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How to Set Up Google Nest Hub

A beginner's guide to getting started with Google's new smart display - how to set up Google Nest Hub.

Google Home Hub (now rebranded Google Nest Hub) is now available in the UK, US and Australia, and if you've already bought one you'll be itching to get it set up. The process could be a little simpler, however, so we've provided a step-by-step guide on using the Google Home app to set up Nest Hub.


Preparing For Setup
Using the plug supplied in the box connect to the Google Nest Hub to mains power - it should automatically power on. 

You'll be greeted with a message saying 'Get the app' along with a URL. Ignore this: you've probably already got Google Home installed on your device, and if not it's a free download from Google Play or the App Store.

Ensure your phone or tablet is connected to your home Wi-Fi network - not because it's a huge download but because this is home your Google Nest Hub will connect itself to the internet.

Getting The App To Talk To Home Hub
Launch Google Home and tap the house icon at the bottom left, then tap the circular + Add button at the top of the screen.

On the next screen choose the top option to 'Set up device', followed by 'Set up new devices in your home'.

Now select Home and press Next. The app will begin to search for devices nearby.

Your Google Nest Hub should appear in the list, so tap this and then click Next.

At this point you'll see a code displayed on both the Home Hub itself and on your phone or tablet's screen. It's unlikely that it will have picked up the wrong Home Hub, but it's a possibility if you have more than one.
Having connected the app to the device, Google will ask you to help improve Google Nest Hub by sharing device stats and crash reports. We chose 'Yes, I'm in', but if you prefer you can click 'No thanks'.

Entering Key Info
Now Google will ask you in which room of the house is your Home Hub. Because we already have smart devices set up in our home this list was pre-populated with those rooms. If you don't see the room you want to add it to just create a new room, then select the room and click Next.

Now Google Nest Hub will connect to your Wi-Fi network. Ensure it has selected the correct network and tap Next. You won't need to add login credentials because your phone or tablet is already signed into it.
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You'll scroll through a few last screens before you can start using Google Nest Hub. The first is some T&Cs to which you should tap Next, and the second is to do with teaching your Assistant to recognise your voice.

Chances are you've used Google Assistant before and will already have a voice match profile, but if you don't it simply requires repeating the phrase "Okay Google" when prompted.

This stage is important because if there are other members in your household you'll want the Assistant to be able to differentiate you in order to serve up personalised information.

It will then ask you to verify your address, which is useful for local services such as traffic and weather. Check and amend if necessary, then tap Confirm address.

Adding Multimedia Services
Next you'll need to add music services. We already have a paid Google Play Music subscription, so this was pre-selected. If you buy the Google Nest Hub before the end of 2018 you'll also get a free six-month subscription to YouTube Music Premium - tap on this to begin your free trial.

You can alternatively plug in a Deezer Premium+ or Spotify Free account. If you opt not to add any music services you will still be able to access playlists on the free version of Google Play Music and internet radio stations, plus of course YouTube.

You can also add video services if required, and we were prompted to add an All 4 account. However, we ignored this and clicked Next.

Plugging In Other Google Services
Next you can add a phone number if you want to take advantage of Google Duo calling over the Google Nest Hub. Note that there is no camera on this device, so it's strictly audio only. Enter your phone number and tap Next.

When Google Nest Hub is not actively in use it can display either a slideshow of your images from Google Play Photos, art gallery works, or a variety of clock faces. We chose the latter and chose Next, then selected a clock face and again tapped Next.

The very last step is to review all the settings you've just applied. If you're happy click Continue.

Google Nest Hub Demo
The Google Home app will then give you a quick demo, showing you where is the ambient light sensor and how to mute the device or adjust the volume. When you press Continue it will switch to a video demo on the Home Hub itself, which you begin by tapping Finish Setup on the smart display.
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Once the video has ended you should swipe in from the left of the Home Hub's display to begin using it as normal.

Using Google Nest Hub
If you slide down from the top of the screen you can access controls for any other smart home kit that is integrated with the Google Home app.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access volume and brightness controls.

A physical volume control is found on the rear, and the switch at the top is to mute the display.

Checking Google Nest Hub Settings And Preferences
We'd recommend opening the Google Home App and checking your Home Hub and Assistant settings to get the best from Google Nest Hub. 

With the Home tab selected you should be able to scroll down to find your device, then tap it to access more settings. The main dashboard will show you the current volume and whether or not anything is playing, and above this you'll see some icons.

The first icon at the top right allows you to tweak the bass and treble, while the second shows you device settings. This is where you need to be if you want to add the Google Nest Hub to a Home Group (for multi-room audio), or if you want to configure things like Downtime.

Checking Google Assistant Settings And Preferences
Google Assistant settings are found via the account icon at the bottom of the main Google Home app, so select this and choose Settings. On the Personal info tab you can change things like the nickname your assistant has for you, payment methods, preferred temperature units and so on.

Switch to the Assistant tab and you'll find some settings for Languages and Assistant Voice. If you're in the UK you'll notice that all six voice options are identical, because this feature has not yet rolled out to the UK. However, you can add languages other than English if you want to use more than one.

Also here is Home control and Routines, allowing you to set up smart home kit to work with Google Assistant. The latter is very much a workaround for tasks that we've previously called on IFTTT to complete - in essence it commands Google Assistant to do more than one thing in response to a single command, such as turn off the downstairs lights and turn on the upstairs ones as you're going to bed.

The next tab is Services, and the one thing here of particular interest to Google Nest Hub users is News. If you want to be able to watch rather than simply listen to a news feed on Google Nest Hub when you ask it to tell you the news or say "Okay Google, Good Morning", you'll need to ensure the sources listed here have a video icon. Tap the Change order button if you want a particular service to be given preference.


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