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Google Assistant for NVIDIA SHIELD + SmartThings Link

When you turn NVIDIA SHIELD into a SmartThings Hub, it connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together.

Google Assistant is built into NVIDIA SHIELD, which can be used to control certain smart devices and run automations with your voice.

To learn more about Link, take a look at our SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD FAQ.

 

Setting up Google Assistant

Using Google Assistant

Why won't Google Assistant find my devices?

How do I unlink Google Assistant from SmartThings?

 

Setting up Google Assistant

  1. First, turn your NVIDIA SHIELD into a SmartThings Hub and get the SmartThings Link to pair devices that Work with SmartThings. Certain devices, such as locks and garage door openers, cannot be controlled via Google Assistant for security purposes
  2. Press the NVIDIA logo on the NVIDIA SHIELD controller to begin setting up Google Assistant. Allow Google Assistant to be controlled by "OK, Google" commands
  3. Next, set up Google Assistant on your mobile device
    • Android Mobile 6.0+
    • iOS
    1. On your phone, long press the Home button to open the Google Assistant
    2. Tap on the blue icon in the top right
    3. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
    4. Tap Settings
    5. Tap Home control
    6. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
    7. Tap Manage Accounts
    8. Tap SmartThings/Samsung Connect
    9. Sign in with your account credentials
    10. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
    11. Tap Authorize
    12. New devices will be listed at the bottom of the screen

    The Google Assistant can now control your devices!

    1. Download the Google Assistant app from your phone's app store and sign in with your Google account
    2. Tap on the blue icon in the top right
    3. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
    4. Tap Settings
    5. Tap Home control
    6. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
    7. Tap Manage Accounts
    8. Tap SmartThings/Samsung Connect
    9. Sign in with your account credentials
    10. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
    11. Tap Authorize
    12. New devices will be listed at the bottom of the screen

    The Google Assistant can now control your devices!

  4. If you're having trouble authorizing Google Assistant to find your devices, you may need to double check that the Google account you have signed in on NVIDIA SHIELD is the same account that is signed in to your mobile device:

    1. In SHIELD, navigate to Settings
    2. Scroll all the way down to Accounts
    3. If necessary, select "Add Account" and sign in to the appropriate Google account

    Certain devices will not be discovered by Google Assistant for security purposes. At this time, Google Assistant can control light bulbs, plugs, on/off switches, dimmers, and thermostats found on our Works with SmartThings page.

 

Using Google Assistant

After you've successfully authorized Google Home to control your SmartThings devices, you can begin using Google Assistant on NVIDIA SHIELD to run automations. To begin using Google Assistant:

  • Press the NVIDIA logo on your controller

OR

    • Press the Microphone button on your remote

OR

  • Say "OK, Google" into the controller

Google Assistant will only support Routines that trigger thermostats (US only) and 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 and lighting actions:

“Ok Google, run Good Morning.”

“Ok Google, activate Movie Time.”

“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 recognizes “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.

Check out our Google Assistant FAQ to learn more about what you can do with Google Assistant and SmartThings.

 

Why won't Google Assistant find my devices?

If you're having trouble authorizing Google Assistant to find your devices, you may need to double check that the Google account you have signed in on NVIDIA SHIELD is the same account that is signed in to your mobile device:

  1. In SHIELD, navigate to Settings
  2. Scroll all the way down to Accounts
  3. If necessary, select "Add Account" and sign in to the appropriate Google account

Certain devices will not be discovered by Google Assistant for security purposes. At this time, Google Assistant can control light bulbs, plugs, on/off switches, dimmers, and thermostats found on our Works with SmartThings page.

 

How do I unlink Google Assistant from SmartThings?

If you have more than one Location in SmartThings, Google Assistant may be pulling the incorrect Location. You may also want to choose a different location if you've recently added a new Hub. You will need to unlink Assistant from the previous location before authorizing the new one.

Start in the SmartThings mobile app:

  1. Tap on the Automation tab
  2. Under SmartApps, select Google
  3. Select Uninstall
  4. Select Uninstall again to confirm

Next, open the Google Assistant app:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on Home Control
  3. Tap the three dots in the corner
  4. Select Manage Accounts
  5. Tap SmartThings/Samsung Connect
  6. Select Unlink account
  7. Tap Unlink to confirm

Once you've successfully unlinked Google Assistant from SmartThings, you can start from step 3 in the setup guide above to start over.

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