Step 1: Unbox and Plugin Google Home Mini
After purchasing a Google Home Mini, remove it from the packaging. Inside the box will be the circular shaped Google Home Mini and its power cord. First, plug the micro USB end of the power cord into the Mini. Next, plug the opposite end of the power cord into a standard 120-volt outlet.
The Google Home Mini will begin to light up with 4 glowing white dots. The dots will then glow blue, red, yellow, and green. A quick jingle and tone will sound from the Google Home Mini, announcing it is powered on and ready to go.
Step 2: Connect to Google Home Mini
Once the Google Home Mini is powered on, it will tell the user to download the Google Home app to get started. The Google Home app can be downloaded for the free on Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple Devices.
Once Google the Home app is downloaded it will automatically detect the Google Home Mini as “1 device found.” Tap the blue “SET UP” button. A montage of multicolored shapes will move across the screen while the top of your screen should read “Connecting to Google Home Mini.”
If successful, the Google Home Mini will make a sound. The screen on your smartphone or tablet will read “Did you hear the sound?”, if the sound was heard tap “yes.”
Next, the Google Home app will ask “Where is this device”, choose the correct corresponding room the Google Home Mini will reside in. A custom name can be given for the room as well. Google Home asks this because each device’s name will correspond with the room it is in for the sake of differentiating devices.
Step 3: Connect Google Home Mini to WiFi
After adding the Google Home Mini to a room, the Google Home app will prompt the user to pick a WiFi network for the Google Home Mini to connect to. Choose the correct WiFi network and type in the password.
When connecting to WiFi, a montage of multicolored shapes will move across the screen of the Google Home app, the top will read “Connecting to Wi-Fi.” Once connected, the montage of multicolored shapes will stack themselves on top of each other, the top of the screen will read “Connected.”
Step 4: Set Up Google Assistant
After connecting to WiFi, the user will be prompted to set up a Google Assistant. There will multiple privacy and terms of service to agree to. For the Google Home Mini to work the user will have to agree to all of these terms. Click next to agree.
The top of the screen will read “Teach the Assistant to recognize your voice.” Click yes. The user will be asked to say “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” multiple times for Google Assistant to learn the user’s voice.
The top of the screen will read “You’re all set!
Step 5: Confirm Address
In order for Google Assistant’s benefits to be maximized the user will have to confirm their home address. The address will be used when asking Google questions that pertain to the user’s home location like commute time. Google will also ask the user to confirm their email address as well.
Step 6: Add Music Video Services
To listen to music on the Google Home Mini, a corresponding music account will have to be linked to the Google Home app. The screen will read “Add music services” choose whichever music service you use as your default music service and link it to your Google account.
Second, the Google Home app will prompt the user to connect a video streaming service to their Google account as well. Choose whichever corresponding video service you use and connect it to your Google account.
Step 7: Finish Step Up
After connecting video and music services to the Google Home app tap continue. The top of the screen will read “Google Home Mini is ready”, tap continue. The Google assistant will introduce itself via the Google Home Mini and will notify the user to learn what Google Assistant can do via the Google Home app.
The Google Home Mini will now be finished setting up.
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