How to activate Google Home’s “guest mode”

The Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max can be great party companions, filling the room with music or podcasts, and taking occasional breaks to answer questions. But what if your guests want to play something from their own collection rather than talking to it directly? Well, that’s what “guest mode” is for. Once you’ve set it up, anyone in the same room as your Google Home can connect to it and send data from any app on their phone that supports Google Cast. Here’s how to do it.

How to set up guest mode on your Google Home

It only takes a minute to set up guest mode.

  1. Open the Google Home app and make sure you’re signed in with the Google Account you used to set up your Google Home.
  2. Tap the “Devices” button in the top right corner of the app.
  3. Scroll down to Google Home where you want to enable guest mode.
  4. Press the menu button (three vertical dots) and press Guest mode.
  5. Press the activate. It will turn blue.
  6. Take note of the Four-digit PIN listed under “Guest Mode”.

Once guest mode is enabled, it will remain so until you choose to disable it.

How to use guest mode

When guest mode is on, people in the same room as your Google Home will be able to access and play content as if they were on your Wi-Fi network without actually being connected to it.

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  1. Make sure your Google Home is plugged in and its microphone is on.
  2. Ask your guests to open an app that supports Google Cast and tap the Cast button.
  3. Since they are not connected to a Wi-Fi network, the phone will automatically start to search for “nearby devices”.
  4. If the phone is able to do this, it will automatically connect to Google Home with Guest mode enabled.
  5. If automatic pairing does not work, there will be an on-screen prompt for *enter the four-digit PIN code generated earlier.
    • The guest mode PIN is available in your Google Home app.
    • Enter the PIN code and press Connect.
  6. Once signed in, guests can send commands to Google Home as if they were on the Wi-Fi network.
    • This includes managing content queues, switching apps, and even pausing and playing remotely from the phone.

For some people, it will be easier to just give out their home Wi-Fi password and let people play directly on Google Home, but if that is not possible, Guest mode Is works as a nice backup option. Just follow the steps closely and you’ll be hearing everyone’s voice in no time.

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