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Connect smart home devices in the Google Home app

You can remotely control smart devices when you set them up in the Google Home app.

Important: Before you continue, check for your device in Set up smart devices in the Google Home app. If there’s a linked article for the type of device you have, use the instructions in that article instead.

Supported smart home devices

List of supported smart home devices

Step 1. Set up smart home devices

If you haven’t already done so, follow the steps provided by the device maker to set up your smart home devices.

Step 2. Connect smart home devices in the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top left, tap Add  Set up device plus Works with Google.
  3. Select the device maker from the list.
  4. Follow the in-app steps to complete setup.

Manage your smart home devices

Set nicknames for devices

 You can choose names to call your smart home devices.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Select your device and then Settings Settings icon and then Name.
  3. Enter a name and then tap Save.

Note: Nicknames are alternate ways to reference smart devices in the Google Home app. Nicknames you've assigned to smart devices in the Google Home app are not reflected in the device maker’s app.

Assign devices to a room

To control your devices more easily, assign them to a room in a home. You can create a new home, create a new room, or add your devices to an existing room. You can add each device to one room only. 

Note: All members of the home can control all devices in the home.

 Add the device to a room in your current home

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap the device you want to add to a room  Settings Settings icon Room choose a room Save.

Change a device’s room

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap the device Settings Settings icon Room choose a room Next.

Add the device to a new room in your current home

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

Add the device to a room in a different home

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap the device you want to add to a room Settings Settings icon  Home choose a home  Next choose a room Next.
    • Note: This action removes the device from the room in the first home. The device will still be linked in the first home, but it will appear under "In your home" or “Local devices” instead of the room name.

Create and manage rooms

Create a new room

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top, select the home you want to add a room to.
  3. At the top right, tap your account.
  4. Tap Assistant settings  Home control.
  5. Tap any of your devices  Room.
    • Note: The device you choose will be removed from its current room and added to the new one. You can move the device back to the first room after the new room is created.
  6. Scroll and tap Add new room  enter a room name  Ok.

Rename a room

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top, select the home with the room you want to rename.
  3. Tap the name of the room you want to change.
  4. Tap Settings Settings icon  Name  enter a name  Save.

Delete a room

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top, select the home with the room you want to delete.
  3. Tap the name of the room you want to delete.
  4. Tap Settings Settings icon Delete room Remove.
    Note: When you delete a room, any devices in the room are removed from the room. You can add them to a different room.

Check for new 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:

  • You must have already set up your devices in the partner app (Step 1 above).
  • If you sync multiple devices at once, you may receive a timeout error.

With the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Under "In your home" or "Local devices," you can find all devices on the same network that aren’t part of a home or room.
  3. Follow the steps to set a nickname for these devices and add them to a room.
Disconnect devices from the Google Home app

Note: You cannot unlink individual devices. When you remove one device through these steps, it removes all devices by that service.

When you unlink a device from a home:

  • It disconnects the device for all members of the home.
  • It unlinks the device from your Google Account.
  1. Make sure your devices are powered on.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap your device.
  4. Tap Settings Settings icon and then Unlink your linked service and then Unlink.

Control your smart home devices

After you connect your smart devices in the Google Home app, you can use the Google Home app to control them. If you have a Google Nest or Home speaker or display, you can also use voice commands to control your smart devices.

Related content

Control smart home devices using speakers or displays
Supported Home control partners

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