How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

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The company says for everyday announcements like waking up, dinner or getting ready for bed, Assistant can send a playful message for you.

Starting today, Google Assistant just became even more useful than ever. So, if you need to round up the family or your co-workers in the morning, all you have to do is say "OK Google, broadcast it's time for school" or "OK Google, broadcast it's time for a meeting".

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To send a message, simply say "OK Google, broadcast", followed by whatever you want to say, to a Google Assistant-enabled device, such as Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max. Google gives the example of saying "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinner time" and a dinner bell will sound on Google Home speakers, so you won't have to "wear out your voice shouting up the stairs". There are special effects for some things - if you say "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinner time" a dinner bell will ring on all your Google Homes. You can use it today if you're in a predominantly English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the US), but more languages are coming soon. This way, you don't have to bang on the ceiling, shout, or walk upstairs. Will you be using this feature?

Good news for those with a Google Home device and a big house: you can now use the smart speaker as an intercom.