Make calls on Google Home

With Hands-Free Calling on Google Home, you can call friends, family, and businesses using just your voice. This functionality is available in the U.S., U.K., Canada (English and French) (excluding territories).

What you need

  1. The latest version of the Google Home app.
  2. Google Home firmware version is 1.35.134464 or higher. Here's how to check your firmware version.
  3. Google app version is 7.17 or above. To check your Google app version number,
    1. Open the Google app and then Menuand then Settings and then About and thenversion number. To get the latest version, go to the Google app page on the Play Store and tap Update.
  4. Your Google Account is linked to Google Home.
  5. You are located in U.S, UK or Canada.
    Note: Continental U.S, Hawaii and Alaska only. US territories are not currently supported.  
  6. Your Google Assistant language set to English US, English UK, Canadian English, or French Canadian.

Who you can call

  • US or Canada phone numbers from a US or Canada number
  • UK phone numbers from a UK number
  • International and premium (1-900) numbers if you linked your Google Home to a:
    • Google Fi number
    • A Google Voice number that has credits.

Note: Google Fi and Google Voice are only available in the US.

You can’t make calls to emergency services.

How much calls cost

Calls are free to most US, UK, and Canada numbers.

If you linked your Google Fi or Google Voice number, you'll be charged at the listed rates.

Step 1. Set up calling

Step 1: Sync your contacts

  1. To be able to call your Google Contacts, turn on personal results.
  2. To be able to call contacts saved on your Android phone or tablet:
  3. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  4. In the bottom right corner, tap Account .
  5. At the top, make sure the correct Google Account is shown. To change accounts, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  6. Tap Settings and then Accounts & privacy and then Google activity controls and then Device Information.
  7. Turn on Device Information.

If you have many contacts or new contacts, it can take a few minutes for them to sync.

(Optional) Step 2: Show your number when you make calls

The recipient will see "Private" or "Anonymous" unless you choose to show a different number.

Show your phone number

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner, tap Account .
  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 Services and then Voice and Video calls and then Mobile calling
  5. Under "Your own number," tap Edit and then Add or change phone number.
  6. Enter your phone number, then tap Add.
  7. You'll receive a text with a code. Enter the code, then tap Verify.
  8. Note: ​If you don't receive a code, wait 30 seconds, then tap Send new code.

You’ll see the phone number under “Your own number.” It can take up to 10 minutes for it to show up.

Hide your phone number

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner, tap Account .
  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 Voice and Video calls and then Mobile calling
  5. Under "Your own number," tap Edit.
  6. Choose an option.

(Optional) Step 3: Use your Google Fi or Google Voice number

You can use this number when you make calls. This number is tied to your billing for those services.
Note: Google Fi and Google Voice are only available in the US.

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner, tap Account .
  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 Voice and Video calls and then Mobile calling
  5. Select an available service.
  6. Follow the steps.

Let multiple people make calls

To let multiple people call their contacts on Google Home, each person needs to set up Voice Match.

Important: If no one sets up Voice Match, everyone can use the contacts of the Google Home’s owner if they have  personal results turned on.

Step 2. Make a call

All outbound calls use an unlisted number. Recipients will see something like "Private" or "Anonymous" as the Caller ID. 

  Say "Hey Google," then...
Call by business name "Call Bonnie's Flowers," “Call Perfect Nails”
Ask for nearest business, then call “What is the nearest pharmacy?” > “Call them”
Call by a number  “Call 123-456-7890”

Call by contact name in contact list

Note: You must turn on Personal results.

 "Call Dad," "Call Bob"

Redial last number attempted

Note: You must set up Voice Match to use the redial command. 

"Redial"
Control volume "Set volume to 5", "Set volume to 40%"

Step 3. End a call

To end a call,
  • Tap on the top of Google Home or
  • Say "Hey Google, stop/disconnect/end call/hang up."

If the recipient ends the call, you'll hear the end call tone. 

Talk to your Assistant while on a call

During a call, you can place a call on hold and talk to your Assistant by using a voice command, or by press and holding the top of Google Home.

While talking to your Assistant, 

  • The person you called can't listen to what you or your Assistant says.
  • You can't listen to what the person you called is saying.

After your Assistant answers your question or completes your requested action, your call will automatically resume.

Note: While on a call, you can't do certain actions, including:

  • Listen to music, news, or podcasts
  • Listen to My Day
  • Use Apps for the Assistant 
  • Make another phone call
  • Play games 

Multiple users & calling contacts

Multiple people can connect to one Google Home and call their personal contacts. With your permission, your Assistant can distinguish your voice from others in your home, so when you say “Call mom,” we’ll call your mom. Here's how to set up multiple users on Google Home.

Voice commands for multiple users when making calls

Voice commands have different actions if the requester is a linked user or a guest. Here's an overview: 

  Users who linked their Google Account and voice Guests and unlinked housemates
Voice commands:

Will use personal contacts of each user. 

No one else can access these personal contacts using voice commands.

Won’t access any personal contacts.

If no user has linked their voice, everyone can access the personal contacts of the first user who linked its Google Account using voice commands if Personal Results is turned on. 

View activity

Within My Activity, you can hear a voice recording of the query used to start the call, or queries used to interact with the Assistant such as “Ok Google, hang up.” Nothing else is recorded. 

Frequently asked questions

What does Google Home record?
Google Home records:
  • Voice commands after “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”. For example, this would be recorded: “Hey Google, call Bob” or “Ok Google, hang up.” The recording stops after that phrase. 

Google Home doesn't record:

  • The phone conversation. 
How much will calls cost?
Calls to most U.S., U.K., and Canada numbers are free.
If I have multiple numbers associated with a contact, which one will it call?
Your Google Assistant will read out the different associated numbers and you can choose which number to call using a voice command. Eventually your Assistant will learn which number you use for certain contacts so you can skip this step in the future. 
Can someone call me on my Google Home (versus me calling them)?
We’re starting with outgoing calls, and we don’t have additional details to share regarding inbound calls.
Can you block people on Google Home?
Incoming calls aren't currently possible on Google Home so there's no ability to block a number. 
What happens when you reach a number that has a menu and says “press 2”?
Use your voice to navigate through a phone tree. When the phone system gives you the prompt for the option you want, such as “press 2,” say “OK, Google, press 2.”
Can I call anyone all over the world?
We offer free calling to most numbers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Are there any content or usage policies that apply to calling on Google Home?

Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy apply to Google Home.  Additionally, Google Home follows the same acceptable use policy as Google Voice.  You can view the terms of that policy here
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