Google Home now supports multiple users

Isaac Cain
April 21, 2017

Google Home may finally have a solution to children "hijacking" the device to buy stuff.

One differentiating factor from Alexa devices will be that customers will be able to ask the Google Assistant whether or not they've left any of their lights on, as with Siri. Well, this problem ends today.

To add various accounts to the Home, users must go into the Google Home mobile app and link accounts for up to six users for one device.

That means two different people in the same household can each log into a Google Home device and set it up with their calendars and other preferences.

When you open the Google Home app, you should see a notification that says Multi-user is now available.

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When your account is connected to Google Home, you will be asked to say the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" twice each. Those phrases are then analysed by a neural network algorithm of Google Assistant software, which can detect certain characteristics of a person's voice.

The new update has started rolling out for Google Home users in the United States, and will expand to the U.K.in the coming months.

To get started, head over to Google Play and ensure you have the latest update for the Google Home app. Moving forward, anytime a user dishes out commands, Home will compare the voice with the one previously analyzed to determine who's speaking. Rumors that Alexa was going to implement voice recognition have been swirling for some time, but it appears that Google beat them to it this time around. The feature doesn't work on smartphones that incorporate the Google Assistant either, though phones of course are more personal anyway.

That said, Google stresses that it's just getting started with the technology, meaning users are bound to encounter snags from time to time. This keeps just anyone from joining your Google Home and being able to control your smart devices.

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