When you first set up Google Home you are required to log into your Google account, which allows it to tailor its experience based on your activity, and to tie into the Google services associated with your account.
The thing is, Google Home is designed to be a family device, so it makes no sense for it to focus on just one member of the household.
It is possible for Google Home to recognise up to six different people, though until now this functionality has been available in the US only. The good news is it is also available in the UK from 27 June 2017.
By adding your personal Google account to an existing setup you can benefit from a personalised music experience - and from the default provider of your choice, which is handy if you prefer Spotify to Google Play Music and Dad disagrees.
By using your own account you also get around the single-stream limitation and avoid interrupting playback on other devices, and you will be able to ask to play video from your last saved spot.
New features announced at Google I/O 2017 also make use of this multiple-user support, such as free hands-free calling to any mobile number (in the US and Canada only at the moment). If you were to ask Google to call your mum, it is clever enough to call your mum rather than your partner's mum.
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For UK users wanting to activate multiple user accounts now that the functionality is finally available, Google recommends you first make sure that you have the latest Google Home app, then look for a card in the app that says 'multi-user is available'. If you don’t see a card, click the icon at the top right to see all of your connected devices. When you see Google Home, select 'Link your account'.
1. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home, then open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.
2. Tap Devices, then select your Google Home.
3. Choose Link your account, then Continue. You’ll be asked to agree to some permissions, so click ‘Yes I’m in’.
4. Google will ask you to repeat the phrases “Okay Google” and “Hey Google” twice in order for it to recognise your voice. You can also test some questions you will commonly ask it, then press Continue.
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