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Control smart home devices with the home panel

The new home panel enables quick access to controlling your lights, cameras, automations, and more. Access the panel from Quick Settings, the lock screen, or the screen saver while docked. When your tablet is attached to the Charging Speaker Dock, the home panel enables your entire household to easily control compatible devices in your home.

To manage your devices and choose your favorites, open the Google Home app Google Home.

Note: Some features are not available in all countries or languages.

How to control your smart home

1. Set up devices in the Google Home app

Before you set up the home panel, set up smart devices in the Google Home app. The last person to be signed into the Google Home app Google Home on your device will be automatically signed into the home panel.

2. Set up the home panel

Set up how you access your home panel on your lock screen:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Lock screen and then tap an option.
    • Show device controls: This setting is on by default, and enables the home panel and displays device controls on your screen.
    • Control from locked device: Turn this on to control your devices without unlocking your screen. Note: Some devices can't be controlled when your device is locked.

3. Open the home panel

When your device is locked or docked

On the corner of your screen, tap the Home icon Home panel.

When your device is unlocked

In your Quick Settings:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Home Home panel.

4. Control smart devices on the home panel

You can use Assistant voice commands or touch interactions on the home panel to control smart devices in your home. When you're the primary user, devices that show up on the home panel are determined by the devices you set up on your favorites tab in the Google Home app Google Home.

  1. Set up your smart home devices in the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Make sure your device and Google Home app Google Home are signed into the same account.
  3. Swipe down from the top of the screen and then tap Home or access the home panel by tapping the Home icon Home panel on your lock screen.
  4. On the home panel, tap a device.
  5. Tap the screen or use a voice command to control the device.
You can only add or remove devices in your Home in the Google Home app. Some third-party smart home apps aren't compatible with the home panel.

5. Customize the home panel

You can control smart devices on the home panel. You can add devices, mark them as favorites, and customize controls for certain devices.

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the panel.
  2. Tap an option:
    • Tap Edit to select which devices, or automations appear in the panel.
    • Tap Reorder to arrange how the tiles appear in the panel.
Tip: Favorite devices and controls are synced on every device where you're signed into Google Home app Google Home.

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