How to control Google Home from Pixel Watch

Google Home on Google Pixel Watch
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Having a smart home can be convenient in many ways. From the simple ability to automate your lighting to come on at certain times of the day to controlling your thermostat or smart vacuum, smart homes are making our busy lives less chaotic. But sometimes you don't have your phone near you or want to speak to your smart speakers. This is why it's good to know how to control your Google Home from the Pixel Watch.

How to control Google Home from Pixel Watch

Google's first smartwatch, the Pixel Watch, has arrived with much fanfare and quickly becoming one of the best Android smartwatches. While the bulk of this is due to the stunning design, it's also giving fans a taste of what Google plans to do regarding software for wearables. While not a Pixel Watch exclusive, Google Home for Wear OS didn't debut until the smartwatch was announced. So, let's explore how you can use your new watch to control your smart home.

1. If you haven't already done so, you'll want to install the Google Home app from the Play Store either from your Pixel Watch or your smartphone.

2. With the app installed, press the haptic crown to access the apps installed on the watch.

3. Scroll down and tap on Home in the app list.

4. Select the room that contains the device(s) you want to control.

5. Tap on the group or device you want to control.

Google Home screenshots from Pixel Watch

(Image credit: Chris Wedel/Android Central)

It's that easy. When you tap on a room in the Home app on your Pixel Watch, the groups will be presented first — like lights. If you want to manage an individual light, you'll want to scroll down past the groups, where you can see each smart home device in that room.

Sure, using the many great Google Assistant smart speakers to control your smart home via your voice can be great in many situations, but not always. Same with your smartphone using voice or the Google Home app. But there may be times when you don't have your phone near your or want to take it from your pocket to make changes to your smart home. Now, you can use your watch and Google Home to take care of those adjustments without missing a beat.

Chris Wedel
Senior Editor - Smart Home
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.