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 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 United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

*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 Assistant device (e.g., Google Home) is up and running.

If your Google Assistnat device is already configured then skip to the next step. Otherwise, follow Google's Setup guide.

Using Google Assistant on a mobile device?

You can also control Harmony using the Google Assistant directly from your mobile device. For more information, please select from one of the links below:



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

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



(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 Explore, search for Harmony and then tap its listing.
  4. Scroll down and tap ADD NEW.
    • 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".
  5. Tap Save.
Creating Google Home Shortcuts

Note

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

Voice Examples

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. Otherwise, you will need to say the entire voice command (e.g., "Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on the TV").

Controlling Activities

  • Ok Google, turn on the TV
    Harmony can begin your Watch TV Activity, powering on your TV, AV receiver and cable box and setting everything to the correct input.
  • Ok Google, turn on the Xbox
    A simple voice command allows you jump right into gaming. Let Harmony take care of setting up your entertainment center.
  • Ok Google, turn on the Apple TV
    Switch between any of your Harmony Activities. Easy.

Favorite TV Stations

  • Ok Google, turn on the Discovery ChannelBBC OneSky Action
    Directly jump to your favorite TV shows with one request, regardless of if your TV is on, off, or if you're in a different Activity.
  • Ok Google, turn on ESPNSky Sports
    Select up to 50 Favorite Channels when setting up your Harmony remote and tune to any of them with your voice.
  • Ok Google, turn on sports
    Set up friendly names such as "turn on sports" which will tune to ESPNSky Sports, or "turn on news" to jump over to CNNSky News.

TV Channel Numbers

  • Ok Google, ask Harmony to go to channel number 29
    After launching your Watch TV Activity you'll directly tune to a channel. Remember to say "channel number".
  • Ok Google, ask Harmony to go channel up
    Navigate up or down in your channel listings, or say "previous channel".

Roku Channels

  • Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on Netflix
    Have a Roku? Harmony can launch channels directly on your device.
  • Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn on HuluBBC iPlayer
    Jump between Activities, TV stations or Roku Channels. Harmony takes care of the input switching and set up.

Volume Controls

  • Ok Google, turn up the volume on the TV
    If you turn on your Harmony Activity with voice, such as, "Ok Google, turn on the TV" then Google will intelligently send volume commands directly to your TV for a period of time. You can always say, "Ok Google, turn up the volume on my TV". Increase or decrease the volume and Harmony will send those commands to your TV, AV Receiver, Soundbar, or whatever else is needed.
  • Ok Google, turn up the volume by 15 on the TV
    Harmony will send seven volume up commands by default, or you can specify a value between 1 and 20 by changing the default value. You're also able to easily mute all the sound.

Playback controls

  • Ok Google, pause the TV
    Similar to volume controls, if your Activity was turned on using voice then Google will remember to send play/pause commands to your Activity for a period of time. You can always say, "Ok Google, pause my TV" to direct commands over to your entertainment center. Play, pause and stop your media playback with a easy voice commands.
  • Ok Google, skip forward on the TV
    Skip back a chapter or jump forward to the next.

Power off

  • Ok Google, turn off the TV
    "Turn off the TV", "turn off the Xbox", or "turn off the Discovery ChannelBBC OneSky Action", Harmony will power everything down with one request.
  • Ok Google, turn off the entertainment center
    You can also say "turn off the entertainment center" to power everything off, regardless of what's playing.

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 Explore, then search for and select the Harmony skill.
  3. Scroll down and tap UNLINK, confirm your selection when prompted.
  4. Tap LINK and sign into your Logitech account. You may then add, delete or rename any of your friendly names.

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

I'm having trouble linking my account, is there another way to add Harmony?

Yes, if you're having trouble linking to Harmony by voice, you may add the Harmony Action by navigating to Menu > Explore and then searching for Harmony in the Google Home app.

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)

Which Google Assistant devices can I use with Harmony?

Harmony skill is available for use on all Google Assistant enabled platforms, including but not limited to:

Can I use multiple Google Assistant supported devices with Harmony?

Yes. You can start, stop and control any of your Harmony Activities from one or many Google Assistant supported devices as well as use your Harmony remote and mobile app. Everything stay's in sync.

Can I use the Google Assistant to control Harmony on iOS?

You're able to use the Google Assistant to control Harmony on your iOS device provided you have iOS v9.1+. Once complete, you're able to tap the Google Assistant app on your device and "Ask Harmony to start" or "stop" your Activities as described above in this article.

  1. Enable the Google Assistant on your iOS device.
  2. Install the Google Assistant for iOS.
  3. Open the app and say "Ask Harmony Harmony to link my account."
  4. Tap the Harmony skill once it responds and then follow the prompts to connect your Harmony account.

Can I use the Google Assistant to control Harmony on Android?

You're able to use the Google Assistant to control Harmony on your Android device provided you have Android v6.0+ and the Google app v6.13+. Once complete, you're able to press the Home button on your device and "Ask Harmony to start" or "stop" your Activities as described above in this article.

  1. Enable the Google Assistant on your Android device.
  2. Press the Home button on your device (usually located on the bottom, in the center) for roughly one second to start the Google Assistant.
  3. When the Google assistant appears, say "Ask Harmony Harmony to link my account."
  4. Tap the Harmony skill and follow the prompts to connect your Harmony account.

You can also enable Trusted Voice on your device, allowing you to unlock your phone using your voice. This makes it possible to have a voice-only experience with Harmony and the Google Assistant, even when your phone is locked.

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 the 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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