Google Home: Two settings to achieve max smart home privacy


Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home.

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Some things Google Home know about you is obvious – What kind of music do you like, how bad you are at math – because these are the things you rely on the most. But Google Home ($ 130 at QVC) knows a lot more about you than you might think. This is because your smart home speaker is tied to your Google account coupled with a deep of personal informationsuch as your email address and debit or credit card number. That means Privacy and security settings are just as important with Google Home as they are with your Gmail account.

Much of it Steps You Should Take to Protect Your Gmail AccountFor example, if you use a strong password and verify your recovery contact information, you can protect Google Home too. However, you may not know how to get to these settings using the Google Home app. This may be the only Google app you have on your phone or tablet.

Here’s how to find and set the two most important privacy and security settings using the Google Home app.

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When you set up a Voice Match profile in Google Home, your smart speakers will listen to your voice and use it like a fingerprint to identify you. That way, only you can check your calendar, add it to your shopping list, or watch your YouTube playlist Nest Hub Smart displays. Other people can still use Google Home and even set up voice profiles with their own Google Accounts, but only you will have access to your information.

However, enabling Voice Match means you may be providing Google data about how you sound. According to Google, information is stored on your devices themselves, rather than in the cloud, although it may “be sent to Google temporarily to better identify you”. If you don’t agree, this feature is not for you.

To set up Voice Match using Google Home (the process is the same for Face Match, only using your device’s camera and face instead of the microphone and voice):

1. Open that Google Home appThen tap your personal symbol Then tap in the upper right corner Wizard settings.

2. In the horizontal menu bar, tap Assistant, scroll down and tap Language customization.

3. Tap add device. The Google Home app searches your current Wi-Fi network for compatible devices. Then tap Continue.

4th Under Enable Voice Match on this device Tap the field labeled ExactlyThen scroll to the end of the next screen and tap the next field with Exactly.

5. Follow the instructions to teach Google to recognize your voice.


Two-factor authentication isn’t foolproof, but it does provide an extra layer of security that makes it difficult to break into your online accounts.

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How to set up two-factor authentication in Google Home

Two-factor authentication, also known as two-step verification, is not a completely foolproof means Securing an online account, but it’s miles better than nothing. If two factors are set up on Google Home, it means that someone who tries, for example, to set up a Google Home smart speaker with your stolen credentials is likely to be defeated if they haven’t also lifted your smartphone. The point is, it doesn’t hinder or detract from your Google Home experience. So there’s really no reason not to set it up.

The first thing to do is different for each phone:

Android: Make sure you are signed in to the account you use for Google Home by opening it the settingsand then tap Accounts and then Add account. Choose Google and log into your account.

iPhone: Download the Gmail app If you don’t already have it on the App Store, sign in with the account you use for Google Home Allow notifications when prompted


Two-factor authentication doesn’t affect how you use your Google Home smart speaker once you’ve set it up.

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The rest is the same for every phone:

1. Open that Google Home appThen tap your personal symbol Then tap in the upper right corner Wizard settings.

2. Under the You Menu, tap Your data in the wizard Then scroll all the way down.

3. Under More options for managing your privacyTap the field labeled Google user account.

4th Scroll through the horizontal menu bar at the top (the one that has At home, personally the information, Data & personalization) and tap safety.

5. Under Sign in to Google, Tap Use your phone to sign in. On the next screen, tap Set it up then give your password and tap Log in.

6th The screen should now say What you need With Your phone (listed with your phone) and Touch identification checked. Tap Next.

7th Under try it you should see this Email-address for your Google account. Tap the button labeled Next underneath.

8th. You should get one right away notification ask on your phone Are you trying to login? (If you’re on an iPhone notification will come from the Gmail app). Tap the notification and select Yes.

9. When your phone asks if you want to use either one face recognition or Identification of fingerprints (depending on which phone your phone has) Yes.

10. Go back to the Google Home appwhat should say now It worked! Turn it on and tap the field labeled Switch on.

Check out our complete guide to securing your Google Home page Privacy and security settings hereor our even broader guide too Back up your entire Google account here. For email-specific privacy settings Here are four Gmail settings to change right now.

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