Google Home setup: How to get started with your speaker or smart display

Struggling to connect? Get going with this quick guide

Google Home setup guide

Setting up your Google Home may seem like a simple proposition, but if you're just getting started with the smart home, there's actually quite a few new bases to cover.

Luckily, no matter if you're looking to set up a Google Home Mini or one of the new Google Nest displays, the process is the same. And the steps below apply for both iOS and Android devices.

Read next: Everything to know about Google Assistant

Want to get started with your new Google Home speaker or Google Nest display? Read on for the steps below, and scroll down to the bottom for troubleshooting tips.

How to set up Google Home

There's a few things you need to get started with Google's smart home ecosystem. The obvious ones are, you know, a Google Home device or Nest display and a smartphone or tablet to pair it with, but check out the full requirements set out by Google below.

What you need to set up Google Home

  • The Google Home app running the latest software.
  • The Google Assistant app (iOS)/Google app (Android) running the latest software.
  • A Google account.
  • An iOS device running iOS 10.0 or later - or, on Android 5.0 or later.
  • An iOS or Android device that works with 2.4 GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi network.
  • For Bluetooth to be enabled

Set up Google Home speaker or Google Nest display

Providing you've got everything you need in place, the steps for Google Home setup is very easy.

1. Plug your Google Home speaker or Nest display into a wall socket.

2. Make sure your mobile or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the one you'll be connecting the speaker or display to.

3. On your mobile or tablet, open the Google Home app.

4. On the Google Home app's home screen, tap Add >Set up device > Set up new device.

5. Follow the steps to set up.

Google Home can't find your device?

The above steps should see you easily connect to your Google device and get started with the wonderful world of Home and Assistant. However, setup issues, like your device gong unrecognized, can be fairly common. Check the below steps to try and get things started.

  • Restart your device by unplugging, waiting 10 seconds and then plugging it back in.
  • Restarting the Google Home app, then opening it back up.


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