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Google Assistant speakers and displays can play scheduled announcements with a feature called “Family Bell.” But what happens if your routine is going to be different for a while? There’s an easy way to pause these announcements.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Family Bell feature, it’s a great way to keep your household on schedule. Simply enter a phrase such as “it’s bedtime,” select days and times, and choose a smart speaker or display. Google Assistant will make the announcement at the selected time.

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It’s possible to disable a Family Bell announcement if you don’t need it, but if you intend to turn it on again later, you can pause it instead. We’ll show you how.

Open the “Google Home” app on your iPhoneiPad, or Android smartphone or tablet, then tap your profile icon in the top-right corner.

settings in google home app

Select “Assistant Settings” from the menu.

select google assistant settings

Select “Family Bell” from the long list of settings.

family bell from assistant settings

At the top of the screen, you’ll see a blue highlighted message that says “Pause bells while you’re on break.” Tap “Get Started.”

get started to pause bells

Next, select the “First Date” box to open the calendar.

tap first date

Select the beginning date of your break, then tap “Set.”

choose a start date

Now select “Last Date.”

select last date

Choose the end date of the break and tap “Set.”

pick an end date

Check the box for any bells that you wish to pause and tap “Save” to finish.

choose the bells to pause and save

You’ll now see the break listed at the top of the Family Bell settings. Tap “Edit” to make changes.

edit the pause at any time

That’s it! The Family Bell won’t go off during your break, and it will return to its usual behavior afterward. You won’t have to worry about remembering to enable it again.

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