Control smart home devices using Google Nest and Home speakers and displays

You can control over 30,000 smart home devices including TVs, remote controls, lights, appliances, plugs, thermostats and more using your Google Nest or Google Home speaker or display. If you haven’t already, set up your smart home devices by following the steps provided by the device maker.

Control devices using voice commands

Explore the Google Assistant actions that you can use to control things around your home with just your voice. Here are some examples: 

Control entertainment devices

You can control TVs to play programmes or specific channels, request songs on your speakers, change the volume and more. Explore all the Google Assistant partners that you can use to control things around your home with just your voice.
 

To do this:

Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google", then…

Turn on set top box

  • “Turn on [set top box name]”

Change volume

  • "Volume up on [set top box name]"
  • "Volume down by 5 on [set top box name]"

Play, pause, fast forward, rewind a show

  • “Play [show]”
  • “Pause [show]”

Play a specific channel

  • “Play [channel] on TV”
  • “Change channel to [x]”.

Search and play content

  • “Search for [x] films”
  • “Play [x] album/artist, etc.”.

Launch a channel

  • “Turn on [programme] on Netflix on TV”.

Control your speakers & A/V receivers

  • “Play [song] on my speaker”.
Play a game on Xbox
  • "Play [Game] on Xbox"
Control lights
You can adjust brightness and turn on/off lights and more. Explore all the Google Assistant partners that you can use to control things around your home with just your voice.  
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google", then…
To turn on/off a light "Turn on <light name>"
Dim a light "Dim the <light name>"
Brighten a light "Brighten the <light name>"
Set a light brightness to a certain percentage "Set <light name> to 50%"
Dim/Brighten lights by a certain percentage "Dim/Brighten <light name> by 50%"
Change the colour of a light "Turn <light name> green"
Turn all lights in room on or off “Turn on or off lights in <room name>" 
Turn all lights on or off “Turn on or off all of the lights”
Control thermostats
You can control thermostats and more. Explore all the Google Assistant partners that you can use to control things around your home with just your voice.
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google", then…
To adjust the temperature

“Make it warmer”

“Lower the temp”

“Raise temp 2 degrees”  

"Set the temperature to 22"

To switch heating or cooling modes

“Turn on the cooling”

“Set the thermostat to heating"

“Turn thermostat to Heat • Cool mode”

Control smart plugs and switches
You can control appliances around the house with smart plugs and switches. Explore all the Google Assistant partners that you can use to control things around your home with just your voice.
To do this:  Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google", then…
Turn plugs on or off “Turn on or off the [plug name]"
Turn switch on or off “Turn on or off the [switch name]”

Control home security 

You can control cameras and home security systems and more. Explore all the Google Assistant partners that you can use to control things around your home with just your voice.
 
To do this: Say, "Ok Google" then…
Start stream
  • "Show [camera name]"
  • "What’s on [camera name]?"
  • "[Camera name] on [Chromecast device name]"
  • "Play [camera name] on [Chromecast device name]"
  • "Show [camera name] on [Chromecast device name]"
Stop stream "Stop [TV/Chromecast device name]"


Here's how to stream and control security cameras.

Note:  You can’t disarm using voice commands.

Control appliances

You can control smart appliances like washers, dryers, dishwashers, vacuums and more. Explore all the Google Assistant partners that you can use to control things around your home with just your voice.

To do this: Say, "Ok Google" then…
Start vacuum
  • "Start the [vacuum name]"
  • "Start vacuuming"
  • "Is the [vacuum name] running?"
Stop vacuum
  • "Stop the [vacuum name]"
  • "Stop vacuuming"

Control devices through the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device.
  3. Use the device card to control your device.

Control and schedule multiple devices through routines

Use a routine to control multiple devices with one voice command or to schedule your devices to work at specific times and days of the week. Learn how to set up and schedule a routine.  

Add your device to a new or existing room

Add your device to an existing room

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings Settings  Room  choose a room  tap Save.

Add your device to a new room

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings Settings  Room  scroll to the bottom and tap Add a custom room  enter the room name  tap Save.

Fix a problem

Check these things first

  1. Is your speaker or display plugged into a wall socket and powered on?
  2. Are your speaker or display and other smart devices set up on the same Wi-Fi network?
  3. Are you using the same Google Account on your mobile device and 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 Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
    Are you in the same room as your speaker or display?  
I don't see my device in the Home control setting of the Google Home app

If you either a) added a new device in the partner app or b) updated or changed an existing device in the partner app and don't see it listed in the home control setting of the Google Home app, try syncing 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. tap Settings .
  3. Scroll down to "Google Assistant services", then tap More Settings.
  4. Tap Services   Home control.
  5. Swipe down with your finger on the screen.
  6. You will see a spinning circle. The sync is complete when the circle disappears.
  7. Check for your device in the Home control list.

Sync your devices with your voice

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

 

Important:

  • You must have already set up your devices in the partner app (Step 1 above). 
  • If you're syncing multiple devices at once, you may receive a timeout error.
Google Assistant can’t control device

To try fixing the issue, rename your device.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device and then Settings Settings  Name.
  3. 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.
  • If you’re naming lights connected to plugs or switches, add "plug" or "switch" to the nickname.
  • Avoid similar names (for example, "Table light left" and "Table light right").

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Supported Home control partners

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