Recently, Google quietly rolled out an update out to the Pixel and Pixel XL that allows you to control smart home devices through the Google Assistant. Previously, this feature was only available on the Google Home. But how do you get that super-slick smart home control on your Pixel?
Oddly enough, the settings is buried a bit inside the settings app. To set it up, head on over there. Scroll down until you get to the Personal section, and tap on Google. Then, scroll to the bottom of that list and tap on the Search entry. At the top of the Google Assistant section, there’s another entry for Settings. Tap on that, and you’ll reach the list for all the different Google Assistant settings that you can change on your Pixel. If you have a Google Home, you’ll also see the Google Home settings here.
Underneath the Pixel section, you should see an entry for Home control. Tap into that, and you’ll get to the screen where you can see any devices you already added. If you don’t, no worries — just tap the round + button at the bottom of the screen to add a new device. From there, just follow the instructions to set up the device and you’ll be all good to go!
Google Assistant supports Honeywell, Nest, Philips Hue, SmartThings, and WeMo devices. If your brand of choice isn’t listed, well, you’ll just have to wait until integration does get added (for example, TP-Link products, which are coming soon).
Now, to light up your home from your phone, all you need to do is say something similar to “Ok Google, turn on the office lights.” That’s it! Let us know if this worked for you by dropping a comment below.
If you’re not seeing this setting, check to see if you have any updates waiting in the Play Store. The home control setting is appearing for users with various combinations of Google Play Services version 10.2.98 or 10.0.84, and Google app version 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206.