Does Google Home Need to Be Plugged in?

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Have you recently bought your Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Nest Hub, or Nest Hub Max? It is now time you started setting up your brand new speaker or smart display. These devices are able to do a whole lot of things, from reading the weather to even controlling smart homes. There is an issue I ran into when I was setting up my google home. I thought they had some rechargeable battery or something that would help me to move them around.

I came to realize that Google Home does not have a battery, and it must work while it is plugged in. Your Google Home must be plugged in in one room and not moved from one room to another. You should rather invest in having each room you want to have one in it. Google home works best when it is connected to wifi as it is a home device and draws power and needs to be on. 

Google Assistant is moving on to other devices like TicHome Mini that has a battery, JBL + Sony speakers, and the most recent Best Buys Insignia line has a battery. Amazon also came out with a portable Echo, Echo Tap, earlier in the year, and this enables you to carry it around via a rechargeable battery. The limitation of having one of these is that you always have to physically tap in order for it to respond to you rather than just listen to the keyword like the other Echos and Google Home.

How to Plug Google Home in

For you to get started with google home, you need to plug it in. There is no power button on Google Home, so as long as it is plugged into an outlet, it will automatically be on. Wait for a few minutes for it to light up, and it will begin looking for your phone to set up the connection. Keep your phone at hand so that you will get to know when the devices are ready to sync.

Download the google home app, and this can be found in the app store or google play. When you get prompted, agree to turn on location permissions, and this will make it easy for your device to start giving accurate local weather. Make sure that your smartphone is also connected to your home wifi as this will be how Google Home will be able to access your network information.

For you to be able to use Google home devices, you will need to have your Google account.  If you have a Gmail address, that is good; you can go ahead and enter the details. If you don’t have one, go to gmail.com and create a new account.

After creating, you can now sign in to google home app, then go to Devices to allow your mobile device to be able o detect your google home device.

Be sure also to select the location of your google home device as you will need it for updates on weather, traffic conditions, and commute times.

How to set up Google Home and other Google Assistant speakers

  • Plug your power cord at the base of your google home
  • Plug your power adapter into an outlet. The unit will then boot up automatically, introducing itself and directing you to the google home app to finish setting up.
  • Open your google home app
  • Tap on Set up on the one device found a card in the discover tab
  • Tap on Yes to set up the device
  • Once it is connected, google will then test the sound to ensure it is connected to the right unit. If you hear the tone, tap on, Yes.
  • Google is able to use data from your goggle home speakers t help in improving performances and also fix problems in the software. But it only collects data if you opt to share your stats and crash reports. To enable this, tap on Yes, I’m in to share the data, or you can just say No thanks if you don’t want to participate.
  • Tap on the room your google home speaker is going to live in
  • Then tap on Next.
  • Name your goggle home; it will automatically take a name based on the room it is in.
  • Tap on Next
  • Tap the wifi network you want to connect you google home speaker too

How is Google Home Mini Powered?

Moving down the lower half google home mini features a micro USB port on its rear that is to provide power. The google home mini is battery-free, just like Amazon Echo Dot, and it ha a microphone switch that enables you to turn off active listening. This makes it the speaker that you will have to tap to interact with.

There is a circular rubber mat at is bottom that helps to keep it still on whichever surface you are going to place it on.

How Long Does Google Home Mini Battery Last?

Google home mini claims to provide 8 hours of battery life, though when it is still new, it may last for even longer hours.

Conclusion

Just similar to amazon echo dot, it is clear that the home mini is googles attempt to make sure they have the assistant int many homes as they can. There are many capabilities that Google Home is bringing in addition to its chic, low price, and premium build.

If you are in the market for a cheap smart speaker, google home meaning is the trick you will need.  But you must remember that it is mostly used as a supplement to the Home family and not as the foundation.

You can get the Google home mini for less than the price of the larger Google Home and also half its size. Though you won’t, get half the performance, just something less a bit less. If you are looking for something that is for the audio, look elsewhere as they are also small in size.