Google Home Users: Enable These 5 Settings Now

Google Home Users: Enable These 5 Settings Now

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Your Google Home smart speaker is as useful as you make it, and the enabled settings can really make or break your experience. While some settings are selected by default when you purchase your device, others require you to enable or disable them intentionally. It can be overwhelming to know which setting or feature is your best bet — plus, there are many. neat tricks You probably didn’t know your smart speaker could do this.

For example, the Google Home speaker gives you a . Let’s try to motivate you to sign up for google duo But did you know that you can use your primary phone number to turn your Google Home into a speakerphone when you pair a device — even if you use an iPhone?

It’s just one of the many cool features you can set up on your Google Home device. We’ll show you how to set it up, plus four other settings you should update today. (you can also see How much will a Google Smart Home cost you,

1. Get notified when someone joins your Google Home group

“I’m the only person in my house,” you say. “Why should I be notified if someone joins my Google Home group?” precisely That’s why You are the only one who should be authorized to use it, that’s why.

This setting isn’t just about notifying you about changes, it’s about security. If your Google Account were to be hacked or otherwise compromised, an early warning sign could be an unauthorized user or device being added to your Google Home group.

To receive this information:

1. open google home app and tap Adjustmentthen down General tap Notifications,

2. If your phone is not set up to allow notifications from Google Home, follow the instructions where it is written Tap here to turn them on in Settings,

3. Tap General Notifications and toggle on the first option, people and equipment, If you want to receive push notification ads, turn on product update Too.

google home mini 2 microphone switch

The Google Home and Nest Minis have a physical microphone switch, so you can turn them off if you want extra privacy.

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2. Adjust Your Google Home Privacy Settings

If it’s been a long time since you’ve adjusted the privacy settings in your Google Home app, we totally have Guide to Google Home security features here, If you’re well-versed with those security settings, but just want to freshen things up a bit, here’s how to visit the Personal Data Portal:

1. open google home app and tap your personal icon (It can be your photo or a silhouette) in the upper right corner.

2. to select You Tap More from the menu bar at the top Your data in Assistant,

Google Home Privacy Settings Webpage

Linking your primary phone number to Google Home lets you make calls from your smart speaker and the recipient will see that it’s you.

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3. Make a call using your Google Home device

Hands-free calling is one of the biggest features of Google Home, but it won’t work the way you want it to unless you set it up correctly. To make sure that Google Home displays your primary phone number when you use it to call out, follow these steps:

1. open google home app and tap Adjustment,

2. scroll down until you see Google Assistant Services then tap voice and video calls,

3. tap mobile calling, If you haven’t set it up yet, tap your own number then tap Add or change phone number,

4. Google will send a confirmation number on your phone, which you will need to enter on the next screen.

5. Once your phone number is linked, make sure Your own number has been selected below Your Linked Services,

6. below Contacttap upload now To sync contacts from your phone.

Now all you have to do to make a call with Google Home is call up Google Assistant (“Ok, Google” or “Hey, Google”) and “Call” [contact name],

4. Change Your Nickname on Google Home

My Google Home is currently set to call me Sergeant Pepper for no reason other than I get a kick out of my digital assistant for referring to me as a Beatles album. You can call whatever you want. Note, however, that you may have to write it phonetically. To teach Google Home your nickname:

1. open google home app and tap AdjustmentThen scroll down and tap more settings,

2. below Youtap surname then down What should you call the Assistant? Type the alias you want to use.

3. Tap play To find out how the Google Assistant will say your name. If he doesn’t pronounce it correctly, change the spelling until he does.

And yes, you can make it cuss.

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You can personalize your Google Home in a number of ways, including teaching you to call you a nickname like Mickey Mouse?

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5. Create a Speaker Group to Maximize Your Music Enjoyment

Google Home speakers not only sound great on their own, they get even better when you double or triple or even quadruple them. In fact, you can add as many speakers to a group as you have in your home. We have detailed instructions on how to use Google Home Build a whole home audio system hereBut here’s the simplified version:

1. open google home app tap more , (plus sign) in the upper left corner.

2. Tap Create speaker group, select the speakers you want to join, then tap next,

3. below Name this speaker groupType a name (“Whole House” or “Living Room,” etc.) and tap save,

Another way to step up the volume of your speakers is to use one as the left and one as the right channel. Here’s how to pair speakers Of the two (of the same) Google Home speaker. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got your Music services installed correctly, very. And while you’re at it, consider mounting your Google Home or Nest Mini on the wall for better sound,

Google Home WiFi Audio Testing Lab

Google engineers put the Google Home smart speaker through a battery of tests to get the best sound out of small devices.

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