Set up Google Home
The Google Home app will walk you through the steps to set up Google Home.
What you need to get started
- A Google Home device.
- Latest version of the Google Home app .
- Latest version of Google app (Android only. Download it here).
- A Google Account.
- A mobile device or tablet.
- The compatible mobile device or tablet must support a 5 GHz connection to set up Google Home on a 5 GHz connection. Note: A WPA2-Enterprise network is not supported.
- Meet the minimum Operating System (OS) requirements to run the Google Home app .
- An Internet connection.
- Access to a secure wireless network. Make sure that you have the wireless network password handy.
- Availability and performance of certain features, services and applications are device and network-dependent and may not be available in all areas; subscription(s) may be required, and additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.
Set up your Google Home device
The initial steps are for first-time Google Home app users. If you’ve already set up a Google Home device and are setting up another device, you can skip to step 8.
- Plug in Google Home.
- Install the Google Home app by navigating to g.co/home/setup on your Google Home supported Android device.
- Or click to download the Google Home app for Android.
- Make sure that you connect your mobile device/tablet to the same Wi-Fi network that you intend to use to set up your Google Home device.
- Open the Google Home app by tapping the app icon on your Android device.
- Tap Get Started.
- Confirm Google Account: Choose which Google Account that you want to link to Google Home. You can also add a different account if you don’t see the listed account that you want to use. Tap OK.
- Location services – If you don’t have Location services on, tap Go to settings find the Google Home app turn on Location services go back to the Google Home app.
- Location access – Location access is needed to find nearby devices that need to be set up Tap OK.
- Scanning for Google Home devices: The Google Home app scans for nearby devices that are plugged in and ready to set up.
- If no devices are found, and you’re setting up a device, tap Yes. Make sure that you’re near the Google Home device that you're setting up and it’s plugged into a wall socket. Tap Next.
- If no devices are found, and you’re not setting up a device, tap No.
- Found devices:
- If one device is found, tap Next.
- If multiple devices are found, choose the device that you want to set up Next.
- If you don’t see your device, tap Don’t see your device.
- 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'.
- Making a connection: We’ll play a sound on the device to make sure that you’re setting up the right device.
- If you hear the sound, tap Yes.
- If you didn’t hear a sound, move closer to the Google Home device and tap Try again Scan for devices.
- Help improve your device: Automatically share device stats and crash reports with Google to improve everyone’s experience. Tap Yes, I’m in if you would like to help improve your device. Otherwise, tap No Thanks. Here's more about what data is shared when you choose this setting.
- Region selection: You may need to set your region. Tap the region list select your region Continue. If you don’t see this screen, move to step 14.
- Assistant language: If your phone language isn’t set to a language that’s supported by the Google Assistant, you’ll need to choose a supported language. Tap Next.
- Note: The language you select will be applied to all of your Google Home devices.
- If you don’t see this screen, move to step 15.
- Room selection: Choose the room where your device is located. This helps you to identify the device when you want to cast to it. Tap Next.
- You can create a custom room by tapping Add custom room type in Room name Next.
- Wi-Fi connection: Choose the Wi-Fi network that you want to connect to your device. Tap Next. If you don’t see your Wi-Fi network, tap Other Wi-Fi Network…
- To automatically fetch the password for this network on this device, tap Get Password. The password will populate in the password field. Note: Android L and above is required to auto-fetch the password. 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, untick Use this Wi-Fi network to set up future devices. If you selected a Wi-Fi network from the list, you’ll be prompted to enter your Wi-Fi password. Then tap 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, untick Use this Wi-Fi network to set up future devices.
- To manually enter the password, tap Enter manually type in password 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, untick Use this Wi-Fi network to set up future devices.
- If you selected Other Wi-Fi network, you will need to manually enter the network name, password and select the security mode that you use with your network.
- Google Assistant setup: Set up your Assistant for a personalised experience. Tap Next read permissions Yes I’m in.
- If you don’t want to accept the permissions, tap No thanks. Note: You can use your Google Assistant and voice commands, but your Google Assistant will be limited to things such as web results, jokes and local info. Tap I’m sure.
- Get personal results with Voice Match: You can teach your Assistant to recognise your voice. This allows the Assistant to provide personal results when it recognises 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 personalised answers until they teach their Assistant to recognise their voice.
- 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 recognise your voice and differentiate between the people in your home.
- 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 Next.
- Note: You can Skip entering your address, but the Assistant won’t be able to answer questions about local weather, traffic or businesses.
- Email subscription: Discover tips and new features with email updates for your device and the Google Assistant. Tap Subscribe.
- Media services: Access your music and film 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 that you want to use as default Next. If you haven’t linked the account, follow the steps.
- Video services: Tap + and follow the account linking steps. Tap Next.
- Link TVs and speakers: To control your Chromecast devices with your voice, you must link them to Google Home. Supported devices on the same Wi-Fi network are automatically selected.
- To de-select a device, tap the device.
- Tap Next.
- Name your linked devices: If your linked devices have a name with special characters, you’ll be asked to rename them so that they are easy to speak and the Assistant can recognise them. Type in a name for your devices Next.
- Video services: Access your favourite video services.
- Link services: Tap + and follow the account linking steps. Tap Next.
- Summary screen: Here’s a review of what you've set up. You can choose to set up other functionality. Tap Continue Finish setup.
- Set up is successful. You've finished!
- Learn more about Google Assistant: Read how to use your device and suggested voice commands. Tap Finish Setup.
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Elise is a Google Home expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.