There’s no denying it… Sony Smart TVs are among the best Android TVs in the market today.
So if you’ve invested in the Google ecosystem, it makes sense if you also have Android smartphones, possibly Chromecast, and Google Home. If you have all these, then you can turn your home into a “smart home.” But before you can do that, you must first learn how to connect Google Home to Sony TV.
First: what is Google Home?
Most of us know Google Home as the smart speaker. But it’s more than just a speaker. It allows you to control different smart devices in your home using voice commands. Think of it as Google Assistant’s medium. Through it, you can use Google Assistant to command compatible devices.
You really have to control devices using buttons and switches.
You can use voice control. That is if you have devices that are compatible with Google Assistant and Google Home. With such technology, you can watch TV, play music, search the web, or even light the switch without getting up. Just say “Ok Google” and command.
When it comes to Android TV with great built-in capabilities, Sony smart TVs usually are on the top of the list.
Many Sony TVs have built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast. They also have built-in Android TV. So it’s easier for you to use voice controls to command your TV. The same is true with Sony speakers. But for this article, we’ll stick with Sony TVs.
Since everything’s built-in, it’s easier for you to connect Google Home to Sony TV. Just follow these simple guides and you’re good to go.
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Method 1: Connect Google Home via Chromecast
The most common way of connecting Google Home to your Sony TV, as with other Smart TVs, is using the Google Chromecast.
But before we proceed with the steps, let us first find out what can a Chromecast do once you’ve linked it to Google Home and your smart TV.
Basically, it will allow you to use Google Assistant to stream content from Netflix, Youtube, and other video content services to your smart TV. You can also use Google Home to ask your Sony smart TV to do certain commands like Play specific videos, Pause, Skip, Stop, or Resume, and even turn on or off subtitles.
Since Sony smart TVs have the HDMI-CEC feature, you can also use Google Home to turn on or turn off the TV via voice command. Once turned on, the TV will switch to HDMI input and start playing the content (when commanded to do so).
Now let’s proceed…
What you need
To connect Google Home to your Sony smart TV, make sure you have the following:
- Chromecast (for those with no built-in Chromecast)
- Google Home
- Google Home app
- Sony Smart TV
If you don’t have the Google Home app on your smartphone, you can download it here.
Learn how to use Chromecast with your Android phone.
Once everything’s ready, let’s start…
Step 1: Plugin Chromecast
The first thing to do is to plug your Chromecast device in. Connect one end of the cable to the Chromecast device and the other end to the power supply.
Then simply plug in the Chromecast to your Sony smart TV’s HDMI port. You can find the HDMI port at the back of the TV on the left side.
However, you will likely skip this step since most Sony Smart TVs now have Chromecast built-in.
Step 2: Connect Chromecast to your TV
For this section, just simply follow these steps:
- Turn your Sony smart TV. Before proceeding, make sure that your TV is showing the Chromecast screen.
- Tap the Device icon. You’ll find this on the top-right corner.
- Click Add New Device and follow the provided Wi-Fi instructions.
- Once the Wi-Fi has been set up, return to Google Home App and tap Continue.
- At this point, a code will appear both on your phone and TV screen. If they match, hit Next.
- Select a region, choose a name, and complete the setup.
Step 3: Link Chromecast to Google Home
The next thing to do is to link the Chromecast to your Google Home. To connect, just follow these instructions:
- In your smartphone, open the Google Home app.
- Go to More Settings.
- Find TVs and Speakers. Then tap the + icon.
- Select the device you want to link to or pair with.
- Just follow additional instructions.
Method 2: Connect Google Home with Sony Smart TV with Chromecast Built-In
Most Sony Smart TVs now have Google Chromecast Built-in. This is easier because you won’t need to buy the Google Chromecast device and plug it in your TV.
Among the smart TVs with Chromecast Built-in is the Sony XBR-55A8G OLED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV.
Step 1: Enable Chromecast Built-in
The Chromecast Built-in is most likely already enabled. However, if you can’t cast content on your TV. It’s probably because the Chromecast is disabled. To enable it, just follow these simple steps:
- Press the HOME button on IR remote control.
- Then select Settings.
- Select App. You can find this under the TV category.
- Then select System app.
- Select Chromecast Built-in or Google Cast Receiver.
- Select Enable.
You can also use your smartphone as the IR TV remote using an apo. Check out the TV Remote for Sony TV (WiFI & IR remote control). Download it below.
Step 2: Link Google Home to Smart TV
To link Google Home, make sure that you have downloaded the app on your smartphone. Then simply follow these steps:
- Open the Google Home app.
- Go to More Settings.
- Got to TVs and Speakers.
- Tap the + icon.
- Select the Sony Smart TV with Chromecast Built-in.
- Additional setup instructions will be provided to you. Just follow them.
- Tap Done when linking is complete.
Note: Before completing the process, you can also name your device (through Nickname) so it’s easier to find them (this is helpful when you’ve linked/paired a lot of devices to your Google Home). You can use Rooms as well to assign devices to specific locations.
Can you connect Google Home without Chromecast?
Yes, you can. This is especially true for smart TVs that have built-in Android TV or Chromecast built-in.
Can Google Home control smart TV?
Yes, it can. As long as the smart TV is a compatible device and that you’ve properly linked or paired the 2.
Is Google Home compatible with any Android device?
It is only compatible with Android devices that run on Android 5.0 or higher.
Unlock Your Smart TV’s Capabilities
What good is a smart TV if you’re not able to fully enjoy its capabilities? And to do that, you’ll need to start with the very basic; and that is to connect Google Home to Sony TV. Once connected, you can enjoy a wide array of features and make various commands using your voice with the help of Google Assistant.
Since more and more Sony smart TVs come with Android TV, Google Assistant, and Chromecast built-in, it appears that things will be a lot easier to set up and use in the near future. And while you’re at it, why not just make the most of your Google Home and connect and manage multiple devices at once? So the next time you purchase a device, you can consider getting a smart device that’s compatible with Google Home: doorbells, light bulbs, security cameras, speakers, and a lot more.
For now, enjoy watching your favorite shows and movies like a boss.
We hope you find this article helpful. If you have any other questions or suggestions, just feel free to leave a comment below.