Voice Match and media on Google Home

Why you should use Voice Match

Google Home is a shared device and is commonly used by all household members. When each person in the household uses Voice Match, they’ll enjoy a more customized media experience, making the overall media experience even better.

When everyone uses Voice Match on a shared device, each person:

  • Can choose their own default music services
  • Gets a personalized music experience
    • This is based on their past interaction with the music service (Listening history, songs they liked, etc.)
  • Controls their own private library for the music service,
    • Can  access their own saved playlists, songs, etc. Also, liking or saving music will save it to their personal library for that music service.
  • Avoids reaching the single stream limitation which is common across music services.
    • Instead of everyone at home sharing the same Google Account, each member can now use their personal account and avoid interrupting music playback on other linked accounts.
  • Can ask to play recommended YouTube Videos or some TV show or movies from a linked streaming service.
    • This provides a more personalized experience by continuing playback from your last saved spot.

How to set up Voice Match

Each person can link one of their Google Accounts to Google Home. If you have a personal Google Account and a work Google Account, you must choose which account you want to hear personal information for.  

Note: Everyone who wants to hear personal info on Google Home must follow these steps, even the person who set up Google Home. 

Set up Voice Match
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
    1. Make sure the Google Home app is updated with the latest version.
  2. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  3. Tap Menu Menu and make sure the Google Account listed is the one you want to link to your voice. To switch accounts, click the triangle next to the Account name and choose the correct Account. 
  4. In the top right corner of the app's Home screen, tap Devices Devices . Find the device card or the device you're setting up with Voice Match. 
  5. From the device card, tap the blue banner labeled Multi user is now available, Link your account, or Get personal results with Voice Match and then CONTINUE. 
  6. If you haven’t already agreed to what is required to get help from your Assistant, you’ll see a screen outlining the permissions. Tap I agree. 
  7. Training your voice:
    1. If you've never set up Voice Match and trained your voice, follow the prompts to teach your Assistant to recognize your voice. You'll say "Ok Google” twice and “Hey Google” twice. 
    2. ​If you've set up Voice Match before, you won't need to teach your Assistant to recognize your voice. 
  8. To hear personal information, you must turn on Personal results. Tap I agree. 
  9. To invite others to set up Voice Match for tailored results, tap INVITE, choose your communication method, and send the invite. To skip this step, tap No thanks.

Sharing services with other Voice Match users and guests

Once you've set up Voice Match on a shared Google Home, your music and video services are accessible to anyone who speaks to Google Home using relevant voice commands.

Also, all TVs and speakers linked your account can be used by other guests and other people linked to the same shared device. 

To prevent others from using your music and video services, ask them to:

Voice commands for Voice Match & media

Google Home may play different music and video content if the requester uses Voice Match or is a guest. Here's an overview: 

 

 

First person who set up Voice Match

 How to identify this person. 

Additional Voice Match users Guests and people without Voice Match
Music voice commands will:
  • Play music from your default music service.
  • If you haven't linked your default service, your Assistant will use other linked users' music services. 
  • Play music from your default music service.
  • If you haven't linked your default service, your Assistant will use other linked users' music services.
  • Play music from the default music service of the first person who set up Voice Match.
  • If the service you requested hasn't been linked, your Assistant will use other linked users' music services.

TV shows and movies voice commands will:

  • Play content from your linked streaming service.
  • If you haven't linked your streaming service, your Assistant will use other linked users' service accounts. 
  • Play content from your linked streaming service.
  • If you haven't linked your streaming service, your Assistant will use other linked users' service accounts. 
  • Play content from the linked streaming service of the first person who set up Voice Match.
  • If the streaming service you requested hasn't been linked, your Assistant will use other linked users' music services.

YouTube videos voice commands will:

  • Play content from your YouTube account
  • Play content from your YouTube account
  • Play content from the YouTube account of the first person who set up Voice Match.
TV and speaker voice commands will: 
  • Control TVs, speakers, and multi-room groups for all users who set up Voice Match.
  • Control TVs, speakers, and multi-room groups for all users who set up Voice Match.
  • Control TVs, speakers, and multi-room groups for all users who have linked their Google Account.
Audiobook voice commands will:
  • Play audiobooks you've purchased.
  • Play audiobooks you've purchased.
  • Play audiobooks purchased by the  first person who set up Voice Match.

 

Who is the first person who set up Voice Match?

This user is likely the person who set up Google Home, but may not be if that person hasn't linked their voice. There is no way to tell who's the first person who set up Voice Match from within the Google Home app. You must ask all Voice Match users when they set up Voice Match to be sure who is the first person. Here's how to manage linked users. 

 

 

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