If you have got many smart devices in your home or office and use Google Home to control them, you may have found yourself asking for a way to control them when working on your computer.
Laptop or Desktop, your computer has internet, it can install apps, so why is it that Google Home is not available on PC?
Well, here’s a workaround to still control your smart devices when you are on your computer and the phone isn’t around.
First, a few obvios things you can try
Maybe you want to control the smart devices at home without picking up your phone. But voice commands are an equally efficient way to do it.
It takes a few seconds to set up Google Assistant on Android, and if you are on iPhone, you can install the Google App for Google Assistant and then set it up. It works well.
Once Google Assistant is setup, you can use voice commands to contro the smart devices. Some won’t even require you to unlock your phone. Which works well in this use case.
You can get Google Nest Mini (Google Home Mini), a small device that has excellent ears.
It can hear you from every corner of your room. I have it in my office, and it’s beneficial when you are working on something on your Computer, you can use your voice command to control a certain smart device.
Use UnOfficial Google Assistant App on Mac & PC
If you don’t want to use Google Next Mini, you can get Google Assistant on yout PC or Mac and use voice commands. It’s not available officially, but there is an unofficial app you can find on Github.
It’s a bit technical to install the app but all the required information is available on the page. But, if you do not want to get too technical on this, here’s an easy solution for you that will allow you to install the mobile app of Google Home on your Computer.
Install Android App for Google Home on PC or Mac using Bluestacks
Bluestack is Android Emulator which allows you to use Android apps on your computer. It is already popular among users who want to play mobile games on the computer or wish to test their apps.
You can use BlueStacks to install Google home on your PC or Mac, from where you will get all the functionality that you get on your mobile phone, on your computer as well.
Native support of Mobile apps on Computers is coming
Chromebook has got Google Assistant built-in, and the new generations of Chromebook also support the installation of Android apps.
For Mac, new possibilities have opened with the introduction of the M1-based MacBook. Apple now allows users to install iOS apps on their Macbook computers.
This means you will install the Google Home app for iOS on your Mac if you move to Apple silicone-based MacBooks.
For Windows, the new version of Windows, Windows 11 will also be bringing support for Android apps. Once it happens you you no longer have to use Android emulators, such as BlueStacks.