How to Set Up Google Home Filters

Create filters for the kids or for everyone

A Google Home hub and a few Google Home minis around your house can enhance your family's connection to the internet.

These devices let your family ask for information, request music or movies, or control smart home devices with just voice commands.

Why You Need Google Home Filters

With all of the conveniences that Google Home offers, there are a few dangers. Many families place these devices in every bedroom of the home. This means children have unrestricted access to internet content at all hours of the day.

You can set filters to control what sort of access your kids have to the internet, and what hours of the day they can use the device.

The best way to avoid children from accessing inappropriate video through Google Home is to place a Google Home mini in bedrooms, and save the Google Home hub for areas of the house everyone uses. The Google Home mini doesn't have a display screen.

How to Set Up Google Home Filters

Screenshot of filter setup in the Google Home app

To set up parental controls on Google Home devices you need to install the Google Home app. You can install the app from Google Play for Android, or from iTunes for iOS devices.

Once installed, you're ready to configure filters and set up a downtime schedule.

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap Settings.

    Screenshot of Google Home Settings button
  2. In the settings menu, tap Digital wellbeing. If this is the first time you've used Digital wellbeing, this will open the Digital Wellbeing wizard. Otherwise, tap Add device filter. Tap Set up and Next to continue.

    Screenshot of Digital Wellbeing Add device filter
  3. In the Select people and devices screen, select whether filters apply to Everyone or Only Supervised Accounts and guests.

    Screenshot of selecting People to filter in Digital Wellbeing
  4. In this same screen, select All devices or choose individual devices where the filters should apply. Tap Next.

    Screenshot of selecting devices to filter in Digital Wellbeing
  5. On the Video screen, you can select whether to Block all videos or only allow videos from select, restricted YouTube video services (like YouTube Kids or YouTube Restricted Mode). Tap Next to continue.

    Screenshot of blocking videos in Digital Wellbeing
  6. On the Music screen, you can choose to Block all music or allow only music from select, non-explicit music services (like Spotify or YouTube Music Restricted Mode). Tap Next to continue.

    Screenshot of music services to filter in Digital Wellbeing
  7. On the Additional Controls screen, you can configure whether to allow or disallow services from the Google Home devices you selected, including Calls, Assistant Answers, and Actions. Click Next to continue and click Next again to finish.

    Screenshot of filtering calls in Digital Wellbeing
  8. Once you're finished, the filters for the device and accounts you've set up will be activated.

Now that you've finished going through the filter, all of the filtered devices you've selected will follow the filter rules you've set in this wizard.

Set Up Downtime Controls

Screenshots of setting up downtime in the Google Home app

At the completion of setting up Filters, the Digital Wellbeing wizard lets you configure Schedule Downtime controls. These controls let you set a schedule so your kids won't be able to use Google Home during certain hours every day.

  1. At the end of the Filter setup part of the wizard, from the main Digital wellbeing screen, tap New schedule and tap Set up to continue into the Schedule Downtime wizard. Tap Next to bypass the informational screen.

    Screenshot of New schedule link in Digital Wellbeing
  2. Just as you did in the Filters section, select the devices where you would like the Downtime controls to apply. When finished, tap Next to continue.

    Screenshot of selecting devices to schedule in Digital Wellbeing
  3. On the Choose days screen, select the schedule you'd like to use to block Google Home use. Available options include School Nights, Weekdays, Weekends, or Customize to set your own schedule. Tap Next to continue.

    Screenshot of selecting days to schedule in Digital Wellbeing
  4. Configure the specific downtime range by setting a time for Downtime begins at, and Downtime ends at. Tap Next to continue. Tap Done to finish the wizard.

    Screenshot of setting schedule times in Digital Wellbeing
  5. Once you're done, the scheduled downtime will be configured for each device you've selected in Digital Wellbeing.

Manage Digital Wellbeing Settings

Screenshot of managing filters in the Google Home app

Once you've gone through the setup wizard once, the next time you tap on Digital Wellbeing in Settings, you'll see all of the filters and downtimes you've set up. Tap on any to modify them, or click on Add device filter to set up new filters.

Google Home makes it easy to bring the convenience of voice control into your home, while Google Home filters let you ensure your children are protected from inappropriate content on the internet.