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To get the most out of Google Home, choose your Help Center: U.S. Help Center, U.K Help Center, Canada Help Center, Australia Help Center.  Need help? Speak to a Google Home support specialist: U.S.: 1-855-971-9121,  U.K.: 0800 026 1217, Canada: 844-701-7229.

Listen to music on Google Home

Enjoy music from popular music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood, or activity.

Whether a single person or multiple people are using a Google Home, each person can link only single account per streaming service.

You'll hear different music based on the partner and your subscription.

  • Google Play Music Free, Spotify Free, Pandora - You'll hear a station of songs inspired by the song/album/artist you requested (free radio service).
  • Google Play Music Premium, Spotify Premium, YouTube Red - You'll hear specific songs/albums/artists along with music based on genre, mood or activity or your personal playlists.

Basic voice commands for all content providers

To do this... Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google,” then...
Request a song "Play <song name>," "Play <song name> by <artist name>," "Play <song name> from <album name>," “Play <song name> on <music service>”
Request an artist "Play <artist name>," "Play music by <artist name>," "Play <artist name>" on <music service>”
Request an album "Play <album name>", "Play <album name> by <artist name>",  "Play <album name> by <artist name> on <music service>”
Play music based on genre/mood/activity "Play classical music", "Play happy music", "Play music for cooking", “Play <genre> on <music service>”
Play personalized suggested content from chosen service "Play some music", “Play <genre> music on <music service>”

Shuffle

 

"Shuffle"
"Shuffle <album/artist/playlist>" 
"Shuffle some music" 
"Play <album/artist/playlist> and shuffle"
"Play <album/artist/playlist> shuffled"
"Play <album/artist/playlist> on shuffle"

Pause  "Pause", "Pause the music"
Resume "Resume", "Continue playing"
Stop  "Stop ", "Stop the music"
Play next song   “Next”, “Skip”, "Next song"
What’s playing  “What’s playing?”, “What song is playing?”, “What artist is playing?”
Control volume  "Set volume to 5", "Set volume to 40%"
Play music on your speakers, TV, or video device. Note: Device linking is required. "Play music on my living room TV", "Play <genre> on my bedroom speakers"

Advanced voice commands for free and subscription services

Google Play Music (Free radio service (U.S. and Canada only) & subscription service) 

There are several ways to listen to music using Google Play Music.

Google Play Music subscription

Get all content on demand. Hear specific songs/albums/artists along with music based on genre, mood or activity or your personal playlists.

Free radio service

In the U.S. or Canada only, if you don't have a subscription, you'll hear a station of songs inspired by the song/album/artist you asked for. You can't play specific songs, albums or artists music on demand, but you can still ask for music based on genre, mood or activity. The free radio service is not available outside of the U.S. or Canada. 

Uploaded/purchased music from your library

You can listen to on demand songs/albums/artists you’ve purchased on Google Play Music and uploaded to your library. You can also listen to your playlists based on the songs in your library.

  • If you also have a subscription, you need to explicitly ask to play songs, albums, and artists from your library using “Play <song/album/artist/playlist> from my library” or “Play my <song/album/artist/playlist>." Otherwise you’ll hear subscription on demand content. 
  • If you don't have a subscription and are located in the U.S. or Canada, your library content will be prioritized over a station inspired by the song/album/artist you asked for.
  • Note: The "Play <genre/mood/activity>" basic voice command isn't supported for uploaded/purchased music. 
To do this... Say this: "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...
Play purchased/uploaded music

"Play <song/album/artist/playlist> from my library"

Note: You don't need to say “from my library” unless you have a subscription and want to hear purchased/uploaded music instead of subscription content.

Play curated playlist from your library "Play <named playlist>"
Play previous song  “Back”, “Previous”, 
Skip forward "Skip forward <X> secs"
Shuffle “Shuffle”
Repeat song "Play it again", "Play this song again", "Repeat the song" 
Play playlist in a loop   "Repeat on/off" 

Like or dislike a song 

Note:
  • It may take ~20 minutes for the liked/disliked song to appear in the Google Play Music app or Google Play Music website
  • If you dislike a song, the song will be skipped
"I like this song," "Thumbs up"

"I dislike this song," "Thumbs down"
Add song/album to library
Note:
  • Subscription only
  • The song/album will added to your Google Play Music library

"Add this song to my library"
"Add this album to my library"

 
Important:  
  • If Google Play Music isn't your default music player, you need to say “Ok Google, play X <on Google Play Music>" to hear subscription/free radio/uploaded/purchased music. Only personal playlists will be prioritized above your default music player.
  • Currently, you can't request podcasts from Google Play Music. (Ex. "Ok Google, play my Google Play Music podcast" isn't supported). Instead you can say "Ok Google, play <podcast name> podcast".
  • The Google Account you used to set up Google Home is the default Google Play Music account associated with Google Home. This can't be changed.
Spotify (Free and Premium)

To listen to Spotify on your Google Home, you must link your Spotify account. There are a couple ways to listen to music using Spotify.

Spotify Premium

If you have a Spotify Premium account you can play content on demand. You can hear specific songs/albums/artists along with music based on genre, mood or activity, Spotify’s curated playlists, and your personal playlists. 

Spotify Free

If you don't have a Spotify Premium account,  you'll hear a station of songs inspired by the song/album/artist or personal playlists you asked for.  You can't hear specific songs, albums, artists or personal playlists on demand, but you can ask for music based on genre, mood or activity, or for Spotify-curated playlists.

Spotify Free also offers different listening experiences if you're casting to TVs or speakers, giving you more ways to enjoy your music. Here's more about playing music on TVs, speakers, and groups.

What you'll hear

Here's what to expect if you're using Spotify Free vs Spotify Premium on a specific device:

  Spotify Free on Google Home or audio group will play: Spotify Free on remote Chromecast-built in audio device (i.e. Chromecast Audio) will play: Spotify Free on remote Chromecast-built in video device (i.e. Chromecast) will play: Spotify Premium on all devices (Google Home, audio groups, audio devices and video devices)
Request a song  Station of songs inspired by the requested song  Station of songs inspired by the requested song Requested song  Requested song 
Request an album Station of songs inspired by the requested album Station of songs inspired by the requested album Requested song  Requested song 
Request an artist Station of songs inspired by the requested artist A shuffle of the artist songs Tops songs from the artist  Tops songs from the artist 

Request a Spotify curated playlist, like Discover Weekly

The requested playlist  on shuffle Requested playlist on shuffle Requested playlist Requested playlist

Request a personal playlist on Spotify

Station of songs inspired by the playlist Playlist on shuffle Requested playlist Requested playlist
Playing a previous song Not supported Not supported Supported Supported
Repeat a song or skip within a song Not supported Not supported Supported Supported

Advanced voice commands

In addition to basic voice commands, you can use these advanced commands when listening to Spotify Free or Premium.

To do this... Say this: "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...
Play your liked songs from your Spotify library "Play my songs", “Play my library” 

Play playlist 

   Play playlist pre-shuffled

"Play Discover Weekly", "Play <playlist name>"

    "Shuffle Discover Weekly", “Play <playlist name> on shuffle”

Play personal playlist 

Shuffle personal playlist

"Play <named playlist>" 

"Shuffle <named playlist>" 

Like/Dislike a song "I like/dislike this song" "Thumbs up/down"
Like/Dislike the current Playlist/Album/Artist​ "Save/Unsave this Playlist/Album/Artist​", "Follow/Unfollow this Playlist/Album/Artist​"
Play previous song  “Back”, “Previous”
Skip forward "Skip forward <X> secs"
Shuffle “Shuffle”
Repeat song "Play it again", "Play this song again" 
Play playlist in a loop   "Repeat on/off" 

 

It may take Google Home several hours to recognize a newly-created, private playlist.

Note: Currently, you can't request podcasts from Spotify. (Ex. "Hey Google, play my Spotify podcast" isn't supported.) Instead you can say "Hey Google, play <podcast name> podcast." 

Pandora (Free radio service) (U.S. only)

Pandora is only available in the U.S. 

Note: For Pandora, you'll hear a station of songs inspired by or similar to the songs/albums/artists you selected. You can't request specific songs/albums/artists.

To listen to Pandora on Google Home, you must link your Pandora account.

To do this... Say this: "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...
Play personalized radio from Pandora  "Play my shuffle", "Play my shuffle radio"

Play personalized radio based on songs you've thumbed on Pandora 

Note: To play your thumbprint radio, you must have saved several stations and thumbed up several songs in order for Pandora to understand what you like.

"Play my Thumbprint radio"
Play playlist "Play classic country", "Play <Pandora station name>"
Like/Dislike a song from Pandora "Thumbs up", "Thumbs down", "I like this song" 
YouTube Music (Requires YouTube Red subscription) (US and Australia only)

YouTube Music is only available in the U.S. and Australia.

Note:

  • You must purchase a YouTube Red subscription to hear specific songs, albums, and artists. This subscription is required for most functionality. Important: You're not able to play personal playlist from YouYube Music via Google Home at this time.
  • The Google Account you used to link to Google Home is the default YouTube Music account associated with Google Home. To change the YouTube Music account associated with Google Home, you must unlink the Google Account that is used to set up Google Home. Here’s how to unlink a Google Account from Google Home and link a new Google Account. 
To do this... Say this: "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...
Like/Dislike a song "I like/dislike this song" "Thumbs up/down"
Like/Dislike the current station "Save/Unsave this station", "Follow/Unfollow this station"
Play previous song  “Back”, “Previous”, 

Skip forward

"Skip forward <X> seconds"
Shuffle “Shuffle”
Repeat song "Play it again", "Play this song again" 

Listen to music with Voice Match

If you've set up Voice Match, guests and housemates can't currently access your library content. However, you can give them access by uploading your music to their account.

If you haven't set up Voice Match, guests and housemates can access music from your library.

Here's more information on media and multiple users.

Set your default music service on Google Home

Here’s how to connect your music and pick a favorite music service as your default. This default service will be used first when possible.

Select your default music service on Google Home

 

  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 Music .
  5. To choose your default service, tap the radio button to the left of the service.
  6. Linking functionality:
    1. For Google Play Music and YouTube Red, your accounts are automatically linked when you link your Google Account to Google Home. 
    2. For Spotify and Pandora, you will need to link your accounts.
      • To connect your account, tap LINK.
      • Sign in or sign up for the service and complete the sign-in flow.
      • To unlink an account, tap UNLINK

Available music services:

  1. Google Play Music 
  2. YouTube Music  (U.S. and Australia only)
  3. Spotify Free and Premium 
  4. Pandora  (U.S. and Australia only)

Note: For all services,  Google Home currently supports a single account per streaming service.

Other ways to control music

From the Google Home device
Google Home
To do this: Touch the device like this: Image
Play / Pause / Stop alarm or timer   Tap once on the top of the device
Turn up the volume 

Swipe clockwise on the top of the device.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media. You can adjust alarms and timers volume anytime in the the Google Home app.

Turn down the volume 

Swipe counterclockwise on the top of the device.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media and your Google Assistant. At volume level 0, all media will be muted but your Google Assistant will still speak at a minimum level.  It doesn’t adjust the volume of alarms and timers.

Start your request  Press and hold down on the top of the device
Google Home Mini
To do this: Touch Google Home Mini like this: Image
Turn up the volume 

Tap on right side of Mini.

To reach maximum volume, tap to volume level 10.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media and your Google Assistant. At volume level 0, all media will be muted but your Google Assistant will still speak at a minimum level.  It doesn’t adjust the volume of alarms and timers.

Turn down the volume 

Tap on left side of Mini. 

10 total taps will mute all audio except your Google Assistant.

Note: This only adjusts the volume of media and your Google Assistant. At volume level 0, all media will be muted but your Google Assistant will still speak at a minimum level.  It doesn’t adjust the volume of alarms and timers.

Play / Pause / Stop   

Note: You can't tap on the top of Mini to control media.

Instead, say "Ok Google <pause/play/stop>".

 
Start your request 

Note: You can't press and hold the top of Mini to start a request with your Assistant.

Instead, say "Ok Google" to start your request.

 
From the Google Home app
  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 .
  3. In the top right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices  to see available Google Home 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 Google Home’s internal speaker from the device card. 

Troubleshooting

  1. Make sure your music provider accounts are linked to Google Home. 
  2. If you're not hearing the music you expect, be more specific with your request. 
    1. Add “...by <Artist>” to your request . (Example: "Ok, Google. Play a song by Sia.")
    2. Add  "... album, playlists, song" to your request. (Example: “Ok, Google. Play my morning rock playlist.”
  3. If you want to listen to music that's not from your default service, add “...on <music service>” to your request.
     

Related Links

Play audio on speakers and TVs from Google Home
Play video on TVs from Google Home
Listen to radio
Listen to podcasts
Control restricted content on Google Home

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