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Play audio on speakers & TVs from Google Home

Initiate and control audio to any speaker or TV with Chromecast or Chromecast Audio plugged in or Chromecast built-in — using only your voice.

Step 1. Link speakers and TVs using the Google Home app

Link speakers and TVs to Google Home
Here’s how to connect your voice-supported speakers and TVs to Google Home:
  1. Set up Google Home.
  2. Open the Google Home app .
  3. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  4. 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.
  5. Make sure your TVs or speakers are set up and on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  6. Tap More settings and then TVs and Speakers . You'll see a list of all your linked devices. 
  7. To link new Chromecast Audio or speakers or TVs with Chromecast built-in, tap the plus sign in the bottom right corner of the screen.  
  8. The Google Home app will search for voice-supported speakers and TVs 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.
  9. To add a device, tap the checkbox to the right of the device name. You can check multiple devices. Tap Add
  10. You will now see all your devices within the TVs and speakers section of the in Google Home app.  .
  11. Note: If you receive an "Error when linking device" error message, you must Factory Data Reset (FDR) your Chromecast Audio device. 

To unlink a device,

  1. In the top right corner of the app's Home screen, tap Devices
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Linked Devices. 
  3. Tap the X next to the device you want to unlink.
Voice-supported speaker and TVs

The following devices can play audio from Google Home:

  1. Chromecast
  2. Chromecast Audio
  3. TVs and speakers with Chromecast built-in. Note: TVs and speakers with Chromecast built-in and Android TVs must be using Cast version 1.21+. This functionality will be rolling out to most devices in the next few months. Here's how to check which firmware version you're using.
  4. Android TV devices. Note: Currently, you can't cast Spotify to Android TV devices. 

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

Step 2. Control audio to speakers or TVs using voice commands

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home to play content on your speakers or TV.

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...

Play music on a specific device by name

You can use any of the music initiation and control commands on your remote device — add <on device name> to your command. 

Note: News and podcasts are not supported

“Play <artist> using <Spotify> on <bedroom speakers>”

“Pause on <living room TV>”

"Play classical music on <Patio group>", "Stop <Patio group>"

If you only have one linked video 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 audio to speakers and TVs 

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 .
  3. In the top right corner of Home screen, tap Devices
  4. Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home.

On the device card, you will see the following information for the current music 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 .
      2. In the top left corner of the home screen, tap Menu .
      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 TVs and Speakers. You'll see a list of all your linked devices. 
    3. Make sure you named the devices something that is 1) clear and easy to pronounce and 2) not similar to the name you gave your Google Home device.
  2. Name Google Home and Chromecast/Chromecast Audio/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 speaker"
      2. OK:
        • Naming Google Home "Living Room Home"
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Living Room speaker"
    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 .
      2. In the top right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices  to see your available Google Home and Chromecast/Chromecast Audio devices. 
      3. Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home or Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device you want to rename.
      4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu More menu iconand 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 with 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. If you're not hearing the music you expect, be more specific with your request. 
  5. If you hear an error message like "I can only play audio on devices using Chromecast, or on cast-enabled TVs," try renaming your devices.

Related Links

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