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Play YouTube TV using your speaker or display & Chromecast

Ready to start watching content with your Google Nest or Google Home speaker or display and YouTube TV? Learn how to set up and use YouTube TV with your device. This feature is only available in the U.S. 

Note: If you haven't already, make sure you've signed up for YouTube TV.

Use your Google Home to control YouTube TV | US only

Step 1. Set up Chromecast and your speaker or display

  1. Set up Chromecast.
  2. Set up Google Home, Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, Google Nest Audio, Google Nest Hub, or Google Nest Hub Max. 

Step 2. Link Chromecast using the Google Home app

Link TVs to your speaker or display

Note: The following steps are optional if you only want to control your TV with your mobile device or tablet. However, if you want to control your TV using voice commands through your speaker or display, follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Chromecast, or speaker or display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. At the top right, tap your account.
  4. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap the triangle next to the Google Account, then tap another account or Add another account.
  5. Go back to the home screen, then tap your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in.
  6. At the top right, tap Settings  and then Recognition & sharing.
  7. Look for a banner at the top of the page that says “Enable voice control and more.”
    1. If the banner appears, tap it and follow the steps to link your TV.
    2. If the banner doesn't appear but your email address appears under “Linked account(s),” your TV is already linked.

Note: If you get an "Error when linking device" error message, you must factory reset your Chromecast device.

Step 3. Control YouTube TV using voice commands

Once you've linked your devices, you're ready to begin using voice commands to control YouTube TV.

To use YouTube TV and your speaker or display together, sign in to the same Google Account on YouTube TV and on your device. 

 

If you're part of a YouTube TV family plan or sharing your speaker or display with other YouTube TV members, make sure to sign in to your personal Google Account on your device to use your own YouTube TV library and viewing preferences. Learn more about linking your Google account and your voice to your device.

 

Common voice commands

Here are some things you can say to your Google Assistant on your device:

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then:
Play a live TV channel "Play MSNBC on YouTube TV"

Play a TV show
Play the most recent episode of a TV show

"Play This Is Us on YouTube TV"
"Play the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy on YouTube TV"
Play a movie "Play <movie> on YouTube TV"
Play a sports game "Play the <MLB game> on YouTube TV"
"Play the <sports team> game on YouTube TV"
Record a show "Record Empire"
Pause, resume or stop “Pause"
“Resume" 
“Stop"
Turn off closed captions "Turn off closed captions"
Rewind or fast forward "Rewind [xx mins yy seconds]"
"Fast forward [xx mins yy seconds]"

Tips and tricks to play content on your TV 

Troubleshoot voice commands

If your device is having trouble with accuracy, try to be more specific.

 

For example, try saying the entire name of a program, the service ("...on YouTube TV"), or the name of your device, ("...on Chromecast").

Simple ways to control media using your voice
When you start playing a TV show or movie using your voice, like "Hey Google, watch This Is Us," all of your next control commands (pause, next, etc.) will control that TV. You won't need to specify the TV after the viewing session begins.
Use your voice to control media you're casting from your phone or tablet
If you're casting to a TV from your phone or tablet, you’ll need to say "on [device name]" (Example: "Pause the Warriors game on the living room TV"). After you specify the device the first time, you won’t need to say "on the living room TV" again. 

Control your TV when media is playing on your speaker or display

When media is playing on your speaker or display at the same time as your remote device, all control commands will control your speaker or display, not your remote devices. To control your remote device, you have to always say, "Hey Google, [do X] on [device]."

If you want to stop playing content on your speaker or display, say "Hey Google, stop."
If you want to start controlling the remote device that's playing, you must first say "on [device]" to the next command you make to this remote device. For example: "Ok Google, next video on TV."
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