Google Assistant is built
to keep your information
private, safe, and secure.
When you use Google Assistant, you trust us with your data, and it’s our responsibility to protect and respect it. Privacy is personal. That’s why we build simple privacy controls to help you choose what’s right for you. Explore this page to learn more about how Google Assistant works, your built-in privacy controls, answers to common questions, and more.
Starts in standby
Google Assistant is designed to wait in standby mode until it detects an activation, like when it hears “Hey Google.” When in standby mode, your Assistant won’t send what you are saying to Google or anyone else.
Once Google Assistant detects an activation, it exits standby mode and sends your request to Google servers. This can also happen if there is a noise that sounds like “Hey Google” or an unintended manual activation.
Learn more about how Google Assistant handles audio recordings, Web & App Activity, and ads personalization.
Is Google Assistant always listening to me?
How do I activate my Google Assistant?
How do I know when Google Assistant is activated and listening?
Why does Google Assistant sometimes activate when I didn’t intend it to?
What is Google Assistant doing when it is in standby mode?
What happens when Google Assistant detects an activation?
Designed for privacy
By default, your audio recordings are not saved on Google servers - you can change this setting anytime by viewing the “Include voice and audio activity” checkbox under the Web & App Activity setting.
How does Google Assistant use my data?
Does Google Assistant save my audio recordings?
What’s the benefit of saving my audio recordings to my Google Account?
Is anyone other than me able to listen to my saved audio recordings?
Can the government access my audio recordings?
Do you sell my audio recordings or other personal information?
Easy-to-use privacy controls
To control which interactions are stored, just say something like “Hey Google, delete what I said this week,” and Google Assistant will delete those interactions in “My Activity.”
Where can I find my privacy controls?
You mentioned I can delete my Assistant interactions in My Activity. How does that work?
Can I set up my data to auto-delete?
How does Google Assistant use data to personalize my experience?
Can I control if Google Assistant gives me personalized results?
Hey Google, tell me about Guest Mode
With Google Assistant’s Guest Mode, you now have even more control over your Assistant activity on your home devices. By saying “Hey Google, turn on Guest Mode,” you can turn on Guest Mode whenever you don’t want Assistant interactions to be saved to your Google Account or used to personalize your experience. You can leave Guest Mode at any time to return to a personalized experience. Just say, “Hey Google, turn off Guest Mode.” Guest Mode is now available on Google speakers and Smart Displays in English, with more languages to follow.