Put your Google Dwelling and Nest gadgets in these 5 locations for greatest outcomes

Put your Google Home and Nest devices in these 5 places for best results

A Google Nest Mini on the entrance porch? Certain.

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From the unique Google Dwelling to the ever-expanding record of Nest gadgets, Google has constructed a full-fledged ecosystem of sensible dwelling merchandise. However stoking your home with Google Nest Minis and Google Nest Hubs and the Google Dwelling Max begins to beg the query: The place do you set all of those gadgets?

Some spots in your home make clearly good locations for a Google Dwelling or Nest gadget. The kitchen (for timers), the bed room nightstand (for alarms) and the lounge (for dance events) bounce out as nice selections. However I discover that typically the sensible audio system I put within the extra off-the-wall (or on-the-wall) areas are those I get essentially the most use out of. Like the unique Google Dwelling ($80 at Walmart) that flanks my stairwell (for ambient music) or the Nest Minis ($25 at Walmart) in my storage (for podcasts whereas I am woodworking). 

It began as a cheerful accident, actually. I needed to discover someplace to place all my six Google Dwelling audio system and two Nest Hubs ($60 at Walmart) shows, proper?

Why, you may marvel, do I would like so many sensible audio system in a two-bedroom townhouse? For one, Google Dwelling is helpful wherever and in all places you set it, however I won’t have added a sensible speaker to a few of my favourite areas have been it not additionally for my habit to killer offers on nice tech.

There are a pair pitfalls to look out for while you personal a menagerie of sensible audio system. Watch out for too many ringing alarms (you possibly can repair that) and take a look at my record of typical Google Dwelling pet peeves. However in case you do have an additional one or two, you will not remorse experimenting with new locations to place them. Listed here are my 5 favourite surprising locations the place I’ve put my Google Dwelling audio system and shows.

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Sorry, rubber ducky. Google Home is more fun

I first discovered the joy of having a Google Home in the bathroom when I spent a week discovering all the different ways to mount a Google Home Mini. This is definitely a situation where you want to keep electronics out of the splash zone, so I highly encourage putting any smart speakers either on a wall or shelf away from the sink, bath or shower. Once you do, however, here are some of the advantages to having a Google Home device in your bathroom:

  • While getting ready at the beginning or end of the day, you can: Play music, get the weather report, hear the news or listen to podcasts.
  • Set toothbrush timers (“OK, Google, set a timer for two minutes“), and not just for the kiddos — two minutes of brushing is a lot, even for grown-ups.
  • Timing your shower, either with a timer or alarm (or even just asking, “Hey, Google, what time is it?“) so you’re not late.
  • Talk to others in your household by using the Broadcast feature. Say, “OK, Google, broadcast,” followed by your announcement and every speaker in your house will play the message. Replies, however, will only go to the speaker you broadcast from.

The best way to put a smart speaker in your bathroom is to wall mount it well above the splash zone.

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Park Google Home where you park your car

Even though I sometimes only spend a grand total of about four minutes per day in my garage, there’s usually a lot going on in those four minutes. Whether I’m coming or going, it’s nice to have a Google Home speaker in the garage for any last minute tasks before I leave (and a little extra help when I arrive). For example, with a Google Home speaker in the garage you can:


If you have a Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Hub, a Google Home device in your garage can allow you to open and close the overhead door with voice commands.

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In my home office, it’s like a smart second screen

One of my most frequently used Google Home devices is the Nest Hub I keep on my desk at home, right beside my computer display. Which is weird, right? Not at all, and here’s why:


A Google Nest Hub or Hub Max makes a great second screen in your home office.

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Better than a butler in the foyer

A Google Home speaker in the foyer is useful enough just for being able to play a sound when someone rings your Nest Doorbell (Wired). But the best thing about having a smart speaker at the entrance to your home is what you can do with it in the next tip.

Get Google Home outdoors

A Google Home in your foyer means a speaker right near your front porch, where you can move it during weekends, holidays, get-togethers and special events. For example:

  • Listen to music or podcasts while you tend to your front garden
  • Play quiet, relaxing music for pedestrians walking past your home.
  • Welcome guests to birthday parties with birthday songs, to graduation celebrations with marches like Pomp and Circumstance or to holiday gatherings with festive music. 

Do you still have more Google Home smart speakers than you know what to do with? Double up identical Google Home speakers to create a stereo pairing or use them all to build a whole-house audio system. And with all those speakers in your house, you’ll probably want to adjust the wake-word sensitivity so the one you want can hear you.

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