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Set up and control your Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Google Home devices

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4.1
1.3M+ Ratings
  1. 5
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  • UI/UX terrible compare to Nest Jan 26, 2020

    By John C
    I was just strongly encouraged to migrate from the Nest app to Google Home and while everything appears to work, the experience is a huge downgrade. The Nest app had a flow of devices with relevant content. For each thermostat, it showed the settings and current temp. I only had to click through to the device of I wanted to make changes. In Google, I have to select the category thermostats and then an individual device before I see any information. That's two additional clicks pet device instead of just being able to see it all at once. In Nest, I could invite anyone to join the home by entering their email address. It would send them an email invite with a link that would walk them through setting up their account. In Google, it simple tells me I can only add people with a Google account. I have to tell them to go setup an account on their own and then add them later. That is not a friendly experience. I can only see one camera at a time. In Nest, I could see them on a single page and then choose one to get a full page view. And finally, the color scheme is much more stark and less pleasing. This app is in every way worse than what I had with Nest. It works. But from a user experience standpoint, it is a huge disappointment.
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  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Jake
    While this tried to bring together the smart ecosystem Google had been trying to setup, like many Google products, home is just a mess. For instance, the routines are prominent on the main page even though I have only chromecasts that aren't compatible with routines. Assistant is pushing for individual customization, but where is there ANY user options for any devices in home? Trying to setup and use hardware by Google has gotten as bad as Microsoft with the settings everywhere.
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  • Hit and miss Feb 12, 2020

    By Saul661
    Manually the switches work ok, connecting to the TV will only work some times. Chrome cast is a pain. I did a lot of work and is not paying off. I ask for a specific song and it only works on a single speaker, if I am using a group of speakers, google plays what ever it wants. I got three chrome cast and they were fine at first but after a few weeks voice commands to chrome cast stoped working on all three. Google says it doesn’t recognize that device, I reset to factory, start all over and nothing. I am getting board of this I am thinking of going back to apple TV. What a waste of money. I have 5 nest cams and they connect and disconnect constantly, that problem came after google took over. I am angry about that security problem. I tried everything to have the system recognize only my voice so people couldn’t open my garage or my front door, that does not work. I even had a google tech help me set that up, thats not safe, anyone who knows what I named the door can simply ask google loudly through my glass window or glass door and it opens anything. Google is not safe . I regret all the money spent on this worthless system.
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  • You learn more by testing Apr 28, 2019

    By AthanasiaN
    I honestly wasn't expecting much since I stayed at a home that had Alexa. I genuinely love the Google home so much. It's easy to maneuver and I like that it resumes from where you left off if you accidentally stop it. As for improvements, I'd love more options for news (especially a astrology and astronomy and Broadway based one) and to be able to read the full description of each news option somehow. Perhaps a transcript of the news as well to read along. I'd like it if you could go through your past questions/requests to the Google home as well just so I don't have to repeat myself if it speaks too fast. For lingists I think it would be neat if you could do a bilingual option (I know you can do multiple languages but it wouldn't answer to me when i spoke English even though it was the primary language). It would be nice to practice other languages with the Home's help. Or an option to put topics you want to stay up-to-date on and it will Google search and read the newest articles.
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  • Could be better. Nov 2, 2019

    By Bizadvizor
    Home mostly works but it still has lots of bugs. It stops playing streams at least once or twice a day. It looses connection to the internet. When I place a phone call, it thinks it is the first time I have used it, and reads me a boring script. It is difficult to manage notifications. A Reminder is easy to miss because it does not include an alarm sound. Although Google has access to my every word, they never seem to push software updates. It drives me crazy that it is not user configurable. If you speak to it it sometimes doesn’t respond, if you yell at it, two speakers respond. If you start a stream on one speaker, there is no way to add a new speaker when you move to a new room. There is no way to group lights and or speaker into a scene, So you have to turn them on one at a time or turn on all lights in a room. There are still limits to wireless switch and bulb configurations on the market. This is not Google’s fault but some smart rocker switches are incompatible with standard cover plates. There is no two gang switch yet. All wireless outlet units stick out of the wall and make the plug hit furniture, etc.
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Daniel Hurter
    Now routines can't be launched from the app, why? This was a key feature highly utilized in most smart home setups, especially because the Google Home does not support lighting scenes. Shouting at the phone or speaker to launch a routine is inconvenient. Also, make dark mode available on all Android devices regardless of OS version, it only requires a toggle (available in Play Store, Drive, Keep etc.).
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  • horrible. Jun 25, 2020

    By x__cande
    the app is NOT user friendly. the help center is a joke. the talk help is an even bigger joke. if you click on some of the default question you “could” ask, some answer will be “i don’t understand”. how don’t you understand your own question. link devices is impossible to figure out. the help center just says to open setting. that’s all it ever says “open google home app and go to setting”. when setting doesn’t even let you do anything. the instructions for next step are super unclear. my google home wasn’t connected to wifi. google said to change it on the app. the app said to make sure in i’m on the same wifi. how can i be on the same wifi as my google home, if my google home isn’t connecting to wifi. then come to find out they meant go to the seething on your phone and change the wifi. so i did. change to wifi to my google home wifi (which isn’t really a wifi but i guess that’s how to access things??? idk). when i switches over now the app doesn’t work because it isn’t a real wifi connection. so i’m conclusion: i have a google speaker that can’t access wifi. a google home app that can’t access the speaker to change the wifi because it can’t connect to wifi. and when i try to “connect to the same wifi as the speaker” i can’t access the app. help center is a joke. the app is unintuitive. wouldn’t buy it for my enemy.
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  • Oct 26, 2020

    By Billy Land
    Google Home use to be great but for some reason all of my devices have disconnected from the internet and I can't get them to reconnect. I tried every troubleshooting fix I could find and nothing works. I tried going to their help page and they told me to troubleshoot and once I said that didn't work nobody ever got back with me.
    more
  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Jim S
    Started disconnecting from network this week. Every other device is fine. Can't cast from phone at all and if I manage to get home to play anything I get about a minute before it cuts off again. I can't believe they chose a time when so many people are forced to be at home to mess around with something that was working fine.
    more
  • Oct 19, 2020

    By Chris Stokes
    This app is incredibly frustrating to use. Constant changes require you to always be on the lookout for a new problem. Here's the latest example: My young kids have their own playlists on my YouTube Music Premium. Up until a week ago, they could ask the Home devices to play their playlist for them. Suddenly, out of nowhere, they can't. Only I can give the magic command to tell the device to play their playlist. I've looked through the massive amounts of settings to find a fix and nothing works.
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  • You learn more by testing Apr 28, 2019

    By AthanasiaN
    I honestly wasn't expecting much since I stayed at a home that had Alexa. I genuinely love the Google home so much. It's easy to maneuver and I like that it resumes from where you left off if you accidentally stop it. As for improvements, I'd love more options for news (especially a astrology and astronomy and Broadway based one) and to be able to read the full description of each news option somehow. Perhaps a transcript of the news as well to read along. I'd like it if you could go through your past questions/requests to the Google home as well just so I don't have to repeat myself if it speaks too fast. For lingists I think it would be neat if you could do a bilingual option (I know you can do multiple languages but it wouldn't answer to me when i spoke English even though it was the primary language). It would be nice to practice other languages with the Home's help. Or an option to put topics you want to stay up-to-date on and it will Google search and read the newest articles.
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  • In response to “kahnpro”... Aug 26, 2018

    By pmulz
    I know what you’re thinking...😮omg . Same thing I thought when my buddy was doing some browsing(not your typical amateurish cpu skills here i mind you) & reading DEEP into Google’s policies, prefs, and settings and came across the audio stuff. It was frightening at first I’ll admit... Him having random conversations infront of the computer.. 100s even. I jammed home, got on my pc(I use google everything, i think its the future whether we like it or not). Only to find out Most of those settings on my pc had been turned off and nothing had been recorded. Its common sense pretty much to read the fine print... and as long as you do with google you're 👌... And i’ll even go one step further. Trust me on this one. They been “known in the past” to get their users backs, and maybe eveb on occasion “look the other way,” when meed be. So my suggestion.. Stick it out.
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  • I love Google home Jan 30, 2018

    By Darkslayer24
    Google home mini has made my life better. Besides helping me with everything things I constantly find myself going back and saying “Hey google !” Needless to say this device saved my life . If you don’t understand or even care about technology. Then this product is NOT for you. Overprotective parents need to get over themselves and stop making everything a problem . We’re spied on each and every day.. by Google, Microsoft , Sony, etc everyday.. our internet providers are constantly watching us. If you don’t like devices and software that record you then DONT get this product. I don’t say or do anything that would get me in trouble so I have no worries. In the end wether you cut a device or service out to try and protect yourself or your family then you might as well live under a rock.. because your always being watched... Always
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  • I love it. May 8, 2019

    By Carter Stingel
    I have a Google Home Mini, Chromecast, & a Geeni/Merkury Innovations smart outlet. I use all three daily. I just have a few suggestions. 1) Night mode on Chromecast: Filters blue light when videos and other media are playing. In Ambient Mode, the screen turns black or dark gray [decided by the user] and displays the time. The feature could be scheduled like other Google Home nightmode-things. Would be really useful, since I use a Dynex TV in my room as my light source at night. It's also not HDMI-CEC compatible so I can't use Google Assistant to turn it on/off. 2) Action compatibility for IFTT: I know you can use Google Home as a trigger in IFTTT, but I haven't seen it as an action. Actions would include things like Broadcast, changing volume of Home devices, and controlling devices such as smart outlets, Chromecast-s, smart locks, and any other Home-compatible devices in your setup. That's all!
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  • This is perfect Apr 7, 2018

    By Greeneggxxx
    This is the best product that Google has ever made the assistant is wonderful she is what a assistant should be unlike Siri Siri is not a actual assistant it was very easy to set up once you connect the speaker to your account and you set up your routine and everything else you really do not need to go into the app I do not understand what these people are complaining about in adding users it’s really simple most of these people are complaining for nothing why would google let Apple Music be on its product if you won’t to use Apple Music with a speaker by the HomePod it is really easy to set alarms in delete alarms it’s nice to know about your day when you wake up and get the news it is also nice and wonderful to walk into your home and ask it to do what you want perfect product good job Google
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  • Google Home and its Hub is very beneficial! Jan 23, 2019

    By Sportstalker
    Pros: Improved Home app certainly helps a lot! Especially for a Deaf person like myself. I bought the Google Home Hub due to its display to show information I need when I ask, freeing me from looking at the phone’s screen frequently. I use my phone to speak the commands to Google Home Hub, and it responds well from commands or answering my questions with information on display, certainly a wonderful feature! Cons: sometimes, when I ask a question, it doesn’t show the information, would end up speaking the information, so I had to modify the questions to make the Hub show the information, if it still fails, I use Google Assistant on my phone as an alternative. It can be frustrating sometimes! Otherwise, it’s huge step for Google to make their products as much as friendly for everyone. Keep it up Google! 👏👏
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  • Oct 12, 2020

    By Glinty Stance
    Love it however there are some issues. I love using my Google nest 1st gen at home, it's perfect for what I ask for (which is usually the weather or Spotify). However when I go to university, which my accomodation runs on glide WiFi, it always comes up with not being able to support it as you have to login. This is a shame as I'd love to be able to use my Google home at my university. For that reason, I'd take a star off
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  • Good platform annoying controls. Mar 29, 2018

    By Nick Prenom
    I have two home minis and a standard home. They work well for new tech. You must be very precise all the time to get what you want completed. Google makes it hard to access pandora playlists, and often assumes the playlist doesn’t exist redirecting you to google play. When using a Chromecast google will only use primary account not secondary for Netflix through voice commands even if you try to specify. The mobile app site reminds me of something blackberry would have made, in that the action windows use slide feature way too much. All in all love the system and can’t wait for improvements. Puts Alexa and Siri to shame. Would love voice choices in the future. Morgan Freeman? Danny DeVito? Liz Hurley? Judy Dench? Someone’s gotta be bored enough to sit through voice programming.
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  • UI/UX terrible compare to Nest Jan 26, 2020

    By John C
    I was just strongly encouraged to migrate from the Nest app to Google Home and while everything appears to work, the experience is a huge downgrade. The Nest app had a flow of devices with relevant content. For each thermostat, it showed the settings and current temp. I only had to click through to the device of I wanted to make changes. In Google, I have to select the category thermostats and then an individual device before I see any information. That's two additional clicks pet device instead of just being able to see it all at once. In Nest, I could invite anyone to join the home by entering their email address. It would send them an email invite with a link that would walk them through setting up their account. In Google, it simple tells me I can only add people with a Google account. I have to tell them to go setup an account on their own and then add them later. That is not a friendly experience. I can only see one camera at a time. In Nest, I could see them on a single page and then choose one to get a full page view. And finally, the color scheme is much more stark and less pleasing. This app is in every way worse than what I had with Nest. It works. But from a user experience standpoint, it is a huge disappointment.
    more
  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Jake
    While this tried to bring together the smart ecosystem Google had been trying to setup, like many Google products, home is just a mess. For instance, the routines are prominent on the main page even though I have only chromecasts that aren't compatible with routines. Assistant is pushing for individual customization, but where is there ANY user options for any devices in home? Trying to setup and use hardware by Google has gotten as bad as Microsoft with the settings everywhere.
    more
  • Hit and miss Feb 12, 2020

    By Saul661
    Manually the switches work ok, connecting to the TV will only work some times. Chrome cast is a pain. I did a lot of work and is not paying off. I ask for a specific song and it only works on a single speaker, if I am using a group of speakers, google plays what ever it wants. I got three chrome cast and they were fine at first but after a few weeks voice commands to chrome cast stoped working on all three. Google says it doesn’t recognize that device, I reset to factory, start all over and nothing. I am getting board of this I am thinking of going back to apple TV. What a waste of money. I have 5 nest cams and they connect and disconnect constantly, that problem came after google took over. I am angry about that security problem. I tried everything to have the system recognize only my voice so people couldn’t open my garage or my front door, that does not work. I even had a google tech help me set that up, thats not safe, anyone who knows what I named the door can simply ask google loudly through my glass window or glass door and it opens anything. Google is not safe . I regret all the money spent on this worthless system.
    more
  • Could be better. Nov 2, 2019

    By Bizadvizor
    Home mostly works but it still has lots of bugs. It stops playing streams at least once or twice a day. It looses connection to the internet. When I place a phone call, it thinks it is the first time I have used it, and reads me a boring script. It is difficult to manage notifications. A Reminder is easy to miss because it does not include an alarm sound. Although Google has access to my every word, they never seem to push software updates. It drives me crazy that it is not user configurable. If you speak to it it sometimes doesn’t respond, if you yell at it, two speakers respond. If you start a stream on one speaker, there is no way to add a new speaker when you move to a new room. There is no way to group lights and or speaker into a scene, So you have to turn them on one at a time or turn on all lights in a room. There are still limits to wireless switch and bulb configurations on the market. This is not Google’s fault but some smart rocker switches are incompatible with standard cover plates. There is no two gang switch yet. All wireless outlet units stick out of the wall and make the plug hit furniture, etc.
    more
  • Google home keeps falling short Jan 25, 2019

    By Thejoshonator
    Compared to Alexa: (1) home hub doesn’t show the time at night (the “ambient light sensor” turns the screen 100% black) (2) can’t call a specific room (3) can’t play a song without blabbering for a minute about every artist and service involved (4) can’t set family reminders that go off for everyone (5) the hub devices can’t hear anyone speak well (6) google can’t play popular songs like the Lion King (featured in their own commercials) without manual intervention otherwise they play knockoffs (7) will only play white noise for an hour unless specified (8) don’t have a quiet mode so if you ask something at night have to listen to it scream across your house nonsense like “this is what white noise sounds like” (9) assistant only sometimes connects to the devices and when it does it can’t even perform the same tasks (eg play white noise) (10) Hub doesn’t display the time if the hub is doing anything besides nothing which makes it a terrible bedside device -even white noise turns off the clock which is stupid by every measure
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  • Constant WiFi problems Sep 3, 2020

    By Cojak Lamone
    The apps is on to something good but still has major connection and WiFi problems. I have kids and have them on a usage schedule through the Google Home app. I’m also using the google WiFi router as well. I constantly have issues where the WiFi will stop working for one of the computers or other device. The “pause” or “not pause” option (which is confusing anyways) always gets stuck or shows “paused” when it’s not or vice versa. This wouldn’t be a big deal if Covid didn’t have my kids schooling from home. I’ve stayed on top of updating the app but I still have problems. Another issue I have is connecting to 3rd party smart media. The interface is always confusing with too many options and flowcharts. Make it simple guys. I went to school for computer information systems and I get stuck sometimes, think about all those elderly folks, they probably have to hire someone to set up google products. Google has never been like Apple where it’s user interface is super easy to adapt to. The programmers need a separate user interface team for just about all of their software. You guys are good but you need some big changes.
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  • App problems managing Nest Mesh Wifi Sep 23, 2020

    By Zkevlar
    We used to have Google onHub for wifi and that app worked great so we upgraded to a mesh network but Google Home App is fraught with problems. Summary It has many great features but they don’t work effectively. We have the Google Home app managing our Google Nest mesh Wi-Fi network. We have had several problems with the app effectively managing the Wi-Fi. Setup Interface This is the one area that was well crafted. The user experience and ease of setup was great. All our mesh network was connected within less than 15 min. Managing WIFI We created a family group which you can pause for our children and set schedules. It won’t unpause their group even though it says it is not paused. It constantly kicks users off of the wifi and then locks you out even though you have the correct password you can’t reconnect. I’ve even had the app open copied the password from the app and pasted it and still said wrong password. Troubleshooting The FAQs and help don’t provide the answers we need. We even had a friend who manages wifi networks for a living try and help us. We expected more from Google. Sorry Google but we are just being honest. What’s next If we can’t get this fixed we will be returning the Nest Wifi and going with a different mesh network. We would be happy to talk to someone who can remedy this issue and help prevent these problems for other families.
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  • Oct 24, 2020

    By Daniel Hurter
    Now routines can't be launched from the app, why? This was a key feature highly utilized in most smart home setups, especially because the Google Home does not support lighting scenes. Shouting at the phone or speaker to launch a routine is inconvenient. Also, make dark mode available on all Android devices regardless of OS version, it only requires a toggle (available in Play Store, Drive, Keep etc.).
    more
  • horrible. Jun 25, 2020

    By x__cande
    the app is NOT user friendly. the help center is a joke. the talk help is an even bigger joke. if you click on some of the default question you “could” ask, some answer will be “i don’t understand”. how don’t you understand your own question. link devices is impossible to figure out. the help center just says to open setting. that’s all it ever says “open google home app and go to setting”. when setting doesn’t even let you do anything. the instructions for next step are super unclear. my google home wasn’t connected to wifi. google said to change it on the app. the app said to make sure in i’m on the same wifi. how can i be on the same wifi as my google home, if my google home isn’t connecting to wifi. then come to find out they meant go to the seething on your phone and change the wifi. so i did. change to wifi to my google home wifi (which isn’t really a wifi but i guess that’s how to access things??? idk). when i switches over now the app doesn’t work because it isn’t a real wifi connection. so i’m conclusion: i have a google speaker that can’t access wifi. a google home app that can’t access the speaker to change the wifi because it can’t connect to wifi. and when i try to “connect to the same wifi as the speaker” i can’t access the app. help center is a joke. the app is unintuitive. wouldn’t buy it for my enemy.
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  • Oct 26, 2020

    By Billy Land
    Google Home use to be great but for some reason all of my devices have disconnected from the internet and I can't get them to reconnect. I tried every troubleshooting fix I could find and nothing works. I tried going to their help page and they told me to troubleshoot and once I said that didn't work nobody ever got back with me.
    more
  • Oct 25, 2020

    By Jim S
    Started disconnecting from network this week. Every other device is fine. Can't cast from phone at all and if I manage to get home to play anything I get about a minute before it cuts off again. I can't believe they chose a time when so many people are forced to be at home to mess around with something that was working fine.
    more
  • Oct 19, 2020

    By Chris Stokes
    This app is incredibly frustrating to use. Constant changes require you to always be on the lookout for a new problem. Here's the latest example: My young kids have their own playlists on my YouTube Music Premium. Up until a week ago, they could ask the Home devices to play their playlist for them. Suddenly, out of nowhere, they can't. Only I can give the magic command to tell the device to play their playlist. I've looked through the massive amounts of settings to find a fix and nothing works.
    more

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