Keep Your Google Speaker From Logging Searches With ‘Guest Mode’

You can now make it possible for a new “Guest Mode” on Google’s smart speakers and displays, like the Nest Audio, and make sharing your devices less of a personal privacy danger. The function blocks Google Assistant from saving any commands and questions you feed it– normally beneficial for getting your digital helper to understand you better, however bothersome if you’re in a scenario where numerous individuals are pestering your digital assistant.

Any commands your smart speakers hear while Guest Mode is turned on are kept out of both your Google Assistant’s recording history and Google Account. (Visitor Mode doesn’t block third-party apps or other Google services like Google Search, Maps, or YouTube from gathering information, nevertheless.) Guest Mode also avoids Google Assistant from recommending individualized information– like calendar occasions, tips, or favorited media– in any results it shares.


There are obvious information privacy benefits to Google Assistant’s brand-new Guest Mode, however it s finest use is right in the name: it lets your visitors utilize your smart speakers without their interactions being logged. It also suggests you do not need to continuously delete unrelated (or unwanted) voice seeks of your Google Assistant taping history.

To turn on Guest Mode, merely say, “Hey Google, switch on Visitor Mode.” To turn it off, state, “Hey Google, turn off Visitor Mode.” Google Assistant can also offer you more information about the feature by asking “Hey Google, tell me about Visitor Mode.”

Should you forget to turn Guest Mode on before looking for something you do not desire conserved, you can quickly delete the command from Google Assistant’s history by stating “Hey Google, erase my last recording,” or state “Hey Google, that wasn’t for you.”

You can likewise ask your smart speaker to delete the last day, week, or month of recordings also. This will clean all information from the demand window of time– which is effective, but could be overkill if you simply need to clear a command or 2.


Instead of the scorched-earth approach, you can manage Google Assistant’s full history in your Google Account Activity and erase particular older recordings from the list. You’ll likewise find settings to auto-delete your Google Assistant data after a specified length of time.

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