Google Home app preview brings easier access to your room lights

The new Google Home app 2023 redesign in dark mode on a Google Pixel 7a
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What you need to know

  • After the recent revamp, Google Home released a new feature for Public Preview users.
  • It allows users to add all lights in a room at once instead of adding them individually.
  • The feature can also be found on the Home Panel for Pixel devices.

Google has started rolling out the most requested feature for its Google Home app, which recently got revamped after this year's I/O event.

The revamp came with a new Favorites pane in the Google Home app, giving users quick access to their frequently-used smart home controls. Now, users have the ability to add Room lights to the Favorites tab, states Anish Kattukaran, Product Director at Google Home and Nest, in the latest Tweet. The new feature currently for tolling out on the Public Preview version of the Google Home app for those enrolled.

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Before the update, the Google Home app users would have had to add lights individually, which may be annoying and cumbersome if you have multiple smart lights in a room. Lights could also be accessed from the Lighting shortcut on the Favorites tab, but that included all your connected lights, so this should at least help narrow things down.

Of course, you can also access this from the Devices section, but the point of the Favorites tab is that you should be able to access functions quickly, making this a welcome addition for smart light users.

The new Google Home has already received quite a few new functionalities this year, especially after the redesign announced in 2022 for public preview and fully launched Google I/O in May. Most recently, the app finally received a new script editor feature, which allows users to create their own smart home automations. It further supported third-party devices next to Matter-powered smart home devices as well.

According to Kattukaran, the new addition is available on the Home panel, which has been added to Pixel phones with the June 2023 update. The feature was initially launched on the new Pixel Tablet, providing quick access to smart home controls. It means users can access the Room lights feature right from their lock screen by hitting the "Google Home'' icon to access the quick settings feature.

Vishnu Sarangapurkar
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Vishnu works as a freelance News Writer for Android Central. For the past four years, he's been writing about consumer technology, primarily involving smartphones, laptops, and every other gizmo connected to the Internet. When he is away from keyboard, you can see him going on a long drive or chilling on a couch binge-watching some crime series.