Google has been working on “guest mode” for its speakers and smart displays for some time, although the company is now officially launching it.
The Google Assistant does not collect personal information when “Guest Mode” is turned on
This way, the privacy of users is respected on smart devices like Nest Audio and Google Nest Hub. To activate it, all you have to do is say “Hey Google, activate guest mode”. Therefore, any interaction with the Google Assistant is not saved in the user’s Google account.
For example, if a guest comes home and requests a song, it won’t be saved in Google search history. Therefore, Google does not recommend similar songs if it understands that the user likes this type of music. This is just an example, but it also allows guests not to access the device owner’s search history, for example.
The feature is now available for devices that use the English language, and Google has confirmed it will publish it in other languages in the next few months. When you activate the function, an indicative tone is played and a “guest” symbol is displayed on the screen. However, most of the functions that the Google Assistant can perform on connected devices will still be used, such as: B. the opportunity to ask questions. Control other smart devices, set a timer, or play music.
Of course, no personal information is displayed, such as: For example, certain settings, user contacts or entries in the calendar, as these may be dates that “the guests do not need to know”.
Guest mode will remain active until the user deactivates it by saying, “Hey Google, deactivate guest mode.” This will bring you back to the full and personalized use of the Google Assistant. For example, if you don’t know if Guest mode is active, you can always ask the assistant, “Hey Google, is Guest mode active?”
In the same way, if you want to find out more about this «guest mode» You can say “Hey Google, tell me about guest mode” to the assistant on your Google speaker or smart display. Of course, keep in mind that it is currently only available for devices whose language is set to English.