Unsolicited advice from Google Home can be annoying. Here’s how to politely stop it


Google Home smart speakers sometimes bug you to try out suggested commands, which many find annoying.

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Every once in a while, I will ask my Google Home ($ 130 in QVC) for a few — Weather Forecast, Setting timer, How to spell “antidisesteism” – and it responds immediately. But then, sometimes, it adds a tip I was not Ask for, such as, “If you ever want to know what time it is, just ask.” Or, “By the way, if you ever want to hear a summary of your day, just say, ‘Good morning.” “One tip it never meant to me, though, is how to keep it from repeating the same details. About its features that I’ve already chosen to ignore time and time again.

I wish Google Home had a “brief mode” like the Amazon Echo, which you can just set to ding while executing some commands. Instead, Google Home proudly announces every time a light goes off. There is some tedious workaround on Google Home for this (you need to create a separate routine for every command that you don’t want to hear confirmation), but there is nothing on the Google Home Support page to state these unwanted suggestions.

Thankfully the Internet has not ruled out experimenting with many solutions, which seems, at least, to be trickery. If your Google Home order suggestion is on your nerves as much as they do mine, here are some things you can try to stop.

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Google help pages are hopelessly silent about silencing unwanted suggestions, but the forums are full of ideas.

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Try Google Home Tips to keep it to a minimum

There is no official Google Home support document on the subject, so I scanned the internet for homebreed hacks. Some Google Home users stated that while they succeeded, “Hey, Google, No Thanks,” or, “Okay, Google, no thanks” After unsolicited suggestions by Google Home. Some commentators stated that they did not wait for their Google Home to suggest the tip and out of command blue, and it still worked.

When we tried it on various Google Home smart speakers, the responses varied. Service “Hey, Google, no thanks you, “One replied,” my pleasure. “The other replied,” Sorry, I don’t understand. ”

In response to “No Thanks”, it said, “Not found.” It is not clear if this worked.

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Fiddling reportedly helps with the Google Home application, so I tried the same.

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A software hack you can also try

A commenter in the Google Home Support Forum suggested that it go to Google Home App And Change a verb In a routine, then Save Then you tell Google Home, “No, thanks.”

I could see how suggestions about routines could end, at least, so I tried changing it My “good morning” routine So it sets me now Nest learning thermostat 2 instead of 0, then saved it, just in case of change my priority stick may help. Again, this is only two days, but no additional suggestions yet.

Don’t try to do these things

Other Google home owners have reportedly tried all sorts of things that certainly don’t work for them. Here are some commands that do not seem to prevent unwanted tips:

  • “Stop telling me about the routine!” (Google Home says it’s sorry, doesn’t know how to help with this.)
  • Restoring the device to factory settings (this may actually make it worse).
  • Complaining about this to Google Home.

If you have never automated a series of Google Home actions before, Here is a good guide to start with the routine. And if you have other pets with Google Home (I’m sure), Doing some work here For my top three hikes, plus Two solutions to my biggest Google Home annoyance Of all.