How to add multiple users to your Google Home device

“OK, Google, play workout music on the home group.” You lie on the bench, breathe in and out, palms sweaty, ready to lift the barbell off its post, only to hear every Google Home, Mini, and Max throughout your home start blasting the opening chords of Hotel California. This is Dad’s gym playlist. This is dad rock. Well fear no more, there’s a quick and simple way to bypass your father’s affinity for all things Don Henley.
Through the power of the Google Home app, your family and roommates can all have their own individual user accounts, with all of them linked to each and every Google Nest device in your network. This means everyone gets their own separate calendars, playlists, news briefings, and more. The device can even be programmed to recognize individual users’ voices, thanks to the neural network voice recognition function. If you live in a home with multiple family members or roommates, that means you can ask the Google Home for your specific workout playlist, instead of your brother’s (or your dad’s).

How can you set up this magical function? We break it down for you.

Step 1: Open the Google Home app

If you haven’t done this already, download the Google Home app and open it. If this is your first time using the app, you will need to sign in and set up compatible devices. It’s important to do this first so Google Home is ready to provide device features for each user you will be adding.

2. Teach Google your voice

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to teach Google Assistant your own unique voice. This feature, called Voice Match, is what lets you share your Google Home device with other members of the household, but still get a personalized Google Assistant experience. Start by opening the Google Home app and select your profile icon in the top right corner. Then select Assistant settings.

From here, navigate to the Assistant tab and select Voice Match from the list of features. Choose Add a device to begin, and add the compatible Google smart device(s) in your home to begin. It’s a pretty straightforward process that involves you saying the phrases, “Hey, Google” and “OK, Google” out loud to help Google learn the sound of your voice. We walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to set up Voice Match here.

3. Invite others to create accounts

Once you’ve completed the voice training, you’ll have the option to tap Invite, which will send notifications to the people of your choice, inviting them to set up their own personalized accounts and voices on Google Home. New users will have to download the Google Home app on their devices to connect their music accounts and customize their preferences. Using the app, they can tweak their preferred news sources, calendar updates, and more.

If you don’t want to invite people while you are setting up Voice Match, you can do it at any other time. If you’ve never invited anyone before, Google should actually have an Invite home member tab on the Google Home screen you can select to get started. This will immediately open the contact list you have via Google/Gmail, allowing you to search for names or emails and send invites.

The person to whom you send the email will need to follow the instructions to properly connect, but this is all you need to do on your end.

4. Manage accounts

At this time, Google Home devices support up to six accounts, so everyone from your spouse to your children to frequent house guests can create accounts on the device. You can view all active accounts on your Google Home device at any time by tapping your connected device, then Settings, and then Linked Accounts.

Need to remove an account? Maybe your roommate moved out, or one of your children lost interest in the device. You can easily remove accounts using the app. Simply tap Account (the icon with the circled person), hit Settings, and select Home Members. Find the account that’s no longer needed, and tap Remove.

Chances are if you have children running around at home, you probably want to control your Google Home settings. You can successfully restrict selected content by setting up parental controls on your Google Home device. Doing so will allow you to protect your kids from inappropriate content from YouTube, Google Play Music, and other platforms. With content in your control, you can rest assured that your children will be safe, even if they are home alone with the device. 

5. Enjoy multi-user support

Once everyone who will be using Google Home has a personal account, switching between them is easy. The Google Assistant will recognize a speaker’s voice and switch to the appropriate account with no hesitation. For example, if you inquire, “Hey Google, tell me about my day,” your device will tell you what traffic is like on your route and will inform you of what’s on your calendar. If you ask Google Home about music, it will access and begin playing your saved playlists on Spotify and Google Play Music platforms.

It’s worth noting that it’s possible to accidentally open someone else’s account if your voices are similar in tone. If this happens, all you need to do is say, “Stop,” and restart the process to avoid accessing their private information.

We have a handy eight-step guide that can teach you more about Google Home, including how to link music accounts and adjust individual settings, like the “wake word.”

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