Ok Google Time for Bed | How Google Home has made me a lazier happier person

I’m a lazy person. So when I get a chance to combine my love for gadgets with ultimate useful laziness, I get excited. This is the case with Google Home and their newly launched routines. If you’re the kind of person that (1) is scared of the dark, (2) stubs their toe easily or (3) is just entertained by awesome smart home stuff, this tip is for you.

Ok Google Time for Bed

I recently invested in both some LIFX smart bulbs and a couple TP Link smart plugsfor my house. These are a great addition for quickly shutting off the lights when I leave for work, but perhaps my single greatest triumph in the smart home is in the bedroom. No, not that. Get you head out of the gutter! You see, for years I would shut off all of the lights in the house and then stumble my way to the bed, stubbing my toe many times and just generally tripping on whatever my body comes across. It wasn’t ideal. But when I installed my Google Home Mini in my bedroom I quickly realised how useful it can be with its bedtime routine.

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How to setup the Google Home Bedtime routine

First go into your Google Home app. Slide out the side panel, click “more settings” and then scroll down to “routines.” You will see several premade routines including one called “Bedtime.” As you can see in the screenshot below, you can configure this to turn off plugs and lights as well as a bunch of other useful stuff like putting your phone on silent. Click the gear next to “Adjust lights, plugs and more” where you will see all of the Google Home compatible devices that can be adjusted. These are things like smart bulbs and smart plugs. And bam! You have a system that you just tuck yourself into bed and then say “Ok, Google, Goodnight” or “Hey Google, Bedtime” and all of your lights switch off! No more stubbed toes. What a world we live in…

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  1. Great product. This device is very smart – it gives accurate and concise answers much more frequently than Siri, which we’ve used for some time. We have three of them in different parts of the house.

    It has a broadcast feature that we use to let everyone know dinner is ready, etc. It can make phone calls, play our music, and control various devices. It has a todo list, hooks up to Pandora, translates words (the kids take Spanish in school). We use timers to enforce sharing of our Nintendo between the kids. We also use alarms. The kids played some games with it and used it to “call Santa”. Fun stuff.

    I’m looking forward to using it for light bulbs and hooking it up to Chromecast. This was one of the best things we bought during the holidays. We bought several for $29 and gave them to relatives. Everyone was really happy to get one.

    The volume can be high for a small device. We find we have to turn it down (“Hey Google, turn the volume down 50%).

  2. Fun home item. Fun little gadget. Great to turn on my sylvania smart lights tell me the time, and play music. My son likes to yell “hey google!” all the time now. Sounds pretty good for a little speaker for some quite music in the background. It took me a little while to get all the apps settled and get everything connected. I will probably get another one or two for the basement and bedroom. My current one lives in the kitchen. I do wish you could give it another wake up word other than hey or ok google. I think it would be a great idea to let you pick your own name, or give a list of possible names if it needs certain syllables to be effectively recognized. It would also be great if it would play an exact song you ask for from youtube with out paying for youtube red. Looking forward to all the cool google things to come. I chose google over Alexa and Cortana due to its ability to control a more affordable group of items and working with existing items that I had. Wish the windows phone was more compatible, I love the windows phone, but may go back to android due to compatibility.

  3. Mini is great. $25 Google Express falls short. I got this to take advantage of the $25 “rebate” offer. This review is about the offer and not the mini itself.

    You won’t be able to gift this and get the $25 rebate. Well you can, but you have to open it up and register it to yourself. Not a big deal since you can factory reset it, except you have to RIP the package to open it.

    The rebate is for WALMART on Google Express. Which is not the same thing as Walmart.com It has a very limited catalog. So far everything I’ve tried to search for on Google Express and Walmart I can’t find. It’s very frustrating.

    I’m not sure what the point is with Google Express, they must make money on it somehow. I wouldn’t use it to shop with if not for this rebate.

    I hope I can find something I want to use the $25 with. This is disappointing. I will return the second one I bought and haven’t opened yet, This just isn’t the DEAL you think it is.

    BUYER BEWARE!

  4. Great-Fun-Info for Coupon Offer. I received this item rather quickly, within two or three days. Set up is very easy and rather quick. You can add your favorite free or paid music such as the google music or spotify or something else. Even if you don’t use any additional settings or apps, it is still very useful. I can ask it to wake me up at a specific time, tell me the weather for today or the week, tell me the latest news, relay a recipe, and a ton of other stuff. It has volume control by simply tapping one side or the other and it will go very loud for music and more. I noticed a negative review about the $25 coupon offering and by the way, I have already spent mine. You won’t see the coupon inside the box, it is not a physical coupon. After you have set up your Google Home Mini, it will ask you to add your Walmart info to Google Express. That is how you get the $25 discount. After you enter a yes it will send by email to let you know all you need to do, is go through Google Express to place your Walmart order. It’s kind of like a frame of Walmart within Google Express. Very nice layout. You can then shop at Walmart online through Google Express. It applies the $25 to the order. I was like WOW what a DEAL. In essence it was like purchasing this item for $4. If you need help with that, you can contact Google Express and they will help you.

  5. Google Home Mini….. Home Run! So I own the different types of Google, Amazon, Insignia and other Voice Activated Speaker/Assistants and I have to say I enjoy the Google Home Mini the Most. Allowing me access to my Music on Spotify and having the accessibility of Google in such a small, powerful package is one of the nicest features. Compared to the Echo Dot where the speaker faces downward, the Google Home Mini fills the room with music and just sounds better when responding and playing. Having the ability to set it to specific profile and voice commands is the nicest feature so i don’t call my girlfriends dad on accident. Some complain about not having a speaker port, but there lies the reason I bought this… to stand alone. Otherwise I would have just bought another product so it’s inconsequential.

  6. Great product. This device is very smart – it gives accurate and concise answers much more frequently than Siri, which we’ve used for some time. We have three of them in different parts of the house.

    It has a broadcast feature that we use to let everyone know dinner is ready, etc. It can make phone calls, play our music, and control various devices. It has a todo list, hooks up to Pandora, translates words (the kids take Spanish in school). We use timers to enforce sharing of our Nintendo between the kids. We also use alarms. The kids played some games with it and used it to “call Santa”. Fun stuff.

    I’m looking forward to using it for light bulbs and hooking it up to Chromecast. This was one of the best things we bought during the holidays. We bought several for $29 and gave them to relatives. Everyone was really happy to get one.

    The volume can be high for a small device. We find we have to turn it down (“Hey Google, turn the volume down 50%).

  7. Fun home item. Fun little gadget. Great to turn on my sylvania smart lights tell me the time, and play music. My son likes to yell “hey google!” all the time now. Sounds pretty good for a little speaker for some quite music in the background. It took me a little while to get all the apps settled and get everything connected. I will probably get another one or two for the basement and bedroom. My current one lives in the kitchen. I do wish you could give it another wake up word other than hey or ok google. I think it would be a great idea to let you pick your own name, or give a list of possible names if it needs certain syllables to be effectively recognized. It would also be great if it would play an exact song you ask for from youtube with out paying for youtube red. Looking forward to all the cool google things to come. I chose google over Alexa and Cortana due to its ability to control a more affordable group of items and working with existing items that I had. Wish the windows phone was more compatible, I love the windows phone, but may go back to android due to compatibility.

  8. Mini is great. $25 Google Express falls short. I got this to take advantage of the $25 “rebate” offer. This review is about the offer and not the mini itself.

    You won’t be able to gift this and get the $25 rebate. Well you can, but you have to open it up and register it to yourself. Not a big deal since you can factory reset it, except you have to RIP the package to open it.

    The rebate is for WALMART on Google Express. Which is not the same thing as Walmart.com It has a very limited catalog. So far everything I’ve tried to search for on Google Express and Walmart I can’t find. It’s very frustrating.

    I’m not sure what the point is with Google Express, they must make money on it somehow. I wouldn’t use it to shop with if not for this rebate.

    I hope I can find something I want to use the $25 with. This is disappointing. I will return the second one I bought and haven’t opened yet, This just isn’t the DEAL you think it is.

    BUYER BEWARE!

  9. Great-Fun-Info for Coupon Offer. I received this item rather quickly, within two or three days. Set up is very easy and rather quick. You can add your favorite free or paid music such as the google music or spotify or something else. Even if you don’t use any additional settings or apps, it is still very useful. I can ask it to wake me up at a specific time, tell me the weather for today or the week, tell me the latest news, relay a recipe, and a ton of other stuff. It has volume control by simply tapping one side or the other and it will go very loud for music and more. I noticed a negative review about the $25 coupon offering and by the way, I have already spent mine. You won’t see the coupon inside the box, it is not a physical coupon. After you have set up your Google Home Mini, it will ask you to add your Walmart info to Google Express. That is how you get the $25 discount. After you enter a yes it will send by email to let you know all you need to do, is go through Google Express to place your Walmart order. It’s kind of like a frame of Walmart within Google Express. Very nice layout. You can then shop at Walmart online through Google Express. It applies the $25 to the order. I was like WOW what a DEAL. In essence it was like purchasing this item for $4. If you need help with that, you can contact Google Express and they will help you.

  10. Google Home Mini….. Home Run! So I own the different types of Google, Amazon, Insignia and other Voice Activated Speaker/Assistants and I have to say I enjoy the Google Home Mini the Most. Allowing me access to my Music on Spotify and having the accessibility of Google in such a small, powerful package is one of the nicest features. Compared to the Echo Dot where the speaker faces downward, the Google Home Mini fills the room with music and just sounds better when responding and playing. Having the ability to set it to specific profile and voice commands is the nicest feature so i don’t call my girlfriends dad on accident. Some complain about not having a speaker port, but there lies the reason I bought this… to stand alone. Otherwise I would have just bought another product so it’s inconsequential.

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