Admit it. We’ve all had those moments where we’re too lazy to stand up.
Thankfully, Google Home has us covered.
Now, you can just say “OK Google” and tell other people in your house what you need.
The only question is, how can you enable this feature?
And for that, I got you covered.
Keep reading to discover:
- 3 quick steps to call other rooms using Google Home.
- How to use your Google Home speaker to contact any mobile phone.
- 9 easy-to-follow steps on how to turn your Google Home into a walkie-talkie.
- And so much more…
Can Google Home call other rooms?
Google Home can call other rooms in your home. You’ll need to connect your speakers to Google Duo for this to work. Otherwise, you need to enable mobile calls on your Google Home speaker. Another thing you can try is Google Home’s Family Broadcast feature.
How to call to another room with Google Home – 3 steps
Step #1: Set up your Google Home device
Let’s say you just bought a new Google Home speaker.
Before you can think of calling another room…
The first thing you need to do is to set up your Google Home device. This will allow your speaker to have Google Assistant privileges.
Now, here’s all you need to do to finish the setup on your Google Home:
- Download the Google Home app on your smartphone. (Available on iOS and Android).
- Boot up your Google Home speaker. Only proceed when you hear a chime.
- Open the Google Home app.
- Select the correct Google account and then press Next.
- Tap Get Started.
- Select Create Another Home.
- Enter your credentials.
- Wait until your smartphone finds the speaker.
- Select your Google Home speaker from the list of devices.
After that, you should be prompted to enter the following:
- Your voice.
- Wi-Fi network.
- Preferred default services.
- Location of Google Home speaker.
And your Google Home is now fully set up.
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Step #2: Enable Family Broadcast
Next, you must ensure that your Google Home speakers can recognize each other.
If your speakers are already registered under a single Google account…
You don’t have to worry about this step.
However, wouldn’t it be nice to call all Google Home speakers in your home simultaneously?
This is possible using a Google feature called Family Broadcast. And this is how you can enable it:
- Open the Google Home app again.
- Tap your profile icon on the upper right side of the app.
- Press Assistant Settings.
- Under Popular Settings, select the You option.
- Go to Your People.
- Pick Create a Family Group.
- Choose all Google Home devices that belong to your home.
Step #3: Start broadcasting
Now, what’s left to do is broadcast your message to other rooms in your home.
Don’t worry. This is the easy part.
All you have to do is say:
“OK Google, broadcast.”
After that, your Google Home speaker will ask what’s your message.
To which you respond whatever you want to broadcast to other speakers in your home.
And all the Google Home users in your home can reply using the same steps.
Alternatively, you can also use this to announce anything to your entire home. You just have to say:
“OK Google, tell my family…”
Then Google will broadcast that message to all devices connected to the feature.
BONUS: How to call anyone using Google Home speakers
What if you’re not content with making phone calls to other Google Home speakers?
Instead, you want your Google Home speaker to make phone calls.
Good news: You can.
And even better news: the process to enable this feature is easy too.
To make phone calls using your Google Home speaker, you just need these 2 steps:
Step 1: Connect your Google Home to your mobile number
Note: If you haven’t gone through the Google Home setup yet, follow the instructions above. It should be under a section titled, “Step #1: Set up your Google Home device.”
- Open your Google Home app.
- Press the Account icon on the bottom right part of the page.
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Head to More Settings.
- Under Services, tap Voice and Video Calls.
- Pick Mobile Calling.
- Choose the Your Own Number option, and then “Add or Change Phone Number.”
- Type and enter your phone number, and then press Verify.
- Once you receive a text, input the number into the prompt on the app.
Step 2: Make calls using Google Home speakers
Before we discuss how to make calls…
Let’s first address the elephant in the room:
Can you really call anyone using Google Home?
For a call to push through, the receiver needs an internet connection.
You see, Google Home uses Voice Over IP (VOIP). This type of network doesn’t rely on mobile connections but on the internet.
Now that we’ve cleared that up…
Follow these instructions to make phone calls using your Google Home speaker:
- Boot up your Google Home speaker.
- Say “OK Google” to trigger your device to listen.
- And then say, “Call…”
Your device will then wait for any of the following before making a call:
- A phone number.
- If their number is registered online, the name of a business.
- The name of who you want to call. (This only works if the name is in your Contacts.)
If you want to see this phone call feature in action, look no further than this video:
Can you use Google Home as a walkie-talkie?
You can use Google Home as a walkie-talkie, but you won’t be able to carry it with you. This is possible through an app called Google Duo.
This app is Google’s Voice Over IP (VOIP) service. People usually use VOIP to make calls to friends or families without mobile service.
However, you’ll need Google Duo to make calls between other Google Home devices this time. You can do this using these directions:
- Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.
- Long press the tile corresponding to a Google Home speaker in your house.
- Once a dropdown menu appears, go to the Settings page.
- Under Recognition & Sharing, select Recognition & Personalization.
- Toggle on Allow Personal Results.
- Now, return to the Settings page.
- Head to the Voice Calls section.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to enable Google Duo.
- Repeat these steps for all your Google Home speaker.
Now, all that’s left to do to call other Google Home speakers is say these magic words:
“OK Google, call [speaker name].”