Google Home Speakers No Longer Support Guest Mode

Guest Mode is still available for Chromecast, though.

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Google Home Speakers No Longer Support Guest Mode

Google Home speakers' Guest Mode feature allowed guests to stream content.

Highlights
  • Guest Mode allows others to access your cast-capable devices
  • This works using a PIN, without having to share Wi-Fi login details
  • The feature has disappeared from Google Home devices

Google's cast-enabled devices, including the Chromecast and Google Home series of smart speakers, allow users to cast content directly onto the devices. This can be audio and video content, depending on the device in use, and uses Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity to function. Since 2014, there has been a feature called ‘Guest Mode' which allows visitors to your home to cast to devices without being connected to your Wi-Fi. It now seems that ‘Guest Mode' has disappeared for Google Home devices.

According to a new report by Android Police, ‘Guest Mode' for Google Home devices is no longer available. This means that guests and visitors will now have to be logged onto your Wi-Fi in order to cast to Google Home devices.

Earlier, ‘Guest Mode' allowed visitors to cast without logging onto the host's Wi-Fi network, instead using mobile data to send information which was directly streamed on the Google Home device through the home Wi-Fi connection. This is useful as it means the host does not need to share Wi-Fi details with everyone looking to cast, and only provide a PIN which the visitor can connect to - a feature that we'd expect would come in very handy during parties, or if you're particularly protective of your Wi-Fi details.

Interestingly, the report by Android Police states that the feature has only been deactivated for Google Home devices. Chromecast devices continue to support ‘Guest Mode' which can be activated or deactivated through the Google Home app on the smartphone of the device owner. It doesn't seem like a particularly large loss, and indeed very few people may have actually been using it on Google Home devices because of the complicated methods involved in using the feature.

If you were using ‘Guest Mode' on your Google Home device, the workarounds are simple enough. You can share your Wi-Fi details with the visitor and they'll be able to connect and cast normally, or use Bluetooth to allow visitors to connect to your Google Home and play audio the old-fashioned way.

ModelHome
ColorWhite
Power Requirement16.5V
Touch PadYes
Network connectivityBluetooth Connectivity
Display includedNo
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Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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