How to Connect Google Home to Your Samsung Smart TV
Google Home is arguably one of the best voice-controlled assistants out there. Google Home is a compact, internet-connected speaker, artistically designed to be attractive, stylish, and to seamlessly blend in with your home décor.
For those who may not know what Google Home is, this is a device equipped with Wi-Fi enabled speakers that also double up as a trusted smart home control hub and personal assistant for your entire family.
This simply implies that you can use Google Home to playback entertainment throughout your entire home, ask Google various things you would want to know, and to manage everyday tasks within your home with relative ease.
It is imperative to note that Google Home isn’t just about listening and answering your questions, though, it equally excels at talking to other bits of smart tech in your home. Managing and controlling Chromecast devices is more than just a breeze, allowing users to stream Netflix to their Samsung TVs by simply telling it to cast whatever you may want to view.
Thanks to its high level of versatility, Google Home can also connect to most of your IoT devices and appliances, implying that you can get it on board to turn your lights on and off or dim them accordingly with a simple voice command.
If you have a smart Nest thermostat already installed in your home, you can easily customize it to set your preferred home temperature and control it remotely.
Simply put, Google Home is an amazing smart home device designed to make your life comfortable, convenient and more fulfilling.
When you are having some rest on your couch after a busy day, you will likely not like the idea of getting up to search for your remote to change your favorite channel.
Having Google Home connected to your Samsung TV is always going to come in handy at a time like this, I can assure you!
Thankfully, Google Assistant, through your Google Home, can give you complete control over nearly every aspect of your smart home, including your smart Samsung TV.
While setting up Google Home is relatively straightforward, and you are only needed to download the Google Home app to your Android or iOS device, follow the simple instructions, and wind things up by connecting Google Home to your Wi-Fi network, it is never the same with connecting your Google Home to your smart Samsung TV.
If you have just bought a brand new Samsung television (or any other smart TV) and want to connect it with Google Home, you are in the right place. We are going to provide you with a detailed and straightforward step on how to connect Google Home to a Samsung smart TV.
The First Step:
Before you proceed to implement any of these steps, you must first ensure that your Google Home is properly set up. We assume you already know how to set your Google Home.
To proceed with this first method, you must first sign in to your Samsung Account on your Samsung television and subsequently launch the SmartThings application installed on your smartphone. After this, reset your television.
Follow the instructions below:
If the SmartThings app doesn’t detect your TV automatically, use the “Add Device” option on the SmartThings app and ensure it is detected and added accordingly. At this point, you may wish to test the channel changing functionality. To do this, set both your TV provider and location correctly during the setup.
In the next step, check whether you can now control your smart Samsung TV through the SmartThings app. If you can control the TV through the app, you are good to go.
The next step will now involve opening the Google Home app on your smartphone. If you haven’t yet downloaded the app, simply search for Google Home in the Google Play Store, download and install.
- Now, open the just downloaded Google Home app and choose the ADD device button.
- A second screen will be displayed and you’ll select SET UP DEVICE on that particular page.
- Proceed by pressing on the text below the title WORKS WITH GOOGLE. At this point, a list of accounts will be displayed.
- Scroll down until you are now able to see SmartThings and select it. If it doesn’t get displayed, you can manually search for it by simply pressing the search icon at the top right corner of your screen.
- Now select the just displayed SmartThings and proceed by selecting the SIGN IN WITH SAMSUNG ACCOUNT option.
- Sign in using the same Samsung account you used to sign-in on your previously created SmartThings application on your smartphone.
Your Samsung TV will get added automatically.
The Second Step:
In this second procedure, make sure you have all the essential appliances and devices including a smartphone, Google Home app, Google Home device, Chromecast, and of course, your Samsung smart TV.
Another straightforward way to connect your Samsung smart TV with Google Home is by making use of Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast media streamer that usually plugs into any television that features an HDMI input.
If you didn’t know, Chromecast refers to a streaming media device from Google that allows you to stream and play online content, including videos and music on any digital television.
This media adapter is a dongle that seamlessly plugs into your television’s HDMI port and you have a cable connecting to a USB port to provide power to the device.
Through a mobile app, you can now use your tablet, smartphone, or any computer and the TV remote. However, when you pair your Chromecast with Google Home, then this means you have the choice to use your Google Assistant voice commands through Google Home or smartphone.
Most Samsung smart TVs don’t come equipped with a built-in Chromecast adapter, so you will have to purchase one.
You can either use Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast 2. While both are incredible devices for streaming videos online, Chromecast Ultra goes a notch higher by streaming 4K videos.
Before getting started, you’ve got to ensure that the Chromecast is plugged into your smart Samsung TV. What’s more, ensure that both your smartphone and Google Home are connected on the same network. This means that you must connect them to the same router.
Next, turn on your Samsung TV and ensure that the TV is displaying the Chromecast screen. Now, open the Google Home app on your smartphone.
Please note that there may be slight variations between iOS and Android apps. These steps are best suited to the Android app.
- After opening the Google Home app on your smartphone, tap the icon at the top right corner. It resembles a box with a speaker inside.
- A new screen will be displayed and proceed by clicking on ADD NEW DEVICE. Follow all the Wi-Fi instructions accordingly.
- When you are done with the Wi-Fi instructions, go back to your Google Home app and select CONTINUE.
- A code will be displayed on the screen of both your Samsung TV and smartphone. If the two codes match, proceed by hitting next. You will need to select your region as well as the preferred name for your Chromecast. You may also use the default settings as well.
Linking Chromecast with your Google Home:
To achieve this, proceed by opening the Google Home application on your Android smartphone.
Scroll down through the options and choose MORE SETTINGS. Next, navigate to TVs and SPEAKERS and select the PLUS (+) icon at your screen’s right top corner.
You’ll now select the type of device you want to pair with your Google Home and follow all the setup instructions that will follow. Also, you may want to use a nickname to name your device as well as rooms to assign additional devices to a specific location.
When you are done with pairing, just click DONE. You may also choose whether you would want to receive future email notifications related to your devices or not.
Finish things up by choosing the types of video services you would like to add to enhance your content streaming experience. Up to this point, you would have successfully linked your Samsung TV with your Google Home.
So, what can you achieve with your Chromecast/Google Home/Samsung smart TV connection?
You can now use your Google Home to control your Samsung Smart TV thanks to Chromecast. Just ask your Google Assistant to play or pause shows, including movies among other types of media content.
You can use your Google voice-controlled speaker to cast a video to your TV from many video content services including, YouTube, Viki, Google Photos, Crackle, HBO Now, CW, Netflix, and CBS.
What’s more, you can use your Google speaker to command Chromecast to carry out other important TV functions such as pause, resume, stop, skip, or play specific video or program on compatible service.
We have provided you with two simple procedures on how to connect your Google Home to your Smart Samsung device.
Regardless of the method you choose, we can guarantee that you will have a great experience managing and handling your TV.
However, you can agree with me that perhaps buying a Google Chromecast is the better option. Chromecast is not only highly affordable, but will give you nearly all the functionalities you may need.