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Google Assistant and SmartThings FAQ

The Google Assistant works with SmartThings to give you command of your smart home through voice controls. Here are some answers to common questions about the Google Assistant + SmartThings.

 

What do I need to connect Google Home Control with my SmartThings?

What is the Google Assistant?

Can I use more than one Google device with SmartThings?

I already have a Google Home device connected to SmartThings, how do I add another one?

Can I control multiple SmartThings Locations with Google Assistant?

Which SmartThings devices work with Google Home?

Can I activate Routines with Google Assistant?

How do I control lights and switches with Google Assistant?

How do nicknames work with Google Assistant?

How do rooms work with Google Assistant?

Additional questions?

 

What do I need to connect Google Home Control with my SmartThings?

To connect with SmartThings, the Google Assistant requires a Google Home and the companion Google Home mobile app. Go to this article to learn how to connect the Google Assistant with SmartThings.

Many smart devices that work with SmartThings and can be controlled with Google Assistant also require a SmartThings Hub. Check out our products page here to see if your smart devices require a Hub.

 

What is the Google Assistant?

The Google Assistant is an intelligent personal assistant that can engage in two-way conversations to answer a question, play a song, throw on your favorite TV show (via Chromecast), and control lighting without leaving the comfort of your couch.

 

Can I use more than one Google device with SmartThings?

Yes. You can use multiple Google Home speakers! When using multiple devices, whichever device is closest and hears commands first will respond. However, you can only control one SmartThings Location or Samsung Connect Place at this time.

 

I already have a Google Home device connected to SmartThings, how do I add another one?

To connect additional Google Home devices to your SmartThings system, simply perform the initial setup for any additional Google Home devices in the native Google Home app and be sure to use the same Google Account used to set up your first Google Home. Your new Google Home will be instantly ready to control lights and plugs associated with that single SmartThings Location or Samsung Connect Place!

 

Can I control multiple SmartThings Locations or Samsung Connect Places with Google Assistant?

No, not at this time.

 

Which SmartThings devices work with the Google Assistant?

The Google Assistant can control SmartThings-supported light bulbs, plugs, on/off switches, and dimmers.

 

Can I activate Routines with the Google Assistant?

Google Assistant will only support Routines that trigger lighting actions, arming Smart Home Monitor, and mode changes. For security reasons, your existing Routines may not work if they have an unsupported action or device, including but not limited to: unlocking locks, disarming Smart Home Monitor, and opening garage doors.

For the best experience with Routines and voice control, create a new Routine with only supported actions. If you’re already connected your SmartThings with Google Assistant, after creating a new Routine, you can activate it with your voice right away!

Here are some sample phrases for Routines:

“Ok Google, run Good Morning.”

“Ok Google, activate Movie Time.”

 

How do I control lights and switches with the Google Assistant?

With SmartThings and the Google Assistant, you can control your smart lights and switches with the power of your voice. You can use “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” interchangeably.

Here are some sample phrases:

“Ok Google, turn on/off all lights.”

“Ok Google, turn on/off all switches.”

“Ok Google, turn on/off everything in the kitchen.”

“Ok Google, dim/brighten the lights in the living room.” (This will adjust the brightness by 20%)

“Ok Google, set the bedroom light to 10%.” (Brightness can be modified on a scale of 0-100%.)

“Ok Google, dim/brighten the bathroom light by 50%.”

“Ok Google, turn lights in the game room green.”

“Ok Google, turn on/off everything.”

“Ok Google, is the patio light on?”

“Ok Google, is the children’s light off?”

Note: The Google Assistant recognises “lights,” “switches,” and “outlets” as different kinds of devices. E.g., if you say “Ok Google, turn on the lights,” it will turn on smart light bulbs but may not turn on smart switches that are connected to lamps or other lighting fixtures. To control those switches, add the word “light,” “lamp,” or “bulb” to the name or nickname of the device.

 

How do nicknames work with the Google Assistant?

You can assign a nickname to your SmartThings devices in Google Home Control. This is a great way to give your devices voice-friendly names that are easy to use in voice commands. Note: This does not change device names within SmartThings and you cannot use the nicknames outside of verbal commands to the Google Assistant.

To assign a nickname:

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the menu
  2. Verify that the Google account that is listed is the one you used to set up Google Home. To switch accounts, click the dropdown arrow to the right of the account name
  3. Tap Home control
  4. Under Devices, select the device you’d like to set a nickname for
  5. Tap Nickname
  6. Type in the nickname
  7. Tap Ok
  8. Tap the back arrow
  9. You’ll see your device with its new nickname

 

How do rooms work with the Google Assistant?

By assigning your SmartThings devices to a room within Google Home control, you can control multiple lights as a group. For example, you can say, “Ok Google, turn on the lights in the living room.”

Note: Rooms in the Google Home Control are completely separate from the Rooms in the SmartThings app. The Google Assistant will not recognise SmartThings Rooms, and you will need to assign your devices to rooms in the Google Home app in order to control them by room with the Google Assistant.

To create a room:

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the menu
  2. Verify that the Google account that is listed is the one you used to set up Google Home. To switch accounts, click the dropdown arrow to the right of the account name
  3. Tap Home control
  4. Tap the Rooms tab
  5. Tap the plus icon in the bottom right corner
  6. Select a room from the available options
    1. To add a room that’s not listed, scroll down and tap Custom Room
    2. Type in name of room
    3. Tap OK
  7. Tap Next
  8. You’ll see a list of devices. Select devices to add to the room
  9. Tap Done

 

To rename a room:

  1. Under the Rooms tab, select the room
  2. Tap the room name
  3. Type in the new name
  4. Tap Ok
  5. Tap Done
  6. You'll the devices listed under the new room name

 

To move devices out of a room:

  1. Under the Rooms tab, select the room name you’d like to adjust
  2. Choose the device you’d like to move
  3. Tap Move
  4. Select the room you’d like to move it to
    1. To add a room that’s not listed, scroll down and tap Custom Room
    2. Type in name of room
    3. Tap OK
  5. Tap Done
  6. You’ll see the device is no longer listed in the room you moved it from

 

To move devices into a room:

  1. Under the Rooms tab, select the room you want to adjust
  2. You’ll see a list of devices already in that room, plus additional devices under Add devices
  3. Under Add devices, select the device(s) you’d like to move into that room, or tap Select all to move all devices into that room
  4. Tap Done
  5. You’ll now see the updated list of devices in that room

 

To delete a room:

Note: A room has to be empty before deleting the room. See the above steps to move devices out of a room.

  1. Under the Rooms tab, select the room you’d like to delete
  2. Tap the trash can at the top of the screen
  3. Tap Ok to confirm you want to delete the room

 

 

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