How to improve sound and voice recognition on your Google Home device

how to set up voice match google home mutemic 1500x1000

Whether you use Google Home to play games, to listen to tunes, to connect to your smart devices, or to do all of those things, having good sound quality and voice recognition on your speaker is a must. When you’re jamming out to music, poor sound quality can even ruin your favorite song.

It sucks to have muffled lyrics or a scratchy-sounding bass line. But, when you can hear every layer of that song and every word of those lyrics, it makes the experience so much more enjoyable. The same applies when you’re playing games on Google Home. Sound effects can help to immerse you in Google Home’s audio games and make you feel like you’re actually in the game world. Especially when you’re playing a text-based adventure game, because they rely so heavily on sound effects to create a realistic experience.

The sound the speaker puts out is important, but Google Home’s ability to understand your commands is even more vital. Google Home needs to be able to easily understand what you say the first time you say it. It’s horribly annoying when your smart home speaker says “did you say mashed potatoes?” when you really said “stewed tomatoes.” Most of us have experienced that frustration, and it makes you want to yell at the speaker.

Google Home is a cool device, but there are ways to make it even better. We put together a few tips to help improve your Google Home experience. Here’s how to improve the sound quality and voice recognition on your Google Home speaker.

How to improve sound quality on Google Home

One simple way to improve to sound on your Google Home is by adjusting the treble and bass settings. This takes about a minute and it can make a noticeable difference in the ways your music sounds. Here’s how to access the equalizer and adjust the treble and bass.

Step 1: Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.

Step 2: In the top right hand corner, tap the devices button.

Step 3a: Locate your Google Home speaker among the devices listed in the menu.

Step 3b: Tap the menu button (•••) at the top right hand corner of the image of your Google Home device.

Step 3c: Select “settings.”

Step 4: Scroll down to “sound settings” and select “equalizer.”

Step 5: Adjust the treble and bass to your preferences.

how to set up voice match google home listen 1500x1000

Connect another Bluetooth speaker

If the Google Home speaker just isn’t doing it for you, you can also connect a completely different speaker to your Google Home. While you will be able to hear all of your tunes and games through the speaker you connect, that speaker won’t be able to hear your commands. You’ll still have to talk to Google Home. Here’s how to connect a Bluetooth speaker to Google Home.

Step 1: Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.

Step 2: In the top right hand corner, tap the devices button.

Step 3a: Locate your Google Home speaker among the devices listed in the menu.

Step 3b: Tap the menu button (•••) at the top right hand corner of the image of your Google Home device.

Step 3c: Select “settings.”

Step 4: Scroll down to “device settings” and select “default speaker.”

Step 5a: Click on “pair Bluetooth speaker.” The app will start scanning for devices.

Step 5b: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to pair the speaker you’re connecting. Often, this involves simply pressing a pair button.

Step 5c: Wait for the app to find your speaker. If the app doesn’t locate your Bluetooth speaker, press the “rescan” button to repeat the scanning process. If the name of your speaker shows up on the screen, select “done.”

Step 6: Enjoy listening to music on your Bluetooth speaker.

How to improve Voice Recognition on Google Home

Because you input commands with your voice, voice recognition is everything with a smart home speaker. If your smart home speaker doesn’t understand your voice commands, it’s virtually an expensive paperweight. Although Google Home’s voice recognition is pretty good, it’s far from perfect. You can improve the speaker’s voice recognition ability with a few simple tips.

how to improve sound and voice recognition on a google home device match
Erika Rawes/Digital Trends

Retrain Google Home to recognize your voice

When you set up a Google Home device, it’ll asks you to record yourself saying “OK Google” and “Hey Google” to help the system learn your voice. According to Google, setting up a new recording may improve voice recognition. It’s a good idea to periodically update your recording in the Google Home app, so you can get the best possible experience. Here’s how to update your recording.

Step 1: Open the Google Home app.

Step 2: Click on the menu “hamburger” in the upper left hand corner.

Step 3: Select “more settings.”

Step 4: Select “voice match.”

Step 5: Select “Teach your assistant your voice again,” and follow the instructions on the screen to create your recording.

how to delete your voice history from alexa and google assistant enabled devices home io 5 2 1500x1000

Other tips to improve voice recognition

  • Use voice match to set up a voice profile for each individual in your household. This will help Google Home understand each individual user.
  • Use a clear and authoritative tone when you speak.
  • To open a game, use the predetermined commands. For instance, some games use the command “play,” while others use the command “talk to.” Make sure you use the correct command for each game (i.e. “play Lucky Trivia” or “I’m feeling Lucky” vs. “Talk to Facts about space”)
  • Try to have only one person at a time speak during games. Try to avoid multiple people answering questions at the same time.
  • Avoid loud background noises like televisions, other speakers playing music, or loud voices.
  • Talk like a human being, and don’t attempt to speak like a robot.
  • Send feedback to Google if you’re experiencing an ongoing issue with voice recognition while using a certain application. Google has a feedback form on the Google home app. Plus, if you’re experiencing an issue, others may be experiencing the same thing.

Walmart drops prices on Google Home Hub and Lenovo smart displays

Walmart slashed the prices of Google Home smart displays for two highly regarded Lenovo models and the original Google Home Hub. We can't think of a better way to improve your smart home setup and these deals can help you save up to $100.

Go hands-free in Windows 10 with speech-to-text support

Looking for the dictation, speech-to-text, and voice control options in Windows 10? Here's how to set up Speech Recognition in Windows 10 and use it to go hands-free in a variety of different tasks and applications within Windows.
Smart Home

The best smart locks to increase your home security in 2019

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Smart Home

Walmart serves up a rare deal on the Google Home Max at $100 off

Some deals are predictable and others are pre-announced, but today Walmart posted a rare deal: $100 off the powerful Google Home Max. Since it rarely goes on sale, waiting may not be prudent. If you want one, grab it.

Walmart slashes prices on iRobot Roomba and Shark Ion robot vacuums

Walmart slashed prices of top robot vacuums from iRobot, Shark, Eufy, and Ecovacs just in time for spring cleaning season.  With a robot vacuum on the job you can retire that old upright and let a robot vacuum take over floor-cleaning…

Amazon slices prices in half for AeroGardens smart indoor garden, today only

AeroGardens can grow up to six plants at one time. The plants grow in water, not soil, so you never have the mess of outdoor gardening in your clean home. This method allows the plants to grow five times faster than if they were planted in…

LG’s SnowWhite is a Keurig for lovers of homemade ice cream

LG's SnowWhite conceptual countertop appliance, on display at this year's South by Southwest, is like a Keurig machine for ice cream lovers that produces your favorite frozen desserts from nothing but a little pod.

Amazon shaves $50 off the Coway Mighty air purifier ahead of allergy season

When it's allergy season, a good air purifier is a must-have for sufferers. The Coway Mighty air purifier (now on sale from Amazon) is one of the best, greatly improving the air quality inside your home by removing dust, dander, pollen, and…
Smart Home

Dyson’s newest products strive to keep your home cool, clean, and well-lit

Dyson launched products to keep your home cool, clean, and well-lit. A Dyson intelligent task light cycles with nature and a personal air purifier harnesses unique airflow. Microprocessors in Dyson's vacuum self-adjust 8,000 times a second.
Smart Home

Smart light switches have become more affordable: Here are the best ones

The ability to control the lighting in your home can have a big effect on your living space. To have more control over your lighting, check out the best smart light switches on the market. 
Smart Home

Update your kitchen with the best refrigerators you can buy in 2019

There are tons of factors that go into buying a fridge, from size and capacity to color. It takes lots of testing and research, but we've chosen the best refrigerators to get you started, regardless of what you're looking for.

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out some great vacuum cleaner deals available right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.
Smart Home

Is your coffee maker hiding mold inside? Here's how to clean it

Are you a coffee drinker? If you brew your coffee at home and you don't clean your machine, you could be drinking mold, yeast, and other bacteria. Here's how to clean your coffee maker.

Amazon lowers Echo Dot cost and slashes price of the Dot and Smart Plug bundle

Amazon just unleashed extraordinary price cuts on third-generation Echo Dot smart speakers. The Alexa device is back in stock following the blowout sales last holiday season. The Echo Dot is the best-selling Alexa smart speaker worldwide.