The Web giant today started rolling out a highly requested feature for its voice-powered speaker: support for multiple accounts.
The latest addition to Google Home's growing skillset is support for multiple users. Google doesn't think the technology is necessary on phones because most of those devices are password-protected and are usually used by just one person.
The new feature is rolling out in the USA today and will come to the United Kingdom in "the coming months". If this card does not show up, then you can tap the menu icon to bring up your connected devices and select to add your linked account from there.
From here, under the Devices list, they'll have an option to "Link your account" and teach Google Assistant to understand their dulcet tones. You must say the phrases "Hey, Google" and "OK, Google" twice each.
This allows Google Home users to customize a number of features, from the answer to the question "What's on my calendar?" to the "Tell me about my day?" feature that provides specific commute, weather, and news for each user. Having multiple accounts would especially complicate such features, but hopefully future updates will make the device able to actually do more. From there, you can train your Assistant to understand your voice. Instead, when asked to create a reminder, Google Home says, as it did before, "Sorry, create reminder is not yet supported".
Google Home, which debuted a year ago, is a voice-enabled speaker powered by Google Assistant that allows you to ask a range of questions, stream music and manage everyday tasks. The company notes that for certain features like personalized music or commute info, users will need to set up preferences from within the app, as well. You should find a notification there that also says Multi-user is now available.
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