Turning Off Your Lights With Google Home Is Less Annoying Now

Google is rolling out a change to its Google Home and Nest Hub devices that introduces a much-needed change. Google Home users have long been complaining about the way the Assistant works with light commands, and Google is finally making it so the feature is less annoying.

In the past, when you asked the Assistant to dim the lights or turn them off, it will respond with something like “Ok, turning off 2 lights”. And that can be a little annoying when you are about to sleep.

The company even joked about the functionality:

Anyone who has a Google Home and smart lights knows the drill:
You, about to fall asleep: “Ok Google, turn off the bedroom lights”.
Google Home responds, a bit louder than you’d like: “Ok, turning off 2 lights”.
You, now wide awake, but at least the lights are off.
Well, we heard you, and we listened.

And so, the new update makes the Assistant only makes a confirmation chime that is a whole lot less annoying than the voice confirmation. Google says the change will work for switches and plugs that are identified as lights, too — so all you need to do is put something like “lamp” or “lights” on the name of the devices for Assistant to make the confirmation chime instead of the voice confirmation when you are controlling them with voice commands.

The feature is rolling out to all users now, so it could take a little while before its available for everyone.

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  • MikeGalos

    24 July, 2019 - 5:36 am

    <p>Or you could save yourself that trouble and go with somebody else rather than Google. Alexa doesn't have that problem. Tons of things interfacing to smart bulbs via IFTTT don't do that. Even Cortana doesn't do that. </p><p><br></p><p>And that's not even mentioning the Google data trails that you created with any of their products.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      24 July, 2019 - 5:52 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#444664">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>+1 I don't want to be scroogled</p>

    • mikes_infl

      24 July, 2019 - 2:09 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#444664">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Alexa will also respond to a whisper with a whisper.</p>

  • PeterC

    24 July, 2019 - 11:53 am

    <p>Its funny but I still just use my analogue fingers to do these tasks…. theyre voice activated too….</p>

  • Patrick Yore

    24 July, 2019 - 5:37 pm

    <p>or worse still wake it the sleeping kids</p>

  • IanYates82

    Premium Member
    24 July, 2019 - 5:38 pm

    <p>A *very* welcome change :)</p>

  • ryamix

    25 July, 2019 - 5:05 pm

    <p>Google home actually has a feature where it turns its own volume down automatically after a certain time. I've been using it for a very long time now and it works beautifully. </p>

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