Are you wondering “what can the Google Home Mini do?”.
If you’ve been paying any sort of attention in the past year, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about the new Google Home and Google Home Mini.
All that buzz is well deserved: the Google Mini is a slick, futuristic voice-controlled speaker that you can use to to play music, control smart home gadgets, answer fun trivia questions, add to a shopping list, create appointments or timers, or even play video!
The Google Mini is about the size of a donut, and it has all the brains of the Google Assistant behind it.
Our family of four has had our Mini for a couple of months now, and we’re loving it, and using it every day. I love that it can give hands-free help whenever I need it!
What can the Google Home Mini do?
The Google Home Mini (and the larger Google Home device) are powered by Google Assistant, and they can help you with all sorts of things. We’ve chosen our top 10 fun things that the Mini helps us with on the regular, but if you’re looking for an exhaustive list of Google Mini tips and tricks, check out what it can do on Google here.
This is one of my favorite things.
You can use the Google Assistant on the Mini to make hands free phone calls. Just say, “Hey Google, call Mom”, and bam – you’re no longer in Mom’s doghouse for not calling!
Talk to Dustin from Stranger Things!
Want to see what the Google Mini can do? Let’s have a little fun, where we use our Google Home Mini to chat with Dustin from Stranger Things 2.
Because who doesn’t love that combo! Seems like a lot of people love Google Mini and Stranger Things, with our video racking up over 17,000 views.
Entertain our kids!
This is huge for us! It’s a lot of fun to see the kiddos using the Mini to play games like Akinator, which is a pretty amazing game that (I swear!) can read your mind and tell you what character you are thinking about, just by asking a few questions.
To try it, just think of a real or fictional character, say “OK Google, Play Akinator” and Akinator will ask you questions and try to guess who it is.
It’s downright amazing how accurate Akinator is!
Still wondering “What can Google Home do?” Next up – one of my favorite features of Google Assistant on our Mini.
Turn on our lights
Because we could, we ran out to buy a couple of smart plugs that connect with the Google Home and Mini as soon as possible. We then plugged in a floor lamp to one smart plug, and our lava lamp to another plug across the room.
From there, we connected the plugs in Google Assistant (which took all of five minutes – so easy!).
Now, when we want to turn on the lamp, we just say “Hey Google, turn on the lamp!”
Same goes for the lava lamp, we say “OK Google, turn on the lava lamp” for it’s own brand of extra groovy fun!
You can see the long list of supported devices here.