Google Home has quickly established itself as one of the world’s foremost smart hub devices.
There are currently three Google Home devices on the market — Google Home Mini, Google Home, and Google Home Max. All of them are equipped with Google’s voice navigation Google Assistant and they can be used to control all of your other smart home devices.
One of the coolest things about Google Home is that it’s like a vast wilderness with a whole host of features you may not even be aware of. Sure, everyone knows they can ask Google Home for the weather. But what else can it do?
In this article, we give you an overview of the 5 best features of Google Home.
1. Google Home Broadcast — Using Google Home as an Intercom
Google Home Broadcast is arguably Google Home’s most valuable and interesting feature. With this feature, you can use Google Home as an intercom to effortlessly communicate with people all around your home.
To use this feature, you need to set up Google Home devices all around your home at key points. You need to set up different Google Home devices, Google Home speakers, and other Google Assistant-enabled devices on the same WiFi network.
You can either relay the command on your Google account on your phone or any of the devices. The message will be broadcast to all of the devices. As such, you can use a single Google Home device as an intercom to broadcast a message all across the house.
2. Find My Phone
Do you lose your phone frequently? Well, you have nothing to worry about anymore.
You can simply tell your Google Home, “OK Google, find my phone,” and your phone will start ringing. This feature works on both iOS and Android devices — however, Google Assistant on Android phones can also make the phone ring if it’s on silent.
3. Digital Wellbeing
Are you afraid that your children may be exposed to sensitive or mature content on the internet? Google Home gives you an easy option to protect them and set up restrictions on their phones.
You can set up the Digital Wellbeing feature by going to Settings > Digital Wellbeing and following the on-screen prompts. Within minutes, you can filter mature content from their phones, turn off certain features, and schedule their screen time.
4. Voice Shopping with Google Home & Assistant
With Google Home & Assistant, you can now shop for products from several participating retail outlets across the US. Google’s online shopping service — called Google Express — is accessible through Android apps and iOS apps.
Once you have the application, you can use voice commands conveyed through the Google Home device to shop from stores such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Walgreens, Guitar Center, L’Occitane, and many others.
5. White Noise
Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you need white noise to fall asleep?
With Google Home, you can conveniently play white noise to help you drift into a peaceful slumber. You can simply command, “Google, play the sound of rain,” or “Google, play Whale Sounds.” Google Home will start playing white noise until you fall asleep.