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Change TV channels by their name

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Hi there from Spain.

I have linked my Nest with the LG TV successfully. Everything works fine, but I can’t figure out how to change the channels by their name instead of the channel number.

Is it possible in spanish language?

I thought I could make a routine, but I guess I should make one for each channel, and one for each TV (I have four at home)… not the best solution!

Any guidance or help would be much appreciated! Gracias.


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It depends how your're getting your TV channel. If your are using Satelight Box with seperate IR remote, you need IR controller device.

Google home/Nest does not have any sensors.

For my A/C & other home appliencs i use a universal IR remote made by Tuya. Its connected to Google nest mini.

When i command Nest mini to turn on the A/C or change the temparature, it does that using that IR remote device.

Without any physical sensor/device, nest mini can only control devices which comes with "Google assistant" support logo. Check it.

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Thanks for responding. I already have linked the kitchen TV (LG) with Nest. And it works fine, I can change channels by calling their number: “OK Google, change to channel 5 on the kitchen TV”. But I want instead to call them by their “official name” (or a customized one, if possible): “OK Google, change to channel ‘Tele5’ on the kitchen TV”… and that doesn’t work.

I have too 4 Tuya’s IR/RF receivers (one for each room)… Right now, I made it work by creating a few scenes in the Smart Life App (just 3 channels, for testing purposes), and then making the respectives routines in GH to execute the SLA scenes, and it does it smoothly… BUT, 20+ scenes and 20+ routines for just one TV, and I have four, so it makes almost a total of 90 scenes plus the same number of routines… boy, way too much!

And since the channels numbers (and thus, their names) are all the same in each TV, I wish there could be a way to just create it once for a TV, and then “reuse” it somehow (in VBA, i.e., you have the ‘Application.Caller’ command that tells you who/what called the code…). Maybe there is a way by creating a custom list (or something similar) with the channels numbers and their names.

To resume (and see if it sounds more familiar to you), I want to know the easiest/proper way of changing a channel like this: “Ok Google, change to ‘ABC News’ (channel) on kitchen TV” 🤔😉

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Community Specialist

Hey Ferjo,


Thanks for reaching out! Being able to change the channel on your TV using their specific name is not supported on the Google Nest devices. I understand that this feature would be very useful and with that, we’d like to encourage you to send a feedback regarding this and for any features that you’re looking forward to using with our Google Nest devices.


By the way, I appreciate @Dr-Tanzil for helping here.


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