How to Set Up Google Home


Google Home costs £129 from the Google Store, Argos, Currys, John Lewis and Maplin. If you’ve just bought or received one, or have just factory reset Google Home, here’s how to get it set up within minutes. 

(Also see our full Google Home review and Best Google Home tips & tricks)

1. Unpack the Google Home and plug it in. It will take a few seconds to start up.

2. Download and install the free Google Home app from the Play Store. (If you’re using an iPhone the steps should be the same, but you’ll obviously need to look in the App Store instead.)

3. Don’t be fooled by the name: the Google Home app is not restricted to the Google Home, since it is also used for setting up Google devices such as the Chromecast. It’s possible you’ve already used or are using the Home app, but if it’s the first time you’ve run it you’ll need to accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and turn on Location Permissions for setup – just follow the prompts. Depending on which version of Android you’re running you may get a pop-up message from Home requesting access to your device’s location – click Allow.

4. If you’ve not used the Google Home app before it will immediately begin looking for devices and find the new Google Home device. If you have used the app before and it doesn’t automatically detect the Google Home, tap the devices icon in the top right corner.

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5. The setup process will temporarily connect the phone or tablet you are using for setup to a Wi-Fi hotspot on the Google Home. When the two are successfully connected you’ll hear a sound. When you hear this click ‘I heard it’. If you don’t hear the sound click ‘Try again’.

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6. The app will ask you to specify in which room of the house your device will be kept. This is of importance if you later decide to buy additional Google Home units and want to configure a multi-room setup. Select a room and tap Continue.

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7. Now you’ll need to connect the Google Home to your home Wi-Fi network. Choose it from the list, enter your password and tap Continue. Tap Continue again when it confirms Google Home is connected to your Wi-Fi network.

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8. Next you need to connect your Google account to the Google Assistant, which you can do by tapping Sign in. If you have several Google accounts on your device you’ll need to select which you want to use, then tap ‘Continue as [your name]’.

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9. You’ll be prompted to allow Google Home to turn on a couple of account activity settings on your device – ‘Web & App Activity’ and ‘Device Information’. Tap ‘Yes, I’m in’. On the next screen, tap Continue. Google Home will then ask whether you want to enable personal results, which allows anyone in speaking range to access that information on your account. (You can set up multiple accounts later.) Tap Allow.

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10. On the next screen check the address Google suggests is your home address (or the place in which you will be using Google Home). If you need to change any details, tap on the pencil icon. Otherwise tap ‘Set location’.

11. Now you’ll be asked whether you want to receive email notifications on new features, apps, offers and more for Google Home and the Google Assistant. Enable or disable the slider, then tap Continue.

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12. Next up is music. If you have an active Google Play Music subscription running on your device it will automatically find and select it, though you can optionally choose to link a Spotify Premium account here. If you have neither, on this screen you should be prompted to sign up for a free trial of Google Play Music, though you don’t have to do so. It is still possible to enjoy music streaming on Google Home without a subscription. When you’ve made your selection tap ‘Continue’.

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13. Google Home is now set up and will run through a tutorial that explains how to use the device. Tap either ’Skip tutorial’ or ‘Continue’, then simply follow the prompts. Google will show you the basics, but more some more entertaining responses check out our guide to 100 funny things to ask Google Home.

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