New Google Home app, no Rachio


#1

In the past I found the Google Home app (on Android, if it matters) didn’t really suit my needs, so I basically only used it to set up my Google devices. Now that Google revamped the app, I figured I’d give it a try, including adding my Rachio controller to it.

Except Rachio is not listed as a choice in the list of services I can link to Google. Is this a temporary issue, or are Google and Rachio no longer playing nicely together?


#2

Hi @gadgetfan-

Are you not able to use Google commands with your Rachio controller either, or are you just not seeing it in the app?


#3

Hey @gadgetfan - testing this out now. So far we’re seeing the same thing. Promise we’re still integrated with Google, looks like a simple hiccup with the new update. Stay tuned!


#4

@mckynzee - I did set up Google/Rachio integration some time back, but rarely use it. I just tried it now and some commands seem to work. I could set a rain delay, but I couldn’t cancel it. I also couldn’t use any of the commands to obtain watering status. I don’t know if the failure of those commands is linked to the current quirk in the integration.

@laura.bauman - Thanks for the update. Any estimate of when I should try it again?


#5

To be more specific. Rachio hasn’t implemented Google Smart Home Actions https://developers.google.com/actions/smarthome/. Here’s info about the Sprinkler Action: https://developers.google.com/actions/smarthome/guides/sprinkler


#6

Hey @gadgetfan!

So it looks like with the new update, linking Rachio is just slightly different now.

For Android Phones
Open Google Home
Click the Assistant Microphone
Click the explore button (compass icon) in the top right when the assistant pops up
Search Rachio
Click link

For iPhones
Open Google Assistant App
Click the explore button (compass icon) in the top right
Search Rachio
Click link

Let me know if you run into any snags. We’ll be updating our documentation to reflect this shortly.

Thanks for the heads up :slight_smile:
Lo


#7

Thanks, @laura.bauman. I wonder if we’re talking about two slightly different things, though. The instructions you provided enable me to talk to Google Assistant to initiate commands, though I didn’t have a “link” button in the last step. Maybe because my integration remained intact from when I set it up previously?

My question was about the ability to incorporate Rachio into the list of smart devices on the Google Home main screen (mine currently looks like this):

Does Rachio plan to integrate in some way to that screen? It won’t have the degree of control as the Rachio app, but there might be a use case there, and it’s nice to have one hub for hopefully all smart devices. Currently, if I click the “Add” button on that screen, Rachio is not listed among the companies/services that can be added.


#8

OH! I see! I’m so sorry for the confusion.

Let me look into this a little bit more and get back to you :slight_smile:


#9

See my above comment about what Rachio needs to do to become a first class device.


#12

@laura.bauman Why Rachio isn’t integrated with Google Home the same way as other smart home devices like smart plugs, smart bulbs etc. Thanks to proper integration I can see status of my smart plug right on Google Home screen. Currently you have new smart display devices (Google Home Hub, Lenovo Smart Display, JBL Link View and more) and without proper integration is not possible to use Rachio on them right on the screen, only by voice.


#15

Is there any updates on this? I’d like to see Smart Actions added as well.


#16

It looks like Rachio is no longer supported on the latest version of Google Home. Has anyone noticed anything different?


#17

Same thing here.

I tried linking Rachio to Google Home/Assistant yesterday in the iOS apps and it looks like it was successful but it doesn’t show up as being linked when I look at my vendors that are linked. Try to link again…same thing. Looks like it is linked but only shows my Nest, Lutron, and Samsung devices being linked…


#18

@laura.bauman Are there any updates on linking Rachio with Google Home?


#20

Hey Laura,

Any updates on when the integration will be fixed? Just got my google home mini and have got everything else linked up but my rachio. I’m anxious to get it incorporated into my home automation.


#21

Hey everybody! So sorry for the silence so far. Unfortunately I don’t have an update at this moment but as our team gets back into the office this week I’ll make sure I check in with them and keep you posted. :slightly_smiling_face: Thanks for the reminder!

Rachio should still work just fine with Google Assistant, however, so if you’re seeing problems with that specifically, shoot our support team a note so we can troubleshoot!

:cheers:


#23

Rachio still not showing up on google home.
Rachio isn’t listed in services. Any update when this will be back up and running with google? Bit disappointed it’s taking this long when this was one of its key selling points


#25

Have same problem. Don’t see it in apps, assistant and discovery. Will be that fixed before the season? :wink:


#27

Hi all - great news!

Rachio will be coming to Google Home this year. For clarification, Rachio already works with Google Assistant, so you can currently say “Hey Google, tell Rachio to water zone 3.” In 2019, we will be compatible with Google Home in addition to Google Assistant which will allow you to simply say, “Hey Google, water my lawn,” and be accessible through the Google Home app. Please note, we do not have a specific release date or timeline for this new feature but check out this exciting press release from Google in the meantime!

:cheers:


#28

Great news! The more third party connections the better That’s what will make everyone’s use case happy out there!