Connecting your TV to your Google is a brilliant idea. Sometimes you may feel that you do not have the energy to move across the room to switch on the TV, or you may miss your Remote. At such times, Google Home comes in handy. Controlling your TV using Google Home is fantastic, and you may end up using it daily. What is more, is that you can manage your TV with Google Home without Chromecast.

 The following are ways that you can control your TV without Chromecast.

 1. Use of the Third-Party Wi-Fi Enabled Universal Remotes

Invest in a remote that can communicate with both IR and Wi-Fi. When you command Google Home to turn on the TV, it sends a message through your Wi-Fi to the Smart Remote. The smart remote will in-turn send the message to the TV through the IR. Therefore your remote should have the Infrared (IR) technology to address the signals electronically to all the devices. The smart remote can be connected to all your devices using the Harmony app. The Harmony Hub can be directly linked to your Google Home. To activate your Google Home, you need to install the IFFTT app and connect it to the harmony App.  

Here is how you install the IFFT.

  • Go to play store or your App store and search for IFFTT App.

  • Create a free account if you do not have one yet.

  • Select Google Assistance

  • Click on Get more at the bottom of your screen.

  • Activate the ‘Google Assistant Start Harmony Activity Button.’

  • Follow the on-screen prompts to link them together. 

2. You Can Link Your Harmony Remote to Google Home

 Follow these steps to link your Harmony Remote to Google Home in the right way:

  1. Say 'Hey Google' or 'Ok Google' and ask Harmony to connect to my account.'

  2. Google Assistant will say ‘Link to Harmony’ on your smartphone. Press ‘Link’ in the bottom right-hand corner.

  3. If your phone does not display the message, launch the Google Home app and tap 'add' then 'Set up device' Select 'Works with Google' and search for Harmony. Select the 'Harmony' card.

  4. Sign in with your Harmony username and Password.

  5. Set up names for each of your activities using ‘Add Friendly Name’ the names are used to control your devices.

  6. Setup your favourite channels and assign specific commands for your Google Home to launch your channels across all your devices. 

  7. Click on ‘Link Account’

3. Linking Your TV with Built-In Google Assistant

You can set up the quick remote App if your TV has a built-in Google Home. The Google Home is connected to the fast remote App, although it only works with Android phones. The Google Home communicates with the Quick remote App, which talks with ROKU installed on your TV. 

 Here is how you set up the Quick Remote App.

  1. Install the Quick Remote App in your Android phone.

  2. Make sure that your phone and ROKU are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  3. Set your Wi-Fi settings to ‘Wi-Fi Always on during Sleep.’

  4. Use the same Google account that your Google Home is connected to sign in to your ROKU App.

To get to your Google Assistant or Google Home:

  • Say ‘Ok Google, let me talk to Quick Remote.’

  • Google will prompt you to link to quick Remote.

  • The Quick Remote Link card will pop up in your phone’s Google Home App.

  • If It does not pop up, click ‘Add’> Set up device’> Then link your smart home services. Select Quick Remote App. 

Following these simple steps will allow you to get 50 commands a month when you are using the free version. You can also pay a yearly subscription of $9.99 for unlimited controls.

 If your phone has trouble connecting to ROKU, you need to turn off the battery optimization for the quick Remote App.  Using the Quick Remote App is the smart way of controlling your TV without using the Chromecast. The Quick Remote App allows you to manage your TV by giving voice commands to Google Home.  

You do not need to move from one corner of the room to the other to control your devices. You can also manage your devices by giving voice commands; thus, you do not need to stop doing what you were doing to move to your gadgets. Quick Remote App can be used on a variety of devices so long as they are connected to Google Home.

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