How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

The Google Assistant on your Google Nest Hub can answer your questions. Did you know it also has a built-in web browser? You can use it to access websites, read articles, and shop online.

The Google Nest Hub (2nd generation) has a great screen to watch content. You can browse the web, but it’s not as straightforward as you might think. We’ll show you how to access and use the built-in web browser in your Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen). Without further ado, let’s get to it.

How to Open and Browse Websites in Google Nest Hub

Your Google Nest Hub does not have a dedicated icon for its built-in web browser. To access a website, simply ask Google Assistant to open it for you.

How to Open a Website in Google Nest Hub

To open the Twothirds.Us website, use the wake words ‘OK Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ to summon Google Assistant. Then, simply say ‘open twothirds.us dot com.’ The Nest Hub will open the site’s desktop version in its built-in web browser.

Alternatively, if you don’t know the exact URL of the website, there’s another way. Ask the Nest Hub to open ‘Google dot com’ first. This will bring up the Google search page. From there, tap on the search box to access the built-in keyboard. Type in the name of the website you want to visit, and tap Enter.

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After that, you can open the website from the Google search results.

How to Browse a Website in Google Nest Hub

When the browser opens, you’ll notice options at the top, such as backward and forward buttons and the website URL. However, the Nest Hub doesn’t allow direct typing of website URLs using the built-in keyboard. To improve readability, tap the ‘AA’ icon in the top-right corner to adjust the font size. Additionally, you can have the Nest Hub read a web page for you. It’ll highlight the text while reading it out loud in Google Assistant’s voice. You can also adjust the playback speed and skip forward or backward. This can be useful for having the Nest Hub read recipes aloud while you cook.

You can send web pages from your Google Nest Hub to your mobile device. Use the same Google account on both devices. To share a web page from your Google Nest Hub, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and select Send to phone. Google Assistant sends a notification to your phone with an option to open the link.

How to Disable Google Nest Hub’s Built-in Web Browser

Google Nest Hub’s SafeSearch feature blocks explicit websites and automatically prevents the opening of web pages containing sexually explicit or violent content. If desired, you can disable the built-in browser by enabling Digital Wellbeing filters through the Google Home app. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Google Home app on your phone.

Step 2: Tap on Settings.

How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

Step 3: Under Features, tap on Digital wellbeing and select your smart display.

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How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

Step 4: Enable the Filters switch and go to Additional controls.

How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

Step 5: Scroll down and select the Block websites option. Tap Save.

How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

When you disable websites for your smart display, it won’t load any web pages. If you ask Nest Hub to open a web page, it’ll show you a message with the option to send the link to your phone.

How to Browse the Web on Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

Browse the Web With Your Smart Display

The browser in your Google Nest Hub allows you to casually browse the web. Use the built-in keyboard to search on Wikipedia, order from Amazon, and sign in to social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Although it’s not as convenient as browsing on your phone or PC, it still offers some convenience. How was your web browsing experience on your Google Nest Hub?

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