Welcome to the Push2Run 'How to
send your own text, to be spoken aloud, to your Google device' page.
This page provides 'how to' instructions
for sending a custom message to your Google device from your Windows
PC or laptop.
By following the instruction on this page you
should be able to type a command from the Windows Command Prompt
where the words you type will be spoken through your Google Home, Google Mini, and/or
It also explains on how
to integrate this functionality within Push2Run so that you can,
for example, say to your Google Device:
"OK Google ask
my computer if it is on", and then hear the response:
"Yes, your computer is on" (if it is).
To do this you will need download, install and configure some additional software called 'Cast'.
The following details all of that:
That's it, hope this write up will be of use to you.
- Download and install Cast for Windows
Here you can download Cast for Windows:
Once you have downloaded the file, double click on it to install it.
Please take note of the directory in which Cast was installed (Cast will tell you where that is as part of the install process). Normally, the directory is 'C:\Program Files\Cast'
Step 2 - Get the Google
device name(s) that you want to send your text to
If you want to send your text all your Google devices,
you can skip this step.
Otherwise, you will
need to know the names of the devices to which you
want to send your text.
Press the Windows Key and the 'R' key
at the same time.
In the pop-up box that
appears, type in:
and press enter.
At the C:> prompt that appears,
enter the following:
cd "Program Files\Cast"
and press enter.
(the above assume Cast was
installed in the directory 'C:\Program Files\Cast')
You should now see an inventory of your devices, showing their device names.
Step 3 -
Run a quick test
In this example, lets assume you want to send your text to two devices named 'Office Home' and 'Basement Mini'.
Continuing from Step 2 above, enter the following:
cast -device "Office Home" "Basement Mini" -text This is a test
you should hear your Google device say "this is a test".
If you don't hear anything from one of your
devices, it may be because it is muted or has its
volume set really low. Check the inventory
results for that. If you need to fix that you
can issue the following command as needed:
cast -device "Office Home" -unmute -volume 30
For more information about what Cast can do, just
Step 4 - Integrate with Push2Run
Double click on the following Push2Run card to download it, and then open it to install it within Push2Run
i. you will need to change the location
of the cast.exe program if it was not installed in
ii. in the above example,
cast will broadcast the text to all your Google
Devices. If you want to broadcast your text to
specific devices only, in the parameters field you
would enter the same type of command as is shown in
Step 3 above (but exclude the word Cast). For
example you would enter in the parameters field:
-device "Office Home"
"Basement Mini" -text yes, your computer is on
iii. the Push2Run Setup
Instructions show you how to create an IFTTT
applet that is triggered by the expression, "OK Google
tell my computer to $". However, in
this example you find it better to create another
IFTTT applet that
is triggered by the expression, "OK
Google ask my computer if it is on" and has a fixed
PushBullet body text of "if it is on".