Manage use of your Google Assistant device

Digital Wellbeing is a set of tools you can use to control when and how people, like guests or your family, use your speaker or Smart Display.

Only the person who set up the speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock can set up and manage filters and Downtime.

Control which features people can use

You can choose whether filters affect everyone using your device, or just guests and children with a Family Link account.

Set up filters
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Tap Home Home and then a device and then Settings Settings and then Digital Wellbeing and then Set up.
  3. Choose who you want the Filters to apply to.
  4. Choose which devices you want the Filters to apply to.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions.
How filters work

Music filters

Music filters do not affect podcasts, audiobooks and radio stations played with services like iHeartRadio and TuneIn.

  • Allow any music: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will play all music.
  • Only non-explicit music: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will only use music services that can play non-explicit songs, like Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and Spotify.
    Note: No filter is 100% accurate, but this filter should help avoid most mature language and themes.
  • Block all music: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock won’t play any music.

When you try to play music that includes filtered content:

  • Song: Depending on the music service, your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will play a "clean" version of the song, similar songs, or tell you it can’t play the song.
  • Album: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will skip any explicit songs on an album. If all of the songs on the album have filtered content, the album won’t play.
  • Artist: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock won’t play songs featuring explicit lyrics.
  • Playlist: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will skip songs with explicit content.

Video filters

  • Allow any video: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will play all videos.
  • Only filtered videos: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will only play videos from the video services you choose.
  • Block all videos: Your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock won’t play any videos.

Calls

If you block calls, your speaker won’t make voice calls and your Smart Display won’t make video calls. This filter does not affect broadcasting.

Google Assistant answers

If you filter answers, your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock will only respond to basic queries like the time and the weather.

Actions on Google

If you filter Google Assistant actions, you'll only be able to use Actions for Families, which are appropriate for family members of all ages.

Note: Music, video services, and other actions that are part of a routine are restricted or blocked by filters.

Temporarily turn off the Google Assistant

You can turn on Downtime to temporarily limit what your speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock can do.

Set up Downtime
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Tap Home Home and then a device and then Settings Settings and then Digital Wellbeing and then New schedule.
  3. Choose the devices you want the schedule to apply to.
  4. Tap Next.
  5. Choose which days you want Downtime to turn on. You can use a premade schedule or create a custom schedule.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Choose the times for Downtime to start and end.
  8. Tap Next and then Done.
Change Downtime schedule
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Tap Home Home and then a device and then Settings Settings and then Digital Wellbeing and then Schedule.
  3. Choose the device you want to change the schedule for.
  4. Tap Next.
  5. Choose which days you want Downtime to turn on. You can use a premade schedule or create a custom schedule.
  6. Choose the times for Downtime to start and end.
  7. Tap Next and then Done.
What happens when Downtime is on
  • Your device won’t respond to most commands or questions. Commands to stop or cancel activities still work.
  • You won’t receive notifications on your device.
  • Routines won’t work unless you started one before you turned on Downtime.
  • Activities that started before Downtime begins will continue. For example, you can start playing music before Downtime starts, and it will continue playing until you actively stop it.
  • Your alarms and timers still work.
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