One of the first things you can do in your Smart Home is to install Smart Plugs and connect them to your lamp or an appliance in your home. 9to5Google found out that the Google Home app is now allowing users to designate your Smart Plug for those specific device types or appliances. Now you can ask Google Assistant to turn the A/C or lamp that’s connected to your Smart Home, instead of asking to turn on the ‘Smart Plug’. Telling Google Home what’s connected to a smart plug is powerful.

It’s true that if you changed the name of the Smart Plug to the actual appliance or light that Google Home will determine what you are requesting to control (i.e. if you change your smart plug name to [living room] light, Google Assistant will figure out that a smart light is connected to the plug and understand that you are controlling a light. However, this is not always the case, and Google Home relying on Google’s interpretation (or how it sounds to Google Assistant).

Google Home Smart Plug Device Type Feature

Google Home has activated the Device Type feature in iOS (Apple) devices only and is making its way to the Android devices in the near future. Once you select your Smart Plug:

  • you can go to the settings menu (gear) on the top right corner
  • You will now find the ‘Type” section.
  • Under the Type menu, you can now designate (not limited to):
    • Air Conditioner
    • Fan
    • Humidifier
    • TV
    • and of course, you can keep it as a Smart Plug
  • You will be given the option to rename

Now that Google has opened up the Device Type feature, you can now group your appliances, like all your fans, or TV’s into one command: “Ok, Google – Turn off [appliances]. I’m looking forward to the rollout into Android devices.

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