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Have a conversation with your speaker or display

With Continued Conversation, you can have a conversation with your Google Nest and Home speakers and displays without saying “Hey Google” before each question.

Note: Your Assistant language must be set to English. Use Android Google Search App (AGSA) 8.7 or later to access Continued Conversation within Assistant Settings on an Android device.

Turn on Continued Conversation

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account and then Assistant settings and then Continued Conversation .
  3. Turn on Continued Conversation.

Note: When you turn on Continued Conversation, it's on for all your speakers and displays. To check which devices this setting applies to, at the top right of the home screen, tap your account and then Assistant settings and then Continued Conversation .

How it works

Say “Hey Google” and ask your question or give a command. You’ll know your Assistant listens if the lights on top of the device spin (Google Home) or pulse (Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, Google Nest Audio, Google Nest Hub, and Google Nest Hub Max). After your Assistant responds, it listens for about 8 seconds for your follow-up questions.

Example: Say “Hey Google, what’s the weather like today?” After your Assistant shares today’s weather, you can ask “And what about tomorrow?” and get the forecast.

End the conversation

If you’re done with your conversation with your Assistant, you can stop to talk or start to talk to someone else. Your Assistant will know your conversation is over and the microphone will close.

You can also immediately end the conversation when you say any of the following commands:

  • "Thank you"
  • "Thanks, Google"
  • "I'm done"

Features you can’t use with Continued Conversation

You can’t have a conversation with your Assistant:

  • During a phone call
  • When alarms or timers are going off

Frequently asked questions

How long is the microphone kept open for?

The microphone stays open for at most 8 seconds if it doesn't detect any speech. If it does detect speech, it will remain open until it decides you're done talking.

When does the microphone reopen?

The mic will automatically reopen after you ask the Assistant a question and it's done responding. The only times this doesn't happen are:

  • During ongoing sessions such as calls, alarms or timers going off, and media
  • If you say "Thank you” or “I’m done”

How do I know if the microphone is reopened?

When the mic is open, the lights on the top of your speaker or display will light up.

You can choose to get a sound after saying “Hey Google” to know when the mic is opened and closed. These sounds also work when Continued Conversation opens and closes the mic.

Can more than one person participate in a conversation?

When someone says “Hey Google” to wake up your speaker or display, anyone in the room can participate in the conversation. One person can ask a question, while someone else can ask the follow-up.

Note: Google Assistant will access the information of the person who starts the conversation. If someone else wants to ask about their own personal information, such as what’s next on their calendar, they will need to start a new conversation.

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