How To Control A TV Using Google Home

Google Home is a great smart speaker that first debuted in 2016. It received a warm welcome at launch, providing users with a perfect tool to interact with smart devices. Since day one, Google has improved its smart speaker lineup, so all smart home products work perfectly together. 

If you have a Google smart speaker, you can do many cool things, such as the ability to adjust the temperature of a Nest thermostat, control Nest security cameras and cast your shows on Chromecast. All can be done by using your voice command. A lesser-known thing you can do with Google Home is turn on your TV. 

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to turn on your TV using Google Home. Before getting started, you will need to check if your TV supports Consumer Electronics Control (CEC). 

Google Home

The CEC feature allows you to control the TV through various HDMI-enabled devices. For example, you can quickly switch on your TV using a gaming console like Xbox or PlayStation if connected to your TV via an HDMI cable. Also, you can use a Chromecast-enabled device to turn on the TV and change input sources without ever lifting your finger.

To check if your TV supports CEC, you can look for one of the following trade names below:

  • AOC: E-link
  • Emerson: Fun-Link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • ITT: T-Link
  • LG: SimpLink
  • Loewe: Digital Link or Digital Link Plus
  • Magnavox: Fun-Link
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI or Realink for HDMI 
  • Onkyo: RIHD
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync or Viera Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync, BRAVIA Link, Control for HDMI
  • Sylvania: Fun-Link
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link

How to Connect a TV to Google Home

If this is the first time you turn on your TV with Google Home, you need to go through setup. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Power on your TV and go to the Chromecast screen.

Step 2: Launch the Google Home app on your phone and tap on Plus at the top left corner of the screen.

Step 3: Now select Set up device from the list of options, and the app will start searching for a new device.

Step 4: When you see your Chromecast device on the list, select Next and check the code on your phone and TV.

Step 5: If the codes match, hit Agree and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. 

How to Turn On a TV with Google Home

With a Google Home device, it’s time to cast aside the concept of using the smartphone and remote control and commit to the life of the smart home inhabitants. 

Previously, to turn on a TV with Chromecast, you had to trigger the Google Assistant and say something specific like, “OK, Google, play some music on + Chromecast name.” 

Now, those miserable days are gone. Thanks to a recent update, you can power on your TV by simply saying, “OK, Google, turn on my TV”. Your TV should turn on, and you are good to go. You can tell Google Home to control your Chromecast with a voice command when your TV is on. For instance, you can use Google Home to play music or TV shows on YouTube or Netflix. You can also control your music playback. 

How to Power On a TV with Chromecast

You can use Chromecast to turn on your TV quickly. Make sure your TV supports CEC before proceeding. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu on your TV and find the CEC option.

Step 2: Now, enable the CEC support on your TV and connect Chromecast to your TV’s HDMI port.

Step 3: With your TV now off, select a video or music to stream from your smartphone. 

Step 4: While your video or music is playing, tap on the Cast button and select the Chromecast device connected to your TV.

Step 5: Your TV should wake up and play your shared content. 

Note that some USB ports are not powered when your TV is turned off. Ensure that the status light still flashes on your Chromecast device when your TV is off. This indicates that your TV ports remain powered. If not, you’ll need an AC adapter to power your Chromecast device. 

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About Mike Herrera

Mike is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about technology. He has a degree in computer science, and he likes to stay up-to-date on the latest software releases. He's an avid reader, and he enjoys spending time outdoors. When he's not working, you can usually find him playing video games or exploring new hiking trails.

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