Matter is a new smart home industry standard to make setup and use of smart home devices easier and more compatible. Select Google devices support Matter, with more to be added in the future.
Benefits of Matter-enabled devices
- Quick and consistent setup process for all your Matter-enabled smart home devices
- Can be used in multiple smart home ecosystems (Google Home, Apple HomeKit and more) at the same time
- Connect locally over Thread or Wi-Fi for better reliability and faster response
How Matter-enabled devices work
Matter is designed to work locally over your Wi-Fi and Thread networks. When you add a Matter-enabled device to your Google Home, it joins the same network as your Google device that works as a hub for Matter. This lets you control it whether you’re home or away. For instance, when you ask your Nest Mini to turn on a light or other smart home device, the Nest Mini will send that request over the internet to Nest cloud services. It'll typically be relayed to your light manufacturer’s partner cloud, which then tells your light to turn on.
With Matter-enabled devices, there are fewer steps, so control is simpler and quicker even when you’re away from home. When you make the same request, Google Home will simply tell the light to turn on over your Wi-Fi or Thread network without having to relay your command to the cloud and back to your light.
To control a Matter-enabled device with the Google Home app or Google Assistant, you need a hub. Select Google devices have received software updates so they can work as a hub for Matter:
- Wi-Fi routers: Nest Wifi Pro (Wi-Fi 6E)
- Speakers: Google Home, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, Nest Audio
- Displays: Nest Hub (1st gen), Nest Hub (2nd gen), Nest Hub Max
To check if a Google Nest or other device is Matter-compatible, look for the Matter logo on the package.
To learn more about Google and Matter, go to Make connections that Matter in Google Home.