Hey Google, Turn On the Xbox – Google Home, IFTTT, Harmony Integration

In this tutorial, I'm going to tell you how to control a Logitech Harmony Home Hub to turn on your Xbox by simply speaking a command to Google Home.

In this tutorial, I’m going to tell you how to control a Logitech Harmony Home Hub to turn on your Xbox (or any other entertainment center activity) by simply speaking a command to Google Home.

After I got my Google Home, one of my goals was to integrate it with as much as I could.

I already figured out how to integrate it with the Samsung SmartThings hub.  That one was easy since Google officially supports Samsung SmartThings integration (the logo is even on the box).

However, integrating the Google Home with Logitech Harmony Home Hub was not quite as seamless (although still pretty easy).

Equipment Needed

Before we get started, make sure you have what you need.  It’s pretty much just these two things.  Note, you can have any of the variations of the Logitech Harmony Home Hub.  There are versions with less buttons, or the home devices buttons, or even one with a touch screen.  You can even use just the hub along with your smart phone.  As long as it’s the one with this hub, you’re good.

Logitech Harmony Home Hub

Google Home

How to Connect Google Home and Logitech Harmony Home Hub to IFTTT

Out of the box, Google Home works with IFTTT, but you still have to set it up.  Go to https://ifttt.com and login or signup for a free account.  Once logged in, click this link to see my applet that you can use as a template for yours… https://ifttt.com/applets/43595499d-turn-on-xbox-by-voice

In order to finish setting it up, you will need to setup your Google Assistant channel in IFTTT to connect to your Google account, and you’ll also need to setup your Logitech Harmony Home Hub channel in IFTTT to connect to your Harmony activities.

Once your channels are connected, the applet will take up to 3 different phrases for the Google Home to listen for, what you want to Google Home to answer with, and which Harmony activity should activate.

That’s it!  Now, go ahead and copy this and make one for each of your harmony activities including turning everything off.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know below in the comments area.  Thanks!

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