Google Home is one of a few smart platforms out there. It’s also one of the better ones. There are three Google Home devices to choose from with the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. Of course, you also want them to do everything you need them to do. Hopefully this list helps. We chose apps for a couple of reasons. The first is native support. All of these apps should work perfectly on any Google Home device. The second is phone support. Thus, you can use these apps on both the Google Home and your smartphone for a more seamless experience. Let’s check out the best Google Home apps available right now. Just below, we also have a list of all the stuff that Google Home can do! We also highly recommend checking out this list of Google’s smart home partners.
AutoVoice is one of the more complex Google Home apps. It lets you program your own voice commands on Google Home, Google Now, and Google Assistant. It also supports Amazon Alexa. This lets you do all kinds of fun stuff. However, its Tasker support is the main draw. That lets you create vastly more complex and personalized commands for your Google Home. That does involve a deep learning curve, though. In any case, the app has a free trial and a simpler free version. The full version comes with all of the features.
Price: Free / Varies (usually around $9.99 per month)
There are a variety of music apps with Google Home support. However, these four (Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn Radio, and iHeartRadio) are probably the best. Spotify and Google Play Music focus mostly on playlists, on-demand content, and extra stuff like podcasts. iHeartRadio and TuneIn radio are mostly for things like radio stations, playlists, and talk radio. All of them work extremely well with Google Home devices as well as Google Assistant. Additionally, these four also have fewer regional restrictions than other Google Home apps with music. They all have free versions with subscriptions for more music content. We’re sure YouTube Music will work with Google Home when Google finished building that one.
IFTTT is a must for any Google Home apps list. It lets you create custom commands on Google Assistant and Google Home. There aren’t a whole ton of restrictions on what IFTTT can do. You can use it to automate tasks with Google Home, add some functionality that isn’t already there, and more. Google even posted some IFTTT recipes on IFTTT’s site for Google Home and Google Assistant users. The recipes make it easier to setup various automated activities. There are a bunch of user-submitted ones as well that work great. That’s about as good as praise gets. IFTTT is completely free with no in-app purchases or ads.
Netflix and YouTube represent your best options for video streaming on Google Home devices. There are a few more options like Viki, CBS (via its All Access app), and CW. However, none of those have the width or breadth of content that Netflix and YouTube does. YouTube TV is also an excellent option, but only if you’re in the United States. Both apps have direct support for the Google Home and Assistant platform. That means you can simply ask it to stream shows or videos you want. Netflix starts at $7.99 per month and ranges up to $13.99 per month. YouTube is free, but it also has optional subscriptions for $9.99 per month and $14.99 per month (family plan that includes Google Play Music).
Philips Hue and LIFX are two smart light makers. Their lights are arguably the best options when it comes to smart lighting in your home. Their Google Home integration is top notch as well. In fact, many use one of these two to show off Google Home commands in YouTube videos. Smart lights are a fun way to start a smart phone project. There are other lighting hardware companies like Nanoleaf and others that also work with Google Home. However, we found Philips Hue and LIFX to be the most accessible among them. At least in the United States.
Todoist is easily one of the better Google Home apps. It has direct integration with Google Home devices and Google Assistant. Additionally, it also has a Google Chrome extension (covers most other platforms), an Android app, an iOS app, and a Microsoft Windows app. That gives it a noticeable advantage against other to-do list apps in this space. The free version allows for up to 80 active projects, collaboration features, and organizational features. The pro version adds stuff like reminders, task labels, and more. We’re not crazy about reminders being a premium only feature. However, everything else about Todoist is basically perfect.
TV (and live TV) are some of the most popular Google Home apps. The best in this bunch is YouTube TV. It lets you watch live TV over your Google Home with a simple voice command. Some other TV apps with Google Home integration include CBS All Access, HBO Now, STARZ, and Google Play Movies and TV. The prices for all of these vary with YouTube TV being the most expensive. However, it also includes dozens of channels whereas all of the other ones only include one channel or, in the case of Google Play Movies and TV, content that you have purchased. These pair extremely well with the video streaming apps listed above.
Here we have the obligatory nod to Google’s own apps. Most of them work on Google Home, including Google Keep, Google Calendar, Gmail, Maps, and many others. Frankly, until these smart speakers become more ubiquitous, we recommend sticking to the platform’s native stuff whenever possible. In other words, you should probably just use Google Calendar, Gmail, Maps, etc because there aren’t a ton of competitors in this space for smart speakers, yet. Additionally, competitors that do work in this space simply don’t do it as well as Google’s apps, yet. In any case, most of Google’s apps are free and relatively easy to use.
There are tons of smart home hardware that works with Google Home. However, Nest is owned by Google. Their stuff just seems to work a little better with slightly tighter integration. Nest sells hardware like smart thermostats, doorbells, alarm systems, smoke and CO detectors, and even security cameras. There are other options for basically all of those things. We linked to Google’s list of supported hardware products back in the first paragraph. However, much like Google apps, Nest works rather well with Google Home specifically. We recommend looking into it at least. Also, no, this list is not sponsored by Nest.
This list contains a bunch of Google Home apps that also work with Google Assistant on mobile devices. However, there are some Google Home apps that only work on Google Home and not on mobile. We dislike that gap in features between platforms, despite them both being powered by the same thing. However, that doesn’t mean that these apps don’t work well. Some examples include Uber to hail a ride, Domino’s lets you order pizza, and there are a variety of others. Instead of linking an app, we have linked Google’s extensive list of compatible apps, commands, and integrations with the button above. We highly recommend skimming it.
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