How to connect Google Assistant with carbonTRACK

With voice control through the Google Assistant, you can control any appliance connected through a smart plug, or any circuits you have connected through carbonTRACK on your switchboard, for example, your pool pump or your hot water system.

The Google Assistant is a voice-activated assistant available on the Google Home speaker and all Google Android devices. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google–always ready to help. Just start by saying, “Ok Google” to enjoy music, get answers straight from Google, manage your everyday tasks, and easily control smart devices around your home with carbonTRACK.

Get started

First, make sure you have installed carbonTRACK in your home, downloaded the carbonTRACK mobile app for Android or iOS and logged into your account.

The Google Assistant requires either a Google Home speaker. Here's how you can prepare your specific device to connect with carbonTRACK:

  1. Download the Google Home mobile app for Androidor iOSand set up your Google Home device before connecting with carbonTRACK

Connect Google Assistant with carbonTRACK

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the menu 
  2. Verify that the Google account that is listed is the one you used to set up Google Home. To switch accounts, click the dropdown arrow to the right of the account name
  3. Tap Home control
  4. Under Devices, tap the plus icon in the bottom right
  5. Tap carbonTRACK
  6. Enter your carbonTRACK account username and password, and tap Next
  7. Tap GRANT to grant access- All devices will be authorized
  8. You can assign your devices to rooms (see steps below), or tap Done>Got it

Give voice commands to Google Assistant

Here are some sample phrases for switching devices. For the Google Home speaker, you can use “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” interchangeably.

“Ok Google, turn on/off the [bedroom lamp].”

“Ok Google, turn on/off [the fan].”

Whatever you have named your appliance in your app, this is the name you should use when you give your Google Assistant a command to turn it on or off.

“Ok Google turn on/off the [kitchen]”

“Ok Google, turn off everything”

You can turn on or off everything that has been assigned to a certain room by using the room name in your command. You can also turn on or off everything that is connected with one command. But beware, if your hot water is connected you could accidentally turn this off too, so be careful when using the everything command.

Add new carbonTRACK devices to the Google Assistant

By default, Google Assistant receives blanket permissions to access all of your carbonTRACK devices, including those connected through your switchboard, when you authorized your carbonTRACK account during setup. This extends permission to any newly added devices. If you add new devices after you’ve connected the Google Assistant, the new device will be added automatically and will be ready for voice control through Google Assistant right away!

Disconnect carbonTRACK from Google Assistant

To properly disconnect carbonTRACK from the Google Assistant, you need to unlink your carbonTRACK account from either the Google Assistant or Google Home app.

Here’s how to unlink your account:

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the menu 
  2. Tap Home control
  3. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right
  4. Tap Manage accounts
  5. Tap carbonTRACK
  6. Tap Unlink account
  7. Tap Unlink to confirm

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