Making Calls With a Google Home Speaker or Display

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Your Google Home speaker, combined with the Google Assistant, allows you to make calls to your contacts and businesses using just your voice. Calling is very simple (just a few voice commands to learn), but you will need to make sure Google Home is set up correctly to use this feature.

Enable Personal Results on Google Home

Many of the Google Home devices such as speakers, smart displays and smart clocks are designed to be used by several people in a household. If you are sharing a Google Home device, but still want to be able to check email, make calls to your contacts and more, you will need to enable personal results.

On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app. At the bottom, tap Home and then your device. At the top right of the device screen, tap Device settings. Under “More,” tap Recognition & Personalization, and turn “Allow personal results” on or off.

 


Set Up Calling on Google Home

First you need to sync your contacts to Google Home. Open the Google Home app on your phone and tap the profile picture in the top-right corner to see the settings menu. Make sure the correct Google account is shown, and then tap “Manage your Google account”.

Scroll the tabs across the top of the screen to find “People & sharing”, and then look for “Contact info from your devices”. Tap this and make sure that “Save contacts from your signed in devices” is enabled. If you needed to turn this on, it may take a few seconds to sync your contacts. You can then close the Google Home app.

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Making a Call on Google Home Speakers

Now that you are set up, making the call is the easy part. All you need to know are the voice commands for calling:

Hey Google, call [contact name]

or

Hey Google, call [phone number]

You can also combine the call command with another enquiry, such as:

Hey Google, what is a nearest florist? <answer> Call them

To end a call you can use any of the following:

Ok Google, stop

Hey Google, disconnect

Ok Google, end call

Ok Google, hang up

 


Call Privacy

You can choose if your phone number is displayed or hidden to those you call using Google Home. Open the Google Home app on your phone and tap the settings button on the main screen. Under “Google Assistant services” tap More Settings > Services > Voice and video calls > Mobile calling.

You will now see a screen showing “You linked services”. Tap “Edit” and then enter your phone number and tap “Add”. You will receive a SMS message containing a code, which you will need to enter to verify your number.

If you want to hide your phone number, navigate back to this same screen and tap “Edit”. From the popup menu, choose “Use unlisted number”.