How to Call and Message on Google Home and Assistant
Want to use your Google Home or Google Assistant device as a hands-free phone? Our article will show you how it’s done.
With the increase in popularity of smart home devices, using them as a way to communicate with other people has become more practical. The technology is accessible, and it’s not hard to find someone you know that has such a device. Google Home, and its corresponding smart AI, the Google Assistant, is a smart device that can be used as a messaging device.
The technology has advanced enough that calls and messages can be made via voice commands. In this article, we’ll show you how to call and message on Google Home and Assistant and highlight the ins and outs of Google Home calling and messaging.
Google Home and Google Assistant, What’s the Difference?
When it comes to Google Home and Google Assistant, there can be a bit of confusion regarding the difference between the two. The products are so interconnected that it’s easy to mistake one for the other.
To put it in simple terms, Google Home is the hardware aspect, and Google Assistant is the software that runs it. Google’s smart speaker systems are sold under the Google Home brand name. All Google Home devices come with the Google Assistant built in. Google Assistant, on the other hand, is available in other products like Android and iOS phones, tablets, and smart home devices.
Google Home and Google Assistant are also the names of two separate apps. The Google Home app, available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, is the fully functional smart home app. The Google Assistant App is for devices that aren’t fully compatible with the Google Home app, but still uses some of its features. When it comes to Google Home calling and messaging, we’ll be concentrating on the Google Home app.
How Does Google Home and Assistant Make Phone Calls?
If you’re wondering how Google Home makes calls without an actual phone, the answer is that it depends on the same technology that Skype and Viber uses. It’s more commonly known as Voice Over Internet Protocol or VOIP.
As long as you’re connected to the internet, you can use Google Home to make calls for free. Of course, the internet connection itself is another matter, and making calls, whether video calls or normal voice calls, will use up data.
In order to use your Google Home device to make calls, you’ll need several things:
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Google Home app, you can now proceed with the smart device setup.
How to Set Up Your Google Device for Voice Commands
If you want to make voice calls on your Google Home device, you’ll need to set up your Google Home device first. To do so, follow these steps:
From here you’ll be given the chance to set up Voice Match, and then be given several promotions for other services like YouTube Premium and Netflix. It’s recommended that you do Voice Match as it tailors active Google Home services when it recognizes your voice. All you need to do is follow voice prompts in order to initiate voice recognition learning. If you want to do this later just tap Skip.
The device is now set up for voice activated commands. Next, you’ll need it to remember your contact lists. You can accomplish this by doing the following:
Your Google Home device will now recognize your contacts list. Do note that to make calls, you’ll need to have Web & App activity turned on in your Google Account page. This is on by default, but if you’ve turned it off, calls will not function.
How to Call and Message on Google Home and Assistant
If you want to make a call via voice commands, all you need to do is say, “Hey Google,” then any of the following commands:
You can also make a query about a nearby shops by saying, “Hey Google, what’s the nearest ‘business’?” Once Google Assistant gives the results, just say, “Call Them.”
To end a call just say, “Hey Google,” then, “End Call”, “Hang Up”, “Stop”, or “Disconnect.”
As for messages, Google Home currently doesn’t support SMS messaging by default. There is a workaround using IFTTT, but this means creating an applet for each person you want to message. This isn’t practical if you only want to contact someone with SMS once.
How to Make Video Calls on Google Home and Assistant
Google Assistant video calls can’t be done by the Assistant app alone. Although you’ll need to set up Assistant, you’ll also have to install another app called Google Duo. This app is available for both Android and iOS. To set up the app, do the following:
With Duo set up, you can initiate a video call by saying, “Hey Google, call ‘contact name’ on Duo,” or “Hey Google, Video Call ‘contact’”. Do note that Google Home video calls can be done on devices that have smart displays.
How to Make Google Home and Assistant Conference Calls
Like video calls, Google Home conference calls operate with the Duo app. Install the app as instructed above. Next, you’ll need to set up a group that you can make the Google Home conference call with. To do so, follow these steps:
To delete a person from an existing group, do the following:
To add members, rename a group, leave a group, or reset a group link, you can do the following:
Once set up, you can do Google Home conference calls by following these steps:
You can also use Duo on a Google Home device to call another Google Home device. As long as you have the contact address of the other party, you can use voice commands to initiate the call. If you’re wondering how to make calls between Google Home devices, then it’s the same as making a normal voice call, or video call.
How to View Google Home Call History
Google keeps an extensive record of the activities that you do while connected to your Google Account. There is no direct call history available, as Google Home itself doesn’t use cellular services to make calls. But you can view Google Home Call History by viewing your activity. This can be done in two ways:
You’ll be shown a record of recent activities on your account. Any Google Home Call history should be listed here.
Google Home and Assistant FAQ
Here are some common questions regarding Google Home and Google Assistant:
Google Home and its Google Assistant software have made it a lot easier to contact other people. With free voice and video calls, and hands-free voice command options, reaching out to others is as simple as saying “Hey Google.”
Do you know any other ways to call and message on Google Home and Assistant that weren’t mentioned here? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.