How to Change the Wake Word on Your Google Home
Saying: “Hey Google” and “OK Google” is extremely easy to remember, but it might get a little boring after a while.
If you’ve been using your intelligent voice assistant within the Google Home app, you may not have had the opportunity to say “Hey Google, follow that car!”, but you probably find the assistant helpful and easy to use.
However, now you’d like to try out some new wake words, as the current ones are getting a bit stale. Is it possible, therefore, to change the wake word? Read the article to find out.
Google Assistant’s Amazing Capabilities
As Google Assistant reaches every single tech device around us, its capabilities are almost endless. Google continues to improve and expand the list of all the amazing stuff the Assistant can do. It can make our lives easier by giving us a chance to do many things with a simple voice command.
For instance, you can ask Google Assistant to turn on or off the lights or adjust the temperature in your home. You can easily browse through the available apps, both on your smartphone and your PC, all with a simple explore button.
And how do you summon your personal Google Assistant? By using the well-known “Hey Google” or “OK Google” phrases.
Using Google Assistant on Your Smartphone
Google Assistant can help you finish a number of tasks on your smartphone, even if your hands are full. If you’re chopping some vegetables for dinner or if you’re in the middle of trying to fix your TV, it doesn’t mean you can’t call someone, or use some of the phone’s features, such as Bluetooth.
All you need to say is “Hey Google, call Catherine”, or “OK Google, hang up”, even if your phone is locked. The magic wake word activates the Assistant right away. However, you need to turn on this feature first. To do so, follow these steps:
- Launch the Google Assistant app.
- Tap Explore in the top right corner of the screen.
- In the same location are three dots that will lead you to Settings.
- When you open Settings, tap on Assistant and then Assistant devices.
- Tap on your phone’s name or model and a new menu will open.
- Tap on Access with Voice Match and Lock screen personal results from that menu.
Other Great Features
You can have some real fun with your Google Assistant. You can even change its voice to make it sound like John Legend. If your whole family uses Google Assistant on a Google Home device, you can set different voices for each individual and the Assistant will respond to you all using the voice you’ve chosen.
Google Assistant also understands related questions, even if you’re not always specific. For example, if you ask: Who sings “Teenage Love Affair”? and then say Play her first album, your Assistant will play Alicia Keys’ first album. You can also give three consecutive commands and expect the Assistant to do them if it is much easier to create a routine. A routine is a set of consecutive tasks Google Assistant does when triggered by a phrase you’ve set up. For example, if you want it to turn on the TV, adjust the temperature, and unlock the front door, you can name the routine “Good morning” and start it by saying “Hey Google, good morning”.
If your home is bilingual, Google Assistant can help you out in two languages at the same time. The languages that it currently supports are English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese.
Can You Change the Wake Words to Something Else?
At the moment, it’s not possible to change wake words “Hey Google” and “OK Google” into something else.
There are multiple reasons why Google feels those current wake words are enough at the moment.
Adding custom words would increase the chances of Google Assistant not understanding exactly what you’re asking for, thus making a mistake. Also, some users have expressed an interest in naming their Google Assistant. But this would probably cause confusion if someone in the household using the Assistant has the same name. In addition, the wake words stay gender-neutral. The third reason is the fact that two-word phrases work better than a single word that can easily come up in random conversation and therefore, wake the Assistant up even if that wasn’t your intention.
Also, according to Google, not enough interest has been shown in adding new wake words. That said, a new update might offer a custom wake word option in the future.
How to Change Google Assistant Voice
If you’d like to change your Google Assistant’s voice on your Google Home device, here’s how to do it:
- Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.
- There’s an Account icon at the bottom of your screen. Tap to open.
- Tap on Settings.
- Tap on Assistant and then on Assistant Voice.
- Choose a voice from the list.
You Can Still Personalize Your Assistant
However, don’t be disappointed that you can’t change your Google Assistant’s wake word. Luckily, you can change its voice and accent so you don’t have to listen to the same old tone every day. There are a number of options to help you make Google Assistant fun and interesting. When you no longer have need of Google’s assistance, you can turn off the wake words and turn them back on when you need them again.
Do you use Google Assistant? What are your favorite voice and accent? Tell us in the comments section below!