Set up smart home devices using Google Nest and Home speakers and displays

You can remotely control smart devices that are compatible with the Google Assistant when you set them up in the Google Home app. Follow the steps in this article to set up your devices. Then, learn how to control your devices.

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

Supported smart home devices

Here's a list of supported smart home devices that work with the Google Assistant on Google Nest and Home speakers and displays.

Step 1: Set up smart home devices

  1. If you haven’t already, set up your Google Nest or Home speaker or display.
  2. If you haven’t already, set up your smart home devices by following the steps provided by the device maker.

Step 2: Connect smart home devices to your speakers and displays

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top left, tap Add   Set up device  Have something already set up?
  3. Select the manufacturer of the device 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 SettingsSettings 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.
    1. Note: This action will remove the device from the room in the first home. The device will still be linked in the first home, but it will appear under “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  Assistant  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: Any devices in the room will be removed from the room. You can add them to a different room.

Check for new devices

Using 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're syncing multiple devices at once, you may receive a timeout error.

Using the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Scroll down to Other Cast devices where you’ll see all devices on the same network that aren’t linked to a home or room.
  3. Follow the steps to set a nickname for these devices and add them to a room

Control your smart home devices

After you set up your devices, you can use voice commands and the Google Home app to control them. Learn how to control your smart home devices with Google Nest and Home devices.

Disconnect devices from the Google Home app

When you remove a device from a home:

  • It will disconnect the device from members in the home.
  • It will be unlinked from your Google Account.
  • Data associated with this device, such as video history, will be deleted. Note: Some basic device data may remain associated with the home.
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your device  Settings   Unlink or Remove device  Unlink or Remove.

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