I’m about to do this with an old phone right now. My sister and I moved out of the house, but still keep trying to talk to the no-longer existent Alexa (Echo Dot). I have an old phone that I’m going to change a few settings on and turn into a “Google Home”.
First, find a place to keep it plugged in.
Next, check if the phone can be awakened from sleep with the google key word (Mine is ‘OK Google’)
If not, you’ll need to change either of these settings:
- enable ‘Developer Options’ and turn the ‘Stay Awake’ setting on or…
- set your screen timeout to never turn off (it’s not an option on my phone)
Optionally, find a stand for your phone, or better yet, 3-D print one! (Just kidding, that sounds awesome though)
Finally, clean up your apps list. Uninstall any games, and put some apps on that you can use with Google Assistant
(Please don’t consider me for this challenge, I won last month and think others should win too! I just didn’t see this idea on here yet and though others might appreciate it)