We are well established in the age of technology at this point. Many of us, myself included, want technology to work for us an ultimately make our lives less complicated so that we can spend time doing the things we want to do instead of the things we have to do. With this how-to we take one giant step in that direction.

Controlling your WiFi enabled thermostat with Google Home is a great way to manage your household without having to pick up a device or even leave the room. Saving time and not taking you away from the family time, or videogame you may be enjoying

Prerequisites:

There are a few important things that you must have for this to work

  1. You must have a Google Home
  2. You must have a Nest thermostat or other Smart Things enabled wireless thermostat
  3. You must have a Google account

Setup:

  1. Open the Google Home app
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left corner of the screen
  3. Tap Home Control
  4. Tap the + sign in the bottom right corner to add a new thermostat
  5. Tap the name of the provider you will use to connect your thermostat (Nest or Smart Things)
  6. Nest
    1. Read and tap continue screen on the permissions
    2. Sign in to your Nest account, tap continue
    3. Choose which Nest Home you would like connected to Google Home. You may only have one Home connected to a singel Google Home account (sorry for those people that are lucky enough to have more than one house)
  7. Smart Things
    1. Enter your account information and tap Log In
    2. Select the Thermostat you would like to connect to your Google Home and tap Authorize

Thermostat Identification:

As always, organization is key. You can name your rooms/thermostats to help better control your temperature.

  1. In the Devices tab, find your thermostats that are connected to your Google Home
  2. Select the thermostat you would like to set a name for
  3. Tap the Set a nickname option
  4. Type in your desired nickname (i.e. downstairs)
  5. Tap OK.

In the Device details option you can now see that the thermostat has a new nickname. This is the easy way to identify your device with Google Home. Google has a list of simple commands you can say to adjust your temperature quickly with your voice, and additional setup instructions.

We hope you enjoy making your life easier and spending your new free time doing what you want.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Purchased the Echo when it launched and now had the Google Home for four weeks.

    Basically the Echo you use commands where you talk to the Google Home naturally. The Echo will handle some fuzziness but fundamentally they are variations to commands instead of fundamentally understanding what you are saying.

    So with the Echo you might do a quick Google search with a lyric to get a song name and then ask the Echo to play. With the Google Home you skip the Google search step.

    I am starting to learn a shorter english as the inference is so incredible with the Google Home. So say “hey google play sting gwen bottle on tv”. Google figures out that I want to watch a video of Gwen Stefani and Sting singing message in a bottle on my TV. It then turns the TV on, sets the proper input, and the video starts playing.

    Our brains inference capabilities allow us to communicate with one another in a compressed manner. Information can be inferred versus being said. This is what Google is doing and for some (many?) things they can do better than a human.
    Maybe it is because I have an engineering background but the Google Home from a technology standpoint and what Google is doing just blows me away.

    The demo that most blows people away is the Google Photos with the Google Home. A bunch of people over for the holiday and someone asks how was your trip? You just say would you like to see a few pics? You just say “hey google show my photos of kenny in Maui”. The TV turns itself on, input set, and photos of my son Kenny playing on the beach in Maui displays”. Someone asks did you guys snorkel?

    I simply ask Google to show photos of Molokini and then photos of us snorkeling at Molokini and unfortunately pics of where I forced the kids to Kayak to Molokini from the hotel. Wind changed, almost died, fantastic Coast Guard picked us up and took us back to the hotel where we were yelled at because suppose to check in once an hour. Just what happens when wife does not join me and the kids on vacation.

    Then my oldest said I remember snorkeling there. Then you just say show Tommy snorkeling at Molokini. My wife had scanned and loaded 1000s of photos into Google Photos and to the shock of my oldest son photos both above and underwater display of him at Molokini.

    This is simply off the charts incredible from a technology standpoint. Might be a bias for me but simply wow!
    Basically one shutter click and nothing else and three months later you are in your family room without touching a single thing showing the photos. There is no more friction that can be removed.

  2. A wifi thermostat is a Smart way of accessing the thermostat without having to leave the room . It can be accessed by devices. To access a wifi thermostat the user must have a google account, a google home and a Smart thermostat.

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