Control your Smart Display

For most actions, you can control the screen with your hands or your voice.

On Smart Displays, the Google Assistant is available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Use your screen

  • Wake up your screen: Tap it or say "OK Google."
  • Go back to the previous screen: From the left edge of the screen, swipe right or say "Go back."
  • Go to the Home screen: Swipe right or say "Go Home."
  • Monitor & control smart devices: From the Home screen, swipe down or say "Show me my home view." To see home control options, tap a device type or group, then choose a specific device.
  • Start screensaver (ambient mode): From the Home screen, swipe right or say "Go to ambient."
  • Turn off your screen: To make the screen dark, swipe right twice or say "Turn off the screen." Your screen will automatically turn off when the room is dark or you haven’t used it in a while.

Important: Your screen is still on even when it’s dark.

Change your screen settings

  • Brightness: Swipe up, then change the brightness. To have your screen change brightness automatically, tap Brightness Autobrightness 5.0.
  • Volume: Swipe up, then change the volume. Or say "Ok Google, turn it up" or "Ok Google, turn it down."
  • Silence incoming calls and notifications: Swipe up, then tap Do Not Disturb DND off. You’ll see missed notifications on the Home screen.

Important: Alarms and timers still work when Do Not Disturb is on.

Change what shows in ambient mode

Your screen can show personal photos, weather, or other backgrounds when you’re not using it.

On your phone

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home and then your device.
  3. Tap Device settings Settings and then Photo frame.
  4. Under "More settings," choose what to display in ambient mode.

On your Smart Display

  1. On your Smart Display, swipe up.
  2. Tap Settings Settings
  3. Under “Photo frame,” choose what to display in ambient mode.

To have your Smart Display show a photo album that automatically updates, learn how to set up a Live Album.

Hide personal results from your Home screen & notifications

If you turn on personal results for your Smart Display, you will automatically see personal results like upcoming calendar events and commute info, as well as personalized YouTube video recommendations, on your home screen and as notifications. Anyone near the device can see, tap, and act on them.

To stop them from showing on the home screen and as notifications:

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Assistant settings and then Assistant
  3. Under "Assistant devices," select your Smart Display.
  4. Turn off Home screen & notifications.

Learn more about personal results.

Set Google Assistant’s “Hey Google” sensitivity

This feature is available on most speakers and Smart Displays with the Google Assistant language set to English. 

To change the sensitivity setting for a device, you must be the primary account owner on that device.

Important: When you adjust the “Hey Google” sensitivity for a device, it applies to anyone who uses that device.
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home.
  3. Select your speaker or Smart Display.
  4. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then “Hey Google” sensitivity.
  5. Choose how sensitive you want Google Assistant to be when it responds to you.
  6. To change this setting on another device, tap Adjust more devices.

Turn your camera on or off

On most devices, you can use the switch on the top of your Smart Display to control your camera.

Turn your microphone on or off

On most devices, you can use a switch on the back of your Smart Display to turn the microphone on and off.

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