Let your child use Google Assistant on your devices

Your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) can use Google Assistant on speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks if you add their Google Account and voice to the device.

What your child needs

  • An account managed with Family Link
  • An Android device
  • Access to a speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock

Important: The languages you can use depend on the device. Learn which languages work on your device.

What children can do with Google Assistant

Children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) can take many of the same actions as adults, like:

  • Ask Google questions.
  • Play games.
  • Listen to stories.

Children can't:

Set up your child’s account on your device

Step 1: Set up your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock

Someone who meets the age requirements of your country needs to set up your device. If the device is already set up, skip this step.

Learn how to set up your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock.

Step 2: Add your child’s voice

Important: The parent who’s adding their child’s voice to the device must be a member of the home that the device is linked to. Learn how to share a home and devices in the Google Home app.

Option 1: Use the Family Link app on your device
  1. Connect your phone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi network as your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock.
  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.
  5. If you have multiple devices, tap the box next to each device you want to set up. If not, skip to step 6.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to sign your child in.
  7. Hand the device to your child, and help them teach Google Assistant to recognize their voice.
Option 2: Use the Google Home app on your child’s device
  1. Connect your child’s phone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi network as your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock.
  2. On your child’s Android device, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  3. At the bottom, tap Home Home.
  4. Select the device you want to add your child’s voice to.
  5. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then Link with Voice Match.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  7. Hand the device to your child, and help them teach Google Assistant to recognize their voice.
Tip: To give permission, sign in with your password.
Option 3: Use Assistant settings on your child’s device
  1. Connect your child’s phone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi network as your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock.
  2. On your child’s phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  3. At the top right, tap your child's Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings and then Voice Match and then Add devices.
  4. Select the devices you want to add your child’s voice to.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Hand the device to your child, and help them teach Google Assistant to recognize their voice.

Manage Google Assistant settings for your child

Retrain Google Assistant to recognize your child’s voice

If the Google Assistant isn't recognizing your child's voice, you may need to train it again.

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Tap Manage Settings and then Google Assistant and then Retrain [child's name]'s Voice Match and then Retrain.
  4. Hand the device to your child, and help them teach Google Assistant to recognize their voice.
Turn Personal results on or off

You can let Google Assistant read or show personal results for your child, like their calendar events and contacts, or display their photos on Android TV, Chromecast, or Chromecast built-in TV in response to a question. Learn more about personal results.

When you turn off Personal results, your child won’t get personalized results from their Assistant, like results from their Google Calendar, Google Contacts, and Google Photos. You can’t turn off a subset of personal results.

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Below the device’s name, tap Settings.
  4. Turn Personal results on or off.
Set up Face Match

Important: This feature is only available on Nest Hub Max.

  1. Connect your child’s phone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi network as your Nest Hub Max.
  2. On your child’s phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  3. At the top right, tap your child's Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings and then Face Match and then Set up Face Match.
    • To set up Face Match, you must first give parental permission.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Face Match.
Disable Face Match

Important:

  • To delete your child's face model from the device, you can disable Face Match. This won't delete the enrollment images you used to create their face model. To delete Face Match enrollment images, sign in with your child's account and go to myactivity.google.com.
  • To delete your child's face model from the device, you can opt out of Face Match from your child's Google Home App. When you opt your child out of Voice Match, it also opts your child out of Face Match and deletes your child’s face model from the device.

To disable Face Match:

  1. Connect your child’s phone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi network as your Nest Hub Max.
  2. On your child's phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  3. At the bottom, tap Home Home.
  4. Select your Nest Hub Max.
  5. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then Recognition & sharing and then Recognition & Personalization and then Face Match.
  6. Under “Devices with Face Match,” next to the Nest Hub Max, tap Remove Remove.
Remove your child’s account & voice from a device
  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Find the device, then tap Settings and then Unlink Google Account and voice and then Unlink.

Tip: Your child can unlink their voice on their own.

Use non-Google actions with Google Assistant

Your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) can only use non-Google actions that have the "For families" badge For families when signed in to their account.

Note: Non-Google actions on Google Assistant with the "For families" badge are available in all countries where Google Assistant is available.

Check if an action is for families
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings." 
  2. Under "All settings," tap Explore.
  3. Tap the app’s icon.
  4. In the "Details" section, check for the "For families" badge For families.
Check if an action is for families on the web
  1. Go to assistant.google.com/explore.
  2. Select an app.
  3. In the “Details” section, check for the “For families” badge For families.
Prevent your child from using non-Google actions
  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. In the "Settings" card, tap Manage Settings and then Google Assistant.
  4. Turn off Third-party apps.
Understand your child’s privacy on non-Google actions

If you allow your child to use non-Google actions:

  • Google won't share recordings of your child's voice with these apps.
  • A transcript of what your child said can be sent to these apps.
  • Google won't share your child's personal info with these apps, like your child's name, email address, or precise location.
  • If an app needs to save info, like your child’s answers to trivia questions, it will be saved to a unique code instead of their Google Account.
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