Google Assistant has many features that are perfect for families, especially those with smart speakers and displays. “Family Bell” allows you to schedule announcements to keep your home running smoothly. We’ll show you what it can do.

What is Google Assistant Family Bell?

Google’s Family Bell lets you create personalized announcements and interactive checklists on a schedule. Ads can be shown on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays, as well as Android devices.

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Creating ads is simple. You type in a message you want Google Assistant to announce, you choose the time and days for the announcement, and then you choose the devices it will appear on.

Interactive checklists are a bit different. They start out the same as regular ads, but you can then add things to fill out. Google Assistant will guide you through the list as you tick items on the screen or with your voice.

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Why you should use Family Bell

The Family Bell is an indispensable tool to keep your home running with routines. There are tons of different things you can do with it, but I’ll share a few examples from my personal use:

Bedtime with kids can be a challenge, but having a routine to stick to makes things so much easier. Every night before bed, the family bell announces that there are “5 minutes left until cleaning”. It gives my son time to finish what he’s playing and kicks off our nightly routine.

Speaking of bedtime, this is also a great use of the checklist feature. You can create a list of things your children need to do before going to bed. Go to the bathroom, brush your teeth, put on pajamas, etc. They can check off the items themselves and feel like they’ve accomplished something.

The morning is another prime time for routines. I set up a family bell for weekday mornings that says “Time to put on your shoes.” This allows us not to lose track of time and arrive late for school. You can also create a checklist to get ready in the morning.

Not just for kids

What I really like about the Family Bell is that it relieves me of some of my responsibilities. I don’t need to keep an eye on the clock every morning and every evening. I can be there with my son and let Google tell me when it’s time to do something.

There are so many things to remember in a day, that removing a few can be a big help. It’s not just convenient for people who have kids. Maybe you easily lose track of time in the morning. A bell could help you get out on time. Or maybe you only have a task to complete once a week. A bell can help you remember this.

Generally speaking, this is just a convenience feature to keep you and your household running smoothly. Lighten your mental load and let Google Assistant handle some of your routines. It’s there when you need it, not when you don’t. You will thank me later.