Listen to news or podcasts

Important: Some features aren't available in all languages or countries.

You can ask your Google Assistant to play your favorite news stations and podcasts.

  1. Say "Ok Google" or press the button to talk to your Assistant.
  2. Say a command, for example:

Play the news

  • Listen to the news.
  • Tell me the news.
  • What’s the latest in technology?
  • Listen to [news source name].
  • News about the Olympics.

Play a podcast

  • Listen to [podcast name].
  • Play [podcast name].
  • Listen to the latest episode of [podcast name].
  • Listen to a comedy podcast.
  • Find me a podcast about cooking.
  • Show me a podcast about cryptocurrency.
  • Recommend me a podcast.

Browse recommendations for you

On Smart Displays, you can get podcast recommendations based on your Web & App Activity from other Google products. You'll also get an explanation of why a specific suggestion was made for you. To hide a podcast recommendation, tap Description Description.

Tip: If you don’t want to get podcast recommendations, learn how to manage personal results on your shared devices.

How to hide a recommendation

Control what’s playing

  • Pause or stop: Pause. Stop. Stop the [news or podcast].
  • Resume: Resume. Continue playing. Continue playing [news or podcast].
  • Next: Skip. Next. Play next.
  • Previous: Previous. Play previous.
  • Find info: What’s playing?

Change the volume

You can set the volume to a specific level (1–10) or percent (1–100%).

  • Increase: Turn it up. (Increases volume by 10%).
  • Decrease: Turn it down. (Decreases volume by 10%).
  • Set a level or percentage: Volume 5. Volume to 65%.

Learn more about how to change volume.

Customize your news preferences

To choose your news preferences, you can go to Google Assistant settings on your phone or tablet.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings" or go to Assistant settings.
  2. Tap You and then News.
  3. Add or remove news sources.

Change your news playlist format

Important: This feature is only available in the US.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, say "Hey Google, open Assistant settings" or go to Assistant settings.
  2. Tap You and then News.
  3. To decide which news format you prefer, tap Change news playlist format.

Google Assistant on speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the top right, tap Account Account and then Assistant settings.
  3. Tap You  and then News.
  4. Add or remove news sources.
  5. To decide which news sources you hear first,  tap and hold the news source you want and drag it to the top.
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