Bilingual Google Assistant: Use Multiple Languages on Google Home

Add another language that Google understands

Adding a second language to a Google Home device requires the Google Home app on a smartphone or tablet. .

Languages that work with Google Home include English, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

How to Add a Second Language to Google Home

To add a second language:

  1. Open the Google Home app (Android or iOS) and select your profile icon in the top-right corner.

  2. Select Assistant settings > Assistant > Languages.

  3. Select Add a language to choose a second language for Google Home to recognize.

    Google Home can accommodate two languages at a time.

  4. Say “OK, Google” to your Google Home device once the primary language has been chosen. You should now be able to speak to your Google Home in either of the chosen languages.

Once two languages are set through the Google Home app, any Google Home devices connected to the app will respond in the chosen languages.

The Language setting supports a variety of dialects for English, French, German, and Spanish.

  • English dialects include: Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
  • French dialects include: Belgium, Canada, France, and Switzerland.
  • Spanish dialects include: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Spain, United States, Mexico, and Peru.
  • German dialects include: Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

How to Add or Change a Language on an Android Device

In setting up your Google Home, it will help to have your preferred languages already recognized by the mobile device you use to control Google Home. Follow these instructions to change the language settings on an Android device:

The directions apply to the latest version of Android and should generally apply regardless of your phone's manufacturer.

  1. On your Android device, open the Settings app. Then select Google > Google Account > Data & Personalization.

  2. Under General preferences for the web, select Language > Edit.

  3. Choose the language you'd like Android to recognize, followed by Select. To add additional languages, select Add another language.

How to Add or Change a Language on an iOS Device

Follow these instructions to change the language(s) on your iOS device so that it matches that of your Google Home.

  1. On your iOS device, select Settings > General > Language & Region.

  2. If there's only one language set, select Other languages and choose your desired language. If you use several languages, select Add Language.

    Screenshots of an iPhone showing the General and Language & Region settings screens
  3. Apps and websites use the first language in the list that is supported. Rearrange your language priorities by selecting Edit in the upper-right corner and dragging your chosen languages up and down the list. Remove a language by selecting the red dash icon, followed by Delete.

How to Remove the Second Language From Google Home

Removing the secondary language for your Google Home device is as easy as adding it.

  1. Open the Google Home app and access the language settings by selecting your profile image in the upper-right corner.

  2. Select by Assistant settings > Assistant > Languages.

  3. Select the secondary language you'd like to remove, then select None.

How to Remove a Second Language From an Android Device

  1. In the Android Languages settings, select the menu icon indicated by three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the screen.

  2. Select Remove.

  3. Choose the language you'd like to remove and select the trash can icon in the top right corner. Select OK to confirm.

How to Remove Second Language From an iOS Device

Follow these instructions to remove a secondary language from your iOS device.

  1. On your iOS device, select Settings > General > Language & Region.

  2. Select Edit.

  3. Select the red dash icon, then select Delete.