How to set up your Google Home for playing games
Posted on
12th March 2021

There are a few hoops to jump through in order for your Google Action gaming experience to be more seamless. Many of these are enabled by default, but if you’re running into issues some of these may be to blame.

Turn on Web and App Activity

Without this setting enabled you can’t launch any actions on Google. This didn’t use to be the case - but it changed in 2018.

If Web & App Activity is turned on, your searches and activity from other Google services are saved to your Google Account, so  you may get better search results and suggestions.

Although checking the Chrome history and activity from sites, apps and devices that use Google services  - is not necessary for actions to work - so if you’re privacy conscious, you can leave this unchecked.

You control what’s saved and can set up auto-delete to automatically delete this info after a certain time.

You can turn this on in your google account activity controls

Turn on Personalised Results 

Personal Results is a setting on the Google Home app that allows Google to provide personalized information to you on your device. 

Google requires Personal Results be turned on for Google Home devices when accessing personal information like shopping lists, calendars or address info.

Without turning on personalised results you also won’t be able to create any accounts with your Google Actions and they won’t remember your sessions. 

In our games for example, without personalised results being enabled, we won’t be able to remember your session, save your high scores or know which questions you’ve already heard. You also won’t be able to create an account with any of our actions. 

To turn on Personal Results, go to the Google Home app and click your profile button in the top right -> Assistant settings -> Personal Results and Check ‘personal results’

Is your assistant set up to make payments?

While not required to play any actions on your Google Home - you might want the ability to quickly pay via your assistant.

To set this up go to the Google Home app and click your profile button in the top right -> Assistant settings


And that should be it - as always it’s a good idea to keep your Google Assistant and Home apps up-to-date on your phone to make sure you’re keeping up with new features when they’re released.

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