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Google Home Smart Speaker Now Supports Multiple Users

21 April 2017

Google has made it official - Google Home now supports multiple users.

The move will allow Google to build out a model in which advertisers can attribute voice searches on Home to specific users, allowing platforms like Google AdWords to target ads and Google Analytics to track back and tie together each specific consumer to the device.

When setting up multiple users on Google Home, the most recent version of the Google Home app will ask to hear you say "OK Google" and "Hey Google" a few times when linking your account to the smart speaker. Well, this problem ends today.

To set it up, update the Google Home app on your smartphone (iOS or Android), then look for a card that says "multi-user is available" - if you don't see it, click the top right icon to see your connected devices, as shown in the GIF above.

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Echo simply can't tell voices apart, as Google now claims Home can do. Then, when you use the wake phrase "OK, Google" and ask a question or give a command, Home will deliver personalized responses for that account. Technology embedded in the Google Home analyzes different vocal characteristics, pinpointing what makes your voice different from other people's.

The feature has started rolling out to users in the USA today; and all things being equal, users in the United Kingdom can expect to start using it in the coming months, Google promised.

You'll also need to set up your preferences within the Google Home app (such as personalized music and commutes).

Amazon's competing device, the Echo, supports multiple accounts. With that said, we're just getting started and we won't be flawless.

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If you own a Google Home, is this one feature you've been anticipating?

Google: How does multiuser support work? This comparison takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds.

Google also adds that the feature is not available for kids under 13.

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Google Home Smart Speaker Now Supports Multiple Users