Harmony experience with the Google Assistant
It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products
It's not compatible with IR based remotes
"Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on the TV." or Roku, or the sports channel...Or Xbox,
When Logitech Harmony and the Google Assistant 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.
The Harmony Action on the Google Assistant is currently only available for select languages in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
*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 Assistant device (e.g., Google Home) is up and running.
If your Google Assistant device is already configured then skip to the next step. Otherwise, follow Google's Setup guide.
- Once everything has been set up, connect Logitech and the Google Assistant
Not seeing Explore?
- Turn to your Google Home and say, "Ok Google, ask Harmony to link my account."
- Launch the Google Home app , you'll see a "Link to Harmony" card, tap LINK.
- If you don't see a "Link to Harmony" card, you may need to close the app and relaunch it.
- If you're having trouble with this step, add the Harmony Action manually. Reopen the app and navigate to MENU > Explore and search for Harmony, open the Harmony result and tap LINK.
Make sure you're using the most current version of the Google Home app. If you still don't see Explore in the menu, you'll need to install the Assistant app for your iOS or Android device to link with Harmony.Show me
- Launch the Google Assistant app.
- Tap the blue icon in the upper-right hand corner.
- Search for and select the Harmony Action.
- Tap LINK and continue with the steps below.
- Sign in using your Logitech Harmony account username and password.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tap LINK ACCOUNT at the bottom of your final screen to complete the setup.
- (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.
- Open the Google Home app .
- In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
- Tap More settings, then scroll down tap Shortcuts.
- Tap + in the lower right-hand corner.
- 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.
- 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".
- Finally, tap ✓ in the upper right-hand corner.
- We've listed some shortcut recommendations below to help you get started.
DEFAULT VOICE COMMAND RECOMMENDED SHORTCUT "...ask Harmony to turn on the TV" "...turn on the TV" "...ask Harmony to turn off the TV" "...turn off the TV "...ask Harmony to turn on ESPN" "...turn on ESPN" "...ask Harmony to turn on Netflix" "...turn on Netflix" "...ask Harmony to increase the volume" "...increase the volume" "...ask Harmony to play" "...play the TV" * "...ask Harmony to pause" "...pause the TV" * "...ask Harmony to stop" "...stop the TV" *
*We recommend using your device's name (e.g., the TV) with these specific shortcuts to avoid overlapping with the Google Assistant's native commands.
If you've enabled voice recognition but would still like others in your household to have access to Harmony commands, they will need to enable the Harmony Action in the Google Home app from their account. For more information on voice recognition with the Google Assistant, please see: Media and multiple users on Google Home