Play YouTube videos on TVs using Google Home

Initiate and control YouTube videos to any TV with Chromecast or Chromecast built-in — using only your voice.

For a video demonstration, check out the YouTube video at the bottom of this article. If you prefer step-by-step instructions, see below.

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Step 1. Link TVs using the Google Home app

Link TVs to Google Home

Here's how to link voice-supported Cast devices to Google Home:

Link a device

  1. Set up Google Home.
  2. Make sure your Chromecast Audio or speaker with Chromecast built-in is set up and on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  3. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  4. In the bottom right corner of the screen, tap Account .
  5. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  6. Tap Settings
  7. Under SERVICES, tap TVs and Speakers TVs and speakers. You'll see a list of all your linked devices.
  8. To link a new Chromecast Audio or speaker with Chromecast built-in, tap  in the bottom right corner of the screen.  
  9. The Google Home app will search for voice-supported speakers on the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Home. Note: You may see a list of devices that aren’t voice-supported. These can’t currently be linked to your Google Home, but they'll be available soon.
  10. To add a device, tap the checkbox next to the device name. You can select multiple devices. Tap Add
  11. You'll see all your devices within the TVs and Speakers TVs and speakers section of the Google Home app.  Google Home app.

Note: If you receive an "Error when linking device" error message, you must Factory Data Reset (FDR) your Chromecast device.

 

Unlink a device

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. From your home screen, tap the device you want to remove.
  4. Tap Settings  and then Remove device and then Remove.
Voice-supported Cast devices for YouTube videos

The following Cast devices can play YouTube videos on TVs using Google Home,

  1. Chromecast
  2. TVs with Chromecast built-in
  3. Android TV devices

 

Important: Some Smart TVs may appear to support Cast technology because the functionality is similar to casting. Here are the Smart TVs that support Cast technology.  

Step 2. Control YouTube videos on TVs using voice commands

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home to play YouTube videos on TVs.

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Play general videos from TV show / YouTube Channel / artist “Play John Oliver videos <on  TV>"
"Play Casey Neistat videos <on Living Room TV>"
"Play Adele videos <on Chromecast>"

Play specific videos / songs

"Play Secret Life of Pets trailer <on TV>"
"Play Rise by Katy Perry video <on Bedroom TV>"
Play videos by category "Play yoga videos <on TV>"

Turn on subtitles/captions

Turn off subtitles/captions

"Turn on subtitles," "Turn on captions," "Subtitles on," "Captions on"

"Turn off subtitles," "Turn off captions," "Subtitles off," "Captions off"

Turn on <language> subtitles
 

Note: Supported languages depend on the content service (example: YouTube or Netflix) and the video title.

"Turn on French subtitles"
You can use any of the initiation and control commands on your remote device — add <on device name> to your command.  “Pause <on TV>”
Resume <on TV>”
"Skip <on Living Room TV>"
Stop <on TV>”
If you only have one linked voice-supported Cast device, you don't have to say its name in your command. Instead, you can say "Ok Google, ...<on TV>" or "Ok Google, ...<on Chromecast>."

Other ways to control video 

From the Google Home app 
  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your remote device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. In the bottom left of the Home Screen, tap Discover .
  4. Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home.

On the device card, you will see the following information for the current session:

  • Content provider 
  • Title (song name / show episode name / radio station program)
  • Artist (if available)
  • Collection (playlist / album / show series / radio station) (if available)

You can also pause/resume, stop, and control the remote device from the device card. 

Fix problems

Need help? Try these troubleshooting steps
  1. Make sure you've correctly linked your devices, including:
    1. Make sure the Cast device is voice-supported and running Cast version 1.21+.
    2. Make you sure you linked the devices via the Google Home app:
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. In the bottom right corner of the home screen, tap Account .
      3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
      4. Tap More settings and then TVs and Speakers TVs and speakers. You'll see a list of all your linked devices. 
  2. Name Google Home & Chromecast/Chromecast built-in devices

    To ensure proper playback on your speakers or TV, follow these tips when naming your devices:

    1. Give Google Home and Chromecast/Chromecast Audio/Chromecast built-in devices different names and avoid using the same words in the names. This helps Google Home correctly understand your command and play content on the right device.
      1. ​Good:
        • Naming Google Home "Living Room" 
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Family TV"
      2. OK:
        • Naming Google Home "Living Room Home"
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Living Room TV"
    2. Make sure the name is easily pronounceable.
    3. Avoid using emoji or special characters.
    4. To change the name of your devices:
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. In the bottom right corner of the Home screen, tap Accountand then Devices Devices to see your available Google Home and Chromecast devices. 
      3. Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home or Chromecast device you want to rename.
      4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu More menuand thenSettingsand then Name. 
      5. Delete the current name and type in a new name. Tap SAVE. 
  3. If the voice commands seem to stop controlling your remote devices, or you get a response saying "Nothing is playing”, be more specific in your request by adding “….  on <device name>” to your request. This will re-initiate media focus and allow you to better control the device.
  4. Try adding "videos" or "trailers" to the request. Examples: "Play funny videos on TV", "Play movie trailers on TV."
  5. If you hear an error message like, "I can only play videos on devices using Chromecast, or on cast-enabled TVs," try renaming your devices.

Related Links

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