Google Home devices are a great way to hear voice assistants, music and video throughout your home. But you might consider Google Filters to exert some control over content that children or guests can play.
Filter Out the Bad Content for Everybody or Just the Children
Once you have a voice assistant in multiple rooms, you ' ll find yourself taking advantage of the easy access to music and videos. Unfortunately, voice assistants do not truly understand you; they simply respond to expected speech. They can "mishear" your command and play something unexpected, and this is doubly true with younger children who might have trouble enunciating. That, in turn, can lead to unintended songs filled with words you did not want a 6-year-old to hear. Or a hangouts call to contact unintended.
You can prevent this from happening by turning on Google Home devices. You can apply filters to specific home devices or to all devices at once. And you can set up filters for all users of the devices or only for unapproved users. You can block calls and give the answers a Google Home device can provide about basic information like the weather or time. Thankfully, if you have any routines that play music or video, they will respect your filters.
There is one big caveat here. These filters only work with Google services like YouTube Red or Google Play Music. If you use another service (like Pandora), you'll need to enable filters (if possible) from within those services. For example, on Pandora, you can do this by opening the web client, going to Settings> Content Settings, and then toggling the "Explicit Content" option off. Then click the "Save changes" button.
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How to Set Up Filters
First, open the Google Home app and tap "Settings" underneath the "Home "Section.
Next, tap on" Digital Wellbeing. "
If this is your first time setting up Digital Wellbeing, you'll need to tap the" set up "button. Otherwise, skip this step.
Tap "Next" to start setting up Filters.
Choose one or more of the following: Supervised Accounts and Guests. To use the last option, you'll need to have a voice and family link set up as well. With this option, the filters will not apply. For everyone else, the filters will be in play.
On the same screen, scroll down a bit and then select the devices you want.
Once you've chosen your devices, tap on the "Next" button.
Next , choose whether to allow all video, only filtered videos, or block all video. When you're done, tap "Next."
Choose whether to allow all music or only non-explicit music, then tap "Next."
Choose whether to block calls or restrict answers, then tap "Next."
On the next screen, tap "Next" again.
Tap "Skip" to bypass creating downtime rules.
That's it! You can come back later, remove, or add new filters as needed. Restricting options wants to add peace of mind to your smart home life, especially if you have little ones or frequent guests.