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One of the big criticisms of the Google Home when it first hit the market was the inability to add multiple Google accounts. In April, Google finally introduced multi-user support, and it’s way better than how the Amazon Echo supports multiple accounts.
The big difference is that you have to ask Alexa to switch profiles on the Amazon Echo, whereas Google Home recognizes the voice of the speaking user — and it couldn’t be easier to set up.
How to Get Started
- Download the Google Home app on your phone. You don’t need the login or account of the existing Google Home user who first set up the device. Just make sure you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Google Home.
- Open up the app, skip the search for the device, and just log in with your Gmail account. You should see all Google devices that are connected to your Wi-Fi, including your Google Home device.
- Tap Link to my account under the Google Home icon to get started.
- The app will prompt you to say “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” twice each to recognize your voice. Once it’s set up, you can ask, “Ok Google, what’s my name?” to verify that it’s set up correctly.
And that’s it! You can then use the device to check your Google Calendar, ask about the traffic to work (if you’ve saved your work address in Google Maps), and so much more.
You can also go into the Google Home settings in the app to choose your preferred sources of music and TV/movies such as Spotify and Netflix, select your preferred news sources, set up any smart devices you have in your house that you want to control with the Google Home, access your shopping list, and more.
If you have a Chromecast set up, you can also use it to play YouTube videos from your account using voice commands. This feature should be available to U.S. and U.K. users.
What do you think of Google Home’s multi-user support? Have you been using it? Do you think Google got it right? Let us know in the comments.