At around $30 each, the devices are the cheapest and easiest way to give your existing media equipment smart capabilities without splashing out on new gear.
Given Chromecasts are a Google product, it should come as no surprise to learn they integrate exceptionally well with Google Home. Using commands such as “Play Orange Is the New Black on Netflix” or “Play Rod Stewart using Spotify on the bedroom speakers,” you can control all the media output in your home without touching a remote control or smartphone.
Note: Before buying a Chromecast, make sure it’s not already part of your existing devices. Some smart TVs and Android TV devices come with the technology built-in.
2. Smart Lights
Philips Hue is the world’s most well-known smart lighting brand, and it boasts seamless integration with Google Home.
This device can control everything from your streaming box to your DVD player, and supports a staggering 270,000 individual devices.
If you pair a Logitech Harmony with Google Home, you can use it to control all your devices by voice. Even better, you can create customized commands. For example, you could say “OK Google, ask Harmony to play a film” and it’ll turn on your TV, close your window shades, change your TV to the appropriate audio and visual settings, and open Netflix.
Note: At the moment, Logitech Harmony remotes can only be paired with Google Home in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Several smart thermostats work with Google Home, most notably the Nest Learning Thermostat. Its functionality is unsurprising given Google owns the manufacturer, Nest Labs.
Nest appeals to users because of its learning capabilities. After a week of “training,” the device will know exactly what temperature you like at which time of day.
If you pair the device with Google Home, you’ll be able to issue commands such as “OK Google, set the temperature to 68 degrees” or “OK Google, raise the temperature 4 degrees.” You can only issue 20 commands every hour to save the thermostat’s battery.
If you’re in the market for a new smart garage door opener, why not check out the Chamberlain MyQ model? As you’d expect, you can use your voice to open and close the door, but Google Home also provides a security feature as well: you can ask it if your garage door is open, even when you’re away from the house.
Which Devices Do You Pair With Google Home?
We’ve introduced you to a few different devices that work with Google Home. And remember, if even if your favorite smart gadget isn’t supported yet, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get it working by using an IFTTT recipe.
Which are your favorite Google Home-compatible devices? How do you incorporate them into your smart home setup? As always, you can leave all your tips, opinions, and suggestions in the comments below. And remember to share this article with other smart home lovers on social media.