Anyone with smart speakers or a smart display can use them – or abuse them – to broadcast messages around the house. We explain what the options are.
Diffusers with smart speaker
The intention of smart speakers and displays is of course to be smart. They should make your life a little bit more easier, and the broadcaster does a really good job in that regard. You no longer have to shout from the stairs all over the house if you want attention. Just turn on your speaker or your trusty screen with the Google Assistant.
For example, you talk to the smart speaker in the kitchen, then Google calls on your behalf through all the other speakers in your house to indicate that breakfast is ready. We explain what the requirements are if you want to broadcast, what controls you use, how to broadcast in specific rooms, and what predefined messages exist.
Conditions for broadcasters
- You must have at least two smart devices compatible with the Google Assistant. Broadcasters work on smart speakers (such as Google Nest Audio), smart displays (such as the Google Nest Hub), and smart clocks (such as the Lenovo Smart Clock).
- All devices are connected to the same WiFi network
- All devices are set up in the Google Home app and logged in with the same Google account
- Do not disturb is disabled on devices
This is how diffusers work
If you want to broadcast a message through your smart speaker, of course you need to get the assistant’s attention first. There are several commands you can do this with. We list them below. When you transmit your own message, it will also be heard with your voice through the speakers of other devices. Say “Hey Google”, then:
- “Call [bericht] if”
- “Yell [bericht]”
- “Tell everyone [bericht]”
- “Announce [bericht] Sure”
Example: “Hey Google, shout” come and eat! “”
Broadcast to a room or device
Your smart speakers and smart displays are spread across different rooms in the Google Home app. So you can request that a message only play in a specific room and then it will ring on all devices. In addition, you can also indicate the name of a specific device. Say “Hey Google”, then:
- ‘Call [bericht] go to [naam van ruimte]”.
- ‘Call [bericht] go to [apparaatnaam]”.
Example: “Ok Google, call for dinner in the living room”
Google makes broadcasting even easier with predefined messages that you can use. Predefined messages are for messages that occur regularly, for example to announce that dinner is ready.
You then give with a short command and Google announces the message with its own voice. Say “Hey Google, yell”, then:
- “Eve”. Google yells: “It’s time to wake up”
- “Breakfast”. Google yells: “Breakfast is ready”
- “Lunch”. Google shouts: “It’s lunchtime”
- “Dinner”. Google shouts: “Dinner is served”
- “It’s time to go”. Google shouts: “It’s time to go”
- “Arrived home” Google calls “I’m home”
- “On my way”. Google shouts: “I’ll be right back”
- “TV time”. Google calls out: “The program is about to start”
- “The time of the film”. Google shouts: “Let’s go to the movies”
- “Bedtime”. Google shouts: “It’s time to go to bed”
Example: “Ok Google, say the following: bedtime”
Have you been using the broadcast function of your smart speaker for some time. What do you use it for the most? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this article.