Perhaps you’ve lost your voice, or it’s late at night and you don’t want to OK, Google” for the most basic of commands.. Maybe you’re just flat-out annoyed at having to say “
No matter the reason, here are a few handy tips (pun fully intended) for controlling the Home without saying a word.
Taps and swipes
Note: Gesture volume controls only affect media playback. To change the volume of alarms or timers, you must use the Google Home app.
- Tap once on the top of the Home to play or pause music or videos playing on a nearby TV through Chromecast ($39 at eBay).
- A single tap on the top also stops alarms and timers.
- Long press until Assistant’s lights start blinking, awaiting your voice command.
- Drawing a circle in a clockwise motion increases volume.
- Drawing a circle in counter-clockwise motion decreases volume.
Google Home Mini
- Long press either side of the speaker to play or pause music or end phone calls.
- Tap the right side to increase the volume.
- Tap the left side to lower the volume.
- You can also start requests with your voice on the Mini.
Google Home Max
- Tap the line on the top of the speaker to pause and play media.
- Swipe left to right on the line to increase the volume.
- Swipe right to left to decrease volume.
- Tap the line on the right side to pause and play media.
- Swipe up on the line to increase volume.
- Swipe down to decrease the volume.
Adjust volume from your phone
The Google Home works just as any otherdevice when streaming content from your phone or tablet, so you can adjust the volume without touching Home or using a voice command.
To do so, open the Google Home app and tap on the speaker you want to control, then adjust the volume as you see fit. Alternatively, if you’re casting music from an app on your phone or tablet, you can use the volume slider in said app or the physical volume buttons on your device to adjust playback levels.
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