Google Home is a central hub for all your connected devices. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to turn your lights on or play the latest season of Stranger Things on your television, Google Home will help you do just that. However, the success of the connected speaker depends heavily on what Google Home services support it. If your favorite music streaming services or smart home devices aren’t compatible with Google Home, you’re not going to have a good time with it.
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Google Home had enough time to mature and now it supports over 10,000 devices and 1,000 services. Because support has grown to massive proportions, we can’t exactly sit here and list thousands of products and services. Instead, we will give you a list of the most popular Home supported services.
Best Google Home services:
Editor’s note: If you really want a full list of services that support Google Home, you can find it here.
Google Home has support for a number of popular music streaming services, including YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. Do note that Home only supports one account per streaming service at the moment.
2. Smart home
If you happen to own any smart home devices, you can use Google Home to control them via voice command. Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, and many other services are supported here.
It’s worth pointing out that Home technically supports plenty more smart home services if you’re an IFTTT user. With IFTTT, you can control many more services that might still not be officially supported by Home. For a complete list of services compatible with IFTTT and Google Assistant, head here.
3. Streaming devices
Do you own a Chromecast, smart TV, or connected audio device? If so, you can use Google Home to control those products. Just say something like “Hey Google, play the latest video from Android Authority on my Chromecast,” or “Hey Google, play Stranger Things on my TV.” We can’t list all the models with Home integration in this post, but we can list the most popular brands that have joined forces with Google.
4. Videos and photos
Have a YouTube video you’d like to watch on your television? What about a photo album that you’d like to show your friends and family on the big screen? As long as you have a Chromecast or a device that features Chromecast built-in, you can access YouTube, Netflix, Google Photos, and much more.
Are you a frequent user of Google Calendar or Google Keep? Good news — you can use your Google Home to schedule events, add things to your shopping list, and more. Additionally, there are also a bunch of non-Google apps that can be controlled via Home.
Again, this is a scenario where IFTTT really comes in handy. The automation service supports plenty of other productivity and task management applications that Google Home doesn’t support out of the box.
6. Games and fun
It’s all fun and games until… well, it can be fun and games all the time if you really want it to be.
You can also ask Google Home silly questions!
Yes! In addition to any Chromecast-enabled audio app, there are tons of other third-party applications that have added support for Home. The entire list of third-party apps is far too long to attach here, but we’ll point you to some of the more popular options below:
- AutoVoice — Run your voice commands in Tasker with the help of the AutoVoice Android app.
- CNBC — CNBC brings you the most up-to-date business and stock news, market insights, and CNBC TV schedules.
- CNN — CNN delivers real-time updates and breaking news stories from reporters and anchors across the globe.
- Domino’s — The Domino’s action can place your most recent order as well as track your order.
- Food Network — Use the Food Network recipe and schedule search.
- Quora — Ask questions and get answers from experts on Quora.
- The Wall Street Journal — Read business & markets news from The Wall Street Journal.
- WebMD — WebMD has the answers to your health questions, from conditions to drugs to side effects and more.
To find the full list of services with Home support, open your Google Home app, then go to Settings > More settings > Services.
Some services require you to link the service account to your Google account before you can use it with Home. From the Services section in your Google Home app, tap the card that corresponds with the service you want to link, tap Link Service, then sign in to the service. And that’s it — you should now be able to use your favorite services with Home.