Listen to music

Important: The languages you can use depend on the device. Learn which languages work on your device.

To play music, you can ask Google Assistant. 

  1. To talk to Assistant, say "Hey Google" or tap your device. 
  2. Give a command.

Try these commands

Play music

  • Songs: "Play [song name]." "Play [song name] by [artist name]." "Play [song name] on [music service]."
  • Artists: "Play [artist name]." "Play [artist name] on [music service]."
  • Albums: "Play [album name]." "Play [album name] on [music service]."
  • Genre or mood: "Play classical music." "Play music for cooking." "Play happy music on [music service]."
  • Personalized suggestions: "Play some music."

Control playback

Important: This feature may vary per device. Not all commands work with all devices. Check the owner's manual of your device for details.

  • Pause or stop: "Pause." "Pause the music." "Stop the music."
  • Resume: "Resume." "Continue playing."
  • Next: "Next." "Skip." "Next song."
  • 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: "Volume 5."
  • Set a percentage: "Volume to 65%."

Choose your default music service

Important: In August 2020, Google Play Music will start to shut down some of its services and in September 2020, access to Google Play Music will start to go away for some users. If Google Play Music is your default service, make sure to update it. Learn how to transfer your Google Play Music account to YouTube Music.

To choose a default music service, like YouTube Music or Spotify, go to Google Assistant settings on your phone or tablet.

Important: Some services require you to sign in to your Google Account.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Assistant app Assistant (iOS)​.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile image or initial and then Services and then Music.
  3. Choose a music service.

Speakers, Smart Displays, Smart Clocks & TV devices

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Home Home and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Services," tap Music.
  4. Choose a music service.
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