Finding the Right Device

Smart assistants are a great way to stay organized, shop and make lists, play games, call friends and family, listen to music and audiobooks, and control smart home devices. People find new ways to use them every day, and it can be hard to learn the basics because the applications are so flexible. Read on to learn the lingo and understand how to use Google Assistant.

Google Assistant Built-in (Google Nest Home): A device with speakers and a microphone. It is connected to Wi-Fi; Talk to Google Assistant and hear their response. Most of these devices can be muted or deafened. Examples include Nest and Nest Home devices, some Bluetooth and wireless speakers, and some smart TVs.


Works With Google Assistant or Nest: A device that is connected to Wi-Fi and is considered a part of the Internet of Things; Responds to requests from a Google Nest device. These devices do not have microphones. Examples include smart plugs and light bulbs, Nest branded smart home accessories, some security cameras and doorbells


Setting up your Google Assistant App

The Google Assistant smartphone and tablet apps are free and do not require any subscription to use the service. If you are just getting started and want to learn how smart assistants can work, this is the best place to begin. Some skills and games have visual aspects as well as audio, so using a device with a screen is a better experience.

  1. Open the app store on your mobile device
  2. Search for Google Assistant
  3. Select Install
  4. Select open and sign in with your Google account
  5. Install smart home connected devices (optional).


Talking to Google Assistant

Set alarms and reminders using the Google Assistant app or by asking an enabled device. Use your normal “inside voice” and speak clearly when asking Google to remember something or to return certain information like how is the weather today. Google can look up shopping information or add things to your Google Shopping cart and can respond to general knowledge questions like how much does a blue whale weigh? 


If Google has trouble understanding the query, wait a few seconds and try again or use the keyboard function. Voice assistants are still fairly new to market, but engineers, linguists, marketing managers and researchers work every day to improve language comprehension and better “hear” accents and even more than one language at once. 

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