Google Home secretly kept my favorite Alexa feature all along. How to find it

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No smart home assistant is perfect Google Home, So it is easy to think that the grass looks green In alexa pastures. This is why I love it when I find out how I work with Google Home Be the most jealous of Amazon’s Alexa. My largest pet since I am using Google Home It’s just a matter of danger Compared to Alexa. But I tripped over a simple workaround that greatly affects Google Home.

The problem is that whenever you ask Google Home to control one or more smart home devices, it always wants to repeat what you said. “Hey, Google, turn off my desk lamp,” I might say. “Okay,” Google Home replies. Then, as the light darkens, it adds, “Turning off a light.” Annoying!

Alexa has a setting called “Collapse mode“It does away with all this extra crap and to indicate that you hear it, but Google has no such feature. Or so I thought.

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Competition between smart speakers has never been fierce, with Amazon’s Echo Dot, Google’s Nest Mini and Apple’s HomePod Mini going head to head.

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Finds out, there is a way to turn off Google Home when controlling smart home devices. However, there is one, small catch: it does this only for devices identified as “lights”. I will walk through your options to deal with that soon.

But first, here is how to set up Google Home so that it does not furiously repeat every single blast command you give.

Google Home dances when the lights are on in the same room

Separating your gadgets into rooms can help you visually organize your smart home gadgets within the Google Home app, and provides another hidden feature. When you ask a Google Home device located in a particular room to turn on or off any or all of the lights in that room, instead of saying “OK, then turn off the X Lite”, Google Home just Will ding

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If the light you want to turn on or off and the Google Home speaker that you want to do it are in the same virtual room in both apps, Google will ding to confirm the home command.

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When you first set up a new Google Home smart speaker or display it using the Google Home app, it lets you choose a room to put it inside. However, when you connect other smart home gear, such as Philips hue bulb Or a August door lock, The Google Home app pools all of them down to the very bottom of a section called Connected to you.

If you want Google Home to do a “ding” to confirm, you have to get your other gear out of this gadget cemetery and get to the designated room with your smart speaker. (Note that if you want to control the lights in a separate room in the house, you can still get complete information.) Here’s how to put your devices in a specific room:

1. Tap one of the devices listed under Connected to you.

2. Tap the button labeled at the bottom of the next screen Add a room.

3. Choose from the list of available rooms (Living room, Kitchen And so on.) Or scroll down and tap Add Custom Room Give your room some unique names.


If you place all your devices in the same virtual “room” in the Google Home app, you’ll get something like Alexa’s “brief mode” when controlling the lights.

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One possible way: keep everything in a ‘room’

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of dividing your devices into rooms, or if you want Google to be able to control any lights in the home with a brief confirmation of Home, then all you have to do is Put something. A big big room. Either choose a room from the list or create a custom room, called something like a “hole house” and toss all your Google Home and other smart home gadgets into it. If you have already assigned devices to other rooms and you want to consolidate, here’s how to recreate a device:

1. From the main menu Google Home App, Tap the device you want to move, and then tap Settings button ( gear icon) At the top right.

2. A few lines down, tap The room, And then on Select room screen, Tap Name Tap the room you want to move that device to, and then Save.


The group Google Home and Smart Home Gadgets control it in the rooms of the Google Home app for the best experience.

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What to do about devices that are not illuminated

I’m not entirely sure that the reasoning behind Google’s decision was to just ding while controlling the lights in the same room, but to continue annoyingly while turning on or off other devices (perhaps because the lights have a clear visual cue Is that there may not be other stuff;) Despite this, there are a few different ways to deal with it, though none are far from any form of business. But first, here’s how to change the “type” of the device in the Google Home app:

1. From the main menu Google Home App, Tap the device you want to change, and then tap Settings button ( gear icon) At the top right.

2. Tap Device type And choose a different one from the chosen one.

When you return to the main menu again, you will see that the icon associated with that device has also changed.

Option 1: Make everything a light

The upside is that you can still call the device whatever you want, “space heater”, but by changing its “type” to “light”, Google will now ding just to confirm when it will turn on or off. . The downside here is that if you tell Google Home to “turn on the light”, it will also turn on, in this instance, your space heater, which you probably don’t want. You can get around this particular range by creating a routine that only turns the actual lights on or off, but if you’re going to delay the routine, you can also go with option 2 below:


The rivalry between Google Home and Amazon’s Echo devices with Alexa is real.

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Option 2: Create a routine for any non-lights

Another way to avoid Google Home’s lax confirmation is to create a specific routine for the command you want to use. If you are doing this for every smart bulb or outlet in your home then exhaustion can occur, but if most of them are light and you only get a few other types of appliances (like space heater, coffee maker or wax warmer) ) It is not too much of a hassle to set up a pair of routines for those people. Check out our more complete guide at How to create custom routines here.

Not looking for more straightforward tips and tricks to try with Google Home? check out These five amazing things Google Home can, This is awesome Google Home feature Hiding in plain sight, and searching Google Home Secret superpower here.

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