Google Assistant on your Nest or Home smart speaker or display won’t work very well if it can’t understand what you’re saying. If there’s someone in your life with a particularly complex name to pronounce, Assistant might struggle with it. Here’s how to tell it how the name sounds.
Typing in a person’s name doesn’t tell Google Assistant how that name is pronounced. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to use commands with the name. Thankfully, you can recite the name out loud to teach Assistant how it’s pronounced.
First, we’ll open Google Assistant on your smartphone or tablet. On Android devices, this can be done by saying “OK, Google,” or by swiping in from the bottom-left or -right corner.
Next, sign in to your Google account (if you haven’t already), and then tap your profile icon to open the Assistant menu.
Navigate to You > Your People, or scroll all the way down to the bottom of the list and tap “Your People.”
Select someone from your contacts list whose name you want to teach to Google Assistant.
You’ll see a “Name Pronunciation” section. You can tap “Play” to hear how Google says the name by default. select “Record Your Own” to say it yourself, or choose “Spell Out How it Sounds & Record” to spell it out phonetically.
After you say the name or enter the phonetic pronunciation, you can tap “Play” to hear Google Assistant say it again, hopefully correctly this time.
Google Assistant should be much better at understanding the person’s name going forward. Do this for anyone who Assistant has a hard time with.