At the end of last year Google quietly rolled out a new function for adding smart home devices to your Google Home system - Seamless Setup.
Google Seamless Setup lets you add connected devices quicker and easier than ever before, within the Google Home app, in just a few steps.
You don't need to jump in and out of additional third party apps - in fact, you won't even need to download a brand's app if the device you're trying to connect supports Seamless Setup.
Neither will you need a third-party bridge or hub if your device is Seamless Setup compatible; your Google device - whether that's a Nest Audio, Google Home Max, Nest Mini or even a Google Nest Wifi router - acts as the bridge from the smart device to the internet.
It's a bit like the process Amazon provides for Echo Zigbee speakers and devices like Hue light bulbs.
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What devices work with Google Home Seamless Setup
This is the full list:
- C by GE
- GE Imagine
- LEDVANCE/Sylvania SMART+
- Philips Hue Bluetooth
- Yeelight Smart LED Bulb M2 (Multicolour)
As new devices are bound to be added to the list in the coming weeks and months, look out for the 'Works with Hey Google / seamless setup with Google Home app' badge that will start appearing on boxes of compatible Google Home devices.
You will also need a Made by Google smart home device such as: Google Home, Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, Nest Audio, Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max or any Google Nest Wifi point.
How to use Seamless Setup
Remember, the whole point of Seamless Setup is to make things, well, seamless.
So you won't be too surprised to learn that it's very easy to add a device to your Google Assistant-powered smart home.
- Tap the + sign in the top left of the Google Home app.
- Tap Set up device and choose New device.
- After it's done scanning, tap Set up smart lights.
- Select the smart lights that you want to set up.
- Pick the room for the new light, give it a name, and you're all done.