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Feature request - add a Timeout Delay for Conversation Translation Mode in Google Home (Alexa has)

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I don't know if this is the right place to put this but here it goes:

I want to see a TIMEOUT / DELAY setting for the amount of time it takes for Google to wait for my next command. Right now it is a couple of seconds. Amazon Alexa can be set up to 20 minutes I believe. The point is, I don't want to have to say "Hey Google, translate from Portuguese to English" every 15-25 seconds. I ask for a word to translate and then I don't have another word immediately, I read an article, so maybe in a few seconds, maybe in a minute etc, but I don't want to have to say Hey Google every time.  If there was a delay setting, that would be awesome. Even 1-2 minutes delay would be great. Amazon has the time-out setting but only works on their high-end displays and translation in Google is far superior to the one that Alexa offers.

This is an older device, but that doesn't matter I guess. If the newer speakers allow setting a delay, I'll get new speaker but as far as I know this is simply not available in Google.


Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

After Google Assistant responds, it listens for about 8 seconds for follow-up questions or queries, and there's not a way to customize that unfortunately, but I agree it would be great to be able to customize this. I’d encourage you to also send this feedback directly to Google. You will not receive a response, unless Google need more details from you, however the team are still reading the feedback.

Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello there itoldusoandso,


Thanks for reaching out. 


davidking is correct. Our team is working hard to deliver the best experience for our users — I'd suggest you submit feedback about it, here's how. 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.


Kind regards,


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I am not using Facebook or Twitter to contact Google, that's not how I use the 2 social accounts. So the only way I see is Phone or Chat. 



Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello again,


Apologies for the confusion. Have you tried the link provided above for the feature request? Follow the steps below to successfully send a request:


Step 1. Turn on device reports

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Chromecast, or speaker or display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Touch and hold your device's tile.
  4. At the top right corner of the screen, tap Settings Recognition & sharing.
  5. Turn on Send [device model] device usage and crash reports to Google. (Example: Send Google Home device usage and crash reports to Google.)


Step 2. ​Share your feedback

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Tap Feedback and then tap the device you'd like to submit feedback for.
  4. To display available emails, in the "From:" section, tap the arrow on the right. Select your email address.
  5. In the feedback summary, write a brief description of your issue.
  6. Be sure to check the box for Screenshot and System logs.
  7. To submit feedback, at the top right corner, tap Send .


Hope this helps.


Kind regards,


Hey there,


Just one quick final follow up since activity has slowed down. We'll be locking the thread in the next 24 hours, but if you still need help, I would be happy to keep it open. If there's more we can do, just let me know.