The Google Home speaker is pretty good at recognizing when someone’s talking, but it can get tripped up. Sometimes Google will think you’re talking when you’re not or mishear your commands. Fortunately, you can train it to understand you better.
In fact, Google can learn to recognize your voice, distinct from everyone else in your house, reducing false positives and producing better results.
You can do all the voice training on your phone and Google will use that voice model to detect your commands on any smart speakers you own. Voice training is supported on most Google Home speakers, as well as the voice assistant on Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ or the Motorola G6 Play. To get started, make sure you’re in a quiet place where your voice will be clearly heard.
Open the Google Home App
Open the Google Home app (Android, iOS) on your phone. Tap the Account tab on the bottom right of navigation bar to access account settings.
Google Home Assistant Settings
Navigate to General Settings > Settings > Assistant to gain access to the Google Home voice assistant settings.
Voice Match With Google
This is where you can add your voice to Google Home, add additional voices to the device, or recalibrate the voices already in the system. Tap Voice Match.
Start Speaking to Google
The Google Assistant will prompt you to say “OK, Google” and “Hey, Google” a number of times to get a feel for your voice. Follow the prompts and say the commands aloud. Note: If you’re in the same room as a Google Home speaker, it may activate. Just ignore it and follow the voice prompts.
Retrain Your Voice Model
If you’re unhappy with the way Google Home responds to your voice, you can always match it again to get a better recording. At the top of the screen, tap on Teach your Assistant your voice again. You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to retrain your voice model since it will affect all devices, including voice detection on your phone and every smart speaker in your house. To confirm you’re okay with this, tap Retrain.
Give Assistant Another Try
With the retraining complete, try out some of those commands again to see how well Google understands you now. If it’s still having issues, try retraining once again.
Set Up and Train Multiple Voices
Adding multiple users can help since Google Home will be able to identify you based on who you are not. It should also give you personalized search results (“What’s on my calendar?”) and more accurate voice interpretations.
In the Voice Match section, tap Invite others who use your devices. They will get a direct link to set up their own Voice Match.
Link Family Members to Your Devices
Recipients will have to download/open the Google Home app on their phone and navigate to Account > General Settings > Settings > Assistant on their device and tap Voice Match. Then, they’ll need to tap the blue circle icon to add connected devices to their profile.
Choose Devices to Recognize
After a brief scan of your Wi-Fi network, a list of devices available to sync will appear, and they can choose the ones they want to recognize their voice(s). If they’ve not set up a voice profile yet, they will then be prompted to do so.
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