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How to talk to Santa with Alexa and Google Assistant

Who says you need to go to a mall to see Santa? Here's how to chat with Kris Kringle from home, using a smart speaker or digital assistant device.
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How to add Google Assistant routines to your home screen

Learn how and why you might want to add your Google Assistant routines as widgets to the home screen of an Android device.
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How to set up a Google Nest Hub Max

Before you start making those video calls or start controlling all of your connected smart home gadgets, we break down how to set up your Google Nest Hub Max.
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Lenovo Smart Display vs. Google Nest Hub

We pit the Lenovo Smart Display against the Google Nest Hub. Both sport similar features and work with Google Assistant. Which model comes out on top?
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How to add multiple users to your Google Home device

Want to personalize the Google Home experience for each individual member of your household? Here's how to add more than one user on your Google Home device.
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Google unwraps several new and festive holiday features for Android

Google is closing out 2021 with a potpourri of new features to help Android fans get more out of the holiday season.
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How to use Night/Dark Mode on Google Nest Hub Smart Display

Is your Nest Hub or Hub Max screen a little too bright? Try the Google Home Night Mode setting to dim it down for sleep or ambiance.
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How to see your photos and albums on a Google smart display

Want to personalize your Nest Hub with Google Assistant phones? It's easy to add your photos and put them into rotation or cycle through professional images.

How to remove a device from Google Home regardless of Wi-Fi network

Need to remove a smart home device or a Google speaker or screen from your account? Doing it can be quick, if you follow these simple steps.
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How to factory reset a Google Home Mini

If you’re thinking about swapping out Google's entry-level smart speaker, you’ll first need to wipe your device. Here's how to factory reset a Google Home Mini.
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How to use Home and Away status for Google Home routines

Google Home's routines are much easier to use when you focus on Home and Away options. Here's what these smart Routines do and how to set them up quickly.
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Google Nest vs. Ring: Who has the better video doorbells?

Both Google and Ring have some of the best video doorbells, but which option is right for you? Here's everything to know about how the two brands stack up.
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Google Nest Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot

Trying to decide between the Nest Mini and Echo Dot? We compare the two speakers in price, sound, skills, and more so that you can decide which to choose.
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Getting my smart home devices to switch Wi-Fi networks is annoying

If I swap my Wi-Fi network, I don't want to individually reconnect all of the smart devices in my home.
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How to use Device Speed Test on the Google Home app

Google Home lets you check how fast (or slow) your internet connection is on your smart devices. Here's how to do it, and some ways to fix slow speeds.
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New HomePod Mini colors expose how stale Apple’s smart home lineup has become

Apple's HomeKit lags needs more than just new accessory colors if it hopes to compete with Amazon and Google in the smart home space.
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Google Nest Cam (wired) review: Keeping watch with confidence

Keeping a watchful eye out is important for any security camera. The Google Nest Cam (indoor, wired) has you covered so you only get meaningful alerts.
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What to look for when buying a smart coffee maker

A smart coffee maker lets you choose brew strength, timing, and much more. You can even start brewing with voice commands. Here's what to look for.
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How to fix the ‘Could Not Communicate With Your Google Home Mini’ error message

Are you encountering the error message "Could Not Communicate With Your Google Home Mini?" We have solutions to help troubleshoot that issue.
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How to connect Google Nest home speakers to Wi-Fi

Thinking about creating a smart home with Google? The key to a smooth and seamless setup is a Wi-Fi connection. Here's what you need to know.
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The best Google Home smart plugs

Want to automate your desk lamps and coffee makers? Here's a roundup of the best Google Assistant-friendly smart plugs you can add to your smart home today.
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Don’t believe the marketing! Robot chefs aren’t what you think they are

While multitasking robot chefs may cost too much for the average homeowner, you can still outfit your smart kitchen with a number of useful cooking gadgets.
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Apple HomeKit has both the best and worst installation setups. Here’s why.

Apple's HomeKit simultaneously has one of the best and one of the worst installation processes, but it also shows the promise of what smart home could be.
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How to use IFTTT with Google Home

Take your smart home to the next level by integrating Google Home into productivity powerhouse IFTTT. Learn how to use IFTTT with Google Home.
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How to wall-mount your Google Nest Mini

The Nest Mini and similar small smart speakers from Google can be wall-mounted anywhere, giving you plenty of options for placement: Here's how to do it safely.
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Amazon Echo Show vs. Google Nest Hub

Shopping for a smart display? The choice is an especially hard one to make when it comes to Amazon versus Google, which is why we've put together this guide.
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Govee StarPal Smart Lamp review: The take-it-anywhere portable light source

The Govee StarPal Smart Lamp is a more affordable alternative to ambient lighting with a lot of customization options packed in.
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Google Nest Doorbell is $50 off today

With two-way communication, clear HDR video day or night, a wide field of view and smart recognition features, the Nest Hello Video Doorbell competes with Ring.
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Google Nest Doorbell (battery) Review: Beauty and brains in one package

The Google Nest Doorbell (battery) competes in a crowded space, but comes with intelligent alerts and a beautiful design to keep your front door safe.
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Google Nest Cam (battery) review: The camera for anywhere around the home

Most cameras require a subscription to get access to advanced features. With the Google Nest Cam (battery), you get everything out of the box.
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Google Nest Thermostats get a sweet deal at Amazon today

Google Nest Learning Thermostat not only allows you to control the temperature of your home from your phone but can save you money.
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The 5 best automations for your dorm room

Wondering when that essay is due? Tired of throwing lackluster parties? These five smart home automations will enhance your college dorm experience.
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How to adjust Google Nest speaker sound settings

Want a little more oomph in your music, or need to get that bass rumbling? Here's how to adjust sound settings on Nest Audio.
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The best Google Home commands in 2021

Ready to expand how you use your Google Home or Nest device? Here are the best Google Assistant voice commands to use if you have a smart speaker ready to help.