Welcome to the world of Google’s Nest Hub Max. You are about to enjoy one of the best smart hubs on the market. The Nest Hub Max is a versatile unit that offers great video calling, smart home controls, another screen to watch YouTube TV on, and more. Of course, it’s also compatible with your other devices in the Google ecosystem.
To avoid problems, it’s best to configure it correctly the first time. This comprehensive guide will get you on the right track.
Step 1: Read the quick start guide
Remove the Google Nest Hub Max from the packaging and read the included Quick Start Guide which has step-by-step instructions on how to connect power to the Nest Hub Max. You’ll also need to think about where you want to place the smart display before connecting its power source. After you plug the power cord into an outlet, the Nest Hub Max automatically turns on.
2nd step: Download the Google Home app
If you’re using Android, chances are you already have the Google Home app preinstalled on your smartphone. Otherwise, you’ll want to head to the Google play store to download the free app. Alternatively, iOS users will need to download the free app through the App store.
You’ll also want to download the Nest app, as it offers advanced features that you can access that aren’t available through the Google Home app, such as viewing the history log, setting up activity, familiar face recognition and much more. .
Step 3: Connect the Nest Hub Max to Wi-Fi through the app
To connect, you’ll need to connect the Google Nest Hub Max to your home’s Wi-Fi network using the Google Home app. This is accomplished by following the steps below.
Step 4: Configure your device
Press the + at the top of the home screen, then choose the Configure the device option. Select the New devices option on the next screen because you are setting it up for the first time
Step 5: Choose a house
Choose a home for your Nest Hub Max. If more than one home is associated with your Google Account, you can specify which home you want it to be a part of. Otherwise, the app will search for nearby Google Nest devices. Select the Nest Hub Max from the list at the bottom right of the Nest Hub Max screen, then click Next. You will be asked which room the Nest Hub Max will be located in. You just need to choose the correct one from the list.
Step 6: Connect to Wi-Fi
Choose your home Wi-Fi network from the list. Once selected, the Nest Hub Max will attempt to connect to your network, completing this part of the setup process.
Step 7: Activate some key features
After you’ve connected your Nest Hub Max to your home Wi-Fi, it’ll give you a few more features to help you get the most out of your smart display. These features include camera detection, dual video calling and messaging, YouTube TV, and a built-in Nest Cam.
Step 8: Start using your Nest Hub Max
If just reading the above steps seems overwhelming, don’t worry: getting your Nest Hub Max up and running is deceptively simple and won’t take more than 10 minutes at most. Once you’ve gone through the setup steps, you’re ready to start using it. If you currently own a Google Home or a Google Home Mini, you are already familiar with the interaction style of voice commands.
For example, if you want to know what to expect before you go out, just ask, “Hey Google, what’s the weather like? If you need to check your calendar, say, “Ok Google, what’s in my calendar?”
Camera detection features: With the addition of a built-in camera, Nest Hub Max can detect faces and gestures to help personalize and control the experience beyond just voice actions. Take, for example, Face Match, which will recognize faces and display relevant content. There are also quick gestures that will pause / play videos using hand gestures.
Duo video calls and messaging: To make and accept video calls on Nest Hub Max, you need to set up a Google Duo Account.
YouTube TV: With a large screen, the Nest Hub Max is a good option for watching videos, like those on YouTube TV. Yes, it does require a subscription, but if you don’t have one, you can sign up for a free trial!
Integrated Nest Cam: The Nest Hub Max doubles as a security system, so you’ll see a prompt to set up this optional feature in the Home app. You will be able to access the live streaming anytime and even have two-way conversations.
There are countless amazing things you can do with the Google Nest Hub Max, but it pays to spend some time learning its interface first. The way it’s organized is simple and user-friendly: touch the screen and multiple cards will appear. To access the Home View panel, all you need to do is swipe up from the top of the screen. Here you can control the lights, create routines, send a broadcast message to other speakers in your home, and much more.
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