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How To Pair a Google Home with an iPhone

Posted by Joseph on March 26, 2019

Looking to setup Google Home to your mobile device but uncertain on if something designed for Android will work on your Apple iPhone? Though the process may be tricky, it is very possible to get a Google Assistant setup and working on your iPhone.

“Oh, thank goodness. I’ve been looking forward to using my new Smarter Coffee 2. Being able to wake up and tell it to begin brewing would be a lifesaver.”

After you get squared away you’ll be able to use your iPhone for all of your Google smart products. The iHome ISP100 to control your outdoor lights from the comfort of your couch to linking it up to your Google Chromecast for easy movie viewing, all capable from an iPhone.

So let’s get started.

 

Google Home For iPhone

I know it sounds weird but Google Home does, in fact, work on iPhones. What you’ll need to do first is to download the Google Home app to your device in order to get started. This is, of course, assuming you’ve already purchased a Google Home for use.

You’ll need to have Google Home already set up and operational within your home before we worry about the app. If you’ve just purchased and received it, take it out of the box and plug it into a consistent power source. This way the process of pairing the Google Home with your iPhone will go smoothly.

 

Downloading the Google Home App

After you’ve gotten Google Home plugged in and powered on, we can grab the Google Home app from the iPhone App Store.

You’ll need to:

  1. Turn on your iPhone and tap on the App Store app.
  2. Do a search for “Google Home”.
  3. Once located, tap the Get button and use either your passcode for the account or confirm your identity with the Touch/Face ID. The choice will depend on which option you’ve set up and had available.
  4. After your ID has been confirmed, the app will begin downloading and installing to your iPhone.
  5. When installation for the app has been completed, an Open button will appear to the right of it.
  6. Tap the Open button to launch the Google Home app.
    • If you left the screen and went back to your Home screen, you can find the app there as well. Just tap on the icon to launch it.

Now it’s time to set up Google Home and connect it to your iPhone.

 

Connecting Google Home to Your iPhone

With the Google Home plugged into a power source and the app installed onto your iPhone, the next step is to pair one another together. This requires both devices are turned on and a WiFi connection is available.

To begin the pairing process:

  1. Launch the Google Home app on your iPhone and tap Get Started which will be located at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Select which Gmail account you’ll be attaching to your Google Home and then tap on OK. This will set your iPhone in motion to search for nearby Google Home devices.
    • Once a device is found you’ll be alerted by your iPhone declaring “Google Home found”. It will then connect itself to the device.
  3. Tap Next at the bottom-right of the screen in order to begin Google Home setup.
  4. The new screen will need you to select the WiFi network your Google Home will be using. Locate and choose the WiFi network desired and then tap on Next in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  5. This screen will have you enter in the passcode or passphrase for your WiFi network. Once entered, click Connect.
    • Your Google Home is now connected to your WiFi network. All that’s left is to set your Google Assistant.
  6. Google will ask you to confirm permissions to use your device information, voice activity, and audio activity. To proceed, tap Yes.
    • You don’t have to tap Yes if the choice makes you uncomfortable. However, to get the most out of your Google Home experience, you’ll want to comply with these requirements.
  7. Here comes the fun part. Teaching Google Assistant to recognize your voice for commands. On-screen you’ll find a few prompts to read aloud. Read each one clearly and loud enough for the Google Assistant to understand and process.
  8. Upon completion of the voice match, tap Continue on the right side of the screen to move forward with the rest of the process.
  9. Now you’ll be able to choose the voice of your Google Assistant. There are a few to choose from depending on your language preferences.
    • Google Home added over 6 new voices to their list as of 2018. Go ahead and give them all a whirl until you find the one you like most.
  10. After choosing the voice of the Google Assistant, you’ll be prompted to enter your address and add any music streaming services you’d like to your Google Home.
  11. Lastly, your Google Home may need to install some new updates should any be available. This will only take a few minutes so it won’t be long before you’ll be putting all of your hard work into action.
  12. After the update, your Google Home will be connected to your iPhone. At this time, you can go ahead and begin giving verbal commands to your Google Home.

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