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How to make your Google homepage quieter at night



  A Nest Hub with a balloon announcing the hub loudly turns on two lights.
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The night has come. You are at the end. "Hey, Google, turn off all the lights," you whisper and then regret it when your Google Startup image calls confirmation and wakes everyone up. That's how you make Google talk quietly at night.

You may have experienced this more often than you would like to admit. Everyone is asleep and you are ready to go to bed. You tell your Google Home screen or Nest Hub to turn off the light and it's screaming, seemingly at the top of its digital lung, as a confirmation that the lights are turned off. This does not have to be this way.

You can either enable night mode on any Google boot device or Nest Hub device that you're using to make it quieter and dim lights, or use grouping to prevent the devices from speaking altogether.

Turn on night mode for a quiet night

  Night mode option in the Google Home app.

If your Google Homes are to talk quietly at certain times, night mode is the way to do it. You can set Night Mode to automatically turn on and off according to a schedule, adjust the maximum volume, and even the maximum brightness of the LEDs built into your Google homepage.

The downside is that you need to enable and configure night mode for every Google Home device you own. So if you miss one, the next time you use it, you'll notice how difficult it is and expect a quiet response.

To turn on Night Mode, open the Google Home app and tap Customize your Google Home device. Then tap the gear in the upper right corner.

 Google Boot Device dialog box, with the arrow pointing to the adjustment gear.

Scroll down and tap Night Mode.

 Google Launcher

Activate Night Mode and select the settings you want, including the volume control. Do not forget to tap on any day you want night mode to work on (you can skip it on weekends, for example). An additional LED dimmer slider is available on Google Home devices with LED indicators above the speaker. Nest Hub devices do not have this option.

 Dialog Box

Group devices in rooms for a quiet chime

  Google Home Kitchen Room Group, displaying light and nest hub display.

Another way to avoid a loud reaction is to group your Google Home or Nest Hub device (referred to as rooms) in the same room as your lights. When you tell a Google homepage to turn off the lights in the same room as the voice assistant, you hear a soft beep instead of responding with a verbose verbal confirmation.

Also, if a Google homepage is in the same room as Smart Light (for example, the living room), you can say, "Hey google, turn off the light," instead of "turn off the light." It saves you a few words, so that you benefit completely.

If your Google Privat or Smart Lights are not in groups yet. Open your Google Home app and select the device you want to add to a room. Then tap the "Add to a room" option.

 Magic Mirror Device with Frame around

Follow the instructions to select the room to which you want to add the device. Do this for all your smart devices and Google Homes. You immediately benefit from quieter chimes and simpler voice commands.

If you're using an Amazon Echo instead, you can use the whisper mode for a quieter nighttime experience.


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