Smart home control upgrade for Google Home devices

We’re rolling out a software update to help you continue to use smart home devices and try new features on your Google Home device.

To check if your device needs this update, say a command like “Ok Google, turn on the lights.” If you hear a message to update, follow the steps below. 

Note: If you've already updated your devices, you don't need to update them again. 

Step 1. Relink 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. 


Add or change a room 
  1. In Home , you'll see devices connected to Google Home. 
  2. Tap a device and then Settings and then Room and then.
  3. Tap to choose a room.
    1. To add a room that’s not listed, scroll down and tap + and then CUSTOM ROOM and then enter a room name and then OK.  
  4. Tap Save.

Note: You can add each device to only one room.

Check for new devices 

You can check for new devices that haven’t been assigned to a room. 

  1. In Home , you'll see new devices in the "In your home" section.
  2. Follow the steps to set a nickname for these devices and add them to a room.
Rename a room 
  1. In Home , tap the room you want to rename.
  2. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the Settings  and then Save.
  3. Tap OK and then Done.
Delete a room 
  1. In Home , tap the room you want to delete.
  2. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the Settings  and then Delete room.