Google Nest or Home device and your child's Google Account

Your child can do things like ask Google questions, play games, and listen to stories if you link their Family Link managed Google Account and voice to your Google Nest or Home speaker or display.

Note: This feature is available on Android only.

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by Downtime, Filters or Do Not Disturb.

Learn more about Digital Wellbeing

How speakers and displays work

There are a few things that children with supervised accounts can't do on speakers and displays:

  • Play YouTube videos or songs from YouTube Music
  • Make purchases
  • Use non-Google actions, unless they have the 'For families' badge For families

Step 1. Download the Google Home app on your child's phone

Your child needs to download the Google Home app from the Google Play Store on their phone.

Step 2. Parent sets up speaker or display

If you created an account for a child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country), you’ll need to set up the speaker or display before they can link their account. If the device is already set up, you can skip this step.

Note: If you added supervision to your child’s existing Google Account, your child will be able to set up speakers and displays, and sign in using the Google Home app.

Step 3. Set up Voice Match with your child

  1. On your child's device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your speaker or display.
  3. Scroll down to 'Local devices,' then tap Link account.
  4. Tap the account of the person who's going to set up Voice Match with the child and then Continue.
  5. You’ll get a screen that outlines the permissions. Tap Agree and then Continue.
  6. Give the phone to your child and follow the prompts to teach their Google Assistant to recognise their voice. They’ll say 'Hey Google' twice.

Step 4. Turn on personal results

Personal results allow Google Assistant on speakers or displays to get private info like your child’s calendar and contacts, and display their photos on a TV.

Note: Personal results must be on to get any personalised information.

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child’s name.
  3. Scroll down to the speaker or display where you want to turn personal results on or off.
  4.  Below the device’s name, tap Settings Settings.
  5. Turn on Personal results.

Important: You can't turn on a subset of personal results. For example, you can’t turn on calendars but then turn off contacts. If you turn off personal results because you don't want your Assistant to help with contacts, it won’t be able to help with other personal information like photos and calendars.

Unlink your child's account and voice

  1. On your device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child’s name.
  3. Find the device, then tap Settings Settings and then Unlink Google Account and voice and then Unlink.

Note: Your child can unlink their voice on their own.

How non-Google actions work

Your child can only use non-Google actions that have the 'For families' badge For families.

Check if an action is available in 'For families' on an Android device
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings." 
  2. Choose an app.
  3. In the 'Details' section, look for the 'For families' badge For families.

Check if an action is for families on the web

  1. On your internet browser, go to assistant.google.com/explore.
  2. Click on an app.
  3. In the 'Details' section, look for the 'For families' badge For families.
Prevent your child from using any non-Google actions

You can decide if you want to allow your child to use non-Google actions on Google Assistant.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child’s name.
  3. In the 'Settings' section, tap Manage settings and then Google Assistant.
  4. Turn third-party actions on or off.
Data privacy

If you allow your child to use non-Google actions:

  • Google won't share audio recordings of your child's voice with these actions. However, a transcript of what your child said can be sent to these actions. 
  • Google won't share your child's personal information with these actions, including your child's name, email address, or precise location. If an action needs to save information, like answers that your child gave to trivia questions, that information will be saved to a unique code.

Data security and privacy on Google Nest and Home devices

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