Google Home - controll your smart home products by voice

We were already used to operating our smart lighting or other smart home products with an app or just nice and automatic. But with Google Home there is an extra dimension: voice control!

"Hey Google, turn on the bedroom lighting" or "Ok Google, set the heating to 20 degrees"

Is this entirely new? No, voice control was already there. But only in English and for many that was still a step too far. But Google Home is the first to now support voice control in Dutch!

 

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What do you need for Google Home voice control?

1.  Google Home-app
You install the Google Home app on your mobile phone or tablet.

2. Google Home speaker or your mobile Phone or tablet
You place the Google Home speaker in a central place in your room or house. The Google Home speaker comes in 2 variants: the larger Google Home speaker and the compact Google Home Mini.

But even if you do not have a Google Home speaker, you can still use Google Home voice control. Namely with your mobile phone or tablet. Download the Google Home app on your mobile phone or tablet and use the Google Assistant on your mobile or tablet to control your smart products with speech.

Link your smart products to Google Home

The Google Home app supports a huge long list of smart products that you can link to your Google Home. Think of the smart products from Philips Hue, Fibaro, Harmony, Nest, Tado and KlikAanKlikUit. Linking your smart products is very easy and you have done it in a few steps. We have placed an explanation below for Philips Hue and KlikAanKlikUit.

What we noticed is that not all smart products in the list can be linked to the Dutch version of Google Home. For example, when linking, for example, Harmony, you get the message 'Unsupported. We are sorry but your language and / or region is not supported by the Logitech Harmony skill for Google Home '.

Which smart products have we linked with Google Home?

In our smart house we have linked the smart products from Philips Hue, KlikAanKlikUit, Tado and Olisto to Google Home.

Philips Hue - smart lighting

By linking your Philips Hue lamps with Google Home, these lamps can now be operated with simple voice commands. Below are some examples of voice commands that we often use.

Google Home speaker Mobile phone Google Assistent
Ok / Hey Google, turn off the dining table lamps. Turn off the dining table lamps. Good, I switch off 3 lights.
Ok / Hey Google, dim the living room lamps to 60%. Dim the living room lamps to 60%. Good, I set the brightness of 3 lamps at 60%.
OK/Hey Google, maak woonkamer lampen blauw. Make living room lamps blue. Good, I change 6 lights to blue.
OK/Hey Google, thank you. Thank you. You're welcome.

With Google Home it is also possible to have your Philips Hue lighting switch to a different color scene. This works in 2 steps:

Google Home speaker Mobile phone Google Assistent
1. Ok / Hey Google, synchronize my lamps. 1. Synchronize my lamps. Great, I synchronize devices for Philips Hue.
2. Ok / Hey Google, turn on Bright in the living room. 2. Turn on Bright in the living room

It is important for the voice commands that you use the exact name that you have set in the Google Home app. So if you have set the lighting of your dining table in the app with the name 'Dining table' then you will also have to name it in the speech command. In this case, "Turn off the dining table lamps."

Below some pictures from the Google Home app with the Philips Hue lamps added:

You can see which smart products are linked per room.

A Philips Hue lamp can be controlled by voice, but also from within the Google Home app.

You can also see which lamps are currently on and how sharp they are.


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Tado - smart heating

We have made our heating smart with the Tado smart heating products. With Google Home you can operate your Tado thermostats with speech. Below are some examples of voice commands that we use to operate our Tado thermostats:

 

Google Home speaker Mobile phone Google Assistent
Ok / Hey Google, set the hall heating to 23 degrees. Set the hall heating to 23 degrees. Okay, I set hall heating at 23 degrees.

For voice commands, it is important that you use the exact name that you have set in the Google Home app. So if you have set the heating in a room in the app with the name 'Hall heating' then you will also have to name it in the speech command. In this case "Hey Google, set the Hall heating to 20 degrees."

Below some pictures from the Google Home app with Tado linked:

Under 'Thermostat' you will find an overview of your linked Tado products.

The overview shows the rooms with a Tado product.

You can operate your Tado products by voice, but also from within the Google Home app.

Olisto - app

Do you use the Olisto app to manage various smart products in house combined? Then you can now combine that with Google Home also.


The advantage is that the scenarios that you have created in the Olisto app can now also be operated from Google Home with a simple voice command.
For example, if you have created a scenario called 'Sleeping' where you have set the living room lights to go out, the heating goes out and your Sonos music speaker goes out, then you can have this done in one go with the voice command 'Hey Google, activate sleep ". Ideal!

How to link Olisto to Google Home

Step 1

Create a trigg in the Olisto app.

A trigg is a scenario with which you can operate various smart devices such as lighting, heating and music.

Step 2

Create a Now button in the Olisto app for this trigg.

Step 3

Finally, link your Olisto account to your Google Home account and voilia!