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With cable companies bleeding their customers dry for channels they don’t even watch, many are considering “cutting the cord.” The rise of Internet streaming services gave hope to budget-conscious consumers. It finally seemed as though people could break ties with the cable companies. However, subscriptions to all of the streaming platforms quickly added up, negating any potential savings. There were also some significant drawbacks to eliminating cable, like losing access to your local news and sports.

Before you concede defeat, what if we told you there were high-definition channels that you could watch free of charge? It’s not a fantasy but rather a relic of an older era of television that many people forgot about: over-the-air broadcasting. The antennas of the past have made a comeback, offering sleek, elegant designs that are more sophisticated and powerful than their precursors.

HD TV antennas can pull in channels from many of your local affiliates like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and more. This means you can watch your local news, sports and primetime TV without paying a single cent.

Find out what channels are available in your area

Before you cancel your cable subscription and buy an antenna, you’ll probably want to know what channels you’ll be able to pull in. Fortunately there are a number of websites that can show you which channels are being broadcast in your area. Head to TVFool or AntennaWeb and punch in your address. Both websites will analyze the location of transmission towers relative to your location and present you with a list of channels you are likely to receive.

TVFool has a lot of information but can be somewhat difficult to interpret. AntennaWeb doesn’t have quite as much technical data; however, it does present its findings a little more clearly. Ultimately both websites will tell you what you need to know, so which one you use is up to you.

Directional or omnidirectional?

Now that you have some idea as to which channels you’re likely to receive, you have to select an antenna suitable to your situation. There are two types: directional and omnidirectional. Directional antennas are oriented in one direction and are capable of pulling in transmissions from further away. Omnidirectonal antennas are able to pull in channels from all directions but are generally weaker. To determine which one is best for you, refer back to your results on TVFool or AntennaWeb. You’ll notice that along with a list of channels, there is a geographical map.

This map will show a bunch of lines in relation to the location you previously entered. These lines represent the broadcast transmissions for each one of the channels. If all of the transmission lines are coming from a particular direction, grab a directional antenna. If the broadcasts are coming from all directions, pick up an omnidirectional antenna.

Indoor or Outdoor?

Once you’ve decided on a directional or omnidirectional antenna, you now need to consider whether to opt for an indoor or outdoor model. TVFool and AntennaWeb will also tell you how close you are to the broadcast towers in your area. If you live thirty miles or closer to the towers, then an indoor antenna will most likely do the job. If you live further away, then you’ll probably have to look into getting an outdoor antenna. Of course, these predictions won’t apply to everyone, as there are a number of factors that contribute to antenna reception. While distance to the transmission towers is important, there is one other thing you’ll want to consider.

Think about your surroundings. Is your “line of sight” to the broadcast towers obstructed by anything? While it’s not necessary to actually be able to see the towers, obstructions along the way can hamper the signal. Buildings, trees, mountains, etc., can all interfere with your reception. Outdoor antennas tend to be more powerful than the indoor variety. In addition, the outdoor models are not subject to impedances within your own home (e.g. walls).

To amplify or not to amplify

In today’s market you can find antennas with built-in amplifiers or add after-market ones to your existing antenna. In essence, amplifiers are intended to “boost” the broadcast transmissions that your antenna pulls in.

The danger of using an amplifier is that it doesn’t discriminate what it amplifies. That is if you live in an area with spotty reception (e.g. snow), you run the risk of amplifying that distortion. If you live far from your local broadcast towers and are having trouble pulling in channels, an amplifier might help. Just make sure you hang on to the receipt in case it makes matters even worse.

Antenna Placement

Once you’ve settled on an antenna, you’re going to want to think about where you will place it. With outdoor antennas, you really only have to consider which direction it will be facing (unless it is omnidirectional). Indoor antenna placement, however, can make a huge difference in the quality and number of channels you receive.

As with outdoor directional antennas, if your indoor antenna is directional, you’ll want to place it so that it is facing the broadcast signal’s point of origin.

We mentioned before how a clear “line of sight” can drastically improve reception. While you can’t do much about buildings or trees, you can make sure your indoor antenna is near a window or placed against an outward facing wall.

Generally the higher an antenna is placed the better the reception.

Try a variety of different placements to see which one works best.

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How To Set Up Steam Link And Play Pc Games On Your Tv

Input devices and controller support

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The Steam Link supports a number of input devices. They include USB-based or wireless-with-a-USB-dongle keyboards or mice, Xbox 360 or Xbox One controllers connected via USB (wireless dongles are technically possible but require a lot of workarounds and hassle), a PlayStation 4 controller connected via USB, or Valve’s own wireless Steam Controller.

All the USB devices are very easy—just plug them in, and they should work right away. If you’re using a Steam Controller, you’ll have to sync it. To do this:

First turn on your Steam Link.

While holding down the X button on the Steam Controller, press the Steam button to put it into discovery and pairing mode.

It should work straight from there.

Wired vs. wireless

Valve strongly recommends connecting both your Steam Link and your host machine with a wired ethernet connection.

Why? Well, streaming high-resolution games at 60 frames per second is one of the most taxing things you can do on a network connection. And since the games are interactive, you could very easily encounter game death-ensuing stutters or other issues with the slightest hiccup.

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The Steam Link’s physical connections include an ethernet port.

Wireless connections are better than they’ve ever been, but they’re still subject to interference from other wireless signals, as well as signal degradation over long distances or going through walls and furniture. If you have an ideal scenario, Wi-Fi will be fine for the Steam Link—but most of us don’t.

If you can’t use a wired connection and you’re struggling to use the Steam Link with an older Wi-Fi router, PCWorld’s guide to the best wireless routers can walk you through upgrading your network. 

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The in-home streaming interface inside the Steam PC client.

[ Further reading: 15 obscure Steam features that power up your PC gaming ]

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When you’ve plugged everything in and powered up your Steam Link, you’ll be taken through an easy, step-by-step process for configuring it. If you’re connected over ethernet, it may automatically download an update first, though—let it, if so. After that, you may be prompted to pick your language. Easy enough; pick the language of your choice.

Set up the display

The Steam Link will now run you through two screens where you’ll have to configure your display settings.

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In another screen, you’ll be presented with some basic settings: scaling, resolution, and CEC. Leave scaling at 0% in most cases, and pick the resolution and Hz refresh that best matches your TV. Sometimes you’ll even see this automatically recognized at the top of the screen, as seen in the below screenshot. But other times, you just have to know what your TV can support. Chances are it’s the highest setting listed in the menu.

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CEC is a feature on some TVs that lets you to control multiple devices connected to your TV with the same controller. If you don’t need this, leave it off. But if you have thought through how to set up a whole CEC scenario, keep it enabled.

Pick and connect your host PC

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Once you’ve selected your host, the Steam Link will show a four-digit PIN number that you need to enter on the host PC to confirm the connection. Just take a look at your host PC, and you should see that a prompt has appeared asking for the code. Type it in and you’re set. From here, you’ll be taken to the main menu.

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How to stream games from your PC to Steam Link

From this point, you’re home free. Just load up your “Library” and look at the list of games. You can remotely install games to your PC from your purchased games library here. If you’re using a gamepad, you can press a designated button to apply a filter (“Y” on the Xbox controllers, triangle on the PlayStation 4 controller, and so on—it’s listed at the bottom of the screen). This is helpful for identifying which games support the gamepad and thus are easily playable on your TV.

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There are a few settings you should know about, too. In In-Home Streaming on your Steam Link, you can pick from three quality presets—Fast, Balanced, and Beautiful—or you can more finely tweak the settings that affect quality and consistency of the image. If you’re on an ethernet connection, the maximum settings will probably work. If you’re on Wi-Fi, you may spend some time adjusting these options.

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Remember that the Steam Link only streams actual gameplay from your PC, so you may need to upgrade your graphics card if you want to crank up graphics quality without sacrificing frame rate. If your gaming PC can’t play a game at Ultra settings, your Steam Link won’t either. Steam Link won’t magically make your games any smoother.

That’s it! It might take some tweaking, depending on your network conditions, but you should be playing Steam games on your TV before long. For even more streaming options, check out PCWorld’s guide to playing your PC games anywhere—even on your phone or out of your house.

How To Set Up And Use Treesize

Storage space is like time: there just is never enough. I’m not big on cloud services and cannot rely on staying online just to access my own files, which is why I prefer having them locally. But that has its own issues. Every time an app is installed, or a file is brought in, the storage space gets eaten up. Even if I’m not doing anything it seems to run out of its own volition. And just as time is a precious resource that I try to manage as best I can, so is my system’s disk space.

Though Windows has its own disk and storage space management tools, they leave a lot to be desired. But there’s a program for everything under the sun, and for storage space management, TreeSize is as good as they come. 

Figuring out a new app without any reference, however, can be tricky. Below I share my views on TreeSize, how to set it up, and how to start using it so you can save yourself some time, as well as disk space. 

Related: How to Find Large Files on Windows 11

What is TreeSize

TreeSize is a disk management tool by JAM Software built only for Windows. It is free to use though there is a paid version as well for personal and professional use. They are available for comparison on JAM Software’s website if you’d like to know the difference between them.

Briefly, the paid version has additional features such as a duplicate file finder, more export options, as well as command line options (professional only). But for all intents and purposes, the free version has everything I need, and that is what I’ll relate below. 

TreeSize Free Features

TreeSize isn’t the only disk space management tool out there which is why it’s crucial that its features and offerings align with my (and your) needs. Fortunately, one glance at the main features listed on the website is good enough to have me reach for the download button.  

Quickly find out which files are hogging space, monitor free space and file information, scan and export results, and get a File Explorer-like tree view of whatever you’ve got on your system – I couldn’t ask for anything more. 

On top of that, TreeSize also allows for smartphone and mobile device scanning via MTP which is something else to look out for. 

How to set up TreeSize Free on your PC

TreeSize is available to download freely. Follow the link to get it on your system:

Now open TreeSize Free (as Administrator).

Related: How to delete temporary files in Windows 11

How to use TreeSize Free

I’ll quickly run down the steps to install and set up TreeSize Free on Windows so we can take a deeper look into the features and how to use them to manage space on a computer.

1. Select your directory for file scanning

Then select the drive or the folder to scan. It’s best in my opinion to scan the C: drive first because that’s where most of the important files generally are. But you can go ahead with any folder you like. TreeSize will automatically start scanning the selected drive.

Once the scan is finished, you’ll find the folders and files in a tree-like view, similar to File Explorer which makes it quite intuitive to use. 

2. View used space by size, allocated space,  percent, and file count

To the left of every folder, you will see how much space that folder is taking up. But the percentages given to the right can be a bit confusing at first.

At first glance, I asked myself: Why does TreeSize show 100% on the ‘C’ drive? After all, I had more than half of the disk free. But when I expanded a folder, the logic became clear. 

These percentages show how much a given folder is taking up the overall used space of its parent folder/disk, not the whole disk. And since I had selected ‘C’ to scan, that would be its own parent folder and would have a hundred percent of its own files, naturally.

So when a different folder is expanded, you will see, as a percentage, the share of space the subfolders within it are using up. In my instance, the ‘Windows’ subfolder is using 91.9% of the total space of its parent folder ‘MountUUP’ which in turn is using up 8.6% of the total used space of C (see image below). 

Besides viewing the allocated space and its percentages relative to the parent folder, there is also a “File Count” viewer. 

This gives an exact count of the number of files there are in each folder (and subfolder) and, on the right, the percentage of files in that folder out of the total files in its parent folder. 

Similarly, there are “Size” and “Percent” view options as well. As far as I can tell, these will mainly change what you see next to the folders.

The “% of Parent (Size)” and “file count” view options are primary. However, you will want to play around with all four options depending on how you want to view your files and folders. 

3. Delete a file to free up space

That’s pretty much it. No confirmation prompts or pop-ups. And it’s good that it’s that simple. 

Apart from the basics that I’ve talked about, you’ll do good to play around with the other options available in TreeSize. Go through the different tabs and experiment with the different viewing and sorting styles, check out the user interface options (dark, light, and touch optimization), the size units (view in TBs, GBs, MBs, or KBs), and the search function. 

All these options help simplify the task further so do make sure to check them out and see what all you can work with. 

4. Delete files permanently when you need to

On the prompt, select Yes.

This is particularly helpful if you are sure that you won’t need the files. When a file is very big in size, TreeSize will automatically ask you to confirm the permanent deletion.

5. Using the Treemap chart

Perhaps the most useful of all features that I’ve found is the Treemap Chart. This option is available in the toolbar under the “View” tab.

The Treemap Chart will display your files and folders based on their respective sizes and how deep they are within the parent folder. 

Now before I go on, let’s clarify the layout of this Treemap Chart. The area of a given folder box is proportional to its size. The larger the size, the bigger its box will be. In my case, the “Games” folder is slightly smaller than the “Windows” folder because it uses up lesser disk space.

As I’ve already said, the levels indicate how deep a subfolder/file is within the parent folder, indicated by different shades of blue. For instance, the “Virtual Machine” subfolder is around level 5 (light blue), while the primary folder ‘C’ is level 0 (darkest blue). 

Of course, all this is in relation to the scanned folder. The main folder will always be at level 0 while everything within it will have different shades of blue depending on how many subfolders deep it is.

But that’s not all! The Treemap Chart can also be viewed in 3D, the option for which is given under the “Chart Options” tab.

I find this an even better way to view the files and subfolders within the main scanned folder. The level colors will change, which is good for easy viewing. But within each folder, you’ll also see ‘bubbles’ of files and folders.

The ‘Windows Explorer’ option will work as the context menu.

6. Export Scan results

All the information about storage allocation is quite useful, and not least to identify which file/folder is hoarding how much space, and where. But what I found particularly useful was that I can share this information with others with a quick export.

Sure, sometimes I don’t quite understand all the technical matters about disk management. But I’ve got friends who do and it’ll be easier for them to suggest what I can do once they have information about my disk utilization. 

FAQs

There are a few frequently asked questions that I’d like to shed some light on.

What does TreeSize do?

TreeSize is a disk management tool by JAM Software. It provides a tree-like view of the files and folders on your system by arranging them in easily viewable layouts based on allocated space, size, file count, etc.

How do you run a TreeSize?

To view your files and folders in a tree-like fashion, select a folder to scan and wait for the results to be displayed. Refer to the guide above to know more.

How do I export TreeSize to excel for free?

TreeSize is one of the better disk management tools that I’ve come across and it’s easy to see why it’s gained in popularity. The depth at which it analyzes the files, how they’re stored, and the different presentation options make it a program worth having. I hope you found this tool as useful as I did and are able to better understand how storage space is allocated to your files and folders on your PC. Until next time, stay safe!

How To Set Up An Ipad Or Iphone For Seniors

1. Increase Icon Size

Increasing the icon size can make apps easier to locate. It can also help people with dexterity issues since it makes icons easier to press.

Open Settings.

Tap “Home Screen & Dock.”

Under “App Icons,” select the app icon size you want. There are two options: More and Bigger, and Bigger enlarges the icons.

2. Adjust Font Size and Boldness

Sometimes enlarging the icons isn’t enough for people with visual impairments. They may also need enlarged or bolded font so that they can easily read messages on their device. Luckily, you can change this in the Accessibility settings.

Open Settings.

Tap Accessibility.

Tap “Display & Text Size” under Vision.

To emphasize text, turn on the toggle for “Bold Text.”

To enlarge text, select “Larger Text” and move the font size slider to the right enlarge text. Here, if you toggle on “Larger Accessibility Sizes,” you can increase the font size further using the slider.

3. Enable Zoom and Magnify

For people who need items even larger or who plan to use their iOS device to read, enabling the Zoom and Magnification settings can help.

To enable Zoom:

Open Settings.

Tap Accessibility.

Tap Zoom.

Turn the Zoom toggle on.

Enable any other settings in this menu that sound useful.

To enable the Magnifier:

From the settings menu, select Accessibility.

Tap Magnifier.

Turn the toggle on.

4. Increase Screen Contrast

Sometimes the issue isn’t the size of elements, but rather the contrast between items. This can make it hard for some people to see them – a problem easily fixed by raising the contrast of onscreen elements.

Open Settings.

Tap Accessibility.

Go to “Display & Text Size.”

Turn on the toggle for “Increase Contrast.”

5. Enable Voice Commands

If navigating apps is too much effort for the senior in your life, you can simply enable voice commands so that they can talk to their device to accomplish certain things.

Go to Settings.

Tap Accessibility.

Under “Physical and Motor,” tap Voice Control.

You can further customize the voice command setup from the same section.

6. Turn on Subtitles and Captioning

For those who are hard of hearing, subtitles and captioning can really help. This is yet another amazing accessibility feature available within iOS.

To turn on subtitles and captioning:

Open Settings.

Go to Accessibility.

Under Hearing, select Subtitles and Captioning.

Turn on the toggle for “Closed Captions + SDH.” If desired, you can also turn on the toggle for “Show Audio Transcriptions.”

7. Adjust Hearing Settings

If your senior uses a hearing aid or needs to make adjustments to help them hear the device better, you can also do that.

To adjust the audio, go to “Audio and Visual.”

Change the volume balance between the left and right channels, and enable “Mono Audio” if required.

8. Turn On Assistive Touch

If the senior using the iOS device plans to use an accessory such as Apple Watch, or needs help with the touch screen, enable assistive touch.

Open Settings and go to Accessibility.

Under “Physical and Motor,” tap Touch.

Tap “AssistiveTouch.”

Enable the toggle for AssistiveTouch and customize the other settings provided.

9. Turn On Touch Accommodations

Touch accommodation changes how the touch screen responds. Enabling this can help seniors who have a hard time pressing the screen.

Open Settings and go to Accessibility.

Under “Physical and Motor,” tap Touch.

Select “Touch Accommodations.”

Turn the toggle on. You can also customize the hold duration and enable swipe gestures from this section.

10. Enable Guided Access

Guided Access turns the iOS device into a simple item that is easy to use, and makes it impossible to accidentally delete apps or change settings. This is handy if you want to, say, disable the touch screen while playing Netflix.

Turn the toggle on to enable Guided Access.

Set a passcode using Passcode Settings.

If you’re disabling touch for Netflix, YouTube, etc., be sure to hit Play before you start Guided Access.

11. Set Up Shortcuts

If you want to make certain tasks, like FaceTiming with a certain family member, easy for the senior in question, you can create shortcuts to do this.

Open the Shortcuts App.

Tap the plus sign (+) at the top to create a new shortcut.

On the right, search for the app you want to set up a shortcut for.

Complete the setup, i.e., in this instance, add the contact you want the shortcut to call.

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In the center of the screen, tap on the three dots at the top to change the name of the shortcut and configure other related items.

Frequently Asked Questions Can I log in to an iOS device remotely to control it?

If you have two iOS devices connected to the same Apple ID and Wi-Fi network, you can use Switch Control to take over one device. If you are not connected to the same network, you can still control an iOS device via a MacBook using a lightning cable, but that defeats the our purpose here.

Are there third party apps that can make iOS devices easier for seniors to use?

Although Apple offers many accessibility options within the Settings menu, you may find that you also need third-party apps to manage other aspects of the device. Some apps that may help include LastPass (for passwords), Ava: Transcribe Voice to Text (for transcriptions and live captions), and Proloquo4Text (for text to speech).

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Megan Glosson

Megan Glosson is a freelance technology writer based in Nashville, TN. She has extensive experience working with everything from printers to smart home systems, and serves as the go-to “tech guru” for a small business that sells digital products. Megan has created thousands of articles for online publications and company blogs, including How-To Geek, Clean Email, and Review Geek.

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How To Set Up And Configure Nvidia G

When NVIDIA originally introduced G-Sync back in 2013, it was a game changer for the industry. Most people considered it to be the holy grail of PC gaming for what it offered and rightfully so, because it brought about the best possible gaming experience on monitors. For those of you who don’t know yet, NVIDIA G-Sync is a hardware level display technology which synchronizes GPU’s render rate with the monitor’s refresh rate. As a result of this, you’ll immediately notice the difference while playing games, because G-Sync ensures buttery smooth and stutter-free gaming sessions while completely eliminating screen tearing. G-Sync is incorporated into monitors with the help of a module and these monitors are usually more expensive. However, if you already have a G-Sync monitor, you need to set it up properly, as there are some confusions that should be avoided. So, lets take a look at how to set up and configure NVIDIA G-Sync:

Setting Up G-Sync Using NVIDIA Control Panel

There are certain minor mistakes that people often tend to do while setting up G-Sync and as a result, the feature doesn’t work properly. We certainly don’t want you to be in that situation, so make sure you follow these steps below to properly set up G-Sync:

Configuring G-Sync For Games

We’re not done with configuring G-Sync properly yet. We’ve a couple more steps that is absolutely crucial in determining the proper functioning of G-Sync. So, carefully follow the steps below:

In several games, V-Sync is enabled by default, but we don’t need V-Sync at all. It totally depends on the game. If you want to disable V-Sync, you will have to get to the Graphics/Video settings within the game and turn it off, so that G-Sync will be able to work properly.

This is arguably the most important step in this process and I’ll explain it to you exactly why. As we discussed above, G-Sync works by synchronizing the GPU’s render rate with the monitor’s refresh rate. So, suppose your game is rendering at a lower frame rate than the refresh rate of your monitor, G-Sync will reduce the refresh rate of your monitor to match the GPU’s render rate, in order to ensure smooth gameplay. However, this process doesn’t work the other way round. If the GPU renders the game at a higher frame rate than the monitor’s refresh rate, G-Sync won’t do anything and you will experience screen tearing while playing. In order to avoid this, you need to lock the frame rate of your game to the refresh rate of your monitor. You can do this by going to the graphics/video settings of your game.

Note: Not all games let you lock the frame rate to the refresh rate of your monitor. In such cases, you will need to use something in addition to G-Sync. This can be done on the NVIDIA Control Panel by enabling Fast Sync in the Vertical Sync option, instead of completely turning it off. If you don’t prefer doing this, you can make use of a third-party software like RivaTuner which comes along with MSI Afterburner that can limit the frame rate.

How To Check If G-Sync Is Working Properly

          SEE ALSO: How to Overclock GPU For Better Gaming Performance

Use NVIDIA G-Sync For The Best Gaming Experience

How To Set Up And Use Google Home Outside Us

Google’s Alexa competitor – the Google Home, has been made available for purchase recently, and it is great. Since it is integrated with Google Assistant, it has what is probably the smartest assistant, yet. It also looks really good, and can easily blend in into your household. The swappable bases don’t hurt, either. However, the device is currently only available in the US. So, if you’re not in the US, and you’ve imported the device, here’s how you can set up, and use Google Home outside US:

Set Up Google Home

The first step, to setting up the Google Home, is linking it to your device, with the “Google Home” app. This is arguably the easiest step, since the app is available everywhere, and you can simply download it from the Play Store (Free). Once you’ve done that, you can simply follow the steps given below, in order to set up your Google Home:

1. Connect your Google Home device to Power, and launch the Google Home app. Agree to the Terms of Service, and Privacy Policy, by tapping on the “Accept” button. You will also have to Turn on Location Permissions for the app.

3. In the home screen of the app, tap on the “devices” icon on the top right. The app will now scan for devices, and once it locates your Google Home, simply tap on “Set Up“.

4. Follow the steps to connect your Google Home with your WiFi network. You may see a warning telling you that the Google Home was manufactured for a different country, and may not work with your WiFi network. Tap on “Proceed“.

5. Once you have completed the steps, you will be asked to set Google Home’s location. You can enter your city, and PIN/ZIP code here, and Google Home will accept it. We used “New Delhi, Delhi, India”. You will also be asked to choose a default player for your Google Home. You can choose any of the options available (Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora), but we’ll be demonstrating with Spotify.

6. Once all the steps have been completed, the app will teach you how to use Google Home. You can continue with this, if you need help, or simply tap on “Skip“.

Setting Up Music Playback on Google Home

The speakers on the Google Home are really great, which is why you really should set up music playback on it, as well. Since we’re setting this up outside the US, none of the options would really work, right off the bat, unless you’re in a country that supports Google Play Music, Spotify, or Pandora. I tried setting up Google Play Music, and YouTube Red on the Google Home, and while I managed to create the accounts, Google Home simply didn’t want to work with those services.

So, I’ll be telling you how to set up Spotify and Pandora with Google Home.

Setting Up Spotify with Google Home

Setting up Spotify is rather easy. You will need a Premium account on Spotify, for it to work with Google Home. To do this, you can simply follow the steps below:

Note: If you’re in a country with Spotify support, you can simply set up an account, and subscribe to Spotify Premium. It’s free for one month, after which you’ll be charged $9.99.

You will now have to provide Spotify with your Credit/Debit card details. This presents another problem, because you need a credit card with a US address, for Spotify to work. You can use services like “Entropay“ to get a virtual debit card with a US address. All you need to do is sign up on Entropay, and load up some cash into your debit card. Once you have your virtual debit card, you can simply fill up those details on Spotify.

Setting up Pandora with Google Home

Setting up Pandora is even easier. All you need to do, is use a VPN with a US location; navigate to the Pandora website, and sign up with the account you used to set up Google Home. Pandora is completely free, and you can then simply ask Google Home to play music on Pandora.

Note: Playback from Pandora was not working for us, however, I can confirm that the set up worked, because Google Home responded that it was playing the music from Pandora.

SEE ALSO: 15 Cool Google Assistant Tricks You Should Try

Set Up and Use Google Home Anywhere in The World

By following these steps, you can easily use Google Home outside the US. While services like Google Play Music, and YouTube Red did not work for us, Spotify, and Pandora are good alternatives to use. If you know about any tricks that might get Google Play Music working with Google Home outside the US, do let us know about them, and we will definitely try them out.

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