Whether you’re adding a Nest Hub to an existing Google Home setup or starting from scratch, setup is fairly easy and straightforward thanks to the Google Home app. Below are the steps you need to take to set up your Google Nest Hub (2nd generation).
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Before you begin, make sure you have the following:
– A Google Nest Hub (2nd generation)
– A phone or a tablet
– A Google account
– Access to a Wi-Fi network
– The Google Home app
You can download the Google Home app via the appropriate link below:
- Plug in your Google Nest Hub to power
Plug the included power cable into your device then plug the power supply into an open outlet.
Once connected, you should see the Google Nest Hub screen prompting you to get the Google Home app. If you already have the Google Home app, open it now. If you don’t have the Google Home app, use the link above step 1 to download it.
- Select your Google Nest Hub
Inside the Google Home app, select the + icon on the top right of your screen, then select “Set up device”, then “New devices”.
- Choose a home
Next, choose which home you’d like to set up your Google Nest Hub in, then press “Next”.
- Select your Google Nest Hub
The Google Home app will start to search for available devices. It will display your Google Nest Hub. Once it appears, select it and press “Next”.
- Scan the QR setup code
Use your mobile device to scan the QR setup code displayed on the Google Nest Hub screen.
Note: You may need to give the Google Home app permission to use your mobile device’s camera to complete this step.
Once you scan the QR setup code, the Google Home app will begin the pairing process.
- Share device stats (optional)
Next, you’ll be prompted to opt-in or out of sharing your Nest Hub’s usage data with Google. You can press “learn more” to learn about what information your Nest Hub may send to Google.
Press “No thanks” if you want to opt-out of sharing your data, or “Yes, I’m in” if you want to opt-in.
- Where is your Google Nest Hub?
Next, choose what room in your home your Google Nest Hub is located, then press “Next”.
- Connect your Google Nest Hub to Wi-Fi
Select the Wi-Fi network you’d like your Google Nest Hub to connect to, then press “Next”.
- Enter your Wi-Fi password
Enter your Wi-Fi password, then press “Connect”, then wait for your Google Nest Hub to connect to your Wi-Fi network.
Note: If you’ve already connected other devices to your Wi-Fi network through the Google Home app, you may be able to choose your saved password or not need to take this step entirely.
- Set up Google Assistant
The Google Nest Hub requires a connection to your Google Assistant in order to function. The Nest Hub also features Voice Match and Personal Results from Google Assistant. If you do not already have Google Assistant with Voice Match and Personal Results set up on your Google account, you’ll need to enable these up before you continue. Press “Next” and move to Step 11 to continue the setup process.
If you already have Google Assistant with Voice Match and Personal results set up on your Google account you’ll see the screens shown below. Press “Nest” then “Continue” to apply these settings and proceed to Step 14″.
- Set up Voice Match on your device
Select “Continue” to allow Google Assistant to recognize your voice on your Google Nest Hub. Then select “I agree” on the next screen to agree to Voice Match for your Google Nest Hub.
- Train Google to recognize your voice
Say each phrase on the proceeding screens (4 in total) to get Google Assistant to recognize your voice.
- Opt-in to Voice Matching (Recommended).
The Google Nest Hub is capable of identifying you based on your voice to tell you apart from others. Voice match helps Google Assistant provide Personal Results (see step 15).
Press “No, thanks” to opt-out or “I agree” to opt-in to Voice Match.
- Opt-in or out to help improve audio technologies
Select “Start saving audio” to allow the Google Home app to save your audio from Google Search, Assistant and Maps. Then select “I agree” on the next screen.
To opt-out of saving your audio, select “Not now” and continue to step 15.
- Get personal results on devices at Home (Recommended)
The Google Nest Hub is capable of identifying you based on your voice and then providing you with results that are specific to you. Personal results can include information from your Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube Music personal playlists and more.
Personal results are especially useful if your Google Nest Hub is being shared with multiple people.
To turn on personal results, select “Turn on”. To disable Personal Results, select “No, thanks”.
- Choose your Assistant’s voice
There are 2 voices to choose from (female and male). You can press “Play sample” to hear a sample of the voice option.
Select the voice option you prefer, then press “NEXT”.
- Your Assistant is ready
Press “Next” to continue the Google Nest Hub setup process.
- Opt-in or out of 14 days of YouTube Premium
Depending on when and where you’re setting up your Google Nest Hub, this step may or may not appear. If it appears, you can select “No, thanks” to opt out of 14 days of free YouTube Premium, or “Redeem” to opt-in.
- Set up and configure your Google Nest Hub features (Recommended)
Select what features you’d like to set up and configure, then press “Next” to continue. Then follow the steps on your mobile device. You can also press “Not now” to skip this step and set it up later.
Note: It’s highly recommended that you set up all of the available features during the initial Nest Hub setup process, instead of skipping this step and setting up later. Setting up these features later is more complex.
To keep this article as concise as possible, we’ve broken up the setup and configuration steps for each feature individually. Click on each feature below to see the setup details:
- Almost done!
The Google Home app will show you a summary of what you’ve just set up. Press “Next” to continue.
- Learn about the Controls on your Nest Hub
Press “Next” to go through a tutorial of all the different controls your Nest Hub is equipped with or press “Not Now” to skip this step.
- Your Nest Hub is ready
Press “Continue” to complete your Nest Hub setup process, then press “Finish Setup” on your Nest Hub display.
- Take a tour
On your Nest Hub display, press “Get started” to see a tour of your Google Nest Hub, or press “Skip” to bypass this step.