Additional controls

Filters can help you place limits on how people in your household can use your Google Nest or Home speaker or display. You can use Filters to do things like block access to music with explicit lyrics, or define which video services are enabled.

Note: Filters are a part of Google Nest or Home’s Digital Wellbeing, a set of tools that you can use to control when and how your Google Nest or Home speakers or displays are used. To set up Digital Wellbeing on your speaker or display for the first time, please see the instructions here.

If you’ve already set up Digital Wellbeing, but want to set up or change your filter settings, please go here.

Additional controls settings

You can choose whether additional controls apply to all users or guests and users with accounts managed by Family Link. Filters can be applied to specific Google Home devices, or all of your Google Home devices. You have three options:


  • Allow calls
  • Block calls

Voice calls on your assistant speaker and video calls on your smart display will be blocked.
Note: This filter does not affect broadcasting. Broadcasting will always be available.

Assistant Answers

  • Allow answers
  • Restrict answers

You can choose whether to restrict or allow the ability to ask Google Home questions or perform searches. If restricted, answers will only allow basic responses for things like time, weather, and calculator. However, many answers to questions will be blocked for the people you’ve chosen.

Actions on Google

  • Allow all actions
  • Only allow family-friendly actions

If restricted, third party actions will be blocked for the people you’ve chosen. But they’ll still be able to access actions for families (a smaller set of actions made by Google and other developers, such as “What’s your inner animal”).

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