You can adjust the brightness or set an alarm on the Google Home Hub with a voice command. But if you’re trying to be quiet or hear a lot of background noise, you can also do that using the hidden screen settings menu.
Getting to the screen settings menu is easy. The hardest part is probably just knowing that it exists. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Once you do this, a small menu will appear (very similar to what you see when you swipe from the top for Smart Home settings).
You will find in order from left to right:
Brightness: allows you to rotate the screen brightness up and down. But it also activates and deactivates the Ambient EQ function. Setting brightness to a specific level between 1 and 10 disables Ambient EQ; setting it to zero activates Ambient EQ.
Volume: this provides another way to turn the volume up and down, though you can also use your voice or the physical buttons on the top back of the hub. It’s great if the buttons stop working.
Do not disturb: if you enable this, you will not receive calls or notifications. Once you turn this off again, you will see your missed notifications. However, this setting not stop sounding alarms.
Alarms: from here you can set new alarms.
Gear settings: provides information about your Wi-Fi connection and some legal notices.
Accessing these settings without the need for voice communication is a good thing, especially if your hub is in a location where access to the physical volume buttons is inconvenient. It would be nice if the introductory video mentioned that the screen settings menu exists.