How to Use the Google Home App for PC

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Google Home App is used for setting up and managing Chromecast, Google Home – the device and all other hardware with Google Assistant support. As it needs Google Assistant to work, for now, it is limited to Android and iOS devices. But all the tech nerds more flexibility, is not it? Here we will see how you can use Google Home app in your PC with a few workarounds.

Use the Google Home App on PC With an Android Emulator

Remember when people started playing PUBG Mobile in their PC with Android emulators? We are going to use the same method here. There are many emulators available for free which you can use to run most of the android apps including Google Home in your PC, like Bluestacks. But the process might take a few minutes longer than just installing and using.

Android Emulator
Android Emulator

Keep in mind, if you are using an emulator, you must have at least 8 Gigs of RAM in your PC otherwise the emulator will take up all the available memory and all other processes will get stuck. Bluestacks supports both Windows and Mac, but if you are a Linux user, you have to use GenyMotion which is a cloud-based service.

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Use Google Chrome to Control Google Home Devices

The first thing to note, Google Chrome does not have all the abilities of Google Home App. You cannot set up Google Home devices using the Chrome browser, so you will need a smartphone or Android emulator for that. But one thing it does great is streaming, which can be done to any Google Home or Chromecast enabled devices.

Cast from Google Chrome
Cast from Google Chrome

When you are using the second way to cast you will get the option to cast a browser tab, the whole desktop, or a particular media file.

To start, make sure you are running the latest version of Google Chrome. Also, your PC and Google Home device should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. To start streaming click on the three vertical dot menu on the top – right corner of the browser, click ‘Cast’ from the drop-down menu and finally select the device.

There are a few websites like YouTube and YouTube Music which lets you stream directly to your Google Home devices or speakers.

Limits of Using Google Home App on PC or Chrome to Cast

As mentioned earlier, the limitations are depending on the method you are using. If you are opting-in for the emulator, you will be able to use all the features Google Home offers. But for some reason, if you use Chrome, there are many limitations you have to bare with.

Google Assistant for Windows

It is also possible to install Google Assistant on Windows PC to take many advantages but the voice support is very limited when it comes to streaming media. Also, this process is long and tedious and you have to know a little about Python. So we are not recommending it.

Verdict

So hopefully this article helps you to set up Google Home App on your PC. If you have further queries, let us know in the comments. Now you will be able to control smart lights, enjoy favourite music and movies, get the latest news and many more.

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