Has Google Home ever left you hanging? Like, you summon Google Assistant ("Hey," or "OK, Google") then wait. And wait. But all you get is a big fat nothing out of your Google Home? If it has, you can quit shouting about it now, because Google released a fix that also solves the opposite problem -- when your Google Home in the other room perks up every time you say , aka "toaster strudel."
Being able to adjust the sensitivity of your Google Home smart speaker to its wake word means you can now fine-tune your Google Home ($60 at Walmart) or Nest device to pick up commands only when you're actually talking to it. That isn't just convenient -- it actually helps protect your privacy, too. If you've setting in your Google account to teach the Assistant to better recognize your voice, Google keeps recordings of those interactions . That includes snippets of conversations it might pick up my mistake.
Hopefully, Google Home's new sensitivity setting will help curb these unintentional triggers, better protecting not just your privacy, but also your sanity. Here's what you need to know about the new feature.
Hey, Google, why so sensitive?
Here's how to adjust the wake word sensitivity on your Google Home devices:
1. Open the Google Home app and find the device whose wake word sensitivity you'd like to change. It should work with the OG Google Home, Google Home Mini ($49 at Google Store) and , and Nest Hub ($122 at Walmart) and Hub Max.
2. Tap the device you want to adjust, then tap Settings (the gear icon) in the upper right corner.
3. Scroll down and under Device Settings tap Hey Google sensitivity.
4. Drag the slider higher to make Google Home more likely to hear your voice and lower to make it less likely. When you get it just right, back out and adjust your other speakers if necessary.
Now that you can adjust the wake word sensitivity on your Google Home speaker, you can put it just about anywhere. For example, tryfor better sound. And whether you're a new Google Home user or an old pro, you won't regret . Google Home has come a long way since its early days playing catch-up with Alexa, but prove it's still not perfect.