The recent Streamlined Configuration from Google makes connecting compatible new devices to your smart home even smoother and clearer.
It builds on the new ‘Works with Google’ program, which you may have seen brought on multiple smart home devices’ boxes, and makes things much better.
What Seamless Configuration does is bypass the procedure of using the companion software developed by the developer to set up a new smart home device first, before connecting it to the Google Home system.
You can easily plug in the new device without the need to install the companion app first, power it up for the first time and connect it directly to your Google setup using the Google Home app.
This can save a good amount of time, but still eliminates a lot of confusion, as smart home builders often have to jump between Google and third-party applications numerous times to set up each device without Smooth Configuration. There’s no reason to even download the manufacturer’s own software if the system you are downloading has Smooth Configuration.
Also, since it connects directly to your Google or Nest smart speaker or monitor, such as the Nest Hub, Google Home Mini, or Nest Audio, you do not need to think about linking the device to a hub or bridge.
Smart Home: Link Smartlife To Google Home
Using Google Seamless Configuration to set up a device
All you have to do is switch your new device on, then follow these simple instructions:
- Open the Google Home smartphone app
- Tap on the + in the top left corner
- Tap on Set Up New Device, then New Devices
You will need to confirm the home where the device is being installed, then tap Next and wait for the new device waiting to be powered up to scan for the Google Home app. Tap the unit now, allocate it to a space, label it, and you’re done.
Which devices support Google Seamless Setup?
The response to this is, at least for now, not a lot. You’re mainly limited to smart lights as of January 2021, including Cync (formerly named C by GE), Sylvania Smart+, Philips Hue Bluetooth, Nanoleaf, and Yeelight’s Smart LED Bulb M2.
Smart Home: Best Smart Light Bulbs 2021
You can see the full list of devices that work with Seamless Setup on Google’s support pages here.