How to Set Up Groups with Google Assistant

Google Assistant app with multiple devices grouped in Living Room

The voice commands of the Google Assistant for your smartphone work best if your devices are part of a group (Google calls these rooms "groups"). Ignoring this step during installation makes it more difficult to use your devices. Here's how to create rooms and add devices.

Rooms facilitate voice commands

With your compact devices associated with the rooms, Google will allow you to accomplish more in fewer words. Rather than tell him "turn off the light in living room 1, turn off the light in living room 2, turn off the light in living room 3" and so on, name the room Living Room and then say "turn off the light in the living room" to switch everything off at a time.

Even better, if the Google home you're talking to is physically located in the same place as your smart lights, you can add it to the same group as the lights. Then all you have to say is "turn off the lights": Google Assistant will include the association and turn off the appropriate lights.

How to add new devices to rooms

To add a device to a room, open the Google Assistant and press the "Add" button.

Google Assistant app with an arrow pointing to the Add button

Tap the "Set up device" option.

The Add and Manage page of Google Assistant with the option Configure device in box

Tap "New device" for any Google Home or Chrome Cast device, or "Is an item already set up?" For external devices such as Philips Hue or Wink hubs. For this example, we use this last option.

Google Assistant "Set up a dialog box with a frame" Have an already configured text

In the Manage Accounts dialog box, scroll to the service you want to add, or tap the magnifying glass to enter the name and search for it. In this example, we will type Magic Home.

Google Account Assistant wizard with highlighted magnifying glass

Tap the service, and then provide the account details. If this process seems to stop, try typing the three dots in the upper right corner and open it in your browser.

Account Setup Page with Three Points and Open in Microsoft Edge Boxed

Tap all found devices, then tap the "Add to a room" option.

Add a dialog box of smart home devices with two lights and add to a framed room option

Tap the name of the appropriate room, then tap Next. If necessary, scroll down the screen, where you will see a "Custom Part" option that allows you to create a name.

Room Dialogue with Living Room and Button Next in Box

You are all done. Your device will now be associated with a part.

How to add existing devices to parts

Open the Google Assistant app and scroll down to find a list of missing devices. Tap any device to add it to a room.

The Google Assistant app displays unassigned devices, a Magic Mirror device is surrounded by a red frame.

Tap "Add to a room" at the bottom of the screen.

Google Assistant screen showing a Magic Mirror device with a Add to Part dialog box

Choose the appropriate place of residence. You probably only have one house, so press it, then the "Next" button.

Then press "Move Device".

If you have multiple accounts associated with your "home" (for families, etc.), they will all have access to the device. If you move the device to a new home, all members will lose that access. Google tries to clarify this with the message "Affects access for home members". This is something to keep in mind with a family configuration.

Google assistant screen with device move option

Tap the room to which you want to associate the device, then tap "Next."

If you do not see the label of the room you like, scroll down the list. Tap the "Custom Room" option, indicate a tag that you like, then tap "Next."

If you have a Google Home device, adding it to the same room will make it easier to control those lights. When a Google Home is associated with the same room as smart lights, you can say "Hey Google, turn on the lights" to turn them on. Of course, this only makes sense if the lighting and Google Home are physically located in the same room.

Grouping your devices into parts means that you can control these parts by referring them. If you have grouped devices in a room called "bedroom", you can say "Hey, Google, turn off the bedroom" or "turn off the lights in the bedroom" even when Google Home is located elsewhere in the house.

Grouping devices in rooms will not only help you better organize your Google Assistant app, but will also make it easier to use these devices. If you have three lights in the same room, it's much easier to say "Turn off the living room" than ask him to turn off each light in turn.

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