Digital Wellbeing and Routines

Digital Wellbeing is set of tools that you can use to control when and how your Google Home devices are used. Digital wellbeing can have an impact on your Routines.

To set up Digital Wellbeing for Google Home, please go here.


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 also will not receive notifications from your Google Home devices. Alarms and Timers will still work.

During downtime, Routines can not begin to run, even if they are scheduled. A Routine that has already begun, will not be stopped by Downtime.

You have scheduled a routine that plays video on your Android TV. If Google Home is in Downtime when the Routine is scheduled to begin, the Routine will not start and no video will be played on your TV.

If the Routine has already started, and video is playing on your TV when Downtime begins, the video will still play uninterrupted.


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

Routines do not bypass filters. Music, video services and other actions that are part of a routine will still be restricted or blocked by filters.

For example, if music is blocked when a routine that includes playing music starts, music will not be played.

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