This guide explains how to add multiple user accounts to Google Home. Allowing more than one user to interact with Google’s smart speaker, instead of sharing things like your calendar or music with everyone in the house. In fact, you can add up to six different users to your Google Home device, and it recognizes each one by their voice.
Basically, it can recognize who is talking to it, and respond with that account’s information, songs, or calendar details. Google added this feature back in 2017, but most Home users don’t know it exists.
So, if you live in a house with multiple people don’t share everything on the Google Home or buy more than one. Instead, add up to six different people to one device. That way everyone gets their own personalized information, alerts, or can stream their own music collection. It’s all pretty simple, and here’s how to do it.
How to Add Multiple Users to Google Home
If you’re new to the Home or Home Mini you’ll see a pop-up that tells you about multi-user support. For everyone else, we just have to head into settings. Note: If the account does not belong to you, the other person must follow these instructions on their own device.
- Download and Open the Google Home App
- Tap the 3-lines menu button near the top left
- Select More Settings (as shown above)
- Next, tap on Shared Devices
From here you’ll get an option to Add devices, or if you’ve already done this once, see an option to select which Google Home you’d like to add. Find the Home device you want, select continue, and follow the on-screen prompts.
Google will have you teach the Assistant (and the Google Home’s connected to your phone) to recognize your voice. You’ll say “Ok, Google” and “Hey, Google” twice, and that’s it. Now, the device will use voice match to recognize your voice moving forward. Tap continue and you’re all set, or you can use the “invite” button to send it to others in your home. This way they can easily accept the invite, train their voice and start enjoying the smart speaker too.
As we said earlier, you can add up to six different accounts or users to the Google Home. Simply follow the instructions above on each account or device, and that’s it. Keep in mind that if you use the same voice for multiple accounts, Home will default to the first account for any questions and queries.
For a list of all active and connected accounts go to Home > Devices (top right) > Settings > Linked Accounts. This is also where you go to remove your account, although you cannot remove others from the Google Home once they’re added.
How to Use Multiple Accounts on Google Home
Ok, now that the entire family (or your roommates) set up the Google Home app and added their voice, you’re all set. You don’t have to do anything to switch between accounts. Simply ask your Google Home a question, and it will use your account whenever it’s necessary. Tell your Home to play music, and it will access your music collection based on your voice.
When someone else says, “Ok Google, tell me about my day” it will check their schedule and calendar, and not yours. Google’s using voice match to quickly and intelligently know who’s talking to it and responds with his/her account information.
Don’t forget to head to Settings > More and customize news sources, what Google Home can access, or add smart devices from your home to each individual account. This is to prevent anyone in the house from pairing to your Google Home device and controlling your smart devices. Each account must add them if they want to control said devices.
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