The Google Home is much more than a device to set reminders or to stream songs. It has a slew of important and significant features, which undoubtedly elevates the whole smart home experience. One such impressive method is to hook it to your Xiaomi Air Purifier so that you can control the device with just your voice.
Thankfully, connecting your Google Home to the Xiaomi smart devices isn't as complex or complicated as hooking to the Amazon Alexa. It barely takes a few taps, and your integrated smart home will be ready in minutes.
Let's see how to get it done.
Step 1: Go to the Mi Home Services page for Google Assistant on your Android and tap on Setup.
That will take you to the Google Home Control settings page. Once in, tap on the little Plus icon at the bottom-right corner.
Having done that, type Mi Home and hit the search button. To link your Mi account and Google account, you'd need to enter your Mi credentials on the Mi login page.
Please note that you'd need to sign in using the same credentials which you've used to sign in to your Mi Home app.
Alternatively, you can open the Google Home app and tap on Add > Set up device > Works with Google and select Mi Home from the drop-down list.
Step 2: Having signed in, you'll see that the Home Control app has already pulled all your connected devices to the Assign rooms page.
The next step is quite apparent. You'd have to assign different rooms to these devices. To do so, tap on the said products and select the rooms. You can pick up anything from Bedroom to Office and Dining Room.
Step 3: Hit Done to save the settings and that's all. Simple, right? To test your newly configured Google Assistant or Google Home, speak to the Google Assistant by saying — Turn on air purifier in the bedroom.
The good thing about the Google Home integration is that you can voice the commands through your phone directly if you have the 'Hey Google' or 'OK Google' wake up phrase enabled. No business of launching the Google Home app separately to do so. Now, that's called being smart!
We have tried this on both the generations of the Mi Air Purifier and both works like a charm.
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How to Edit Device Name
Given that the Google Home app takes the official device name as the calling name, it's confusing to shape an entire sentence as a command. For instance, the device name is Mi Air Purifier 2S, you'd have to say — Hey Google, turn off Mi Air Purifier 2S. Quite the tongue twister, right?
Thankfully, you can change the name smoothly. Just open the Google Home app on your Android. You'll see all the smart home devices neatly lined up.
Click on the one whose name you want to change, and once in, tap on the name.
Enter the new name and hit Save. Repeat the steps for all the other smart home devices. There, I saved you from a lot of crazy dose of tongue twisters!
How to Unlink Xiaomi Air Purifier from Google Home
To unlink a Xiaomi smart device, tap on a device name and tap on the Unlink Mi Home option.
Please note that doing so will remove all devices from Mi home, and not just one particular device.
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Bonus Point: Enable Routines on Your Assistant
Google Assistant's Routines are perhaps the most overlooked feature of the Google Assistant. Using them, you can string a series of actions into a single command. For instance, if you want your phone to switch to the normal mode and to tell you the day's forecast when your morning alarm goes off, Routines make it possible.
To enable Routines, navigate to Profile > Settings and tap on the Assistant tab on the Google Home app. Now, scroll down until you see Routines.
Tap on the first routine and add your trigger word. Having done that, start by adding actions. You can ask the Assistant to play songs on Play Music or to read your unread messages.
Hit the Add action option (you guessed it right!) to add an action. To choose from predetermined presets, tap on the Choose popular actions link. Simply check the boxes which you want to add and once done, tap on the Add button at the upper-right corner.
Now, all you need to do is wake up the Google Assistant, voice your command, and see the Assistant weave its magic. Yep, you can thank me later.
Welcome to the Smart World
With smart assistants and smart home devices available at an affordable price bracket, a fully functional smart home is a reality. Now, everything from smart bulbs to security cameras and plugs has a pinch of smartness in them. And all these adds a hint of luxury, which even you'll agree after a few days, isn't easy to give up.
Until then, Hey Google, turn off the lights.
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