Last updated: Jan 2, 2023 05:34 UTC+01:00
The Google Home app lets you control compatible TVs running Android TV or Google TV. It can also help you control fans, air purifiers, TVs and even vacuum cleaners. TVs compatible with Nest Hub and the Google Home app can now be controlled using the app’s touch controls.
Back in August 2022, it was announced that the Google Home app would be able to control popular smart home devices. The settings should have been added to the device management page. Now, after the official announcement, users are also seeing new controls for the Google Home app.
According to multiple users on Reddit, the new touch controls include volume up/down, mute/unmute/, on/off, play/pause, channel or select Source. These control features were already available for Nest Hub devices and are now available for the Google Home app. According to the user, the changes are visible in the Google Home application (version 22.214.171.124) Furthermore, new Google Home TV controls arrive via a server-side update. Additionally, controls are available for some but not all devices.
However, the controls are slightly different for Google Cast-enabled TVs and Android TVs. Owners of LG and Samsung TVs are reportedly seeing changes to the Google Home app. Note that this feature is not yet widely available and is only available to a limited number of users. So if you don’t see the new controls, you might have to wait a bit.