Downtime

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

Set up Downtime

Note: 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 Home device can set up and manage Digital Wellbeing.

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app .
  2. In Home , at the top of the screen, select the home that you want. 
  3. Tap Settings Settings icon Nest and then image. Digital wellbeing.

  4. If you did not set up Filters, tap Set up Nest and then image.  Skip Nest and then image.  Set up Nest and then image.  Next.

  5. If you set up Filters, tap New schedule Nest and then image.  Set up Nest and then image.  Next.
  6. Select the devices you want to schedule Downtime for Nest and then image.  tap Next.
  7. Choose which days that you want Downtime to turn on. 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. In Home, at the top of the screen, select the home that you want.

  3. Tap SettingsSettings icon and then Digital wellbeing and then New schedule and then Set up and then Next .

  4. Select which device you would like to change the schedule for and then tap Next.
  5. Choose which days that you want Downtime to turn on. You can use one of the pre-made day schedules, or customise your own.
  6. Choose the times for Downtime to begin and end.
  7. Tap Next and then Done.

What you can still do during Downtime

  • You can set up an alarm or timer. Note: Media alarms aren’t available during Downtime. If a Media alarm is scheduled during Downtime, Google 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 Home device or Google Assistant to stop doing something will still work.
  • You can still “Snooze” an alarm by saying “OK Google, snooze.”
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