Set up your Google Home device

The Google Home app will walk you through the steps to set up Google Home. This includes Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max.

Set up your Google Home device

The initial steps are for first-time Google Home app users. If you're already set up a Google Home device and are setting up another device, you can skip to step 8.

  1. Plug in Google Home.
  2. Create a Google Account if you don’t have one. You can use Family Link to create and manage a Google Account for a child under 13.
  3.  Install the Google Home app Google Home app from the Google Play Store.
  4. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home device.
  5. From the home screen, tap on the Google Home app Google Home app
  6. Tap Add and then Set up device plus and then Set up new devices in your home
  7. Scanning for Google Home devices: The Google Home app scans for nearby devices that are plugged in and ready to set up. Tap the home you want to add the device to and then Next.
  8. Connecting to your new device: The app will now connect your phone to your new Google Home so that you can configure it. Note: You will be prompted with the following notification during this step, "Your phone may disconnect from Wi-Fi during setup".
  9. Making a connection: We'll play a sound on the device to make sure you're setting up the right device. When you hear the sound, tap Yes.
  10. Tap Yes, I'm in to send anonymous data that helps us improve devices, or tap No thanks to opt out.
  11. Tap the room where you're setting your device up and then Next.
  12. Room selection: Choose the room where your device is located. This helps you identify the device when you want to cast to it. Tap Next.
    • You can create a custom room by tapping Add custom room and then type in Room name and then Next.
  13. Wi-Fi connection: Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to your device. Tap Next. If you don't see your Wi-fi network, tap Other Wi-Fi Network...
    • Use Saved password? (Android only)
      • Tap OK to use the password you have saved in your phone
      • To manually enter the password, tap Enter manually and then type in password and then Connect. The Google Home app will remember this network when you set up more devices. If you don't want the Google Home app to remember this network, uncheck Use this Wi-Fi network to set up future devices.
      • Note: Your password must be 8-63 characters long. 
  14. Before using your Google Assistant:
    • Read the information and then Next
  15. Get personal results with Voice Match: You can teach your Assistant to recognize your voice. This allows the Assistant to provide personal results when it recognizes your voice. Follow the prompts. Note: If you didn't accept the Google Assistant permissions in the previous screen, you can't set up Voice Match.
    • Note: Now that you've trained your voice, other people in your home can still use Google Home but they won't get personalized answers until they teach their Assistant to recognize their voice.
    • Note: If you don't teach the Assistant your voice, you'll be asked if you want the Assistant to be able to provide personal results. This means that anyone who talks to the device will be able to access your personal results, since the Assistant won't be able to recognize your voice and differentiate between the people in your home.
  16. Address: The Google Home app will ask for access to use your location to pre-fill your address. If you allow access, your address will be pre-filled. Otherwise you will need to enter it manually. This is the address where your device is located. Enter your address and then Next.
    • Note: You can Skip entering your address, but the Assistant won't be able to answer questions about local weather, traffic, or businesses.
  17. Media services: Access your music and movie services.
    • Music services: Tap + and follow the account linking steps. Tap Next.
    • Default music service: If you have more than one music service linked, you will be asked to select a Default music service: Tap the service you want to use as default and then Next. If you haven't linked the account, follow the steps.
    • Video services: Tap + and follow the account linking steps. Tap Next.
  18. Type in a name for your devices and then Next.
  19. Choose whether to receive emails about your device by tapping Sign up or No thanks.
  20. Add a payment method.
  21. Summary screen: Here's a review of what you set up. You can choose to set up other functionality. Tap Continue and then Finish setup.
  22. Set up is successful. You're all done!
  23. Learn more about Google Assistant: Read how to use your device and suggested voice commands. Tap Finish Setup.


Having trouble setting up Google Home using a Netgear Nighthawk router? Try these troubleshooting steps

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