How to Turn on Your TV With Google Home

Learn how to turn your TV on and off with a voice command

What To Know

  • Easiest: Download the Google Home App from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • You will need a Google Chromecast in order to control your TV with a Google Home device.
  • Alternative Method: Chromecast itself will recognize voice commands through the Google Home App without a Google Home device.

This article explains how to turn your TV on using Google Home and the Google Chromecast streaming device.

These instructions apply to phones running Android 5.1 and higher or Apple iOS 14.

Can I Turn on My TV With Google Home?

You can turn on your TV with Google Home by using Google Chromecast. You will need two things to do this, a TV with CEC support and a Google Chromecast dongle. The CEC or Consumer Electronics Control, in short, allows your TV to be powered on through HDMI devices such as a streaming player.

Can Google Home Mini Control My TV? 

  1. Google Home can control the power settings on your TV, but you’ll first have to connect Google Home to your Chromecast to proceed.

  2. Connect the Google Chromecast to your TV.

  3. Install the Google Home app on your smartphone via Google Play or the Apple App Store.

  4. Open the Google Home app and it will automatically search for nearby devices.

  5. You will then be prompted on screen to choose a device to setup.

  6. Once you have chosen your device you will login to your Google account and the Chromecast will now be synced with the Google Home device.

    Chromecast setup in the Google Home app with Looking for Devices, Chromecast, and Choose Account highlighted

You’ll want to do a test run and say either “OK, Google, turn on my TV" or, "OK, Google, power on the TV." The iOS method is going to be identical, as the Google Home App is unchanged for the Apple smartphone and tablet devices.

Once the TV is on, you can use Google Home to control the Chromecast with your voice. Give it different commands, such as raising and lowering the volume or opening a specific streaming app you want to watch.

Your Chromecast and Google Home App will need to be on the same Wi-Fi network in order to properly work together. If you have multiple Chromecasts under the same roof, you’ll want to set one as the default TV.

Why Won't My Google Home Turn on My TV?

A Chromecast or Google Home itself cannot control the power settings on your TV without CEC. You need to go into the settings menu and enable this option before you will be able to use Google Home to turn your TV off. 

CEC isn’t always referred to as the same thing depending on the TV brand, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for its other industry-recognized names as well.

  • AOC: E-link
  • Emerson: Fun-Link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • ITT: T-Link
  • LG: SimpLink
  • Loewe: Digital Link or Digital Link Plus
  • Magnavox: Fun-Link
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI or Realink for HDMI 
  • Onkyo: RIHD
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync or Viera Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync, BRAVIA Link, Control for HDMI
  • Sylvania: Fun-Link
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
FAQ
  • How do I connect Google Home to my TV?

    Google Home works with a wide variety of TVs from LG, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Vizio, and more. Connect Google Home to your TV via a Chromecast, or use a TV with Chromecast built-in. Another option: Connect Google Home to your TV via a third-party universal remote, such as a Logitech Harmony Remote.

  • How do I connect Google Home to a TV without Chromecast?

    A number of TVs have Chromecast built-in; use the Google Home app to add the TV as a new device. Alternatively, connect Google Home to your TV with a compatible universal remote, such as a Logitech Harmony remote. If you have a Roku device, link it to a Google Home via the Android-only Quick Remote App.

  • How do I connect Google Home to a Samsung smart TV?

    To connect Google Home to a Samsung smart TV, download the Samsung SmartThings and Google Home apps. In the SmartThings app, log in to your Samsung account and add your TV, and then open the Google Home app and tap add (plus sign) > Set up Device > Works with Google. Search for SmartThings, log into your Samsung account, and then tap Authorize to connect SmartThings to Google Home.

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