Google Home just lost this handy feature – and you can’t get it back

Google Home just lost this handy feature – and you can’t get it back


Google Home devices have lost a feature called “guest mode” which was first introduced for Chromecasts back in 2014, although later migrated to the Google Home and allowed friends or family to cast to the device without needing to be connected to a home Wi-Fi network. Anyone that’s used a Google Home will know that you can’t stream any audio to a Google Home or video to a Google Nest device without being connected to the Wi-Fi network with those devices. Until its recent removal, guest mode provided users with a unique PIN they could give to any visiting friends or family so they could quickly interact with connected home devices without the need for Wi-Fi.

But, as noted by Android Police, the feature appears to have been completely removed for Google Home and Nest devices in the Google Home app. At the time of writing, the functionality is still available for Chromecasts, though.

This doesn’t appear to be an accident, either. The outlet noted Google’s support page for guest mode on its smart speakers and smart displays has been removed while the one for Chromecasts remains live.

Android Police said it verified the removal of the feature from a variety of users in differing regions, suggesting guest mode has been ousted across the globe.

It’s currently unclear when the feature was removed. Nonetheless, guest mode is no more on Google Home devices and it doesn’t seem like the Mountain View firm is planning to bring it back anytime soon.

While guest mode may be a thing of the past, Google did recently announce a swathe of new upgrades for its connected home devices at CES in Las Vegas last week, so it’s not all bad news.

The American tech giant announced owners of its Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max will be treated to a feature called “household notes” later this year that’ll be perfect for anyone that clutters their home with Post-Its.

As the name suggests, household notes will let you create an array of virtual Post-It reminders that can be viewed at a glance. Utilising the feature is simple – all you need to do is bark a command like “Hey Google, leave a note that says I already fed Max breakfast”, and it’ll be shown on the smart display for friends and family to see.

Google is also adding a feature called Scheduled Actions to its chatty Assistant that’ll be available on all Google Home and Nest hardware later this year. In a nutshell, the feature will let you turn on or off specific smart home equipment with a single voice command.

Discussing the functionality, Google said: “With a new feature called Scheduled Actions coming out later this year, you will be able to ask the Assistant to turn on/off or start/stop a compatible smart device at the time of your choosing.

“For example, you can say, ‘hey Google, run the coffee maker at 6am’ And from within the Google Home app, you can control more than 20 new devices, including AC units, air purifiers, bathtubs, coffee makers, vacuums and more, all from one place.”

Google hasn’t provided a precise release date for the new Assistant features described above. But of course, Express.co.uk will let you know the moment they debut in full.

Written by David Minister

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