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How to Adjust Bass and Treble on Original Google Home Smart Speaker




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The Google Home suite of smart speakers, including the first, original Google Home assistant speaker, now offer basic equalization controls (bass and treble), which you can adjust on a per speaker device basis via today’s Google Home app. You may set these controls as follows.

 

1. Bring up the Google Home app on your mobile device. You then get its Home screen as shown next. We’re running this demo on the iOS platform.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

 

2. Tap the main menu (hamburger) item. The Google App main menu then appears as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.

 

3. Tap the Devices menu item. You then get a list of registered Google Home devices on the same network as the tablet / phone you’re running the Google Home app on. We’re showing our devices list in the next picture.

 

4. Scroll down the list to the original Google Home smart speaker you’re adjusting, as we did with ours in the next picture.

 

5. Tap the device’s control menu button, located in the top right hand corner of the card for the speaker device that you’re adjusting. This brings up the selected device’s control menu, as shown in the next picture for the original Google Home speaker that we have.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Devices screen, showing an original Google Home speaker control menu, with the Settings option circled.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Devices screen, showing an original Google Home speaker control menu, with the Settings option circled.
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6. Tap the Google Home speaker’s Settings item in its control menu. The control options screen then appears, as shown next. Scroll down on that screen until you find the Equalizer option, under the Sound Settings heading, as we’ve done in the next screenshot.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Device Settings screen for the original Google Home speaker, showing the Equalizer option circled.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Device Settings screen for the original Google Home speaker, showing the Equalizer option circled.

 

7. Tap the Equalizer option. You should then see the equalizer slider screen, as shown next.

Note the circled speaker name to which the adjustments on this screen pertain, the Living Room speaker.  This lets us know that we’re gong to adjust the same speaker (Living Room) that we selected in the previous steps.

Also note the bass and treble equalizer slider controls, also circled.  These are what you’ll move around in the next step.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Equalizer Adjustments screen for an original Google Home smart speaker, with the bass and treble Slider controls circled.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Equalizer Adjustments screen for an original Google Home smart speaker, with the bass and treble Slider controls circled.

 

8. Adjust the bass and treble levels on the screen above, by dragging the corresponding slider left (decreasing volume) or right (increasing volume). Tap and hold immediately over the blue dot of the control you want to change. Then, while maintaining contact with the screen surface with your finger, slide that finger left or right to adjust.

Changes in the audio output of the Home speaker should appear nearly  instantaneous. If you don’t hear changing bass and treble sound characteristics while dragging these slider controls, you may have chosen the wrong speaker from the devices list.  Verify that this screen indeed is controlling the speaker you wished, by checking its device name, again, as displayed in the upper left corner of the equalizer screen.

 

9, You’re done! There are no Submit buttons to press after you adjust these controls. Changes to them take immediate effect, and will remain in effect until the next time you move the bass and treble level sliders, even once you close the Google Home app.

 

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  • 2017-12-03: Originally published.
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