Voice Match and media on Google Nest and Google Home speakers and displays

Why you should use Voice Match

Google Nest or Google Home speaker or display 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 customised 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 personalised 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 personalised experience by continuing playback from your last saved spot.

How to set up Voice Match

Each voice associated with the Voice Match feature must be linked to a Google account. Additionally, only one voice can be used per Google account. 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 the speaker or display must follow these steps, even the person who set up the speaker or display. 

Set up Voice Match
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  4. Go back to the home screen, then tap Settings .
  5. Scroll down to "Google Assistant services", then tap More settings.
  6. Tap Assistant  Voice Match  Add devices.
  7. Make sure that any devices to which you want to link your voice are ticked.
  8. Tap Continue  Next I agree.
  9. Follow the in-app steps.
  10. To hear personal information, you must turn on Personal results. Tap I agree and proceed with the Voice Match setup.
  11. 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 to 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

Your Google Nest or Home device 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 films 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' streaming 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 that you've purchased.
  • Play audiobooks that 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 to be the person who set up the speaker or display, 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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