Broadcast voice messages to your family

With Google Assistant, you can broadcast voice messages to your Google Family Group. These family broadcasts play on speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks in your home, and are sent as notifications and audio files to family members’ phones and tablets.

After the family manager sets up a Google Family Group, family members can broadcast audio messages to all their family’s devices. You can send and receive family broadcasts on:

  • Speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks.
  • Android phones and tablets.
  • iPhones and iPads.

Learn how to broadcast without a Google Family Group.

What you need

Important: This feature is only available in the US and English.

Set up family broadcasts

If you’re the family manager of your Google Family Group, complete the steps that apply to your Google Family Group.

Step 1: Pick a primary home for your Google Family Group

If you have more than one home in the Google Home app, you must pick a primary home before family members can broadcast from their mobile devices to speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks.

  1. Go to Your family on Google.
  2. Under “Family Home,” select your primary home.

Step 2: Add Google Family Members to your primary home

Only family members who are household members of your primary home can broadcast from their phone or tablet to devices in your primary home.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Switch to the home you want to share.
  3. At the top, tap Add Add and then Invite home member or Add person to home and then Invite person Add.
  4. Enter the name or email address of the person you want to invite to your home.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Learn how to manage home members.

Step 3: Add accounts managed with Family Link to devices

If you created an account for your child under 13 or the applicable age in your country, add your child’s account to each Google Nest and Google Home device linked to your primary home.

Important: You can add your child's account to most speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks.

  1. Connect your mobile device to the same Wi-Fi network as the device where you want to add your child’s account.
  2. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  3. Select your child.
  4. Tap Manage Settings and then Google Assistant and then Add your child to new devices.
    • If you have multiple Google Nest or Google Home devices, check the box next to each device you want to add your child’s account to.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to sign your child in.
  6. Hand your device to your child, and help them teach Google Assistant to recognize their voice.
Learn how Google Nest and Google Home work with your child’s account.

Step 4: Add devices to your primary home

Family members can receive and reply to family broadcasts on speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks that are linked to your primary home.

If you have a new device, learn how to set up your Google Assistant device.

To move a device between homes:

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top, select the home that the device is linked to.
  3. Select the device.
  4. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then Device information and then Home.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Step 5 (Optional): Allow guests to broadcast to your Google Family Group
Important: During a family broadcast, your home devices might show or announce your Google Family Members. Tell your guests who's in your Google Family Group so they know who receives their broadcasts.
You can choose whether people whose voices Google Assistant doesn’t recognize can broadcast messages to your Google Family Group from your speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings." 
  2. Tap Communication and then Broadcast.
  3. Turn on Family broadcasting for guests.

Set up & manage family broadcast on mobile devices

To receive and reply to family broadcasts on a phone or tablet, the family member must:

  • Sign in with the same Google Account used to join the Google Family Group.
  • Install the Google Assistant app or the Google Home app and turn on notifications.

Turn on mobile device and app notifications

You can get family broadcast notifications from the Google Assistant app or the Google Home app. For the app that you want to get notifications from, you need to turn on Android notifications for that app and turn on app notifications.

Step 1: Turn on Android notifications

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app Android Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Depending on the app you have, turn on notifications:
    • Google Assistant app: Turn on Assistant Assistant or Google Google Search.
    • Google Home app: Turn on Home Google Home.

Tip: If you don’t find the app you want to get notifications from:

  1. On the “Notifications” screen, under “Recently sent,” tap See all from last 7 days.
  2. At the top, tap Down arrow Down Arrow and then All apps.

Step 2a: If you have the Google Assistant app, turn on app notifications

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. At the bottom, tap More More and then Settings and then Notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Under “Assistant,” turn on High priority system notifications.

Step 2b: If you have the Google Home app, turn on app notifications

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home and then Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Notifications and then General notifications.
  4. Turn on Calls and messages.

Turn broadcasts for your mobile device on or off

Tip: If you don't want to send and receive broadcasts on your phone or tablet, you can turn off broadcasts for your personal devices. This setting applies to all of your personal devices.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings." 
  2. Tap Communication and then Broadcast.
  3. Turn Broadcast on personal devices on or off.

Broadcast a message to your Google Family Group

Say "Hey Google," then say:

  • "Tell my family [message]."
  • "Broadcast to my family [message]."
Tip: When you reply to a family broadcast, your message is sent to your Google Family Group. To check who’s in your Google Family Group, say "Hey Google, who's in my family group?" or go to families.google.com.

For example, you can say:

  • "Hey Google, tell my family, I’ll be 30 minutes late."
  • "Hey Google, broadcast to my family, how about pasta for dinner tonight?"

Learn how to broadcast without a Google Family Group

You don’t need to be part of a Google Family Group to broadcast messages.

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