Play music & videos on your Google Assistant device

You can ask your Google Assistant to cast media to your Google Assistant smart TV, speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock. You can't play or cast videos on Smart Clocks, but you can ask a Smart Clock to play videos on a smart TV or Smart Display.

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

Devices you can use

TVs
Speakers, Smart Displays & Smart Clocks

Speakers

Smart Displays

  • All Smart Displays with Google Assistant built in

Smart Clock

  • Lenovo Smart Clock

Step 1: Connect a device to your Assistant

After you connect a TV, speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock, you can ask your Assistant to control that device.

Note: If you want to play media only on a Smart Display, you can skip this step. To use your Smart Display to control media on other Google Assistant devices, complete this step.

  1. On your phone, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Account Accountand then Settings.
  3. Tap Services and then TVs and speakers.
  4. From here, you can add one device, or multiple devices:
    • Add a device: Tap the plus sign in the bottom right.
    • Add multiple devices: Tap the box next to each device's name and then Add.

Step 2: Link music & video apps

Select apps you want to play music and videos from. For example, you can choose Spotify for music or Netflix for videos.

Link a music app
  1. On your phone, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Account Accountand then Settings.
  3. Tap Services and then Music.
  4. Choose a music service. For some services, you’ll be asked to sign in to your account.
Link a video app
  1. On your phone, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Account Accountand then Settings.
  3. Tap Services and then Videos & photos.
  4. On the app you want to connect, tap Link and then Link account.
  5. Follow the steps to sign in.

Step 3: Play music & videos

Cast from an app

Use Cast-enabled apps

If you’re using a device with Chromecast, Chromecast built-in, or a Smart Display, you can cast from certain apps.

Note: Netflix doesn’t work with Smart Displays.

  1. Make sure your phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as your device.
  2. Open an app that works with Chromecast.
  3. Tap Cast Cast.
  4. Select your device.
  5. When connected, you'll see Cast Cast.

To stop casting, tap Cast Cast and then Stop casting.

Use voice commands

Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then tell your device what you want to play.

Music commands

Play

  • Play [song name] on [device].
  • Play [song name] by [artist name] on [device].
  • Play [artist name] on [device].
  • Play [album name] on [device].

Note: These commands open your default music app. To use another app, add its name to the end of the command.

Browse (Smart Displays only)

  • Show me songs by [artist].
  • Show me albums by [artist].
  • Show me relaxing music stations.

Control what's playing

  • Pause.
  • Stop.
  • Resume.

Here are more commands you can use.

Video commands

Note: You can't play or cast videos on Smart Clocks, but you can ask a Smart Clock to play videos on a smart TV or Smart Display.

Play

  • Play [movie name] on [device].
  • Watch [TV show name] on [device].
  • Watch [movie name] on [Netflix] on [device].

Browse (Smart Displays only)

  • Show me funny cat videos.
  • Play yoga videos.

Pause, skip, or change volume

  • Next or previous: Next episode. Previous episode.
  • Pause or resume: Pause. Stop. Resume.
  • Skip or rewind: Skip back [time]. Rewind [time].
  • Volume: Turn it up. Turn it down. Volume 5. (Learn more about how to change volume.)

Use subtitles or change language (TV only)

Languages you can use depend on the video service and show.

  • Subtitles: Turn on/off subtitles. Turn on/off captions. Captions on/off. Turn on/off Spanish subtitles.
  • Spoken language: Turn on/off dubbing. Dubbing on/off. Play it in German. Change language to German.
Radio commands

Play

  • Play [station name] on [speaker].
  • Play [frequency] on [speaker].
  • Play [call sign] on [speaker].

Control what's playing

  • Pause.
  • Stop.
  • Resume.

Here are more commands you can use.

Disconnect a TV, speaker, or app

Disconnect a TV or speaker

If you no longer want the Google Assistant to control a TV or speaker, disconnect it.

  1. On your phone, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Account Accountand then Settings.
  3. Tap Services and then TVs and speakers.
  4. Next to the device you want to disconnect, tap Remove Remove.
Change or disconnect a music app
  1. On your phone, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Account Accountand then Settings.
  3. Tap Services and then Music.
  4. From here, you can: 
    • Choose another service.
    • Disconnect a service: Tap Unlink and then Unlink account.
Change or disconnect a video app
  1. On your phone, open the Google Home app Google Home.
  2. At the bottom, tap Account Accountand then Settings.
  3. Tap Services and then Videos & photos.
  4. From here, you can: 
    • Disconnect an app: Tap Unlink and then Unlink account.
    • Choose another app: Tap Link and then Link account. Follow the steps to sign in.
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