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Questions tagged [google-home]

For questions about the Google Home smart speaker. Use this tag when the question is primarily about the speaker system itself, rather than the Google Assistant.

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Scanning for Device

What kind of technology does the Google Home and Amazon Echo/Dot use when you set up the device for the first time and their respective apps "scan for device" before they're connected to Wifi? I'm ...
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Privacy with Voice Assistants

I am interested in getting a Smart Home system with a good voice assistant, but my wife refuses to allow a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa because she does not want ANY recordings ...
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How can I associate an smart outlet with “lights”?

I recently added a Eufy Smart Plug to my setup. It's currently controlling a floor light. However, Google Home doesn't recognize it as a lamp, so when I say "turn on the lights" or "turn off the ...
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How to connect Google Home with a DIY home automation system?

I have a few devices which ultimately talk to an MQTT bus. This bus is monitored by my own program (in Python) which makes decisions based on the context ("scenarios"). I am considering to add a ...
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Custom responses — Google Home

I have a a web server up that listens on a particular URL and returns a unique response based upon a bunch of criteria. For example (fake domain): myserver.com/cgi-bin/nextslot returns "Hello, ...
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How to prevent other unauthorized users in the home from Chromecasting videos using the Google Home Mini?

Is there any way to prevent unauthorized persons from Chromecasting videos using my default YouTube account that's attached to my Google Home Mini? I wish my voice were the only one authorized to ...
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Is there a Linux distro (à la Open/DD WRT) for smart speakers?

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home are starting to become common. Is there a community effort to create an open source Linux firmware that can be run on them? I am thinking to something ...
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IFTTT: Use trigger from one applet with ingredient from another applet?

(I'm not sure if an question about IFTTT automation via Android is better suited to Stack Overflow, or Android Stack Exchange, or here, so I figure I'll try here first ...I'm surprised there's no "...
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Hacking a Google Home device to put a “hard switch” on its microphone

It's my understanding that Google Home devices all have a soft switch for their microphone; i.e. no physical circuit is broken when you turn it "off". Is it particularly difficult to open it up and ...
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Google Home won't respond, waits 30s to a minute and then says “something went wrong” or “there was a glitch”

I had a power surge (could have been a 2-second outage but I don't know) and ever since none of my Google homes have been able to respond to any command. The Assistant just keeps listening (the white ...
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Can I install Mycroft on Google Home?

I have been given a Google Home from a contest at work. I think it would be very useful if it didn't spy on my every word. I wonder if I can wipe the installed Chrome OS it is based on and install ...
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How can I have my Google Assistant and Home devices play an MP3 in response to voice command?

I want to have my Google Assistant and Home devices (and Mini) respond to a voice command by playing an MP3 file. How can I do this?
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Fluorescent Tubes - Sonoff Switch?

Like many, I'm looking for a way to control the fluorescent tube in my kitchen. Is there any reason why I can't wire a Sonoff switch inside the fluorescent tube lighting batten? I don't have enough ...
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How to get Google Home assistant to read a value from the Internet?

Using IFTTT, I am able to send POST REST requests, which then it is able to flip the lights on/off on my Raspberry Pi. I can make a GET REST request (using postman) to get the value of the light, ...
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Google Assistant read custom phrase

I'm looking at getting a very quick prototype together for a piece of software I'm demoing, and I'd like to be able to say a phrase to the Google Assistant and have it read back a phrase that's been ...
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How to cast local video files from computer to TV using Google Home?

Okay this may be quite much, but I am trying to use Google Home to cast a video from my laptop (which I don't mind using for this sole purpose since it's old and unneeded) to my Smart LG TV which has ...
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Is there a known list of wake words for Google Home?

While playing with my Google Home I discovered apart from "Okay Google" and "Hey Google" my Home responds to "Okay Doodle" and "Hey Doodle". Officially, "Okay Google" and "Hey Google" are documented ...
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Z-Wave Hub that works with Google Home in Australia

Does anyone know of any hubs that support Australian Z-Wave and also can be controlled by the Google Assistant. Things such as SmartThings and Wink hub are not available in Australia due to not being ...
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Smart deadbolt without motor — Read-only Access

I have some needs I'd like to ask my Google Home if my front door is locked. I don't want my Google Home to be able to unlock my front door. I don't even want my front door to be unlockable remotely. ...
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Send Google Assistant text to read out via the SDK

I want to write an app that will relay information about public transport via the Google Assistant if prompted. Does the Google Assistant SDK allow an app to send text to be read out?
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Smart fluorescent strip lights

Is there a way to turn on and off fluorescent strip lights using google home. Most IoT light solutions I have found require bulb replacement, are dimmer switches or are not compatible with this type ...
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What will the Apple HomePod be able to do?

A friend told me that Apple is finally releasing a competitor for the Google Home and the Amazon Echo, called the Apple Homepod. A lively discussion ensued, in which several people were quite certain ...
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Google Assistant shortcut to “Repeat after me” isn't responding

I am using a Google Assistant shortcut to make my Google Home respond with a command. Using the google Home app, under more settings, I created: When I say: "This is a test" Google Assistant ...
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How to ask Multiple questions to Google Home

I would like to set up the assistant so that I can have a conversation with it. Right now, it gives : "Hey Google, what is the weather forecast for tomorrow in HongKong?" "Tomorrow in Hong Kong, it ...
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Can Google home be used for reminder?

I would like to set an applet that basically does the following : In the morning, before work, I tell "Hey Google, please remind Mary to do her homework at 5:00 PM" Google Home answers : "You got ...
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How can I get Google Home to spell a word that sounds the same as another?

For example: thrown and throne. How can I get Google Home to spell "thrown"? She always assumes I'm asking about "throne" Saying "How do you spell thrown, as in throw a ball?" makes her spell out "as ...
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As a software developer, is there a way I can restrict Google Home to only play certain music?

I have a Google Home. As a joke, I would like to program mine to answer any requests to play music with something like "Sorry, I can only play music by Taylor Swift" or some artist or playlist of my ...
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Google Assistant Timer + Action with One Command

I'm trying to figure out a clever way to set a Google Home timer and perform another action in one command. I currently have a shortcut called "tea time" which sets a timer for my tea. I would really ...
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Wireless Blind Motor Control

I have a Smart Switch (Sonoff Dual WiFi Wireless Smart Switch), and I control it through a Google Home. It works as a contact, like if it was a switch: I want to control an electric blind, that has ...
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Can Google Home support multiple accounts in different languages?

I am British, my wife is French. Can I talk to Google Home in English and use my account while she talks to it in French and uses her account?
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How do you do a Google Home call?

I am aware that you can do Alexa calling: we've even had numerous questions about it. Is it possible to do something similar with the Google Home? If so, how would it be done? Particularly, I want ...
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Is there any way to restrict the Google Home account privileges?

When setting up Google Home one has to give the device full access to the Google Account and cannot restrict most of the privacy options. Is there any way around that? Besides creating an extra ...
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Can I use Google Home in countries where it is not officially available?

I want to know if it works in countries where it's not sold. It's the same Internet, so it should work. Right?
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Is it possible to train the “Google Home” device for different styles of pronunciation?

My English pronunciation and accent is different from how American or British English is spoken. I suspect this is contributing to misses for the Google Home device. Is there a way that I can train ...
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What is the Operating System on Google Home Device?

The Verge article states Google Home is based on Chromecast, not Android I have a few queries, if someone tried the following on a Google Home device? Is fastboot supported? Is ADB supported? ...
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Does Google Home support any NFC use cases?

The IFIXIT Google Home tear-down reveals the Marvell Avastar 88W8897 WLAN/BT/NFC SoC. Are there any known NFC use cases that the Google Home supports? Any announcements from Google if the device ...
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Protocols used to control Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers

Smart assistant products Google Home as well as Amazon Echo have companion apps to control the respective devices from smartphones. What are the application level protocols that are used to control ...
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Synchronizing two or more Google Home devices

I want to have a setup where I can speak a command into one Google Home devices and have more than one devices respond at the same time. For example: I will have one Google Home device in my kitchen ...
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Can the Amazon Echo and Google Home interact and be used together?

Can an Amazon Echo and Google Home coexist and interact? We have an Amazon Echo which we use for simple on-off control at home. We want to also get a Google Home for another room to test out. Can ...
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Can I create custom voice commands and responses for the Google Home?

I want to be able to create my very own custom voice commands and responses for my Google Home device. Is there anyway to do this?
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How do I switch between users with my Google Home?

A new card in the Google Home app says that multiple users are now supported: Multiple users now supported Now, you and others in your home can get a personalized experience from your ...
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Does the Google Home have any protection against TV advertisements triggering it?

Apparently, lots of Google Home speakers were activated by Google's Super Bowl ad: Early during tonight’s game, Google’s ad for the Google Home aired on millions of TVs. We’ve actually seen the ad ...
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How can I report an incorrect response from my Google Home?

Sometimes, my Google Home gets a little confused and completely misinterprets what I've asked (and it seems other people get the same problem quite often). For example, the assistant thinks Home ...
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How do I factory reset my Google Home?

I want to clear all of the current settings,configurations and data on my Google Home device and return it back to the original out of the box (factory default) state. Is there any way to do this?
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How can I securely support unlocking my door through Google Home?

There are several brands of door locks supported by SmartThings, all of which could be used to secure someone's front door. After some research, I found it was possible to create a virtual switch to ...
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Just got a Google Home - What smart hub(s) do I need? [duplicate]

I just got a Google Home, and I'm looking into setting up a smart home that I can control with voice commands via compatible services. But I have a few questions before I sink a bunch of money into ...
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Does the Google Home record conversations to target advertisements?

Google states that the Google Assistant (the personal assistant that runs on the Google Home, Pixel and the Allo app) uses 'conversation history' for targeted advertising: Does Google use my ...
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How accurate is Google Home's voice recognition, especially where the speaker has a thick accent?

I'm thinking of purchasing Google Home. In the past I have always had issues due to a 'broad Yorkshire accent' with voice recognition systems. I'm concerned that if I purchase Google Home, my accent ...
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How to instruct Google Home to play YouTube videos from *my* playlists

Everytime I ask Google Home to play a YouTube video, it searches for (seemingly) random playlists that may contain that video... sometimes it doesn't. I have my own playlists, with a specific video. ...
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How to connect Google Home to Harmony hub through SmartThings

I've just got the Google Home, and SmartThings hub. My TV is already controlled with Logitech Harmony Hub (Smart Home Hub). How do I set it up so that saying "Ok Google, Watch TV" would trigger the ...