SmartThings Support

Google Assistant + 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 a Google Pixel?

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

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 I control thermostats 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 companion Google Home mobile app), or an Android Wear 2.0+ device (and companion Android Wear mobile app), or an Android 6.0+ mobile phone. 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 and thermostats without leaving the comfort of your couch. The Google Assistant’s SmartThings Home Control feature is available with the Google Home, Android Mobile 6.0+, and Android Wear 2.0+.

 

Can I use more than one Google device with SmartThings?

Yes. You can use multiple Google Home, Android 6.0+ phones, or Android Wear 2.0+ devices in any combination! 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 an Android Mobile 6.0+ or Android Wear 2.0 device?

If you’re using the same Google account for your Android mobile or Android Wear device that was used to set up your Google Home, then the Android mobile or Android Wear device is ready to control your SmartThings already!

If you plan to use a different Google account on the Android mobile or Android Wear device (such as one belonging to another member of your household) to control SmartThings, then follow the steps here to enable Google Home Control.

Note: When adding a device with another Google account, you should enter the same SmartThings account credentials to connect Google Home Control and SmartThings, or you can also enter the SmartThings credentials for a shared account that has been invited to share access to your SmartThings Location. To learn how to invite someone to share your account, check out this guide.

 

I already have an Android mobile or Android Wear device connected to SmartThings, how do I add a Google Home?

To connect a Google Home to SmartThings, first download the Google Home mobile app for Android or iOS and then follow the steps here.

 

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, plugs, and thermostats 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 light bulbs, plugs, on/off switches, dimmers, and thermostats found on our Works with SmartThings page.

 

Can I activate Routines with the Google Assistant?

Google Assistant will only support Routines that trigger thermostats (US only) and lighting actions, door locking, 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. Note: For the Google Home speaker, 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 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.

 

How do I control thermostats with the Google Assistant?

The Google Assistant can control compatible thermostats connected to SmartThings.

Here are some sample phrases:

“Ok Google, set the living room thermostat to 70.”

“Ok Google, turn the thermostat up/down 5 degrees.”

“Ok Google, make it warmer/cooler.” (This will adjust the temperature by 2 degrees.)

“Ok Google, turn on the heat/cooling.” (This will change the mode and/or turn the thermostat on)

“Ok Google, turn thermostat to heat-cool mode.”

“Ok Google, turn off the thermostat.”

“Ok Google, what’s the temperature inside?”

“Ok Google, what’s the thermostat set to?”

 

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:

  • Google Home
  • Android Mobile 6.0+
  • Android Wear 2.0+
  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
  1. On your phone, long press the Home button to open the Google Assistant
  2. Tap the blue icon in the top right
  3. Tap the three vertical dots
  4. Tap Settings
  5. Tap Home control
  6. Under Devices, select the device you’d like to set a nickname for
  7. Tap Nickname
  8. Type in the nickname
  9. Tap Ok
  10. Tap the back arrow
  11. You’ll see your device with its new nickname
  1. Open the Android Wear app on your phone and tap the gear icon Android_Wear_gear_icon.png
  2. Under Google Assistant, tap Settings
  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 recognize 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:

  • Google Home
  • Android Mobile 6.0+
  • Android Wear 2.0
  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
  1. On your phone, long press the Home button to open the Google Assistant
  2. Tap the blue icon in the top right
  3. Tap the three vertical dots
  4. Tap Settings
  5. Tap Home control
  6. Tap the Rooms tab
  7. Tap the plus icon in the bottom right corner
  8. 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
  9. Tap Next
  10. You’ll see a list of devices. Select devices to add to the room
  11. Tap Done
  1. Open the Android Wear app on your phone and tap the gear icon Android_Wear_gear_icon.png
  2. Under Google Assistant, tap Settings
  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

 

 

Additional questions?

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