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Set up and control your compatible Nest, Chromecast, and Google Home devices.

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    I prefer Google Home to Alexa simply because it answers more questions. Our kids used to ask millions of questions to us, but now they are asking these questions to Google (and solve by themselves)!
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jun 7, 2021

    By Zachary Langmead
    Although the app is good when it comes to being able to create certain protocols and recognize certain things. It is limited in available apps that it can link to. For example it cannot link to anything that you have with that we'll play the music you own. It will force you to either listen to Spotify or upload your music onto YouTube Red to be able to access it anywhere. And even then it is not a guaranteed method to access it. I've personally still not been able to do that. it also does not have a computer app so you are limited strictly to what you can do on a mobile device. it will not link to anything that you have that is a computer as then it would be able to be used to access any of your music files without having to go through their partnered systems. Heck they could even link it to their average Google system and then it should be able to be read via the email address. But again that takes away from their need to force you to go through their partners.
  • Just okay.. There is a lot of room for improvement. May 21, 2021

    By Chrispy Squid
    TLDR[[ things that could be improved (simplier/intuitive menu, reorder/hide roommates devices that i don't want/need to see, so the ones i actually use aren't at the bottom) ]] this review started because i'm having to keep factory resetting my smart speaker so it shows up in my new office and not my bedroom at my old house) i've used this app with google products (speakers, mesh networks, chromecast, etc) for over a year now. I spend more time googling how to move devices/troubleshoot connection problems, etc than i would like. this is especially true since i moved into a new home with other users who have their own devices. i'm constantly paranoid about turning on my roommates lights off or on when they're sleeping because i can't hide their devices or even reorder them so they're bot at the top. the menu options are spread too thin, across too much menu. it's hard to find the function that i want, but you cam only do one or two things for a device in a certain menu. just put it all in one with a '...' for the less commonly needed functions. 😒😤
  • May 24, 2021

    By Jim Cook
    Was great until recently, now my nest mini loses connection with the internet or logs off randomly. The only way to get it to fire up again is to do a full reset. Very annoying! Update: So I tried all the suggestions several times and resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to have to reset the nest mini 2 or 3 times a week until it breaks. However, a couple of months on and I suddenly realized that I haven't reset it for a good 2 to 3 weeks! Could it have fixed itself? 🤔🤞 Back up to 4*.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    By Richard Statham
    Easy to use, straight forward. I use mostly for music although I do like asking Google to turn on hall lights, i have 8 devices around the house set up in 6 groups, perfect sound everywhere. I love being able to adjust EQ and volume for each device, then its as easy as "hey Google play Emma McGrath on living room group" and enjoy.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jun 7, 2021

    By Zachary Langmead
    Although the app is good when it comes to being able to create certain protocols and recognize certain things. It is limited in available apps that it can link to. For example it cannot link to anything that you have with that we'll play the music you own. It will force you to either listen to Spotify or upload your music onto YouTube Red to be able to access it anywhere. And even then it is not a guaranteed method to access it. I've personally still not been able to do that. it also does not have a computer app so you are limited strictly to what you can do on a mobile device. it will not link to anything that you have that is a computer as then it would be able to be used to access any of your music files without having to go through their partnered systems. Heck they could even link it to their average Google system and then it should be able to be read via the email address. But again that takes away from their need to force you to go through their partners.
  • Just okay.. There is a lot of room for improvement. May 21, 2021

    By Chrispy Squid
    TLDR[[ things that could be improved (simplier/intuitive menu, reorder/hide roommates devices that i don't want/need to see, so the ones i actually use aren't at the bottom) ]] this review started because i'm having to keep factory resetting my smart speaker so it shows up in my new office and not my bedroom at my old house) i've used this app with google products (speakers, mesh networks, chromecast, etc) for over a year now. I spend more time googling how to move devices/troubleshoot connection problems, etc than i would like. this is especially true since i moved into a new home with other users who have their own devices. i'm constantly paranoid about turning on my roommates lights off or on when they're sleeping because i can't hide their devices or even reorder them so they're bot at the top. the menu options are spread too thin, across too much menu. it's hard to find the function that i want, but you cam only do one or two things for a device in a certain menu. just put it all in one with a '...' for the less commonly needed functions. 😒😤
  • May 24, 2021

    By Jim Cook
    Was great until recently, now my nest mini loses connection with the internet or logs off randomly. The only way to get it to fire up again is to do a full reset. Very annoying! Update: So I tried all the suggestions several times and resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to have to reset the nest mini 2 or 3 times a week until it breaks. However, a couple of months on and I suddenly realized that I haven't reset it for a good 2 to 3 weeks! Could it have fixed itself? 🤔🤞 Back up to 4*.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    By Richard Statham
    Easy to use, straight forward. I use mostly for music although I do like asking Google to turn on hall lights, i have 8 devices around the house set up in 6 groups, perfect sound everywhere. I love being able to adjust EQ and volume for each device, then its as easy as "hey Google play Emma McGrath on living room group" and enjoy.
  • 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
  • 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
  • May 29, 2021

    By Daniel H
    I've never used a less intuitive app. The most basic functions are inexplicably complex. Want to add a room? Pull up some instructions on your computer because you'll need them. I only have smart lightbulbs, so the only way I can add a new room is to buy more lightbulbs, or unpair the ones I already have. Seriously, who is responsible for this abomination? Inept is the first word that crosses my mind. Sacrificing functionality for a minimalistic UI.
  • Jun 7, 2021

    By Gordon Withers
    Brutal. Was forced to change to Google Home after using Google Wifi for many years. The interface for managing the wifi is not as good as it was in Google Wifi, but I will get used to that I'm sure. The terrible part is this: Now, when I click on the wifi button in Google Home, I frequently get a "sorry, something went wrong, try again later." message. (probably half the time) I'm using my phone on my home wifi network and it's telling me it can't connect??? Come on!! Now, I can't change my wifi rules when I need to. This might not be important to some people, but I frequently need to make changes. If this continues, I'll need to ditch my google wifi network and go with something else. If you are going to retire a product, make sure the replacement is ready to take over. Super frustrating and a total fail on Google's part.
  • 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.
  • Jun 18, 2021

    By J Rock
    Does NOT Connect to WiFi!!! This is the worst app ever. I'd give it zero stars if possible. Had to change router. I have tried and tried, again and again, numerous times to connect my Chromecast to my TV. It was working fine until you now have to use a frickin app to setup. An app, mind you, that is not worth nothing!! It is frustrating and Google ought to be kicked for putting out such a substandard product. Google, why didn't you leave well enough alone.
  • May 25, 2021

    By Comics Autos and Games
    Why do you continually keep messing this app up. It works fine for a while and then goes out again. It is not my devices because they work fine through the Hubitat hub. So it is the app itself. I only switched due to the fact that you (Google) tricked everyone with the Nest transfer. I am truly ready to go back to Alexa and just use the thermostat through the app only. I just wanted to keep everything connected. Come on guys you can and need to do better.
  • Jun 22, 2021

    By Kelly Forciea
    Google Wifi app can no longer manage settings, only view them. Not ideal, but easier to live with than, say, the discontinuing of Play Music in favor of YouTube Music -- except this is even more half baked. You can add new port forwarding rules but there's no way to view, edit, or delete existing rules. You also have to opt into data collection to use this broken feature, which is a new requirement. To make things even more embarrassing, you can still view them in the old app. Thanks, Google.
  • Jun 19, 2021

    By shedi1982 rome
    My mini worked great for a year now all of a sudden it won't cut devices on and off. It keeps saying hmm somethings wrong try again in a few seconds. I do and it still says that. I've tried resetting it I've tried removing devices from it and now it won't set them up it keeps saying try again. Google needs to fix this
  • Horrible Nov 1, 2020

    By Justin Boucher 123
    As with just about all of my nest products I’m mortified at how horrible this app performs. I’m so invested with nest at this point I feel stuck after buying a massive bundle package a year or so ago. They’re app crashes constantly and takes forever to load anything. They’re notifications would rather focus on shadows and bugs then the mail man or cars in my driveway. Their previews never load and instead I get a blank screen. While using the app or in between opening the app I am constantly logged out as is my wife on her phone. The quality of my WiFi doesn’t seem to matter but cameras are co stay my offline. The smoke detectors are constantly giving false smoke detections giving me a heart attack. They’re support is horrible and says use the google home app. Well that apps worse as you can’t open the app and see your cameras. You have to click on every camera to see it and it loads just as slowly and horribly as the nest app. I’m about to just throw it all in the trash and drop a bunch of money on a better product. You’d think a massive company like google would be on top of their tech and have something as sought after as this preforming like the public would expect it to do. So yourself a favor and look into other security options.
  • 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.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    By E CP
    I love getting the news and the weather in the morning, listening to music and setting my alarm. However, I am constantly having to uninstall and reset my smart bulbs so they work with the Google Nest. Sometimes it is daily. Sometimes the lights don't respond with the Google Nest in the morning but work in the evening. It's frustrating and driving me a little crazy.
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    I prefer Google Home to Alexa simply because it answers more questions. Our kids used to ask millions of questions to us, but now they are asking these questions to Google (and solve by themselves)!
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    2 years ago

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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.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    By Richard Statham
    Easy to use, straight forward. I use mostly for music although I do like asking Google to turn on hall lights, i have 8 devices around the house set up in 6 groups, perfect sound everywhere. I love being able to adjust EQ and volume for each device, then its as easy as "hey Google play Emma McGrath on living room group" and enjoy.
  • 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
  • May 24, 2021

    By Lauren Michels
    UPDATE: Google does now allow room specific broadcasts. I love being able to call the home device through duo however ability to do so is in and out. it's ok. we were between Alexa and Google home. i love being able to set alarms and the broadcast feature which is the main reason we got the speakers. what i don't love- i think Google really needs to work on being able to separate rooms.
  • 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!
  • We’re loving it! Oct 26, 2019

    By The "B" family
    My husband and I have had our Chrome cast for a hot minute, and we absolutely love the fact since we don’t have a “smart” tv that now it feels as if we do have a “smart “tv with this awesome little device that is hooked up to our tv now.... Its extremely easy to use, especially if you do have kids, which we do, have a son who just moved out, but when he comes and visits us we can have FAMILY movie night and everyone can pick something on whatever app you have and play it from on of our Cell Phone’s!! I’m just so happy that we invested in the Chromecast, because eventually we may just get rid of Direct, all together!! The Chromecast, is kinda like our 2nd kid that we never had, but now it’s apart of our family forever and brings us joy and happiness in everyone’s life, thus far!! Thanks!!!
  • 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
  • May 24, 2021

    By Jim Cook
    Was great until recently, now my nest mini loses connection with the internet or logs off randomly. The only way to get it to fire up again is to do a full reset. Very annoying! Update: So I tried all the suggestions several times and resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to have to reset the nest mini 2 or 3 times a week until it breaks. However, a couple of months on and I suddenly realized that I haven't reset it for a good 2 to 3 weeks! Could it have fixed itself? 🤔🤞 Back up to 4*.
  • 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! 👏👏
  • So far very confusing setup Dec 5, 2019

    By Flying Bryan
    I have at my house, and one at my dads house. Almost impossible to set up in one day. The problem is it is going through growing pains. I sent invite to myself from his phone but it didn’t go through. So now I found using a old iPad I could log into his Home account and now invite myself as if I were him and now I am making some progress. And what is with the Nest cameras only allowing one camera before it has to see the last Co area to log on. Confusing I know, one camera was not working and it would not let the last camera to come on line. It took most of the day to figure out it was a bad camera on this app. Poor design on the log on. They could have easily had each camera or device log in on its own rather than rely on the last device logged in.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jun 7, 2021

    By Zachary Langmead
    Although the app is good when it comes to being able to create certain protocols and recognize certain things. It is limited in available apps that it can link to. For example it cannot link to anything that you have with that we'll play the music you own. It will force you to either listen to Spotify or upload your music onto YouTube Red to be able to access it anywhere. And even then it is not a guaranteed method to access it. I've personally still not been able to do that. it also does not have a computer app so you are limited strictly to what you can do on a mobile device. it will not link to anything that you have that is a computer as then it would be able to be used to access any of your music files without having to go through their partnered systems. Heck they could even link it to their average Google system and then it should be able to be read via the email address. But again that takes away from their need to force you to go through their partners.
  • Just okay.. There is a lot of room for improvement. May 21, 2021

    By Chrispy Squid
    TLDR[[ things that could be improved (simplier/intuitive menu, reorder/hide roommates devices that i don't want/need to see, so the ones i actually use aren't at the bottom) ]] this review started because i'm having to keep factory resetting my smart speaker so it shows up in my new office and not my bedroom at my old house) i've used this app with google products (speakers, mesh networks, chromecast, etc) for over a year now. I spend more time googling how to move devices/troubleshoot connection problems, etc than i would like. this is especially true since i moved into a new home with other users who have their own devices. i'm constantly paranoid about turning on my roommates lights off or on when they're sleeping because i can't hide their devices or even reorder them so they're bot at the top. the menu options are spread too thin, across too much menu. it's hard to find the function that i want, but you cam only do one or two things for a device in a certain menu. just put it all in one with a '...' for the less commonly needed functions. 😒😤
  • 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
  • May 25, 2021

    By Comics Autos and Games
    Why do you continually keep messing this app up. It works fine for a while and then goes out again. It is not my devices because they work fine through the Hubitat hub. So it is the app itself. I only switched due to the fact that you (Google) tricked everyone with the Nest transfer. I am truly ready to go back to Alexa and just use the thermostat through the app only. I just wanted to keep everything connected. Come on guys you can and need to do better.
  • 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.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    By E CP
    I love getting the news and the weather in the morning, listening to music and setting my alarm. However, I am constantly having to uninstall and reset my smart bulbs so they work with the Google Nest. Sometimes it is daily. Sometimes the lights don't respond with the Google Nest in the morning but work in the evening. It's frustrating and driving me a little crazy.
  • Jun 7, 2021

    By Seth Parrish
    Love the concept of managing everything in one place. This is a poor execution of that concept in many regards. Forcing people to migrate from a wonderful Google Wi-Fi app, all the way over here to this clunky mess. Which doesn't have all the features, isn't user-friendly, and just straight-up hasn't supported port forwarding for quite a while. I would say the only reason people use this app is out of sole necessity to work with Google devices and manage smart devices together.
  • May 29, 2021

    By Daniel H
    I've never used a less intuitive app. The most basic functions are inexplicably complex. Want to add a room? Pull up some instructions on your computer because you'll need them. I only have smart lightbulbs, so the only way I can add a new room is to buy more lightbulbs, or unpair the ones I already have. Seriously, who is responsible for this abomination? Inept is the first word that crosses my mind. Sacrificing functionality for a minimalistic UI.
  • Jun 7, 2021

    By Gordon Withers
    Brutal. Was forced to change to Google Home after using Google Wifi for many years. The interface for managing the wifi is not as good as it was in Google Wifi, but I will get used to that I'm sure. The terrible part is this: Now, when I click on the wifi button in Google Home, I frequently get a "sorry, something went wrong, try again later." message. (probably half the time) I'm using my phone on my home wifi network and it's telling me it can't connect??? Come on!! Now, I can't change my wifi rules when I need to. This might not be important to some people, but I frequently need to make changes. If this continues, I'll need to ditch my google wifi network and go with something else. If you are going to retire a product, make sure the replacement is ready to take over. Super frustrating and a total fail on Google's part.
  • 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.
  • Jun 18, 2021

    By J Rock
    Does NOT Connect to WiFi!!! This is the worst app ever. I'd give it zero stars if possible. Had to change router. I have tried and tried, again and again, numerous times to connect my Chromecast to my TV. It was working fine until you now have to use a frickin app to setup. An app, mind you, that is not worth nothing!! It is frustrating and Google ought to be kicked for putting out such a substandard product. Google, why didn't you leave well enough alone.
  • Jun 22, 2021

    By Kelly Forciea
    Google Wifi app can no longer manage settings, only view them. Not ideal, but easier to live with than, say, the discontinuing of Play Music in favor of YouTube Music -- except this is even more half baked. You can add new port forwarding rules but there's no way to view, edit, or delete existing rules. You also have to opt into data collection to use this broken feature, which is a new requirement. To make things even more embarrassing, you can still view them in the old app. Thanks, Google.
  • Jun 19, 2021

    By shedi1982 rome
    My mini worked great for a year now all of a sudden it won't cut devices on and off. It keeps saying hmm somethings wrong try again in a few seconds. I do and it still says that. I've tried resetting it I've tried removing devices from it and now it won't set them up it keeps saying try again. Google needs to fix this
  • Horrible Nov 1, 2020

    By Justin Boucher 123
    As with just about all of my nest products I’m mortified at how horrible this app performs. I’m so invested with nest at this point I feel stuck after buying a massive bundle package a year or so ago. They’re app crashes constantly and takes forever to load anything. They’re notifications would rather focus on shadows and bugs then the mail man or cars in my driveway. Their previews never load and instead I get a blank screen. While using the app or in between opening the app I am constantly logged out as is my wife on her phone. The quality of my WiFi doesn’t seem to matter but cameras are co stay my offline. The smoke detectors are constantly giving false smoke detections giving me a heart attack. They’re support is horrible and says use the google home app. Well that apps worse as you can’t open the app and see your cameras. You have to click on every camera to see it and it loads just as slowly and horribly as the nest app. I’m about to just throw it all in the trash and drop a bunch of money on a better product. You’d think a massive company like google would be on top of their tech and have something as sought after as this preforming like the public would expect it to do. So yourself a favor and look into other security options.
  • Cumbersome; limited controls. I expect more from Google May 19, 2021

    By iPhone App Reviewer JM
    I have a Google Chromecast and Google Nest Mini, latest generation. Even though my Apple devices can readily find and pair with this hardware via BT and WiFi, the Google Home App consistently has trouble finding and pairing. There is no useful error message; Google Home simply displays an irritating graphic of falling shapes and suggests to “try resetting”. Useless! Further, Google Home has very limited controls. I can select devices and turn them on and off. That’s it. To cast, I must do this from individual apps. There is no reasonable way to use Google Home to adjust settings on the devices or help them to work together. Yes, I created “Rooms” and “Groups”, but these structures do not enable the most basic of features such as syncing audio/video from Google Chromecast across multiple devices (TVs, Speakers). And heaven forbid I want to Cast something from Chromecast directly to the Nest speaker while doing something independently with my phone: the Google Home app prevents this from happening by stopping the active cast from the Chrome device. Why the heck would you have this? At least add a toggle switch to selectively enable this feature.
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By laurens z
    I couldn't give commands using the app any more. If the home speakers isn't so dumb at times, that it couldn't understand what I said, I wouldn't miss it! Update : routine can't work again from the app. And the volume of individual speakers can't be controlled via app. Too many nonsense! Update: give me back tap control!
  • Violation of child privacy a real concern Dec 31, 2017

    By kahnpro
    I bought the Google Home for a convenient and fun way to stay connected and try something new. Only after using it for two days did it dawn on me that everything my 5 year old was saying to it was being recorded and stored on Google servers. He loved it. “Hi Google” could have gone on for hours if I let it. I work in software development and decided to look further into where things stand with smart speakers and Child Online Privacy and Protection - COPPA (including the collection of children’s personal information, audio, video and images). Bottom line - I couldn’t find anything addressing it. Some concerns have been raised that might lead to legal action at some point, I also saw articles alluding to future patents that could make the listening tech even more invasive. Imagine ads targeting your kids based on conversations you’ve had with them at dinner. These have somehow been sold into millions of homes with a loophole. For now I decided retire the Google Home. I deleted the multiple voice recordings of my son that had been stored via the Google Home app and can only hope that they are permanently gone from Google servers too.

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