The Google Home Mini is the smallest smart speaker from Google, making it a great starter smart home device or secondary speaker for other smart speakers. If you’ve just purchased your first Mini, this is everything you need to know about installing it.
Step 1: Connect The Google Home Mini To Power
The first step in setting up your Google Home Mini is getting it out of the box. Inside you’ll find your Mini, a charging cable, wall adapter, and an instructional guide. This is all you need to get started!
To connect your Google Home Mini to power, plug one end of the cable into the Mini and the other end into the wall. If this is your only Google Home speaker, be sure to be strategic about where you place it since that’s the only place you’ll be able to use it. A good rule of thumb is to put it near any other smart home products you own.
Your Google Home Mini now has power! To start using it, though, you’re going to need to set it up using the Google Home app.
Step 2: Download The Google Home App
You can find the Google Home app available for free on the Android and iOS app stores. It’s important to note that you’re going to need a Google account to use your Google Home, so if you don’t already have one, you can sign up here.
Once you have a Google Account, sign into it on the Google Home app. Be sure to give the app permission to use your location, as this is how it will know to find nearby restaurants, stores, movie theaters, and so on.
Make sure that you’re at home when setting up the app for the first time as well, that way it knows which WiFi network is your home network. This will be important for connecting your Google Home Mini and other smart home devices.
Step 3: Sign Into The App And Connect To Your Google Home Mini
Once your Home app is set up, choose “Set up new devices”. Give the app permission to detect your Google Home if it asks and shortly after you should hear a sound play from your Google Home Mini. The app will then ask you if you heard the sound – all you have to do is select “Yes,” and your Mini will be linked to your Google account.
Once your Google Home Mini is connected to your Google Home app, you can complete the rest of the setup process through the app. The first thing you’ll do is set its location (as in living room, kitchen, etc.; this is used to keep your smart speakers separate from one another in the app). Then you’ll choose the WiFi network (which is why we recommend setting up the app at home).
All that’s left now is to train your Google Home to recognize your voice. You do this by repeating “Ok Google,” a couple of times. Once you’ve done that, you’re now ready to start using your Mini!
Step 4: Personalize Your Google Home
At this point, you’ve got the barebones of your Google Home Mini set up. You should be able to use it for simple commands – like setting a timer or checking the weather. You can stop here if you’d like, though there are plenty of other uses you can get out of your Google Home by personalizing it.
If you haven’t left the setup process, the Google Home app will start asking you which services you want to connect to your Google Home Mini. Every service you add is one more service you can use with your Home. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of the services right now – you can always add/change them later on.
Step 5: Connect Your Google Home Mini To Other Smart Home Devices
To go the extra mile, you can start connecting your Google Home Mini to other smart devices in your home. Open the Google Home app and tap “Add,” at the top of the first screen. This will walk you through the process of adding any other smart products you happen to own.
Like before, you’ll need to make sure that all of your smart home devices are on the same WiFi network, otherwise, they won’t register with your Google Home device. They’ll also need power, of course, otherwise they won’t show up on the app. This is important when connecting to devices like smart lightbulbs, which won’t connect when the light switch is off.
Now you’re ready to start controlling your home with just your voice and your Google Home Mini. While Google Home Mini is the smallest of Google’s smart speakers, it’s capable of everything that the bigger versions are – so don’t hesitate to explore everything it’s capable of.