Harmony experience with the Google Assistant

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

It's not compatible with IR based remotes

Google Assistant

"Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on the TV."
Or Xbox, or Roku, or the sports channel...

When Logitech Harmony and the Google Assistant on Google Home work together, you bring the power of voice to your home entertainment center. "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on sports" can power on your TV, set your stereo to surround sound, lower your window shades and even set your table lamps to your team colors.

Connect any Logitech Harmony hub-based product* with the Google Assistant and you can start or stop Harmony Activities such as Watch TV, Play a Game or Listen to Music. And if you have a Roku, you can say "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on Hulu" (or HBO GO) and Harmony will automatically switch over to that content.

Please be aware

The Harmony Action on the Google Assistant is currently only available in the US.

*The Google Assistant is compatible with Logitech Harmony Elite, Companion (formally Home Control), Smart Control, Ultimate, Ultimate Home, and Harmony Hub. Professional installers can also connect the Google Assistant with Logitech Harmony Pro.


First, set up your Logitech Harmony remote

If your Harmony remote is already configured and working in your living room then you're ready to skip to step 2.

If you're new to Harmony, download the setup software from Google Play or from Apple Store. Follow the setup guide to add your entertainment devices, create Activities, configure favorite TV channels and complete your setup.

Next, ensure your Google Home is up and running.

If your Google Home is already configured then skip to the last step. Otherwise, follow Google's Set up guide.

Once everything has been set up, connect Logitech and the Google Assistant
  1. Turn to your Google Home and say, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to link my account."
  2. Google Assistant will display a "Link to Harmony" card in the Google Home app. Launch the Google Home app, tap the DISCOVER tab then LINK.
    • If you don't see a LINK card, you may need to forcefully close the Google Home app and then relaunch it.
  3. Sign in using your Logitech Harmony account username and password.
Harmony Google Home Action

  1. You're able to set friendly names for each of your Activities. For example, if your Harmony Activity name is "Play a Game", you might set your friendly names to "Xbox" or "PS4" so you can say, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on the Xbox."
    • Select the "Add Friendly Name" button beside your Activity to set up one or more names.
    • Uncheck the box if you don't want the Google Assistant to control a particular Activity.
    • For your security, Activities containing door locks cannot be controlled by voice.
Setting friendly names for Harmony Action

  1. Set up your favorite TV channels so the Google Assistant can directly tune to your content. And if you have a Roku then you can also configure favorite Roku channels.
    • For example, "ask Harmony to turn on sports" would turn on your TV, set your AV receiver to the correct input and tune to ESPN.
    • Or, "ask Harmony to turn on the movie channel" could switch over to your Roku and automatically launch HBO GO.
  2. Tap LINK ACCOUNT at the bottom of your final screen to complete the setup.
Setting friendly names for Harmony Action
Google can also recognize your voice

Your Google Home supports multiple Google accounts and personalized results, giving you the option to configure the Harmony service to only respond to your voice. For more information, please see: Media and multiple users on Google Home

(Recommended) Configure Google Assistant Shortcuts.

Now you can say things like, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on the TV", or "Netflix", or to raise and lower the volume. We recommend taking things a step further and setting up shortcuts to abbreviate your commands (e.g., "Ok Google, turn on the TV"). In the example below, we'll walk you through the process of creating a shortcut for your Watch TV Activity.

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Tap More settings > Shortcuts > Add .
    • For “When I say Ok Google…”, type "turn on the TV" or tap the microphone  and speak it.
    • For “Google Assistant should do”, type "ask Harmony to turn on the TV" or tap the microphone and speak it. Important: You must structure the this phrase like a supported voice command.
    • Shortcuts may be used for any of your Harmony commands that work with the Google Assistant. For example, "turn on Netflix" can be a shortcut for "ask Harmony to turn on Netflix" and "turn up the Volume" can be a shortcut for "ask Harmony to turn up the volume".
  4. Tap Save.
Creating Google Home Shortcuts


For more inforamation on creating Google Assistant shortcuts, please see: Create and manage shortcuts


These examples use shortcuts

In order to use these examples which avoid "ask Harmony to", you'll first need to set up shortcuts for your Harmony related commands.

  • Ok Google, turn on the TV
    Harmony can start your Watch TV Activity, powering on your TV, AV Receiver and cable box and setting everything to the correct input.
  • Ok Google, turn off my entertainment center
    Or use this command to make sure everything's off. You can also say, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn off the TV."

  • Ok Google, turn on the Xbox
    Harmony will turn on your TV, AV Receiver and Xbox and set everything to the correct input. Pick up your game control pad and start playing.
  • Ok Google, turn on Discovery Channel
    Harmony can switch between channels on your Roku device. It will exit the current channel and jump right into the Discovery channel.

  • Ok Google, turn on Hulu
    Even if you don't have a Hulu Activity, Harmony knows this channel exists on your Roku and will switch over to your Watch Roku Activity. It even automatically starts the Hulu channel on your Roku.
  • Ok Google, pause
    Harmony will pause your show. you can also; play, pause, stop, eject, record, skip forward and skip backward. Your device (e.g., DVD player) must also support these commands.

  • Ok Google, increase the volume
    Harmony can increase, decrease or mute your volume using the Google Assistant voice commands.
  • Ok Google, set a sleep timer for 15 minutes
    And, let Harmony power everything off at the end of the day. You can also clear your sleep timer if you'd like to stay up a little longer.

  • Ok Google, go to channel 28
    When you don't want to use your favorite station names such as "ESPN", "Discovery Channel" or "CNN" then you can navigate using the direct channel numbers, including HD channels such as 12.1.
  • Ok Google, go to the previous channel
    When you can't decide which one of your two shows you want to watch you can swap between them both.


Updating your voice friendly names

Welcome Back

You can edit, add or delete any of your Harmony Activity, favorite TV station or Roku channel friendly names using the Google Assistant mobile app.

  1. Launch the Google Home app and select MENU.
  2. Select Explore > Home Control > More, then scroll down and select Harmony.
  3. Click UNLINK at the bottom of the screen and confirm.
  4. Click LINK ACCOUNT. You'll be prompted to sign into your Logitech account where all your previously saved friendly names will be shown. You may then add, delete or rename any of these.

Creating a new Harmony Activity

After creating a new Activity using the Logitech Harmony mobile app be sure to sync your remote so they appear on your remote screen and/or Harmony mobile app. You'll then be able to immediately use the new Activity using the Google Assistant. To create a voice friendly name for your new Activity, follow the steps above.


Can I control more than one Harmony hub?

No — the Harmony Action for the Google Assistant only permits control over one Harmony Hub. If you have multiple hubs you'll be asked to select one when linking Logitech Harmony and the Google Assistant together.

How can I disconnect the Google Assistant and Harmony?

Disconnecting the Google Assistant and Harmony can be accomplished in the Assistant apps section of the Google Home app. For more information please see: Set up & manage Assistant apps (formerly Services)

Is the Harmony Action supported on all Google Assistant devices?

The Harmony Action is currently only supported by the Google Assistant on Google Home. We look forward to having this enabled on other Google Assistant devices in the near future.

Does the Harmony Action support Chromecast?

Chromecast cannot be controlled using Harmony, nor the Harmony Action. However, if you are casting content via. Chromecast then you may choose to use Harmony to power on your living room speakers and adjust volume.

If you have Chromecast Audio then we recommend creating a Listen to Music Activity so Harmony can help get your AV Receiver or other speakers powered on.

Can I increase or decrease volume by a different amounts?

When you say, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to increase the volume", Harmony defaults to 7 volume up commands (similar to pressing the volume up button on your remote 7 times). If this amount is too much or too little you can also say, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to increase the volume by 15" which will send 15 volume up commands. You may select any amount between 1 and 20.

Once you've found the perfect amount, say "Ok Google, ask Harmony to set my default volume to 15" and Harmony will remember this for the future.

Can I add Activities to the Google Assistant after setup?

To refresh your Harmony account on the Google Assistant, you can say "Ok Google, ask Harmony to refresh my account". Harmony will refresh your account on the Google Assistant, adding any newly created Activities and/or updating any Activity names that you may have changed. Please note that this does not update or refresh your favorite channels, for more information on updating your favorite channels, please see the customize section above.

I'm having trouble changing the TV channel

In order to tune to a specific channel you'll need a Watch TV Activity configured in your Harmony account. You'll then be able to say, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to tune to channel number 29". Configuring favorite TV channels in Harmony allows you to launch those stations using voice, such as "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on NBC". Learn more about creating favorite channels.

Support for locks

For security purposes, Harmony Activities containing locks cannot be controlled using the Google Assistant.

How Harmony integrates with the Google Assistant

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

The Google Assistant communicates with Harmony through both Google and Logitech servers before reaching your Harmony Hub over Wi-Fi.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

As Harmony and the Google Assistant communicate over the internet, Harmony products that do not come with a Wi‑Fi enabled Harmony Hub cannot integrate with the Google Assistant.

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