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Share a home and devices in the Google Home app

Important: If you use the Nest app and haven’t migrated to a Google Account, you manage homes and people who share access to your home with the Nest app.

To organize and manage your devices in the Google Home app, you can create a home. Then, you can invite home members who will share control of the home and its devices. For example, you can put your grouped living room speakers, office lights, and thermostat into a home, and invite your family to be members of that home.

Organize your devices

Create and manage a home

Create a home
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top, tap Add Add.
  3. Tap Create new home.
  4. Follow the steps.

Note: You can have up to 5 homes in your account.

Switch between homes
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top, tap the name of the current home.
  3. Select a new home from the drop-down. If the drop-down icon doesn’t appear, it means you only have one home in the Home app.
Move a device to a different home

​​​​​​Note: Not all devices can be moved to a different home this way. Speakers, displays, and Chromecast can be moved, but Nest Wifi point and Nest Hub Max can't. Some Nest and Wifi devices can't be moved to a different home. If you have a device that can't be moved to a different home, you need to factory reset your device and set it up again in a new home.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Open the home the device is in.
  3. Touch and hold your device's tile.
  4. Tap Settings Settings and then Device information and then Home.
  5. Tap the home you want to move the device to and then Next and then Move device.
  6. If asked, tap the room you want to move the device to and then Next.

Delete a home

You can delete a home from the Home app if you’re the only home member.

If you aren’t the only member of a home, you first need to remove all other members from the home with the Google Home app. Otherwise, you can only remove yourself from the home, and the remaining home members still have access to the home and its devices.

When you delete a home:

  • The home is removed from your Google Account.
  • You can't use the Home app to control devices you added to a particular home, including lights, displays, speakers, cameras, thermostats, and locks, unless you set those devices up again in a new home.
  • Data associated with the home, such as video history from Nest cameras you might own or thermostat settings, is deleted. Note: Data associated with your Google Account is not deleted if you delete your home. Learn how to remove data associated with your account.

To delete a home:

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. Switch to the home you want to delete.
  3. Tap Settings   Delete this home  Delete.

Create and manage rooms

Create a new room

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. Touch and hold your device's tile.
  3. Tap Settings Settings icon Room.
  4. Choose a suggested room name or scroll to the bottom and tap Add a custom room  enter the room name  tap Save.

Rename a room

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. At the top, select the home with the room you want to rename.
  3. Touch and hold the name of the room you want to change.
  4. Tap Settings Settings icon  Name  enter a name  tap Save.

Delete a room

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. At the top, select the home with the room you want to delete.
  3. Touch and hold the name of the room you want to delete.
  4. Tap Settings Settings icon Delete room RemoveNote: When you delete a room, any devices in the room are removed from the room. You can add them to a different room.

Manage home members

To let other people, like family members or roommates, use the devices in your home, add them as home members.

Only invite people you trust to become home members. When someone becomes a member of a home, the following info and settings are shared with them:

Full access and control of devices and services

  • Add and remove other home members, including you
  • Add new devices, like speakers, displays or smart light bulbs
  • Use and change the settings of the devices in the home
  • Automatically link their media services, like YouTube, to speakers, smart displays and Chromecast built-in devices in the home

Home activity

  • View activities and events from all devices and services linked to the home

Contact information and home address

  • Change the address of the home 
  • View the names and email addresses of everyone in the home 

Assistant features

  • Set up personal results, Voice Match and Face Match on existing and new Assistant-supported devices

You can't invite anyone using a:

  • Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) account
  • Google Account for children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country)

A maximum of 6 people can share a home.

Invite members to a home
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Switch to the home you want to share.
  3. At the top, tap Add Add and then Invite home member and then Invite person.
    • If you don't find "Invite home member," tap Add person to home.
  4. Enter the name or email address of the person you want to invite to your home and then tap Next.
  5. Review what’s shared when you add someone to your home and then tap Next.
  6. Review the person’s access to your home and then tap Send.
  7. If your Google Family Group isn’t full and the person you’re inviting isn’t already in one, you should get the option to invite them to your Google Family Group.
    • To invite them, tap Add to Family.
    • To skip this step, tap No Thanks.
    • Note: You can have up to 6 members in a Google Family Group.

The person you invite should receive an email with instructions.

Note: If the person you want to invite has already requested to join your home, you need to accept that request instead of sending a new invitation.

Accept someone's request to join your home

When someone sends a request to join your home, you should receive an email with the invite request and a notification on your mobile device. 

  1. Follow the link in the email you received or tap the notification on your mobile device.
  2. To invite a person to join your home, tap Continue. To reject their request, tap Decline.
  3. You should find information about what’s shared when you add someone to your home. To continue, tap Next.
  4. Review the person’s access to your home and then tap Send
  5. If the person you’re inviting is not already in your family group, you should be asked if you’d like to add them. To invite them to your family group, tap Add to Family. To skip this step, tap No Thanks.

    Note: You can have a maximum of 6 members in a family group. If you already have a full family group, this option doesn't appear.
Accept a home member invitation
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. On the home screen, tap on your pending invitation.
  3. Follow the in-app instructions to join someone’s home.
    • To accept, tap Next.
    • To reject, tap Decline.
  4. Review what’s shared when you join a home and then tap Agree.
  5. Create a nickname for the home. This nickname only appears to you.
  6. The next time you connect to the home’s Wi-Fi, open the Home app Google Home to finish Google Assistant setup, which adds you to the devices connected to the same Wi-Fi.

To let the Google Assistant read or show results specific to you, you can choose to set up Voice Match and Face Match, and choose to turn on personal results.

Remove yourself from a home

When you remove yourself from a home:

  • You no longer have access to the home and the devices and services associated with that home.
  • Other members continue to have access to the home.
  • Other members should no longer have access to the devices or services you set up, including Nest thermostats, alarms, locks or cameras. If you set up a Nest Cam with your Nest Hub Max, the Nest Hub Max should also no longer be available.

    Exceptions: Google Nest Wifi, Google Wifi, Assistant-enabled speakers and displays, and Chromecast devices should still be available to other home members even if you remove yourself from the home. 
  • You no longer have access to Nest Aware features, including video history.
  • Other members continue to have access to Nest Aware features.
  • Your Google TV account isn't removed from this home. You have to sign out of this account on this home’s Google TVs or in account.google.com.
  • If you’re the only member of the home, the home gets deleted, including home data such as video history footage and thermostat settings.

To remove yourself:

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. Switch to the home you want to edit.
  3. Tap Settings   Household.
  4. Tap your account.
  5. At the top right, tap Remove member  and then Leave home.
Remove other members from a home

When you remove members from a home:

  • They are notified that they were removed from the home.
  • They no longer have access to the devices or services in the home, and their account is no longer linked to the devices.
  • Assistant devices such as speakers and displays, including those set up by the removed member, should remain in your home. These devices are no longer linked to the home member you removed.

    Exception: Nest Hub Max might get removed and video history footage could be deleted.
  • They no longer have access to Nest Aware features, including video history.
  • Your Google TV account isn't removed from this home. You have to sign out of this account on this home’s Google TVs or in account.google.com.
  • If the member you remove from the home migrated their Nest Account and Nest devices (such as cameras and thermostats) to a Google Account, those devices may be removed from the home. Data associated with their Nest devices and the home may be permanently deleted, including video history footage and thermostat settings.

To remove other members:

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. Switch to the home you want to edit.
  3. Tap Settings   Household.
  4. Tap the home member you want to remove.
  5. At the top right, tap Remove .
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