Google Home is enhanced with the new “at home” or “away from home” functionality. The new feature promises to further simplify automation in your home.
In summary, Google Home will know if someone is at home or not through the information on your smartphone. If for some reason you leave home, Google Home starts a previously scheduled routine.
Example of the new functionality of Google Home
The best way to explain this feature to you is to place the feature on a stage. Until now, whenever I left the house I would say to Google Home “Hey Google going out”.
Automations started. The lights went out, the night light was turned on for my dog and the security cameras are active.
Now I can do all of this without having to tell Google that I’m leaving. After setting up my smartphone with Google Home, Google knows I’m out of the house because my phone isn’t around. After that, Google Home starts automations previously defined by me in the application.
Enabling the functionality is simple. You just need to open the application and click on the “home” “away” functionality within the “routines”. Setup is also simple. Just like any other routine you do on the App.
Just take care to put the Google Home application on all smartphones. This is to let Google know that if someone is at home, they will not activate “out of home” automation.
After IFTTT decides to charge money for “Applets”, it is good to see Google and Alexa working to give us “routines” that we can create for free.
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