Set up Family Bell announcements for your speaker or Smart Display

You can schedule announcements to play on one or more speakers and Smart Displays at one time.

For example: If you want your living room speaker to announce every weekday at 6 PM “It’s time for dinner,” you can add a bell announcement.

What you need

  • A speaker or Smart Display
  • A mobile device with Google Assistant or the Google Home app

Important: This feature is only available in some languages and countries. You can set up and manage bell announcements on a mobile device only.

Add a bell announcement

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings.
  3. Under "All settings," tap Family Bell.
  4. Tap Add a bell and enter the announcement details.
  5. Tap Create new bell.
    • When a bell is announced, you get a notification on your mobile device.
Tip: At the bottom of the Family Bell screen, you can quickly add suggested bells to your schedule like meal and break times. For example:
  • “It’s time for breakfast.”
  • “It’s recess. Time to have some fun.”
  • “Time for bed. Remember, sleeping is a time machine to breakfast.”

Edit & manage your bell announcements

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings.
  3. Under "All settings," tap Family Bell.
  4. At the bottom right of a bell announcement, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  5. Update the details for the bell announcement.

Tip: To open Assistant settings with your voice, say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings.”

Turn a bell announcement on or off

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings.
  3. Under "All settings," tap Family Bell.
  4. At the top right of a bell announcement, turn it on or off.

Pause bells while you’re away from home

If you and your family will be away from home, like on a vacation or break, you can pause announcements for a set time.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings.
  3. Under "All settings," tap Family Bell.
  4. At the top, next to “Pause bells while you’re on break,” tap Get Started.
  5. Set the dates and bells for the pause.
    • You can only pause bells that are turned on.
  6. Tap Save.

Add a step-by-step bell to help your family get ready

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings.
  3. Under "All settings," tap Family Bell or search Family Bell.
  4. Scroll to the section “Get ready with Family Bell step-by-step.”
  5. Tap on the suggested tiles to add the checklist bells.
  6. You can modify the checklist and customize the time, text, and sequence. You can also add or remove the checklist steps.
    • When a bell is announced, you get a notification on your mobile device.
    • On Smart Display, you can interact with the step-by-step bell by voice commands and tapping.
    • On Speakers, you can use voice commands.

Edit or cancel your paused bells

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings.
  3. Under "All settings," tap Family Bell.
  4. At the top, next to “Pause bells while you’re on break,” tap Edit.
    • To edit your paused bells: Update the dates and bells to pause, then tap Save.
    • To cancel your paused bells: Tap Clear dates and then Save.

Fix a problem

Fix bell notifications on an Android phone or tablet

If you don’t get bell notifications on your mobile device, make sure Assistant notifications are turned on in your device settings.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app Android Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Turn on Assistant Assistant .

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