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How to connect Google Assistant with SmartThings

The Google Assistant is a voice-activated assistant available on the Google Home speaker and all Google Android devices. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google–always ready to help. Just start by saying, “Ok Google” to enjoy music, get answers straight from Google, manage your everyday tasks, and easily control smart devices around your home with SmartThings.

With voice control through the Google Assistant, you can control lighting, plugs, and thermostats without leaving your couch!

 

Get started

Connect Google Assistant with SmartThings

Assign devices to rooms

Give voice commands to Google Assistant

Add new SmartThings devices to Google Assistant

Connect additional Google Devices

Disconnect SmartThings from Google Assistant

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Get started

First, download the SmartThings mobile app and create an account.

The Google Assistant requires either a Google Home speaker, an Android 6.0+ mobile phone, or an Android Wear 2.0+ device to connect with SmartThings. Here's how you can prepare your specific device to connect with SmartThings:

  • Google Home: Download the Google Home mobile app for Android or iOS and set up your Google Home device before connecting with SmartThings
  • Android Mobile 6.0+: The Google Assistant is available on Android 6.0+ mobile phones including the Google Pixel and Androids running Marshmallow (6.0) or Nougat (7.0). Simply ensure you have Google Assistant enabled by long pressing the home button, as your Android phone will connect directly to SmartThings through the Google Assistant.
  • Android Wear 2.0+: Download the Android Wear app for Android or iOS and connect your Android Wear 2.0 device, and be sure to copy or log in to your Gmail account on the watch. You may also need to update the Google app within the Google Play store on your watch.

 

Connect Google Assistant with SmartThings

  • 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, tap the plus icon in the bottom right
  5. Tap SmartThings
  6. Enter your SmartThings account email address and password
  7. Tap Log in
  8. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
  9. Select the devices to connect to the Google Assistant (We recommend selecting lighting and thermostat devices only and excluding devices such as garage door openers, sirens, and cameras)
  10. Tap Authorize
  11. You can assign your devices to rooms (see steps below), or tap Done>Got it
  1. On your phone, long press the Home button to open the Google Assistant
  2. Tap the three vertical dots
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Home control
  5. Under Devices, tap the plus icon in the bottom right
  6. Tap SmartThings
  7. Enter your SmartThings account email address and password
  8. Tap Log in
  9. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
  10. Select the devices to connect to the Google Assistant (We recommend selecting lighting and thermostat devices only and excluding devices such as garage door openers, sirens, and cameras)
  11. Tap Authorize
  12. You can assign your devices to rooms (see steps below), or tap Done>Got it
  1. Open the Android Wear app on your phone and tap Settings Android_Wear_gear_icon.png
  2. Under Google Assistant, tap Settings
  3. Tap Home control
  4. Under Devices, tap the plus icon in the bottom right
  5. Tap SmartThings
  6. Enter your SmartThings account email address and password
  7. Tap Log in
  8. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
  9. Select the devices to connect to the Google Assistant (We recommend selecting lighting and thermostat devices only and excluding devices such as garage door openers, sirens, and cameras)
  10. Tap Authorize
  11. You can assign your devices to rooms (see steps below), or tap Done>Got it

 

Assign your devices to rooms

By assigning your SmartThings devices to a room with Google Home Control, you can control multiple lights as a group. First, add rooms in Google Home Control and then assign devices to your rooms.

Note: Rooms set up in 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 within Google Home Control in order to control them by room with the Google Assistant.

  • Google Home
  • Android Mobile 6.0+
  • Android Wear 2.0+
  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the menu
  2. Tap Home control
  3. Tap Rooms
  4. Tap the plus icon in the bottom right
  5. Select a room to add
    To add a room that’s not listed, tap Custom Room at the bottom
  6. Tap Done
  7. Next, tap the Devices tab
  8. Select a device you want to assign to a room
  9. Tap Room
  10. Select the room you would like to assign the device to
  11. Tap the back arrow and repeat the process to add more rooms and assign more devices to your rooms

This completes the setup and you’re ready to control your SmartThings devices with your voice through the Google Assistant.

  1. On your phone, long press the Home button to open the Google Assistant
  2. Tap the three vertical dots
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Home control
  5. Tap Rooms
  6. Tap the plus icon in the bottom right
  7. Select a room to add
    To add a room that’s not listed, tap Custom Room at the bottom
  8. Tap Done
  9. Next, tap the Devices tab
  10. Select a device you want to assign to a room
  11. Tap Room
  12. Select the room you would like to assign the device to
  13. Tap the back arrow and repeat the process to add more rooms and assign more devices to your rooms

This completes the setup and you’re ready to control your SmartThings devices with your voice through the Google Assistant.

  1. Open the Android Wear app on your phone and tap Settings Android_Wear_gear_icon.png
  2. Under Google Assistant, tap Settings
  3. Tap Home control
  4. Tap Rooms
  5. Tap the plus icon in the bottom right
  6. Select a room to add
    To add a room that’s not listed, tap Custom Room at the bottom
  7. Tap Done
  8. Next, tap the Devices tab
  9. Select a device you want to assign to a room
  10. Tap Room
  11. Select the room you would like to assign the device to
  12. Tap the back arrow and repeat the process to add more rooms and assign more devices to your rooms

This completes the setup and you’re ready to control your SmartThings devices with your voice through the Google Assistant.

 

Give voice commands to Google Assistant

Here are some sample phrases for lighting and switch devices. For the Google Home speaker, you can use “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” interchangeably.

“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” to the name or nickname of the device.

 

Here are some sample phrases for thermostats:

“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?”

 

Add new SmartThings devices to the Google Assistant

If you add new devices to SmartThings after you’ve connected the Google Assistant, you can grant the Google Assistant access to those new devices with these steps.

  • Google Home
  • Android Mobile 6.0+
  • Android Wear 2.0+
  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the menu
  2. Tap Home control
  3. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
  4. Tap Manage Accounts
  5. Tap SmartThings
  6. Tap Check for new devices
  7. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
  8. Tap Authorize
  9. New devices will be listed at the bottom of the screen

The Google Assistant can now control your new devices!

  1. On your phone, long press the Home button to open the Google Assistant
  2. Tap the three vertical dots
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Home control
  5. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
  6. Tap Manage Accounts
  7. Tap SmartThings
  8. Tap Check for new devices
  9. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
  10. Tap Authorize
  11. New devices will be listed at the bottom of the screen

The Google Assistant can now control your new devices!

  1. Open the Android Wear app on your phone and tap Settings Android_Wear_gear_icon.png
  2. Under Google Assistant, tap Settings
  3. Tap Home control
  4. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
  5. Tap Manage Accounts
  6. Tap SmartThings
  7. Tap Check for new devices
  8. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
  9. Tap Authorize
  10. New devices will be listed at the bottom of the screen

The Google Assistant can now control your new devices!

 

Connect additional Google devices

Note: While you can use multiple Google Home, Android 6.0+, or Android Wear 2.0 devices in any combination, you can only control one SmartThings Location with the Google Assistant.

 

I already have a Google Home device connected to SmartThings, how do I add an Android 6.0+ mobile or Android Wear 2.0+ device?

If you’re using the same Google account for your Android phone or Android Wear device that was used to set up your Google Home, then the Android phone 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 new device with a different Google account, you should enter the same SmartThings account credentials to connect the Google Assistant 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 6.0+ or Android Wear 2.0+ device connected to SmartThings, how do I add a Google Home?

To connect a Google Home to your SmartThings setup, first download the Google Home mobile app for Android or iOS and then follow the connection 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 control lights, plugs, and thermostats associated with that single SmartThings Location!

 

Disconnect SmartThings from Google Assistant

Note: To properly disconnect SmartThings from the Google Assistant, you should perform this action from either the Google Home app or from the Google Assistant. Uninstalling the Google Assistant from the SmartThings app will still remove the connection between the Google Assistant and SmartThings, and your Google device will no longer accept voice commands for SmartThings devices.

Also, if you have shared your SmartThings Location with any other users and they have connected their Google Assistant with your Location, the Google Assistant will be unlinked for your Google account only and remain available to them. To completely remove SmartThings from the Google Assistant, all shared users must also unlink SmartThings from their Google account.

  • Google Home
  • Android Mobile 6.0+
  • Android Wear 2.0+
  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the menu
  2. Tap Home control
  3. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
  4. Tap Manage accounts
  5. Tap SmartThings
  6. Tap Unlink account
  7. Tap Unlink to confirm
  1. On your phone, long press the Home button to open the Google Assistant
  2. Tap the three vertical dots
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Home control
  5. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
  6. Tap Manage accounts
  7. Tap SmartThings
  8. Tap Unlink account
  9. Tap Unlink to confirm
  1. Open the Android Wear app on your phone and tap Settings Android_Wear_gear_icon.png
  2. Under Google Assistant, tap Settings
  3. Tap Home control
  4. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
  5. Tap Manage accounts
  6. Tap SmartThings
  7. Tap Unlink account
  8. Tap Unlink to confirm

 

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