How to Use Google Home App on Your PC

Control your home from your desktop or laptop

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The Google Home app is used to set up and manage Chromecast, Google Home, and other smart devices compatible with Google Home.

While it's designed to only work with iOS and Android devices, there are workarounds that enable a PC to use some or all of the functionality the Google Home app provides. That said, none of the workarounds will be exactly the same as using your Android or iOS device.

If you're using a Mac, check out our guide on how to use the Google Home app on your Mac.

How to Use Google Home App on PC Using an Android Emulator

As mentioned before, this app is only supported on Android and iOS devices, but you can install an emulator in order to run Android on your PC. The overall functionality will be similar, but there's some extra work required to get the emulator set up, thereby making the whole set up process more involved. If you don't have an Android or iOS device handy, though, an Android emulator is one of your better options.

There are several Android emulators, so it's a matter of preference and the resources you have available on your PC. One of the well-known emulators, Bluestacks, will allow you to install and run several Android applications, including the Google Home app.

Once the emulator and Google home app are installed, it's only a matter of setting up your Google Home devices.

Using Google Chrome to Mimic Google Home

Google Chrome also allows you to manage some of the functionality the Google home app provides, but it's very limited. Your browser must also be updated to the latest version.

You will not be able to set up any Google Home device using your Chrome browser. This functionality only works using the Google Home app on your Android or iOS devices, so you'll need an Android or iOS device or the Android emulator for PC.

  1. Launch your Google Chrome browser.

  2. Select the three vertical dots menu icon in the top right corner.

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  3. Select Help, and select About Google Chrome

    You can also get to these settings by typing "chrome://settings/help" into the URL/search bar.

  4. Confirm your browser is fully updated.

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  5. Once Chrome updates, select Relaunch to apply the update and any changes made.

  6. Once you've confirmed Chrome is updated, you can proceed to cast to any of your Google Home or Chromecast devices.

Can All Google Home Devices Provide Full Functionality From a PC?

As stated previously, Google Home functionality depends on the method you're using. When using an emulator, you'll be able to use their full functionality. However, when using only your browser, there are certain things you won't be able to do, such as setting them up for the first time.

Can Linux Users Use These Methods?

Yes! There are some Android emulators for Linux based operating systems, like GenyMotion, and Google Chrome is also compatible with Linux.