Some of our favorite speakers and smart devices use the power of the Google Assistant to make our lives more entertaining and generally easier. Getting the assistant to recognize you and know what information you want (even ahead of time) is powerful, but there may be times when you don’t want such a personal connection with your devices. Maybe you want to ask a question that you don’t want to resurface later in your search results, or maybe you’re having a (post-pandemic) party and know that a group of people can interact with your device. For those times, there’s Guest Mode for Google Assistant, and we’ll show you how easy it is to activate it on your smart speakers.
How to use guest mode on a Google Assistant speaker
At a reasonable distance from the Google Assistant enclosure, say “Ok Google, go to guest mode.“
When you’re ready to exit guest mode, just say: “Ok Google, exit guest mode.”
That’s all we can say about it! There’s no toggle you need to tap or manage in device settings or the Google Home app. Just use your voice! Once activated, you will hear a chime notification and you will see a small generic person profile icon in the upper right corner. After turning it off, you should see your avatar again there. Guest mode will remain on until you turn it off.
Google has a host of privacy controls for its Assistant devices, but even in guest mode you can tell Google to “forget what I just said”. If you haven’t already, or if you’re a new smart speaker owner, you can also set up Google Assistant Voice Match, so your Google Assistant recognizes you for who you are and starts personalizing your contextual information and Search results.
The best for your nest
While Guest mode works with one of the best Google Assistant speakers, our favorite among those devices currently has to be the Nest Hub (2nd gen). It’s the perfect size for the nightstand or nightstand, and it can even measure and track your sleep quality!
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