How to Create Google Home and Assistant Voice Profiles for Your Whole Family

Want to create individual voice profiles on Google Home? Read on to find out how to make one for each of your family members.
How to Create Google Home and Assistant Voice Profiles for Your Whole Family
Published: 26th Mar 2021
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The convenience of smart home device technology can’t be understated. One of the leading gadgets on the market is the Google Home system along with the Google Assistant software that comes with it.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create Google Home and Assistant voice profiles for your whole family. Creating Google Home voice profiles allows each individual to customize their own smart home experience.

Google Home and Google Assistant, What’s the Difference?

When using Google smart devices, it’s easy to confuse Google Home and Google Assistant as the two are closely knit. Google Home is a smart speaker system that connects to a Wi-Fi network. Google Assistant, on the other hand, is a software application that allows integration between smart devices.

Simply put, Google Home is the company’s smart hardware, while Google Assistant is the software that powers it. Google Home comes with the Google Assistant software out of the box, and needs it to perform tasks. Google Assistant is available independently and is usually compatible with most smart Android devices.

Google Home devices and many compatible smart devices will use the Google Home app to function. There is a separate Google Assistant app, but that’s only for devices that can perform specific functions, those not fully compatible with Google Home. Think of it like Alexa Skills for Alexa. A device that uses the Google Assistant app can only do some of the things that a device that uses the Google Home app can.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll be using the Google Home app to setup voice profiles.

Essentially, to create a Google Home voice profile, you’ll be making a Google Assistant voice profile set to recognize your voice. You’ll need to set up multiple voice profiles in Google in order to extend the accessibility to your whole family.

What Is a Google Home Voice Profile?

A Google Home voice profile allows individuals to fully customize the device to their own preferences. Multiple people using a single Google Home device can tailor it to recognize their specific voices. Each individual can then do any of the following:

  1. Choose specific music services for each user.
  2. Retain listening history for each individual.
  3. Save personal playlists and favorite songs.
  4. Save YouTube playback information and playlists.
  5. Allow personal audiobook lists

If you set up multiple voice profiles in Google, various people can use the same Google Home device without sacrificing individuality. Changing personal Google Assistant voice profiles happens automatically when the device recognizes your specific voice.

What is a Google Home Voice Profile

How Do I Set Up a Google Home Voice Profile?

So, you may be asking, how do I set up a Google Home voice profile in the first place? Thankfully, it’s a relatively simple process. First, you’ll need to download the Google Home app. This is available via the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Remember that you’ll need a Google Account in order to login to the app. If you don’t have one, you can create one for free on the Google Signup page. Once done, proceed with the following steps:

  1. Open the Google Home app, then login.
  2. On the home page, tap on your profile icon on the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. From the list tap on Assistant settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap on Voice Match.
  5. Tap on Add devices.
  6. Choose the specific smart device that you want to add profiles to.
  7. Tap on Next.
  8. Follow the prompts that the app gives you.
  9. When you’re prompted by the app to turn on personal results, say yes. This allows the app to register your specific voice and tie it with your own Google Account.
  10. Once done your voice will now be recognized by Google Home.

To add a voice profile to Google Home, just return to the home page, then tap on Invite a home member on the top menu. You can then tap on + Invite person and write in the email address of the one you want to add to your group.

The member invited can then download the Google Home app and follow the instructions given here to set up their own profile.

How do I set up a Google Home Voice Profile
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How to Delete a Voice Profile in Google Home

If you wish to remove a Google voice profile, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap on your profile icon on the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. On the list, tap on My Activity.
  4. Tap on the menu button. This should be the three lines icon.
  5. Tap on Other Google Activity from the list.
  6. Scroll down and look for Voice and Face Match enrollment.
  7. Tap on View Data.
  8. Tap on Delete All Enrollments.
  9. Tap on Delete.
  10. Your particular Google Home voice profile should now be removed from the app.

How to Edit a Voice Profile in Google Home

If you wish to do Voice Match a second time to improve voice recognition, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap on your profile icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on Assistant Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap on Voice Match.
  5. Tap on Teach your Assistant your voice again.
  6. Tap on Retrain.
  7. Follow the voice prompts given.

How to Edit a Voice Profile in Google Home

How to Reset a Voice Profile in Google Home

To reset the current voice profile on Google Home, you’ll need to delete the current profile. Follow the instructions for deleting it as given above, then proceed to add a voice profile to Google Home. You’ll have to do this every time you need to reset a Google Home voice profile.

How to Link Multiple Google Home Voice Profiles

For other people with separate voice profiles to use your Google Home device, you’ll have to link the accounts. If you invited them during your own Voice Match setup, then they should already be linked once they finish their own Google Home voice profile setup. If you want to invite others, you can do the following:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap on your account icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Assistant Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap on Voice Match.
  5. Tap on Invite others who use your devices.
  6. Choose an app from the selection to use for the invite. They’ll then be given the choice to create their own profile.
  7. Once created, these profiles are linked to your enable Google device.
  8. To add a device to the currently linked profiles, follow steps one through four above, but instead of tapping on Invite others, tap on Add devices. Once Google Home has detected the new device tap on it then tap on Continue.

How to Link Multiple Google Home Voice Profiles

Google Home Voice Profile FAQ

Here are some common questions regarding Google Home Voice profiles.

  1. How many voice profiles can Google Assistant have?
    The discussions above should have answered the question on can Google Home have more than one voice profile. The next question should be how many voice profiles can Google Home have? Currently, Google Home can support up to six separate Voice Match profiles. For a household, this means a spouse and four children.
    Creating a Google Home profile for child accounts are pretty much the same as making a regular account. Follow the same instructions as given above, and allow the child to speak out the prompts when given by the Google Home app.
  2. Can I restrict Google Home or Assistant to respond to profile voices?
    There is currently no way to restrict Google Home from responding to anyone who says “Hey, Google” to access the Assistant. Although your personal account information won’t be used, there’s still no way to limit this. Anyone speaking to Google Home with a saved profile will automatically use their own account, and those who don’t have a profile will use a default guest profile.

Can I restrict Google Home or Assistant to respond to profile voices

  1. Why can’t I set up a voice profile in Google Home or Assistant?
    If you’re experiencing an error in creating a voice profile in Google Home, then you may have the language settings set differently. As with most voice recognition software, different language settings use various diction and accent recognition in order to work. If your mobile phone is using a different language setting than where you’re in, it may fail to register your voice. Make sure you have the proper language setting, then proceed with the Voice Match again.
  2. How do I see all Google Home voice profiles?
    To see all the members of a particular Google Home household profile, do the following:

    1. Open the Google Home app.
    2. On the home page, tap on Settings. This is the gear icon just beneath the group name.
    3. Under General, tap on Household.
    4. The list will then show all the members of the group.
  3. Do I need to set up a Google Home voice profile?
    Not really. The Google Home device will work well even without setting up any Voice Match profile. This does of course limit the customization of the device. Anyone who uses the Google Home device will be using the guest account and choices in music, videos, and audiobooks will eventually mix together Playlists of all the media played by the device, not just your own.
    Creating a Google Assistant voice profile prevents this from happening and vastly improves the Google Home experience.

Do I need to set up a Google Home voice profile

Growing Popularity

With the growing popularity of smart devices, expect the technology to become more prevalent in your daily life. Knowing how to take advantage of voice recognition by using Google Home Voice profiles for each member of your family will surely come in handy.

Do you know of other ways on how to create Google Home and Assistant voice profiles for your whole family? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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