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How to Use Google Home on Windows PC and macOS


How to Use Google Home on Windows PC and macOS

Learning how to install Google Home for Windows PC would give you the ability to control Google Home devices, along with each and every smart device around the household with it.

The IoT (Internet of Things) went from being a technology lab experiment to a mainstream consumer service. Within the span of a few years, IoT has made its way into our living spaces too, with the term “smart home” becoming all too common. A large chunk of credit for putting smart interconnected devices on the map goes to tech giants such as Google, Samsung, and Amazon, who invested millions into creating smart home tech.

Google Home came out in 2017 and was built on the company’s existing Google Assistant AI, and it took off among consumers. Today, Google Home, along with its takeover of Nest smart home products, works seamlessly with millions of smart lights, Wi-Fi enabled switches, Google Assistant-powered appliances, and so much more. The necessity of being able to understand how to install Google Home for PC is now more than ever.

No Official Google Home App for PC or Mac

Google Home is essentially a smart device ecosystem, that allows you to communicate not just with Google-powered devices. Apart from products such as Google Home smart speakers, Google Chromecast, and Nest Thermostat, you can also control other Wi-Fi enabled smart devices, all from one spot. However, here are the requirements Google has enlisted in order for the Google Home app to work:

  • Android phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.
  • A tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher.
  • An iPhone or iPad running iOS 10.3 or higher.

Another exception is each and every Chromebook out there, which comes with Google Assistant baked right into the system. As long as you have the same Google account synced with the Chromebook and the Google Home app, you will be able to use it. However, the same courtesy has not been extended for multi-platform support across Windows and Mac OS X.

1. How to Use Google Home Devices with Chrome Web Browser

The official way to connect to Google Home devices from your Windows or macOS computer is through Google itself. The Chrome web browser offers you a limited window into the world of smart devices, but not nearly as much as the features the Google Home mobile app offers.

For instance, you cannot set up new devices using the Chrome browser, but you can still cast your browser tab or a playing video on the Chromecast. Moreover, the Chrome browser also allows you to play music from the browser tab directly on Google Home smart speakers.

  1. If you don’t already have a Google Chrome web browser downloaded on your computer, you can download it here (Download Link).
  2. For those who have Chrome browser installed already, make sure that you’re on the latest version of the Chrome web browser.

  3. Make sure your Windows or macOS computer is hooked up to the same Wi-Fi network as your smart speaker or Chromecast-enabled display.
  4. Begin casting content either by directly casting the Chrome browser tab, or pressing the cast button on the video taskbar.

  5. The drop-down menu will look for available Google Home devices, so select the one you want to relay the video or audio content on.

You will now be able to enjoy media playback seamlessly between your computer and Google Home devices. You will still be able to use the Google Home smart speaker to control the volume of media being played from the computer. However, this severely limits the potential of the Google Home app, by barring you from controlling and managing other smart devices.

2. How to Install Google Home for PC with an Emulator

Since there is no official support from Google to bring Google Home smart controls to Windows and Mac, third-party developers have taken it upon themselves to provide the community with this added feature. Android emulators have been designed to run a version of Android OS on computers, allowing users to install and launch mobile apps and games on the big screen.

Although the practice is usually popular for playing mobile games on a bigger display, it can also be used to install Google Home mobile app on the computer and run it effortlessly. Albeit it’s quite a hurdle to cross to run Google Home on PC, but with a simplified guide listed below, and BlueStacks 4 emulator as your companion, the process is simplified.

  1. Download and install the BlueStacks 4 emulator on your Windows or macOS (Download Link).

  2. Launch the setup file and click on Install now to begin the process of installing BlueStacks 4 on your computer. The files will be downloaded over the air, which could take some time, so be patient.
  3. Once BlueStacks 4 launches, you will be immediately asked to sign in to Google Play using your Google account.

  4. Make sure that you enter the login credentials for the Google account that you use with the Google Home app.
  5. Using the Google Play Store search bar, look for Google Home, and press the Install button.

  6. Launch the Google Home app in BlueStacks and press the Get Started button.
  7. You will be asked to grant location access and permission to turn on Bluetooth.

Once the app is set up on the BlueStacks 4 emulator, you will be able to use the Google Home app in all its glory on the computer.

Wrapping Up

Apart from the methods listed above, there is one other way you can connect your computer to the Google Home smart speaker. This allows you to use the smart speaker just like any other external Bluetooth speaker, and relay the sound across the room. However, if you want to do a lot more with the smart speaker, Chromecast, and other smart devices around the house, installing the Google Home app on the computer with an Android emulator such as BlueStacks 4 is the only way to go.

Does the hassle to learn how to install Google Home for PC pay off with the ability to control all your smart devices from the computer? Do let us know what you think in the comments section right down below.

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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in Uni, Husain moved on to his true calling of becoming a tech geek. While briefly being persuaded by the Apple clan, he made it back to Team Android, and has been a loyal comrade since, with a keen interest in IoT, Entertainment Tech, and Gaming.

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