Downtime

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

Set up Downtime

If you’ve never set up Filters and/or Downtime before, please see Set up Digital Wellbeing.
Note: Only the person who set up the Google Nest device can set up and manage Digital Wellbeing.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In Home , at the top of the screen, select the home that you want. 
  3. Tap Settings   Digital Wellbeing.
  4. If you do not want to set up Filters, tap Set up  Skip  Set up  Next.
  5. If you want to set up Filters, tap Set up  Next.
    1. Select the people and devices for which you want to set up Filters  Next.
    2. Select your video filter preferences  Next.
    3. Select your music filter preferences  Next.
  6. Select the devices for which you want to schedule Downtime  tap Next.
  7. Choose which days that you want Downtime to be active. You can use one of the pre-made day schedules, or customise your own.
  8. Tap Next.
  9. Choose the times for Downtime to begin and end.
  10. Tap Next and then Done. 

Change Downtime schedule

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Settings  and then Digital Wellbeing and then New schedule and then Set up and then Next.
  3. Select the device for which you would like to change the schedule and then tap Next.
  4. Choose which days that you want Downtime to turn on. You can use one of the pre-made day schedules, or customise your own.
  5. Choose the times for Downtime to begin and end.
  6. Tap Next and then Done.

What you can still do during Downtime

  • You can set up an alarm or timer, or ask for the time. Note: Media alarms aren’t available during Downtime. If a media alarm is scheduled during Downtime, Google Nest or Home will activate a standard alarm.
  • Activities that began before a Downtime schedule begins will continue. For example, if you like to fall asleep with music, you can start playing music before Downtime begins. The music will continue until you actively stop it, allowing you to fall asleep the way you like.
  • “Ok Google, stop”, “Ok Google, cancel” or other commands that tell the Google Nest or Home device or Google Assistant to stop doing something will still work.
  • You can still “snooze” an alarm by saying “Ok Google, snooze”.
  • The Assistant can still control smart home devices during Downtime, such as when you ask to turn smart lights on or off.
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