Set up Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing is a set of tools that you can use to place limits on when and how your Google Home devices are used.


Filters can help you place limits on how people in your household can use Google Home. You can use Filters to do things like block access to music with explicit lyrics, or define which video services are available.


With Downtime you can help your family take a break from Google Home. When your Google Home devices are in Downtime, they will not respond to most commands or questions. During Downtime, you also will not receive notifications from your Google Home devices. Alarms and Timers will still work.

Set up Digital Wellbeing for the first time

When you set up Digital Wellbeing, you’ll be asked to first set filters for your services and then Downtime.
Note: Only the person who set up the Google Home device can set up and manage Digital Wellbeing.

Step 1: Set up Filters

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Account and then your home and then Digital Wellbeing and then Set up to begin setting up filters.
  3. Choose who you want the Filters to apply to.
    Everyone - Filters apply to everyone using your Google Home.
    Only Supervised Accounts and guests - Filters apply only to Google Accounts managed with Family Link and guests. The filters you select will not be applied to your account or unsupervised accounts.
    Note: You can tap Skip to skip setting up Filters. You always come back to set up Filters later.
  4. Select which devices you want the Filters to apply to.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Music - Choose whether to block explicit music, all music or no music.
    Note: No filter is 100% accurate, but if you select to block explicit music it should help avoid most mature language and themes.
  7. Video - Only plays videos from YouTube Restricted Mode, YouTube TV Filtered Mode, and YouTube Kids. You can also block all video content or allow all video services without any filtering.
  8. Additional controls - Choose whether  you’d like to block any of the following set of features on Google Home.
    1. Calls & messages - Block calls and messages through Google Home.
    2. Assistant answers - Limit Assistant answers to basic subjects like weather.
    3. Actions on Google - Block third party Assistant actions that aren’t designated as Family Friendly.
  9. Tap Done and then Setup to begin setting up Downtime.

Step 2: Set up Downtime

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app .
  2. Tap Account and then your structure and then Digital Wellbeing and then New schedule.
  3. Select which devices you want the Downtime schedule to apply to.
  4. Tap Next.
  5. Choose which days you want Downtime to turn on. You can use one of the premade day schedules, or customize your own.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Choose the times for Downtime to begin and end.
  8. Tap Next and then Done
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