Re-link devices 

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner of the Home screen, tap Account .
  3. Tap Settings  and then ​Assistant tab and then Home control.
  4. Tap Relink Account. 
  5. Complete the partner setup steps. 

Step 2. Connect third party devices

  1. In Home , tap Add   .
  2. Tap Set up device and then Have something already set up?
  3. Search for the manufacturer of the device, then follow the steps.
  4. When the pairing is complete, tap Done.

Step 3. Rename or set a nickname for devices

You can name a device the same name you assigned it in the partner app or create a nickname in the Google Home app.
  1. In Home , tap the device you want to change the name.
  2. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the Settings .
  3. Tap Name and then enter a nickname and then Save.
​Note: Nicknames are alternate ways to reference devices in the Google Home app. Nicknames you've assigned to devices in the Google Home app are not reflected in the partner app.

Step 4. Assign devices to a room

To control your devices more easily, assign them to a room.

To Link a TV or Chrome-cast that’s already set up and connected to your network.

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same WiFi as your Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. From your home screen, tap the device you want to link.
Tap Settings Settings icon > Add to a home > Choose your home > Next > Choose your room > Next

Set up and link a new TV


  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same WiFi as your Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap Add  Set up device plus  Set up new devices in your home 
  4. Tap the home you want to add the device to  Next.
  5. Tap the device you want to set up. Next.
  6. Make sure that the code shown on the TV matches the code shown on your mobile device.
  7. Tap Yes, I'm in to send anonymous data that helps us improve devices, or tap No thanks to opt out. 
  8. Tap the room where you're setting your device up  Next.
  9. Tap the WiFi network you want to connect your device to  Next.
  10. Tap Next.
  11. Choose whether to receive emails about your device by tapping Sign up or No thanks.
  12. Choose which video services you want to add  Next.
  13. Tap Continue  Continue.

For setting up smart devices using Old Google Home UI (old version of Google Home App)
Step to connect devices to your Google Home device
Ensure your mobile phone and your Google Home are connected on same WiFi.

1.  Open Google Home app in your phone. Tap on Hamburger Menu on the top left corner of the Home Screen. 
2.    Then, tap on Home Control option in list.
3.   In the Devices tab, tap on the Add (+) icon at the bottom right.
4.    Tap on the device account from the list (choose the device Manufacturer App or 3rd Party App supported by the device - used for registering the device initially) you want to connect and then follow the steps. Once pairing is completed, click done.

Repeat above steps to add any number of devices that you want to connect to Google Home.
Set nicknames for devices
You can also add names to call your smart home devices so that it is easy for you to remember rather than use the names given by manufacturer to turn on/off the devices.

For that,
1.    In the Google Home app, Tap on hamburger Menu on the top left corner of the Home Screen. 
2.    Then, tap on Home Control option in list.
3.    In the Devices tab, tap a device that you wish to rename. Click Nickname, then enter a nickname and click OK.

Note:  Nicknames are an alternative way to reference devices in the Google Home app. They are not reflected in the partner app.
Assign devices to a room
To control your devices more easily, assign them to a room. This also helps you to differentiate two devices with same nickname but in different rooms. Say, “Ok Google, turn on bedroom lights/living room lights” to turn on all lights you can use, “Ok google, Turn on lights”. Also it helps you to turn on/off all devices in a room at once using command “Ok Google, Turn on living room”.

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