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, Smart Display, or Smart Clock.

Tip: If you manage your child's Google Account in Family Link, you can set up parental controls on Google Assistant devices.

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

Important: This feature is not yet available in some languages and countries.

Control which features people can use

Important: No filter is 100% effective, but these filters can help you manage access to mature content.

You can choose whether filters affect everyone using your device, or just guests and children with a Family Link account. You can apply filters to a specific device or to all supported devices.

Set up Digital Wellbeing filters
Important: When you set up filters, they’ll restrict or block music, video services, and other actions that are part of a routine.
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home.
  3. Touch and hold your device.
  4. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then Notifications & Digital wellbeing and then Digital wellbeing and then Set up.
How Digital Wellbeing filters work

Important: Videos and other content can be accessed through news, podcasts, and websites even if you turn on video and other content filters. For example, if you block videos but allow websites, people might be able to still access videos through websites.

You can apply most Digital Wellbeing filters below to speakers, Smart Displays, and Smart Clocks. The Websites filter is only available on Smart Displays.

Video filters

  • Allow any video: Your device will play all supported videos.
  • Only allow filtered videos: Your device will only play videos from the video services you choose.
  • Block all videos: Your device won’t play any videos.

Music filters

Important: Audiobooks and radio stations from services such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn are always available, regardless of your music filter setting.

  • Allow any music: Your device will play all music.
  • Only allow non-explicit music: Your device will allow you to choose from music services that can play non-explicit songs.
  • Block all music: Your device won’t play any music.

News

  • Allow news: Your device will play all supported news.
  • Block news: Your device won’t play any news.

Podcasts

  • Allow podcasts: Your device will play all supported podcasts.
  • Block podcasts: Your device won’t play any podcasts.

Calls

  • Allow calls: Your device can make any voice and video calls that it supports.
  • Block all calls: Your device won’t make voice or video calls. This doesn't block voice messages you broadcast to your family or in your home.

Google Assistant answers

  • Allow answers: Your device can respond with any supported answer.
  • Restrict answers: Your device will only respond to basic queries like the time and the weather.

Actions on Google

  • Allow all actions: Your device can perform any supported Action.
  • Only allow family friendly actions: Your device can only perform Actions for Families, which are appropriate for family members of all ages.

Websites

Important: This filter is only available on Smart Displays. If you link a supervised account for a child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) to your Smart Display, the web may be blocked unless you allow websites.

  • Allow websites: Your Smart Display will open websites.
  • Block websites: Your Smart Display won’t open websites.
Manage filters for YouTube, YouTube Music & YouTube TV
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home.
  3. Touch and hold your device.
  4. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then Notifications & digital wellbeing and then YouTube settings.

YouTube Music & YouTube video search filters

You can choose to filter potentially mature music & videos on YouTube for yourself and unrecognized users on the device. Learn more about YouTube Restricted Mode.

Under “Use Restricted Mode:”

  • Turn Restrict for me on this device on or off.
  • Turn Restrict for unrecognized users on this device on or off.

YouTube TV filters

Important: YouTube TV is only available in the US. Learn more about available locations and networks.

You can choose to only allow programs rated YT-Y, YT-G, G and PG to play for yourself on the device.

Under “Filter content for YouTube TV,” turn Filter for me on or off.

Temporarily turn off 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. At the bottom, tap Home Home.
  3. Touch and hold your device.
  4. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then Notifications & digital wellbeing and then Digital wellbeing and then New schedule.
Change Downtime schedule
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home.
  3. Touch and hold your device.
  4. At the top right, tap Device settings Settings and then Notifications & digital wellbeing and then Digital wellbeing.
  5. Tap the schedule that you want to change.
  6. Choose which days you want Downtime to turn on. You can use a premade schedule or create a custom schedule.
  7. Tap Save.
  8. Choose the times for Downtime to start and end.
  9. Tap Save.
What happens when Downtime is on
  • Your device won’t respond to most commands or questions. Commands to stop or cancel activities will 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 play music before Downtime starts, and it'll continue to play until you stop it.
  • You can set an alarm or timer, or ask for the time.
  • You can use commands to control your smart devices for home automation, like when you ask your Assistant to turn the lights on or off.
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