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Control smart home devices added to the Google Home app

You can control over 50,000 smart home devices like TVs, lights, appliances, plugs, thermostats, and more when you add them to the Google Home app. To start, set up your device in the Google Home app, then check that they've been synced.

Control smart home devices with voice commands

If you set up a speaker or display in the Google Home app, you can use voice commands to control your linked smart device.

Learn how to control your TV or control your home with a speaker or smart display.

Explore other Google Assistant actions you can use to control things around your home with just your voice.

Control devices with the Google Home app

After you set up your device in the Google Home app, you can control it from your phone or tablet.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home and then find the tile for your device.
  3. Depending on your device, you can access controls in the following ways:
    • Tap the tile to take a quick action with the device. For example, turn lights on and off or lock and unlock a door.
    • Drag a slider on the tile to gradually adjust. For example, you can dim your lights or change the volume on your speaker or display.
    • For all devices, to access all available controls, touch and hold the tile until the controls open.

On the lock screen of some Android phones, you can quickly pull up smart home controls.

Control and schedule multiple devices with Routines

Create or customize a Routine to control multiple devices at once. Routines can start in these ways:

  • According to a schedule
  • With a voice command
  • With the Google Home app
  • When everyone's away or someone's home

Learn how to set up and schedule a Routine.

Fix a problem

Check these things first

  • Is your speaker or display plugged into a wall outlet and powered on?
  • Are your speaker or display and other smart devices set up on the same Wi-Fi network?
  • Are you using the same Google Account on your mobile device and in the Google Home app? Are you in the same room as your speaker or display?  
    1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
    2. At the top right, tap your account.
    3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Nest speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  • Are you in the same room as your speaker or display?  
I can't find my device in the Home control settings of the Google Home app

If you add, update, or change a device in the partner app and can't find the device in the Home control setting of the Google Home app, try to sync the smart home control device and your speaker or display.

Sync your devices in the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Nest speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  4. Resync your linked smart home devices with the Google Home app. You can either:
    • Tap Assistant settings  Home control  select the partner  Reconnect account.
    • Go to the Home  tab, then swipe down with your finger on the screen.
  5. There will be a spinning circle. The sync is complete when the circle disappears.
  6. Check for your device in the Home control list.

Sync your devices with your voice

To do this: Say "Hey Google" or "Ok Google," then:
Sync all devices "Sync my devices"
Sync a device type "Sync my lights"

 

Important:

Google Assistant can’t control device

To try fixing the issue, rename your device.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Touch and hold your device's tile.
  3. At the top right, tap Settings Settings and then Device information and then Device name.
  4. Enter a new name for your device and then tap Save.

Tips for renaming your device:

  • Don’t include numbers, special characters, or room names.
  • Avoid similar names (for example, "Table light left" and "Table light right").

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