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Interact with lights through Google Home

There are three ways to interact with your lights: by name, group, or general device type.

Important: Always start the command to Google Home by saying, "Ok Google, ask Alarm.com…" or "Hey Google, ask Alarm.com…". 

  • To interact by name, use the exact name in the command.
  • To interact with a group of devices with similar names, use a common word in the light names.
     
    Example: If there are lights named Office lamp and Office light you could say, "Turn off the office lights," or "Turn off the lights in the office," and both office lamp and office light would turn off. For more information on group interactions, see Google Home is interacting with multiple devices instead of the one desired device.
     
  • To interact with groups of lights by the general device type (e.g., lights, switches, dimmers, shades, or bulbs), use the type of device in the command.
     
    Example: You could say "Turn off the switches" to turn off all of the lights on the account. For more information on group interactions, see Google Home is interacting with multiple devices instead of the one desired device

Example commands:

Important: The example commands are for a light with the name Office light.

This is a small subset of possible commands you can say to control your lights through Google Home. 

To turn lights on:
  • "Switch on the office light."
  • "Turn the office light all the way up."
  • "Turn on the lights."
  • "Turn on the lights in the office."
To turn lights off:
  • "Turn off the office light."
  • "Flip the office light off."
  • "Turn off the lights."
  • "Turn off the office lights."
If the light is a dimmer: 

Dimmers have the ability to perform the following commands (i.e., brighten, dim, set value) along with on and off commands. 

To brighten:
  • "Turn up the office light."
  • "Brighten office light."
  • "Turn office light brightness up."
  • "Raise the office light 25 percent."
  • "It’s dark."
To dim:
  • "Turn down the office light."
  • "Dim office light."
  • "Turn office light brightness down."
  • "Lower the office light 25 percent."
  • "It’s bright."
To Set Value:
  • "Set the office light to 70 percent."
  • "Lower the office light to 25."

What commands are not supported? 

Alarm.com on Google Home does not support commands that ask the status of your lights (e.g., "Is my living room light on?").

Troubleshooting

If control of one light is desired but the command is controlling multiple lights, see Google Home is interacting with multiple devices instead of the one desired device.

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