How To Send Voice Messages to Google Homes for Family Communications

Google Home and Nest devices offer a convenient way for families to communicate with voice broadcasts throughout the home. Here is a guide on how to set up and use this feature for sending voice messages.

What You Need

  • Two or more Google Home or Nest devices on the same Wi-Fi network
  • The devices need to be set up with the same Google account
  • The Google account needs to be set as the primary account on each device
  • The devices should not have Do Not Disturb mode enabled

Set Up Voice Match

  • Open the Google Home app and go to Assistant Settings > Voice Match
  • Select the home you want to enable Voice Match on
  • Follow the prompts to record your voice
  • You can add up to 6 voice matches per home for different household members

Enable Family Group

  • Open the Google Home app and go to Assistant Settings > Family Group
  • Create a family group and add the members of your household
  • This links your Google accounts so you can easily communicate across devices

Pick a Primary Home

  • Open the Google Home app > Settings > Communication > Broadcast
  • Under “Primary Home for Family Broadcast”, select one home
  • Family members can then broadcast from their phone to devices in the primary home

Broadcast Messages

Once set up, you can broadcast messages by saying:

“OK Google, broadcast…”

  • “Dinner is ready”
  • “Time to wake up!”
  • “Can you come downstairs?”

You can also append a device name:

“OK Google, broadcast to [device name]…”

Everyone in the household will hear the message played from their Google Home/Nest devices.

Send Voice Messages from Phones

The Google Assistant app allows broadcasting:

  • Open the Google Assistant app
  • Type “Broadcast” and your message
  • The message will play on your Home/Nest devices

Family members can also broadcast from their phones using voice commands if you set up a primary home.

Extra Tips

  • Messages can be up to 30 seconds long
  • Anyone can reply by saying “Reply” followed by their message
  • Change the primary home at any time in the Home app settings

Using Google Home and Nest devices to communicate with voice broadcasts is easy to set up. It allows families to easily send messages throughout the house. Enable Voice Match and Family Group to get the most functionality.


With Google Home’s voice broadcast features, families can easily communicate from room-to-room. Use voice commands or your phone to send messages to Home/Nest devices across the house. It’s a convenient way to notify everyone at once for things like announcing meals or letting the kids know it’s time for bed. After following the setup instructions, experiment with broadcasting fun messages and enjoy the family communications upgrade.