If you have a Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, or any of the Nest smart speakers, the devices are likely full of your personal details. Nest Hubs helpfully show calendar appointments, recent searches, and more. But what if you donâ€™t want houseguests to see all that juicy info? Googleâ€™s new guest mode, rolling out right now promises to take care of that. But it doesnâ€™t.
Ask a Nest Hub or smart speaker to â€œturn on Guest Modeâ€� and it will hide your profile picture and your personal information, like calendar appointments and contacts. Itâ€™ll even act as a pseudo-incognito mode. Any searches or voices commands you use wonâ€™t be stored. But youâ€™ll still have access to smart home controls, family bells, broadcast, and more.
But right now, the implementation is a little lacking. Never mind that weâ€™re in the middle of a global pandemic and many people donâ€™t have guests anymore, itâ€™s too easy to get out of guest mode. To leave guest mode just ask your Google device to â€œturn off Guest Mode.â€� Normally we praise ease of use, but anyone can turn of guest modeâ€”even your guests. If your guests are really the prying type, this doesnâ€™t seem like much of a barrier.
Youâ€™ll also have to enable it one by one for every smart speaker and display in your home. Turning guest mode on for one device doesnâ€™t turn it on for the rest. It would be nice to have a command for turning on guest mode across the home. And youâ€™ll still see plenty of personal stuff, like pictures from your ambient display.
At least if you have a relative who likes to prank your smart speakers with dumb searches, those queries wonâ€™t be saved and come back to haunt you in the future. If you remembered to turn on guest mode, that is.
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