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To get the most out of Google Home, choose your Help Center: U.S. Help Center, U.K Help Center, Canada Help Center, Australia Help Center.  Need help? Speak to a Google Home support specialist: U.S.: 1-855-971-9121,  U.K.: 0800 026 1217, Canada: 844-701-7229.

Settings for all devices with Google Assistant

You can customize your Google Assistant by changing your settings. These settings affect all devices where you use the Google Assistant.

Google Assistant settings

  • Music - Hear songs from your favorite music services
  • Home control  - Control your smart home devices
  • News  - Get the latest news from sources you trust
  • My Day  - Hear a summary about your upcoming day
  • TVs and Speakers  - Cast music and video to other devices
  • Shopping list   - Buy items (US only) and manage lists 
  • Apps for the Google Assistant  (U.S., U.K. Australia) - Get things done with linked services.
  • Shortcuts (US only) - Shortcuts let you create faster, easier ways to do your favorite things with your Google Assistant.
  • Videos and photos - Play TV shows and movies and see your photos on your TV. 

Change Google Assistant settings

Music

Here’s how to connect your music and pick a favorite music service as your default. This default service will be used first when possible.

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu  .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Tap Music .
  5. To choose your default service, tap the radio button to the left of the service.
  6. For Spotify and Pandora, you will need to link your accounts.
    • For Google Play Music and YouTube Red, your accounts are automatically linked when you link your Google Account to Google Home. 
    • For Spotify and Pandora, you will need to link your accounts.
      • To connect your account, tap LINK.
      • Sign in or sign up for the service and complete the sign-in flow.
      • To unlink an account, tap UNLINK. 

Available music services:

  1. Google Play Music 
  2. YouTube Music 
  3. Spotify 
  4. Pandora 

Note: For all services,  Google Home currently supports a single account per streaming service.

Here's more on how to listen to music on Google Home. 

Home control

To control your smart home devices,

  1. Open the Google Home app .

  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Tap Home control .

Here's more on how to control your smart home devices on Google Home.

News

To get the latest news from sources you trust,

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Tap More settings.
  5. Under "Services," tap News .
  6. You’ll see a list of news sources that will play when you say “Ok, Google. Listen to news”.
  7. To change the order of the list, touch and hold the hashmark to the right of the new source. Drag the source up or down.
  8. To customize this list,
    1. Tap CUSTOMIZE.
    2. Tap the check mark to the right of the sources you want to add.

News categories include:

General News

Business

Technology Science
Sports Health
World Art + Lifestyle
Politics Entertainment

​Here's more on how to listen to news on Google Home.

My Day

To manage the summary about your upcoming day,

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name and email address.
  4. Tap More settings. 
  5. Under "Services," tap My Day  .
  6. Tap the checkbox next to option to include it in your My Day summary.
    • Weather - The daily forecast for your device address.
    • Work commute - Traffic overview for your commute.
    • Next meeting 
    • Reminders
      • Note: To hear reminders, they must already be set in the Google Inbox app, Google app  , or Google Calendar app, or by typing a reminder query in the Google search in the browser. You can't set Reminders in the Google Home app or using your voice. 
      • To hear your reminders, say "Ok Google, tell me about My Day". 
  7. You can choose how to end your My Day summary:
    • To end with nothing, tap the radio button next to Nothing
    • To end with news, tap the radio button next to News.

My Day includes:

  • Weather 
  • Work commute
  • Next meeting
  • Reminders

Note: Personal results must be turned on to use My Day. 

Here's more on how to manage My Day on Google Home.

TVs and Speakers

To manage other devices that can be used with voice control,

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name and email address.
  4. Tap More settings. 
  5. Under "Services," tap TVs and Speakers .
  6. To add a device, tap the + button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  7. Make sure there is a check mark to right of the devices you want to add.
  8. Tap ADD in the top right corner of the screen.
  9. You will now see all your devices within the TVs and speakers section of the in Google Home app.
  10. To unlink a device,
    1. In the top right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices
    2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Linked Devices. 
    3. Tap the X next to the device you want to unlink.

Here's more on how to control your TVs and speakers using Google Home.

Shopping list

To set up and maintain shopping lists

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the app's Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name or email address.
  4. Tap More settings. 
  5. Under "Services," tap Shopping list  and thenMenu .

Note: Personal results must be turned on to manage shopping lists. 

Here's more on how to manage your shopping list on Google Home.

Apps for the Google Assistant (formerly Services) (U.S.. U.K., and Australia only)

Apps for Google Assistant are only available in the US, UK, and Australia. 

Here's more on how to set up & manage apps for the Google Assistant on Google Home..

Note: Personal results must be turned on to use Assistant apps.

Shortcuts (U.S. only)

To create and manage shortcuts, 

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name and email address.
  4. Tap More settings.
  5. Under "Services," tap Shortcuts.

Here's more on how to use create and manage shortcuts.

Videos and photos

Enjoy a slideshow of your personal photos from your Google Photos library on any voice-supported TV with Chromecast or Chromecast built-in — using only your voice.

Here's more on how to view Google photos.

Elise is a Google Home expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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