How to Set Up Guest Mode On Google Home

Use Guest Mode on Google Home and share content, not Wi-Fi passwords

Smart home content sharing icons.

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If you're uncomfortable handing out your WiFi password to guests (or you're not entirely sure what it is anymore) your Google Home has a better option; Guest Mode will let your friends stream their content to your Google Home speaker, no Wi-Fi password required.

How to Set Up Guest Mode on Google Home as a Host

A host must set up Guest Mode, which a guest may then join with the PIN code that is provided. To begin, here's how to set up Guest Mode as a host.

Don't forget, your phone or tablet needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Home in order to set up or manage Guest mode settings.

  1. Open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.

  2. Tap the device (Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max) and click to view that device's Settings using the gear icon.

    Screenshot of Google Home app showing a Google Home Device.
  3. Tap Guest Mode.

    Screenshot of Google Home showing the location of the Guest Mode function.
  4. Toggle Guest Mode to On.

    Screenshot of the Google Home apps showing how to toggle on Guest Mode PIN.

If you decide you no longer want Guest Mode enabled then following the steps above will allow you to toggle the setting back off, disabling Guest Mode.

Now that you're ready to be the host, here's how to get your guests connected.

Connecting as a Guest to a Google Home Using Guest Mode

A guest can connect via Guest Mode without connecting to the host's Wi-Fi network. However, that guest must to be connected to a network of some kind; this can be a guest network at the host's home, but a mobile data connection will also work.

Here's what your guests need to do:

  1. Open any Chromecast-enabled app, then Tap the Cast Button.

    Apps that allow Chromecast include: Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, and many TV streaming service apps.

  2. Select Nearby Device. You'll receive a series of prompts to connect to your friend's speaker. This includes the speaker sending out inaudible tones to your device, to connect the two and begin streaming content.

  3. If connecting via the audio tones is unsuccessful, your host may provide you with a PIN code to authorize you to connect.

How the Host Can Find a PIN for Friends to Join Guest Mode on Google Home

If your buddy wasn't able to connect automatically through the audio paring the host can find the PIN code for them to enter manually. There are two ways to locate the PIN:

  1. Look at the device card for the PIN. You can locate the card by opening the Google Home app, tapping the Discover tab, and looking at the card for the device you need a PIN for; the PIN is located just below the device name on the card.

  2. Use the Google Home app. Open the app and tap the device you need the PIN for, then tap Settings for that device. Tap Guest Mode and you should see the PIN below the On/Off toggle.

When prompted, your friend can now enter that PIN and connect to Guest Mode for your Google Home.