My Biggest 3 Google Home Pet Peeves and How to Fix Them – CNET


Google Home is great, but not perfect – some tasks require a workaround.

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In the country of digital voice assistants, I love my Google Home ($ 99 at Walmart), I really do, but that doesn’t mean that our relationship is perfect. You could even say that the honeymoon phase is almost over now. I’m not saying we need advice yet, but my list of vets has become frustratingly long and shows in my mindset when I speak to Google Assistant.

I know they say you should never expect someone to change just for you, but that’s one of the things I love most about Google Assistant – Google is constantly evolving the technology. So maybe I can hope it will get better someday.

Until then, here are my top three Google Home pet sleeves, what I’m doing to get around them.

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“Hey, Google” doesn’t roll off your tongue as easily as “Alexa”.

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Hey, could I get a better wake-up word?

The problem: “OK, Google” just feels awkward and awkward to me, and “Hey, Google” is no better. Don’t even let me start my frustration when Google says the name of the device (Google Home Mini), the AI ​​(Google Assistant), the technology that drives the AI ​​(Google Search and Services), and the company that all heard is (google).

The repair: Even though Google doesn’t allow you to choose a different wake-up word, you can manipulate Google Home’s incomplete ear by using similar sounding words to launch Google Assistant. “Hey, Boo Boo” remains my point of contact, but I also used “OK, Frugal”, “Egg Noodle”, “Go Lay Doo-Doo” and my absolute favorite “Cocaine Poodle”.

Where are the Google Home location triggers?

The problem: You can Set up a Google Home routine to do almost anythingThe only way to trigger this is by voice command. Alexa, on the other hand, lets you Create location-based triggersFor example, when you leave the house, Alexa can turn off all the lights, turn the thermostat off, and play Mozart for your cats.


Google Assistant still cannot trigger a routine based on your location, although Google always knows where you are when you use Google Maps.

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The repair: A good assistant should know whether I am at home or not and should act accordingly. Until Google implements location-based triggers, I secretly use the Alexa app on my iPhone ($ 699 at Apple). Whether you have Amazon Echo ($ 52 at Amazon) Devices or not you can Download the Alexa app and set up location triggers on your Android phone or iPhone.

No stereo output? That is jacked up

The problem: Although phone manufacturers have virtually eliminated the modest 3.5mm headphone jack on smartphones, Amazon Echo devices still have an audio output that can be used to transmit audio to a more powerful stereo system. Google Home devices do not have such connections. Therefore, you can only connect them to an external audio source via Bluetooth.

The repair: I hate basing myself on Alexa again, but it works just as well (and for as little money) as anything else: I picked up a few older second-generation Echo Dots ($ 55 at Walmart) from Amazon Warehouse Deals that I connected to two sets of high quality speakers. From there it is child’s play to connect your Google homepage to the Echo Dot via Bluetooth.


Unlike all Google Home speakers, Amazon Echo has an AUX output.

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Just open that Google Home app and tap the settings > Device settings > Standard music player > Activate pairing mode. From there, pair your Google speakers with your Amazon speakers to enjoy hi-fi sound from your stereo speakers.

Enough with the negativity – Google Home is still my favorite smart home ecosystem because it works well This will prevent you from touching surfaces in your home slow the spread of germs and Provide accurate, up-to-date weather forecasts. And although you can’t connect them to an external stereo, you can Pair multiple Google Home Smart speakers into a stereo array, which greatly improves their sound.