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Adding a member to Google home

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When I tried to add a member to Google home it just gives me the option to make everyone a manager. My 13-year-old my 7-year-old why can't I just make them a user where they can't see the cameras? Or restrict them from messing with the thermostat. Certain lights, like come on! 


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Community Specialist

Hi nsa1581,


Thanks for visiting the Community. 


To let other people, like family members or roommates, use the devices in your home, add them as home members.

Only invite people you trust to become home members. When someone becomes a member of a home, the following info and settings are shared with them:

Full access and control of devices and services

  • Add and remove other home members, including you
  • Add new devices, like speakers, displays or smart light bulbs
  • Use and change the settings of the devices in the home
  • Automatically link their media services, like YouTube, to speakers, smart displays and Chromecast built-in devices in the home

Home activity

  • View activities and events from all devices and services linked to the home

Contact information and home address

  • Change the address of the home
  • View the names and email addresses of everyone in the home

Assistant features

  • Set up personal results, Voice Match and Face Match on existing and new Assistant-supported devices

You can't invite anyone using a:

  • Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) account
  • Google Account for children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country)

Note: Learn how to let your child use Google Assistant on your devices.

A maximum of 6 people can share a home.


Here's the steps on how to add a home member:


  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. Switch to the home you want to share.
  3. At the top, tap Add Add and then Invite home member and then Invite person.
    • If you don't find "Invite home member," tap Add person to home.
  4. Enter the name or email address of the person you want to invite to your home and then tap Next.
  5. Review what’s shared when you add someone to your home and then tap Next.
  6. Review the person’s access to your home and then tap Send.
  7. If your Google Family Group isn’t full and the person you’re inviting isn’t already in one, you should get the option to invite them to your Google Family Group.
    • To invite them, tap Add to Family.
    • To skip this step, tap No Thanks.
    • Note: You can have up to 6 members in a Google Family Group.

The person you invite should receive an email with instructions.

Note: If the person you want to invite has already requested to join your home, you need to accept that request instead of sending a new invitation.


Hope this helps.




That is not the answer to the question. He wanted to know how to invite people without immediately giving them administrator rights or access to all devices. He seems to know how to add people with full user rights. There are also the menu items that show you that each person has administrator rights without being able to change anything there. 

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According to Google Bard, there is user right management. However, it is apparently not available in Europe. For whatever reason. 

Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there, 


All the home members have the same level of access. There’s no owner of the home. Any home member can remove other home members. Check out this link for more information. Our team is working hard to deliver the best experience for our users — we'll take this as feedback. Keep your eye on the Google Nest Community page for any updates. 


Please let me know if you have other questions or concerns as I will be locking this in 24 hours if I won't hear back from you again. Feel free to start a new thread and we'll be happy to help.