How to Make Google Home Bilingual

Add a second language to use with your Google Home devices

Google Home smart speakers answer questions, play music, and control parts of your home. Google Assistant is the driving force behind Google Home, just like Alexa for Amazon devices and Siri for Apple devices.

Google Assistant isn't limited to English-language commands. It's possible to add any two supported languages and speak to your device in either one. Here's a look at adding a second language to Google Assistant to control your Google Home devices.

Languages that work with Google Home include English, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as many dialects within languages.

How to Add a Second Language to Google Home

Use the Google Home app for iOS or Android to add a second language to your speaker. We've included iOS screenshots, but instructions for both app versions are similar.

  1. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.

  2. On an iOS device, select your profile icon in the upper-right corner.

    On an Android device, at the bottom, tap Home > Settings.

  3. On an iOS device, select Assistant settings > Assistant > Languages.

    On an Android device, under Google Assistant services, tap More settings > Assistant > Languages.

    The google Home app with the account, Assistant Settings, and Languages options highlighted
  4. Select Add a language to choose a second language for Google Home to recognize, then select a language.

    If you haven't set any languages yet, tap Add a language on both lines to select two languages.

  5. Tap the back arrow to view the two languages you now have set.

    To remove the second language, go back into the language settings, select the language you no longer want to be supported, and then tap None.

    Google Assistant settings with Add Language and the back arrow highlighted
  6. Say OK, Google to the Google Home device in either of your chosen languages, and Google Assistant will answer in the language you use.

More on Multiple Languages With Google Home

You can't use a combination of languages in your instructions. For example, if you set English and Spanish as your languages, Google Home won't understand, "Hey Google, set a timer por favor."

If other family members who use the speaker want to use a second language, each user must set up Voice Match with the device in each language. This way, Google Assistant will recognize and respond to each user in their preferred language.