Google Home for Windows is possible, but only if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops. Basically, you need a special software for this. In this article, we explain exactly what software you need and how to install the Google Home app on a PC running Windows.
Maybe you don’t have an Android or iOS device, but you would love to use things such as Chromecast and Google Home. The first group of users, can easily do this by using Google Chrome or Firefox browsers, for instance. But what about the second group of users?
Google Home for Windows
We get you out of the dream right away: you can’t just install the Google Home app on Windows, nor the Google Assistant, no matter what version you have. But, you do can install it through a workaround on your computer or laptop with Windows 10 or Windows 11 running.
So it’s not impossible to use Google Home on Windows. You just have to make a little more effort than you might be used to. It’s not just a simple matter of looking up the right software in the Microsoft Store, downloading it and being able to do what you want right away.
Then how do we get this work done? Actually, the answer to that question is very straightforward: you just download an Android emulator. With this emulator on your PC, you can emulate the Android environment on hardware that is not intended for it. However, it is very convenient!
The Android emulator
An emulator is by no means illegal software. On the contrary, it is a useful program that allows you to use elements of, or complete operating systems on, devices made for a different purpose. This way, you are not dependent on smartphones and tablets using Android.
The moment you use an Android emulator on your Windows computer, you can run Android applications on your Windows PC. With the launch of Windows 11, this has become quite easy for everyone, as Microsoft is partnering with Amazon.
Through the Microsoft Store, you can (soon) download the Amazon App Store. When you do that, you are able to install all kinds of Android applications without too much trouble. In that case, we are only talking about the Android apps that Amazon offers; those offers are quite different from the Google Play Store.
Therefore – even as a Windows 11 user – it is still a good idea to use an emulator. The most well-known and popular Android emulator is Bluestacks. With this program, you can easily run Google Home on Windows, regardless of the version you are currently running.
Google Home for Windows via Bluestacks
Please note that your computer must meet a number of requirements. You need at least Windows 7 and a recently updated graphics card. Your processor must be from Intel or AMD and you require at least 2 GB of working memory and 5 GB of storage memory.
Also, you have to be the administrator of your own computer. For the best experience, use Windows 10 (otherwise 11), have at least 8 GB of working memory, use a solid state drive (ssd) in your PC, and have a fast or modern graphics card.
Installing Google Home for Windows
Did you succeed in installing Bluestacks? Awesome! Then you can now install Google Home on Windows. Luckily, this goes way faster than installing the Windows program. First, you have to open the Bluestacks program on your computer. Next, you open Google Play (the download store).
At the top of the Android store, you’ll find a search bar. Here, you enter that you are looking for Google Home. Open the Google Home page and press the green install button. After installing, the app will appear in the bar and on the home screen. Now, open Google Home and sign in with your Google account.
At this point, you can install Google Home if you want. You do so just as you do on Android and iOS. Add a house, install different Google Home devices and get information about things like weather and traffic. Run through all the settings carefully for a personalized experience.
If you would like to start over, you can reset Google Home. It involves a slight detour, but eventually you’ll get the Google Home app working on a Windows computer.