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What is Google Home?

Everything you need to know about this handy little home helper.

Google Home and the Google Home Mini are smart speakers powered by the internet. They’re designed to help you around the home, so whether you need recipe inspiration, the weather forecast or just want to know what’s going on in the world, just ask!

What can Google Home do?

Google has packed a whole lot of brain power into these little speakers. Google Home speakers aren’t just fountains of knowledge either, they can blast out playlists, play audiobooks and even control the lights at home.

If you feel like you need some virtual organisation in your life, they can also keep track of your calendar, shopping lists, flight information and loads more. Basically, Google Home can do just about anything you ask it to!

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How do I use Google Home?

Using one of these smart speakers is super easy to do. No tricks, no passwords, just say “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and the power of the internet will be at your beck and call.

If there are a few people using the same speaker, you can even teach your Google Home to recognise your voice. Everyone gets personalised results without any confusion – perfect when you want to rock out to your guilty pleasures playlist in secret.

What can I use Google Home with?

Google Home speakers can interact with other smart devices around the house. You can connect them to a Bluetooth speaker to add extra oomph to your music, or change the colour of your smart lighting to really get into the party spirit.

For those quiet nights in and lazy Sundays, you can ask Google to play your favourite films and TV shows on Netflix and even ask it to pause them while you top up the popcorn.

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What are some funny things to ask Google Home?

Turns out Google Home has a sense of humour too. From telling jokes and becoming a game show host, to some serious pop culture knowledge, here are some hidden commands your Google Home will have a bit of fun with:

  • “Ok Google, let’s play a game...”
  • “Hey Google, talk like Yoda!”
  • “Ok Google, do you speak Morse code?”
  • “Ok Google, who is the fairest of them all?”
  • “Hey Google, up, up, down, down, left, right, B, A.”
  • Try saying, “Hey booboo” instead of ‘Google.’