I want to have my plug recognized as a light on Google Home

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Sometimes you buy a device and have the intentions to use it in a great way on Google Home but then you became disappointed because Google Home recognizes it in a wrong way and thus limiting the features/possibilities of the devices.

A clear example is when you use a smart plug (e.g. the Sonoff S26 or Choifoo C338) to which you may have connected a light. When correctly configured you can ask your Google Nest mini / hub to turn on/off your lights in the same room as the Google Nest mini / hub and then only hear a short confirmation sound instead of a voice saying that “4 lights have been turned off”.

But how to achieve the above? Well… It may vary from setup to setup. There are 2 solutions and one of them is the best. In the past changing the device name to something containing the word “light” / “light bulb” or an equavalent in your language might help. Nowadays there is another nicer solution: changing the device type of the device. Sometimes both might be needed. We combined both solutions in this Knowledge Base article. But there is still a change that neither of both do work. After all it is technology and technology can fail. 😉

INFORMATION

The screenshots in this article are taken from the Dutch version of the Google Home app. Also the names of the example devices are in Dutch. But don’t worry! We included a translation table with each image. In this way you get your free lessons Dutch to English. 😄

Step 1: Open the Google Home app and find the device involved

  • Open the Google Home app.
  • Find the device that you want to edit. In our example we first open the room (Kerst) where the device (Kerstboompje) can be found. You can do this by tapping the room name. You already might need to do so if you know the device is in a particular room but you can’t see that device at the main overview.

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
2 apparaten2 devices
UitschakelenSwitch off
KerstChristmas
KerstrappenChristmas light bridges
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
Change device type on Google Home: startscreen
Tap the name of the room where the device can be found

Step 2: Find the device in the room opened

  • Find and tap the device in the room you just opened to edit that device. In our example we opened the room Kerst and we are searching for the device Kerstboompje that is now being recognized as plug.

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
KerstChristmas
KerstrappenChristmas light bridges
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
UitschakelenSwitch off
Change device type on Google Home: room - plug
Find and tap the device that we want to edit

Step 3: Go to the device settings

  • Tap the cogwheel icon in the upper right corner.

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
KerstChristmas
AanOn
Change device type on Google Home: device detail
Tap the cogwheel icon in the upper right corner

Step 4: Tap the device type setting on the device settings screen

  • The device settings screen for our example Kerstboompje now shows various settings you can change as well as various information about the device.
  • Tap Device type (name of the menu option may differ since we have to translate it from Dutch).

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
ApparaatinstellingenDevice settings
AlgemeenGeneral
NaamName
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
ApparaattypeDevice type
StopcontactPlug
HuisHome
RuimteRoom
KerstChristmas
eWeLink Smart Home ontkoppelenUnlink eWeLink Smart Home
Verbonden via: eWeLink Smart HomeConnected via: eWeLink Smart Home
Naam van eWeLink Smart Home:Name at eWeLink Smart Home:
Apparaattype: StopcontactDevice type: plug
Change device type on Google Home: device settings - plug
Tap “Device type”

Step 5: Find the current device type

  • Although not strictly necessary you can check the current device type at the list. In the example you see it is Stopcontact (Plug).

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
ApparaattypeDevice type
AirconditionerAir conditioner
KoffiezetapparaatCoffee machine
OntvochtigerDehumidifier
VentilatorFan
KachelHeater
LuchtbevochtigerHumidifier
WaterkokerKettle
TVTV
StopcontactPlug
SchakelaarSwitch
VolgendeNext
Change device type on Google Home: device type - plug
The device was set to “Stopcontact” (“Plug”)

Step 6: Change the device type

  • You can select Light (Lamp in the example, translation might be slightly incorrect compared to the English version of Google Home).
  • Tap Next (Volgende in the example).

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
ApparaattypeDevice type
Populaire apparaattypenPopular device types
LampLight
AirconditionerAir conditioner
KoffiezetapparaatCoffee machine
OntvochtigerDehumidifier
VentilatorFan
KachelHeater
LuchtbevochtigerHumidifier
WaterkokerKettle
TVTV
VolgendeNext
Change device type on Google Home: device type - light
Select “Light” (in Dutch you see “Lamp” here)
Tap “Next” after selecting the correct device type

Step 7: Change and/or confirm the device name

  • Sometimes only changing the name to something that contains the word light / light bulb (or the equavalent in your language) is the solution to get Google Home correctly recognize your device as light. Most times changing the device type should solve the issue. In either way you need at least to confirm the name.
  • Change the name if desired or leave the name untoched.
  • Tap Save (Opslaan in the example).

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
Naam bewerkenEdit name
OpslaanSave
ApparaatnaamDevice name
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
Kerst boompjeLittle Christmas tree
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
Kerst boompjesLittle Christmas trees
Change device type on Google Home: device type - name
Change the device name if desired or leave untouched
Tap “Save” to confirm the device name

Step 8: Leave the device settings page

  • You can see the Device type (Apparaattype at the example) has been changed to Light (Plug) (Lamp (Stopcontact) at the example.
  • The device type between brackets is the actual device type and the one in front of that your custom chosen device type.
  • You can leave the screen by pressing the back button of your phone or by pressing the back arrow at the top left corner of the screen.

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
ApparaatinstellingenDevice settings
AlgemeenGeneral
NaamName
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
ApparaattypeDevice type
Lamp (Stopcontact)Light (Plug)
HuisHome
RuimteRoom
KerstChristmas
eWeLink Smart Home ontkoppelenUnlink eWeLink Smart Home
Verbonden via: eWeLink Smart HomeConnected via: eWeLink Smart Home
Naam van eWeLink Smart Home:Name at eWeLink Smart Home:
Apparaattype: StopcontactDevice type: plug
Change device type on Google Home: device settings - light
The device type has changed to “Light (Plug)”.
To leave this screen press the back button of your device or the back arrow at this corner of the screen

Step 9: Leave the device operation screen

  • You can leave the screen by pressing the back button of your phone or by pressing the minimize arrow at the top left corner of the screen.

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
KerstChristmas
AanOn
Change device type on Google Home: device detail
To leave this screen press the back button of your device or the minimize arrow at this corner of the screen

Step 10: See the change device type icon in the room / home at the Google Home app

  • You can now see the plug icon of your device (in this case Kerstboompje) has changed from a plug to a light bulb.
  • Also a light group automatically has been automatically added to this room Kerst.
  • The device will be shown in the same way at the start screen of Google Home.
  • The device should now behave as a simple on/off light on Google Home, Google Assistant, Google Nest mini / hub, etc.

Free lesson Dutch – English

PhraseTranslation
KerstChristmas
Lampen in KerstLights in Christmas
KerstboompjeLittle Christmas tree
KerstrappenChristmas stairs (some kind of Christmas light)
UitschakelenSwitch off
Change device type on Google Home: room - light
The device is now shown as light bulb instead of plug
A light group automatically has been created

Product information

Sonoff S26

Sonoff S26

  • Many different plug types (EU/US/UK/CN/AU)
  • Looks more elegant and modern
Choifoo C338

Choifoo C338

Nice small plug that easily fits on your wall socket.

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