Send information from Google Home to your phone
Your Google Assistant on Google Home can send information to your phone and help you learn more about the topic. This includes things like directions, traffic information, and sports standings.
Step 1. Get started with the Google Assistant app
Here's how to get started with the Google Assistant app. If you've already used the Google Assistant app, skip to the next step.
To use the Google Assistant, you’ll need a phone with:
- Android 6.0 or higher
- Google app 6.13 or higher
- Google Play services
- 1.5 GB of memory and 720p screen resolution
Step 2. Make sure your phone and Google Home are signed into the same Google Account
Touch and hold the Home button Settings Account choose your Google Account.
- Open the Google Home app .
- In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
- At the top of the screen, you'll see the Google Account you're currently signed into.
- To change this account, tap the arrow to the right of the account and choose a different account.
Step 3. Turn on notifications on your phone
Touch and hold the Home button Settings Devices tap your phone turn on Notifications.
Step 4. Link your Google Account and voice to Google Home
If you’re the only person using the device, you can skip this step. If multiple people are using a Google Home device, each person will need to link their Google Account and voice to Google Home to get information on their phone.
Anyone who hasn't linked their Google Account or voice to Google Home can't send information to phones.Link your Google Account & voice to Google Home
- Open the Google Home app .
- Make sure the Google Home app is updated with the latest version.
- Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
- Tap 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.
- In the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices . Find the device card of the Google Home you'd like to link to your voice.
- From the device card, tap the blue banner labeled Multi user is now available or Link your account.
- Tap CONTINUE.
- 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 YES I’M IN.
- Follow the prompts to teach Google Home to recognize your voice. You'll say "Ok Google” twice and “Hey Google” twice. Note: This turns on Personal results.
- To test a few phrases, say something like, “Ok Google, tell me about my day.” Tap CONTINUE.
- To invite other people to link their Google Account & voice for tailored results, tap INVITE, choose your communication method, and send the invite. To skip this step, tap No thanks.
- You'll see a list of devices you've linked to your voice. These devices will read personal info when they hear your voice. If your Assistant isn’t recognizing your voice correctly, tap Teach it your voice again to try again.
Note: Your Assistant uses your voice to access your personal information. But a similar voice might be able to access this info, too. Only turn on Personal Results if you're comfortable sharing your personal information with others.
Step 5. Send information to your phone
After your Google Assistant responds to your initial query, say "Ok Google, send this to my phone."
Note: If you ask for things on Google Home where your phone or a screen would be helpful, your Assistant will send the information to your phone automatically. This includes things like directions, traffic information, and sports standings.
You can send information on these features to your phone:
- Calendar information
- Shopping list
- Sports standings and schedules
- Images and photos
- Finance information
Step 6. Get information on your phone
If you’ve activated the Assistant on your phone and have notifications turned on, you’ll see a notification on your phone. Tap on the notification for more information. If you don't need the information/notification anymore, you can swipe it away.
Unread notifications remain on your phone for 24 hours.
Turn off notifications
Touch and hold the Home button Settings Devices tap your phone turn off Notifications.
Fix a problem
If you're not getting information on your phone,
- Make sure you've activated your Assistant
- You're requesting information on a supported feature. Music, alarms, and timers are a few features that can't be sent to your phone.
- Make sure your phone and Google Home are signed into the same Google Account
- Make sure notifications are turned on.
- If multiple people are using Google Home, make sure you've linked your Google Account and voice. If your Assistant can't recognize your voice, it can't send information to your phone.
Elise is a Google Home expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.