New Google Home device tracker Component - Introduced in HA 0.83


I have been playing around with this device tracker, and it seems pretty cool.

I noticed one thing though…

When the tracker is enabled, all off my six GH speakers become “discoverable” (one in each room).

Looking at “ghlocalapi/”, I can see that “scan_for_devices” makes it discoverable.

Is that really necessary?

I’m asking because I live in an area where people like to connect to random devices and mess around.


No, that should no longer be necessary.


hmm, I’ve setup ,my FitBit Flex2 and it works, ONLY if it is not already connected with the phone. When the Bluetooth is turned ON on my phone and the Fitbit in proximity of the phone, the FitBit is connected to the phone, therefore not accessible to HASS anymore… kinda’ defeats the purpose if I disconnect it to the phone. Is this use case the same for you @botts ?


You could add the sensor.time as an entity_id to the template sensor. That would force the sensor to re-evaluate every minute (see some example towards the bottom of the page)

Just make sure you also setup the sensor.time sensor in your config (I missed that step before and was frustrated for a long time…)


Mine is connected to phone as well. I think I had to turn off all day sync.

Here is my Fitbit setup


Thanks for sharing, but the iPhone app doesn’t have these options except the All-Day Sync. At this point Fitbit with iPhone will only work if the BT is turned OFF on the iPhone, or perhaps if you disconnect the Bluetooth connectivity with the FitBit.


To contribute my experience… I have 2 Google Homes and 3 Google Home minis, a Google Pixel 2 XL, 2 Fitbit Charge 3s, and an iPhone SE. I very much wanted this to work, but it simply won’t reliably.

Things I have tried…

  • Pairing both phones with all 5 Google Homes
  • Unpairing my Fitbits
  • Keeping my Fitbits paired
  • Power cycling all my devices (… all 9 of them)
  • Power cycling the Home Assistant app & machine
  • Altering the default values for Device Trackers

Problems I continue to encounter…

  • GHs simply don’t update their status
    • I have left my phone across the room and tried all of the above
  • GHs don’t update consistently
    • I have 2 GH Minis in my bedroom on either side of the bed, but I can never get the LEFT one to pair
  • RSSI values have never shown up

It’s really disappointing, as this looks like a super cool component for a lot of reasons.


Hi all,

Been futzing with stuff and oh man, the possibilities…

But ultimately I concur. The only thing I could reliably track was my laptop while it was open.

FWIW, the rssi was accurate enough that I had some good room detection going with 3 GHM. If I could get things to reliably ping the GhM this would be the bees knees.

I was using some maths to figure out which it was closest to in a template_sensor config