Google Home Speaker – First-time Setup

Setting up a Google Home speaker properly first time will make using it much easier, so take the time to get things right. You will need to have the speaker, an Android device, a Google account and a working Wi-Fi connection that both Android and Home devices can connect to.

Setting Up Google Home

All of the setup for your Google Home smart speaker is done through the Google Home app for Android. This app also allows all future access and settings changes.

Step 1 – Plug in your Google Home device and wait for the audio cue to show it is ready to be set up. Make sure that the switch that controls the microphone is set to “On”. If you accidentally turn the microphone off on your speaker, you will hear an announcement warning you.

Step 2 – If you don’t already have it, install the Google Home app on your mobile device (phone or tablet). You can find the app to download on the Google Play store. Currently, Google Home is only available for Android devices, and most have it pre-installed. Once installed, open the app.

Step 3 – You will need to make sure that your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network you intend to use for the Google Home speaker. It won’t work if you are using a 4G network to connect. Once connected, open the Home app and confirm which Google account you want to use to log in.

Step 4 – The Google Home app scans for nearby devices that are plugged in and ready to set up. If no devices are found, and you’re setting up a device, tap Yes. Make sure that you’re near the Google Home device that you’re setting up and it’s plugged into a wall socket. Tap Next.

Step 5 – Hopefully your device will be found by the app and displayed on screen, and you can tap Next to continue. If you are setting up multiple devices, select the one you want to set up first, and then tap Next. The app will now connect your phone to your new Google Home so that you can configure it.

Step 6 – You should hear a sound on your speaker to show it is connected. You can now continue the setup by selecting the room it will be in (this is just to identify the speaker), choosing your region, and setting the assistant language you want to use. Once done, you will need to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

Step 7 – The next thing to do to improve your Google Home experience is set up Voice Match. Voice match allows multiple users to use the same device and get personalised results.Follow the prompts on screen to teach Google to recognise you. You can remove Voice Match settings later if you wish.

Step 8 – The Google Home app will ask for access to use your location to pre-fill your address. If you allow access, your address will be pre-filled. Otherwise you will need to enter it manually. This is the address where your device is located. Enter your address and tap Next.

Step 9 – You can now set up things like the music services you want to use. Available ones include Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube Music and Deezer. You can add more than one, but will also need to set a default music service. Follow the on-screen prompts to add any other details you want to add.

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Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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