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Technology How to make Google Assistant or Alexa find any missing item with a Tile tracker

23:20  01 november  2019
23:20  01 november  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Tile improves its Google Assistant integration just as Apple is rumored to announce a competing tracker

Tile improves its Google Assistant integration just as Apple is rumored to announce a competing tracker Don’t forget about Tile

Here’s how you can use Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa to ring or locate your physical Tile devices that might be attached to your keys, wallet Back in September, Tile — the company that helps you find your missing items by attaching Bluetooth-enabled tags — announced that you’d

Tile trackers are handy for finding your keys, wallet, or anything else you might lose. Normally, you need to use your phone to find your Tile , but if you have an Amazon Echo or any device that can use Google Assistant , you can find your stuff with a simple voice command.

Back in September, Tile — the company that helps you find your missing items by attaching Bluetooth-enabled tags — announced that you’d soon be able to ask Google Assistant to help you find your Tile-attached items without having to say “Hey Google, ask Tile” every time you make a request. That integration is now here, so we put together a short guide about how you can use it to find your items — and we’ve compiled some info about how to use Alexa with Tile, too.

a person holding a bag© Image: Tile

Google Assistant

First, you’ll have to set up the Tile with Google Assistant. To do that:

  • If you have a Tile, open up the Google Home app, tap “Add,” and tap “Set up device”
  • On the “Set up” page, look for “Works with Google.” Tap the option, “Have something already set up?”
  • Look under “Add new” for Tile (there’s a long list there, so you should probably use the search box on top), and then you’ll be prompted to enter your Tile login info
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  • Once you’re logged in, assuming you’ve already associated your Tile with an object using the Tile app (for example, your keys), you can ask Google Assistant two types of questions about your Tile, according to a Tile support document
  • If you want your Tile to ring, which might make it easier to find in your couch cushions, ask Google Assistant either: “Hey Google, ring my keys,” or “Hey Google, make my keys ring”
  • If you want Google Assistant to tell you the location of your Tile, ask Google Assistant either: “Hey Google, where are my keys,” or “Hey Google, find my keys.” Google Assistant will then tell you something like, “Your keys were last seen at 4PM near Home.”

Amazon Alexa

Google Assistant will help you find Tile trackers

Google Assistant will help you find Tile trackers You don't want to lose an item tagged with a Tile Bluetooth tracker, but you'll at least have an easier time finding it in the near future. Tile is planning Google Assistant support that will let you directly ring your tracker from any device that supports the AI helper, making it just a matter of a quick voice command. You could find your keys just by asking your Nest speaker while you're frantically searching between the couch cushions. Tile hasn't gone into great detail about how the Assistant command will work. You can expect it to be available sometime later in 2019, though.

At Tile we are all about providing you with new and innovative ways to make your life easier. In this spirit, we are proud to announce that Tile is now integrated with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home! Now you can use your favorite voice-activated speaker to help you locate any Tiled item or

Google Assistant is ready to find your Tile tracker . You don't want to lose an item tagged with a Tile Bluetooth tracker , but you'll at least have an easier time finding it in the near future. Tile hasn't gone into great detail about how the Assistant command will work. You can expect it to be available

Here’s how you set up Tile with Alexa:

  • Open the Alexa app, tap the menu icon in the upper left, and tap “Skills & Games”
  • There should be a search bar or magnifying glass at the top of the page. Search for “Tile,” pick the Tile skill from the search results, and tap “Enable.”
  • Then enter your Tile account info to log in
  • When asking Alexa about your Tiles, you still have to say, “Alexa, ask Tile to...” every time you make a request. But otherwise, the commands are similar to the ones for Google Assistant, according to a Tile support document.
  • If you want your Tile to ring, ask Alexa, “Alexa, ask Tile to ring my keys” or “Alexa, ask Tile to locate my keys”

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Tile’s $59 multipacks come with a free Google Nest Mini or Amazon Echo Dot at Best Buy .
This deal is active for the rest of the year or until supplies run dryAt Tile, you can get an eight-pack of Stickers, along with a free Google Nest Mini, for $99.99. This is a savings of about $60 over the usual price of $59.96, which is great if you want a bunch of trackers for yourself or to gift to other people. Each Sticker tracker has an IPX7 water resistance rating and three-year battery life, making them easy to set and forget.

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