When you reach out to your Google Home to ask a question, whether it’s to know tomorrow’s weather, to set an alarm or time, or how for the definition of “discombobulated”, you get immediate answers. After the useful answers, sometimes comes something that you didn’t want, such as, “If you ever want to know what time it is, just ask.” Dale Smith at cnet has even had the tip, “By the way, if you’d ever like to hear a summary of your day, just say, ‘good morning'” before, too. One thing it’s never gotten round to explaining to him is how to turn off the same guides to services even after ignoring them constantly.

If you’ve had an Amazon Echo, you’ll know about the “brief mode” which emits a basic ding when particular tasks are completed. Rather than this simplicity, Google Home has to verbalize every menial task, such as turning off a light. For those who enjoy some tedium, the workaround on your Google Home requires a separate routine to be set for every command you want to silence. On the support pages for Google Home, there’s no clear way to shut up the suggestions you get. 

The internet has done its job and brought together netizens to search out solutions to the annoyance. They seem to work at this point. If you hate your Google Home’s command suggestions as much as we, and Smith, do here are some tricks to put them to rest. 

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A basic tip to reduce Google Home tips

Google doesn’t give us any support documentation about the topic, so the only place for answers is the forums of the internet. A few users have reportedly found success when they’ve replied to the offers with a simple “Hey, Google, no thank you,” or, “OK, Google, no thanks”. It’s apparently even worked when there’s been no prior suggestion from Google and the command has been given in isolation. 

In trials of the tip with different Google Home speakers, Smith got a variety of responses. “Hey, Google, no thank you” got a response of “My pleasure” from one speaker and another answer of “Sorry, I don’t understand.” 

When told a simple “no thanks” Smith got told, “No received”. Whether it worked or not wasn’t too clear. 

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Get into the software

One commenter on a Google Home support forum suggested going into the Google Home App and changing one action in one routine, then save it after you tell Google Home, “No, thanks.” 

There’s some logic to how it would end routine-related suggestions, so Smith gave it a go by altering his “Good Morning” routine so that his Nest Learning Thermostat changes from 70 to 72, and saved it with the hope that a change might store the preference for the future. After two days, there have been no more tips offered, so it’s a tentative win. 

Stuff that doesn’t stop Google Home tips

There are all sorts of other things that have been tried and for sure haven’t worked to turn off the tips on Google Home. Don’t bother trying these actions: 

  • “Stop telling me about routines!” will give you Google replying that it doesn’t know how to help. 
  • Doing a factory reset could actually make things worse
  • Complaining to Google Support, they don’t want to know

If you’re getting to the end of your tether with Google Assistant giving you useless and repetitive tips, give these ideas a go and see what works for you. 

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