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.




Setup


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.



Lastly, 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 card in the Google Home app. Launch the Google Home app, tap the Discover tab then LINK.
  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 set up.

You're now ready to control your entertainment devices with your voice. Try saying, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on the TV".

Examples

  • Ok Google, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    increase the volume

    Harmony can increase, decrease or mute your volume using the Google Assistant voice commands.
  • Ok Google, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    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, ask Harmony to
    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.

Customize

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 More settings, then Services and scroll down and select on 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.

FAQs

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.

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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