New Google Assistant Guest Mode Gives You Easy Privacy Controls
While Google has many privacy settings available for your Google Assistant-enabled devices, sometimes you need an easier way to activate it. They have already introduced several easy ways to delete all activity on your Google account, but what if you want to turn privacy settings on and off sometimes? The new Guest Mode option is now available on smart speakers and smart displays created by Google and powered by the Google Assistant. It’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, turn on guest mode.”
Basically when you activate guest mode, all your interactions with the Google Assistant will not be logged or saved to the current Google account that is active. So you can ask questions, control smart devices, set timers, play music, and all the other Assistant actions and commands that you can give and will not be reflected in your Google account. It’s like having your own incognito mode on your smart speakers and displays.
Guest mode will be active for devices like Nest Audio and Nest Hub Max. As soon as you say “Ok Google, turn on guest mode” it will turn on and stay on until you say “Ok Google, turn off guest mode”. This mode can be useful for times when you have to look for a surprise for someone and you don’t want any risk of it being saved to your Google account. It can also be useful when you have guests and you want them to interact with your devices without having the actions or questions saved on your device. In other words, a literal guest mode.
By default, Google doesn’t save your audio recordings, but encourages users to turn it on if they want the Google Assistant to provide more personalized suggestions and responses in the long run. But you can also delete your audio recordings by saying, “Ok Google, delete everything I told you this week.” They also provide options for users now to adjust the sensitivity of Google Assistant triggers to prevent unintentional triggers.
Guest mode in the Google Assistant is now available on Google Nest speakers and displays whose default language is English. They plan to roll it out in more languages and devices in the coming months.