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Does Ecobee Work With Google Home? (Find Out Now!)
Smart thermostats like Ecobee allow you to control them from an app on your phone. No longer must you walk over to the thermostat to change it. But in our question for convenience, some may ask, “Does it work with Google Home?”
The Ecobee3, Ecobee3 Lite, and Ecobee4 thermostats are compatible with any device that supports Google Assistant. This includes Google Home. You can use your voice to set or check the temperature. You can even shift the temperature up or down slightly with certain voice commands.
Compatibility with Google Assistant devices is a game-changer for some people. Now, you have three choices of how to control your Ecobee thermostat: through the actual device, through the app, or with your voice! What a world we live in!
Table of Contents
- Ecobee Thermostats and Google Assistant
- Pairing Ecobee with Google Assistant
- Voice Commands
- Ecobee and Alexa
- Humidity Readings
- Related Questions
- Summing It Up
Ecobee Thermostats and Google Assistant
If you want a smart thermostat, it’s most likely due to its convenience factor. And what’s more convenient than controlling the thermostat with your voice? Voice control is high on the wish list of many smart home consumers. Luckily, Ecobee smart thermostats have that feature.
Google Assistant-supported devices like Google Home work with newer models of Ecobee smart thermostats. The Ecobee3, Ecobee3 Lite, and Ecobee4 thermostats are compatible with Google Home and other Google Assistant devices.
Ecobee already supports services like SmartThings and If This Then That (IFTTT). The Ecobee4 even has Alexa built-in, though Google search is not supported. But Android users have an additional way to control their Ecobee4.
Do I Need a Google Home Speaker?
Voice command is in high demand and Ecobee delivers! And as a bonus, you don’t have to have a Google Home speaker to control and Ecobee with your voice.
Ecobee thermostats connect to Google Assistant through the Google Home app (if you own a Google Home speaker) or Google Assistant app (if you don’t have a speaker).
Pairing Ecobee with Google Assistant
Pairing an Ecobee thermostat with Google Assistant is relatively easy. However, the process is slightly different depending on whether or not you have a Google Home Speaker.
Before starting the pairing process, make sure you’re setting up the Ecobee thermostat from the Owner profile. The Owner has pairing privileges that members of the home do not.
You also have to make sure your Ecobee thermostat has an assigned name or else pairing will not work. To assign a name to the thermostat, go to the thermostat screen. Follow this path: Main Menu > Settings > Preferences > Thermostat Name.
Pairing with a Google Home Speaker
If you have a Google Home speaker, first open the Google Home app. Then follow these steps:
- Tap the “Add” icon.
- Tap “Set Up Device.”
- Tap “Works with Google.”
- Tap the magnifying glass and then type Ecobee into the search bar.
- Tap the Ecobee icon.
- When prompted, log in with your Ecobee account info to link to your Google account.
Pairing without a Google Home Speaker
If you don’t have a Google Home speaker, you can still pair your Ecobee thermostat with Google Assistant. Simply open the Google Assistant app and follow these steps:
- Tap the “Explore” icon.
- Tap the magnifying glass and then type “Ecobee” into the search bar.
- Tap the Ecobee icon.
- Tap “Set Up.”
- When prompted, log in with your Ecobee account info to link to your Google account
Once paired, Google Assistant works with Ecobee3, Ecobee3 Lite, and Ecobee4 thermostats. Additionally, Google Assistant can control Ecobee Switches and room sensors.
Ecobee thermostats have pre-selected voice commands to better help you control your device. There are different voice commands for setting and adjusting the temperature and changing the device’s mode, among other things.
Getting the Temperature
The beauty of voice-controlled thermostats is that we can find things out about the temperature from anywhere in the house. If you want to know the temperature, you can ask, “Okay Google, what’s the temperature of my thermostat?
If you want to know the target temperature, ask, “Hey Google, what’s the <name of thermostat> set to? From here, you can change the temperature based on your comfort.
Setting and Adjusting the Temperature
You have to option to set an exact temperature or let the thermostat do it for you. “Okay Google, set the temperature to <temperature>. That one’s pretty self-explanatory.
Another option is to say, “Okay Google increase the temperature in <name of thermostat>. This will increase the temperature by 5°F (3°C) from the current set-point. For example, if your thermostat is set to 65°F and you give the voice command to increase the temperature, it will go up to 70°F.
The same goes for decreasing the temperature.
You can also increase or decrease the temperature by a specific number. “Okay Google, increase/decrease the temperature in <name of thermostat> by <number of degrees>.
Changing System Mode
It’s possible to switch between the heater and air conditioner by voice command. Simply say, “Okay Google, set the <name of thermostat> to heat (or cool).
You can set the Ecobee to Auto mode by saying, “Okay Google, set the <name of thermostat> to heat cool.
You can also turn the thermostat off by saying, “Okay Google, turn the <name of thermostat> to off mode.
Ecobee and Alexa
While the Ecobee4 has built-in Alexa capabilities, all Ecobee devices are compatible with Amazon Echo and Dot. This means you can control your Ecobee with Alexa.
To control your Ecobee thermostat with your Echo or Dot, you must first enable Ecobee and Ecobee plus skills on the Amazon device. These skills are automatically enabled on an Ecobee4 or an Ecobee thermostat with voice control after activating Alexa through the Ecobee app or Web Portal.
To connect your Ecobee to Amazon Echo or Dot, open the Amazon Alexa app. Choose Devices > Enable Smart Home Skills > tap the Magnifying glass and type “ecobee.” You want to enable both the Ecobee and Ecobee plus options. Click one at a time and select “Enable to Use.”
A separate account link window will pop up, prompting you to sign in with your Ecobee account information. Accept the invitation to authorize Amazon. Then, your Ecobee is fully linked to and can be controlled by your Amazon Alexa device.
Unfortunately, both Google Assistant and Alexa have trouble understanding commands regarding humidity levels. It’s a pain, especially for those with humidity issues in certain levels of their homes. But alas, you cannot ask Google what the temperature is in the basement. It will only tell you that “the basement doesn’t support that.”
But again, that’s just a convenience factor. You can still check the temperature on your own. You just can’t ask Google to tell you.
Do you still have questions about Ecobee smart thermostats and their compatibility with Google Home? You’ve come to the right place. Below are some other questions users asked about Ecobee
How do I get rid of Ecobee on Google?
To unregister your thermostat from your account, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your Ecobee app and select “Home.”
- Choose the thermostat you want to unregister.
- Select the “Main Menu” icon and then “Device Settings.”
- Select “Remove Device.” This will prompt a confirmation screen.
- When the confirmation screen appears, choose “Remove Device” again.
How do I change the ownership of Ecobee?
In order to pair your Google Home and Ecobee thermostat, you need to be the Owner of the Ecobee device. If you aren’t the owner, you can transfer ownership to yourself.
You can make this transfer through the Ecobee app, thermostat, or Web Portal. The next step depends on which method you choose to transfer with. You’ll either need to remove the old user from the account, reset the registration, or unregister and re-register the thermostat.
What are the best thermostats to use with Google Home?
In addition to Ecobee, other smart thermostats that work with Google Home include Mysa, Hive, Honeywell, and Nest.
Can you turn off voice control on your Ecobee thermostat?
If for some reason you no longer wish to use voice control, you have the option to deactivate it. From the main screen on your Ecobee app, tap “Thermostat.” After the thermostat screen appears, click the microphone icon on the bottom. This will display an audio screen. From here, click “Unlink Alexa.” Confirm that you wish to unlink Alexa from your Ecobee. A slash will appear through the microphone, indicating that Alexa has been unlinked from your thermostat.
Summing It Up
All versions of Ecobee smart thermostats are compatible with devices that support Google Assistant, including Google Home. The major downside is that you can’t check the humidity levels in certain rooms. Otherwise, Ecobee and Google Assistant work very well together.
The easy pairing of Ecobee and Google Assistant allows for a quick transition into a life of convenience. There are a plethora of voice commands to which your Ecobee will respond once paired with Google Assistant. Controlling your temperature has never been easier! At last, your smart home dreams can come true!
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