Google Home and Nest smart speakers and displays allow you to make calls without using your phone. By setting up “Household Contacts,” anyone in your home can easily call friends and family members with Google Assistant-enabled devices.
“Household Contacts” are the people everyone in your home knows. These might be parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, common friends, and so on. If someone is added to the “Household Contacts” list, anyone in the home can then call that person from a Google Assistant-enabled device.
For example, your spouse might call your brother Bob, even if she doesn’t have his number saved in her personal contacts. She can just say, “OK Google, call Bob.”
We’ll show you how to set this up.
How to Add Someone to “Household Contacts”
Tap “Assistant Settings.”
Under the “You” tab, select “Your People.”
Some people might already be listed here. If not, tap “Add Person.”
Choose someone from your contacts list.
On the next screen, type the necessary information, such as that person’s relationship to you, their birthday, home address, and nickname. Ensure the “Household Contacts” option is toggled on, and then tap “Add.”
Now, return to the “Your People” menu and tap someone in the list.
Scroll down and toggle-On the “Household Contact” option.
You can also edit your contact’s details (including the “Nickname”) in the text box to make it easier to call him or her with a voice command. Tap “Save” when you’re done.
How to Call Household Contacts
You can call a Household Contact by giving a simple voice command to a Google Assistant-enabled device, like:
- “Hey Google, call [name].”
- “Hey Google, call [nickname].”
Alternatively, if you have a Smart Display device, you can swipe over to the “Household Contacts” card, and then tap the Phone or Video icon next to a contact to make a call.