The Google Nest Hub is the first tier of Google Home that features a screen! With this screen, you can easily watch your favorite shows, pull up cooking videos in the kitchen, and monitor your home. In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about setting up your new Google Nest Hub.
Step 1: Unboxing Your Google Nest Hub
The first step towards installing your new Google Nest Hub is the one you probably don’t need any help with – the unboxing!
The Google Home app is available on both iOS and Android, so you’ll be able to find it no matter what smartphone you’re using.
Like all Google products, it comes in a simple and clean box with just a few items. Inside the box, you’ll find a 15W power adapter, some standard paperwork, and most importantly, your Hub! It’s a 7″ screen with a small footprint, so finding a place for it in your home shouldn’t be too difficult.
For some people, the kitchen is the ideal place for the Google Nest Hub. The screen makes it easy to pull up cooking videos and shows while you’re doing chores, and it’s a high-traffic area, so anyone in your household can easily find and use it. Once you find the perfect spot for it, connect one end of the power adapter to the Hub and the other end to a wall outlet.
Step 2: Download the Google Home App
Right after connecting your Google Nest Hub to power, you should have it ask you to download the Google Home app – so it should come as no surprise that that’s the next step!
Don’t worry if you don’t have any services that can connect with the Hub right now; you can always go back and add/change your connected services later.
The Google Home app is available on both iOS and Android, so you’ll be able to find it no matter what smartphone you’re using. This free app is where you’ll manage all of your Google Home devices and any other smart home devices you purchase in the future.
To use your Nest Hub with the app, you’re going to need a Google Account. If you don’t have a Google Account yet, you can quickly set one up here and sign into the app using that same account. Once you’ve signed into the app, you’re ready to start setting up your Google Nest Hub.
Step 3: Connect to Your Google Nest Hub
Once you’ve downloaded and signed into the Google Home app, it’s time to connect it to your Google Nest Hub.
You can ask it to perform plenty of simple tasks, like pulling up the weather or setting a timer.
Do this by selecting the Set Up New Devices option on the home screen of the app. If this is your first time using the Google Home app, it’ll ask you for permission to detect your Google Home.
Give it permission and you should hear a noise from your Google Hub shortly after. After that, the app will ask you if you heard the sound. Once you select Yes, your Google Nest Hub will officially be connected to the app and ready for use!
The final steps of setting up your Nest Hub are choosing its location (kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc. This helps the app keep your Google Home devices separate) and its home Wi-Fi network. Your Nest Hub will then ask you to repeat “Okay, Google,” a few times so that it can recognize your voice; after that, you’re good to go!
Step 4: Adding Your Favorite Services
You’re now ready to start using your Google Nest Hub. Everything from this point on is optional, though it’ll help personalize your Nest Hub and give you more ways to use it. If you’re dying to get started, though, feel free to skip the rest of the steps and come back later!
The first way to start personalizing your Nest Hub is by connecting it to your favorite services. This process will start right after you finish setting up your Google Nest Hub with the app, so if you haven’t closed out of the app, you’ll already start to see optional services you can connect to your Hub. Just follow the app’s directions and begin adding relevant services to your Hub. Don’t worry if you don’t have any services that can connect with the Hub right now; you can always go back and add/change your connected services later.
Step 5: Getting to Know Your Google Nest Hub
Now that your Google Nest Hub is completely ready for use, it’s time to start figuring out the basics of what it can do. You can ask it to perform plenty of simple tasks, like pulling up the weather or setting a timer. But here are a few ways to get more personal with your Hub:
The first task you can accomplish is setting it up to be kid-friendly. If you have kids, you likely won’t be surprised that they latch onto the Hub quickly. To make sure they don’t stumble onto anything they shouldn’t, you can use Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature in the ‘Settings’ of the Google Home app. You can download the Family Link app as well, which allows you to create Google accounts for kids under 13 years of age.
Next, you can take advantage of what makes this Google Home unique from the rest – its screen! In the settings for your Hub on the Google Home app, you can personalize the screensaver to show photos of your family, your latest vacation, and more. You can display video feeds from smart home security cameras, put on a show for the family, or pull up a cooking tutorial on YouTube as well.
Step 6: Connecting Your Google Nest Hub to Other Smart Devices
Lastly, you can finish up your Google Nest Hub integration by connecting it to other smart home devices in your house.This is one of the more powerful ways to make use of your Google Nest Hub, as it becomes much more than a handy screen on your counter. Using just your voice and the Hub, you can control your home’s smart security, monitor different rooms throughout the house, change the temperature with thermostats like Nest, and turn on and off any smart lights.
To connect these devices to your Google Nest Hub, you’ll add them to the Google Home app. This app will serve as the networking point for all of your devices. Keep in mind that you can only use devices together if they are on the same Wi-Fi network; you can’t connect devices that are in separate homes (unless you happen to have a very long-range Wi-Fi router).
That’s it! Now that your Google Nest Hub is set up, personalized, and connected to all of your other smart devices, you’re now one step closer to living like the Jetsons. Every smart home device and service you purchase expands the capabilities of your Hub, so don’t hesitate to shop around and find more products that work with your new Google Nest Hub.