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

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Set up and control your compatible Nest, Chromecast, and Google Home devices.
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  • Bring back the shopping list! Jun 20, 2020

    By CourtneyRules
    Please please please re-integrate the shopping list feature into the Home app! Aside from playing music, adding items to the shopping list—primarily groceries as we run out of them—is our primary use for our Google Home. While it was a bit buried in the settings, being able to manage our shopping list from our central home app really removed stress from our daily routines. The list was always a little tricky to use and could definitely still use some UX love, but attempting to use it in the Shopping app is awful. I have to re-selected the shopping list every time I navigate to a browser to reference the recipes informing my list. It’s way too easy to delete an item when I’m trying to move it. The experience is so bad I’ve found myself using it less. Planning our grocery runs is a definitely a core home activity. Please bring it back to the Home app!
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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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  • 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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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By David Whitman
    Easy to use, looks good, but it all falls down with how unreliable it is. Using a Google Home, a Home Mini, and a Home Max, it frequently fails to detect that they're playing media. It sometimes simply doesn't show them at all (even if they work fine with voice commands and are all on the same network). Or it shows them all on the home screen, but only shows one or two on the media screen (where you can choose which speakers are playing). Just unreliable in general.
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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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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Stefan Boyd
    It's great but would love to see the wake word changed. I was at my friends place and saying "Alexa" was so much better than saying "hey google" all the time. I am literally considering giving up all my nest hub max devices and nest mini's and switching to Alexa just for this feature. Pick up your game Google! We aren't some marketing guinea pigs to go by what your marketing team thinks is right rather than what's more intuitive! 🙃
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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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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By Marc Weinstein
    Your app doesn't work right. It stops recording energy usage after 24hrs. I have been on the phone with Google 3 times. Three tickers open on this, and off line problem. 5 hrs after they told me to do the wwan install again. I had to Remove and installing app. Reset stats to factory settings. All is ok on my end. It records on the stats themselves. On the app it doesn't. Unless I turn the stats off for 5 min and then back on. Happens for 2 thermostats.
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  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Sharon Heritage
    Nest devices saying they've not been set up! After months of using them. I have 5 Google minis. They worked well for about 4 months. Then one kept saying it had not been set up. It showed up in the Home app as waiting to be setup. So did it again, and it still kicks itself out of the home every few days. And we have to re-add it at night to get the bedroom lights to turn off. Then another one started doing the same thing. The two hubs are fine, but disappointed that I went the Google route.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!!!
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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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  • Bring back the shopping list! Jun 20, 2020

    By CourtneyRules
    Please please please re-integrate the shopping list feature into the Home app! Aside from playing music, adding items to the shopping list—primarily groceries as we run out of them—is our primary use for our Google Home. While it was a bit buried in the settings, being able to manage our shopping list from our central home app really removed stress from our daily routines. The list was always a little tricky to use and could definitely still use some UX love, but attempting to use it in the Shopping app is awful. I have to re-selected the shopping list every time I navigate to a browser to reference the recipes informing my list. It’s way too easy to delete an item when I’m trying to move it. The experience is so bad I’ve found myself using it less. Planning our grocery runs is a definitely a core home activity. Please bring it back to the Home app!
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  • Jan 6, 2021

    By Daniel Scofield
    Very innovative and friendly aesthetic looking User Interface (UI), but it does end up being a little less friendly to the User with the application being deceptively overly complicated. Not too much, but enough for Google's User friendly reputation. The overall app is outstanding, though. No complaints on the technology, which is what counts. 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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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • Jan 13, 2021

    By David Whitman
    Easy to use, looks good, but it all falls down with how unreliable it is. Using a Google Home, a Home Mini, and a Home Max, it frequently fails to detect that they're playing media. It sometimes simply doesn't show them at all (even if they work fine with voice commands and are all on the same network). Or it shows them all on the home screen, but only shows one or two on the media screen (where you can choose which speakers are playing). Just unreliable in general.
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  • Jan 17, 2021

    By Guillermo Santillana
    Inconsistent experience. The capabilities offered via Google home speakers and app are inconsistent. Devices may or may not be available and created groups are not available to cast to and outright need to be recreated. This is not a fully baked solution, which has anyone who is familiar with a anything Google brings up concern over the viability of the product.
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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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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Stefan Boyd
    It's great but would love to see the wake word changed. I was at my friends place and saying "Alexa" was so much better than saying "hey google" all the time. I am literally considering giving up all my nest hub max devices and nest mini's and switching to Alexa just for this feature. Pick up your game Google! We aren't some marketing guinea pigs to go by what your marketing team thinks is right rather than what's more intuitive! 🙃
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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By Marc Weinstein
    Your app doesn't work right. It stops recording energy usage after 24hrs. I have been on the phone with Google 3 times. Three tickers open on this, and off line problem. 5 hrs after they told me to do the wwan install again. I had to Remove and installing app. Reset stats to factory settings. All is ok on my end. It records on the stats themselves. On the app it doesn't. Unless I turn the stats off for 5 min and then back on. Happens for 2 thermostats.
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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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  • Jan 18, 2021

    By Moyra hart
    not pleased w the app &/or speakers. they only PROPERLY connect with app for a while, then 1 or 2 start... Eventually all are " not found on the wifi network "... which limits so much of what I can do. My router will say that speakers and other devices are connected... The smart speakers will still work w voice commands.... It's just the APP that won't connect them right !!! tried every help article, resets, I've even changed internet companies & phones but the app randomly does this still...
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  • Jan 19, 2021

    By Clint Buhs
    I'm really only using this app for third generation Nest and new generation Nest thermostats. The Android version is buggy with respect to the current generation thermostat - it won't show accurate indoor temperatures or set temperatures below 50 degrees. It also lacks some of the features that the old Nest app provided. It needs work urgently.
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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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  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Sharon Heritage
    Nest devices saying they've not been set up! After months of using them. I have 5 Google minis. They worked well for about 4 months. Then one kept saying it had not been set up. It showed up in the Home app as waiting to be setup. So did it again, and it still kicks itself out of the home every few days. And we have to re-add it at night to get the bedroom lights to turn off. Then another one started doing the same thing. The two hubs are fine, but disappointed that I went the Google route.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 15, 2021

    By Oliver Mattinson
    Worked fine for a couple of weeks, then force closes every time I try to launch the app. Have tried reinstalling the app and still the same problem. It's a great app - IF YOU CAN GET IT TO LAUNCH. ****UPDATE**** Managed to get app yo launch after reinstall and clearing storage and cache. Had ONE DAY of use before returning to endlessly crashing 🤦🏻‍♂️
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  • Jan 14, 2021

    By Brandon
    Good when it works but absolutely disappointing when it doesn't. I've had C by GE lightbulbs connected to Google home for over a year and ATLEAST once a week I have to power cycle the light bulbs because if not they will not respond to google commands by voice or even in the app. Google offers no fix to this besides resetting the bulbs or the hub, I think this issue is beyond a reset and needs to be fixed for good. Will update if anything changes
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