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Listen to podcasts

With Google Home, you can listen to your favorite podcasts and shows from anywhere in your home — using only your voice.

Note: Currently, you can't request podcasts from partner podcast players, like Spotify, Google Play Music, and TuneIn. Ex. "Hey Google, play my Spotify podcast" isn't supported. Instead, you can say "Hey Google, play <podcast name> podcast."

Use your voice to control podcasts & shows

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home when choosing and listening to podcasts and shows.

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then....
Listen to a podcast “Listen to This American Life,” "Play Serial podcast"
Continue listening to a podcast “Continue listening to This American Life”
Listen to podcast by latest episode “Listen to the latest episode of This American Life”
Listen to the next/previous episode "Next episode," “Previous”
Pause  "Pause," "Pause the podcast"
Resume "Resume," "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop," "Stop the podcast"
Play previous/next podcast “Next," “Skip,"  "Next podcast," "Previous," "Previous episode"
What’s playing (podcast) “What’s playing?”, “What podcast is playing?”

Note: Currently, available podcasts aren't listed within the Google Home app. Simply ask for the podcast you'd like to hear. 

You can talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home while you’re listening to a podcast. When you ask a question or make a statement, the podcast will pause and then resume when you’re finished talking with your Google Assistant. 

Other ways to control podcasts

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 your Google Home devices. 
  4. Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home that is playing the podcast.
  5. On the device card, you'll see the podcast episode and title of the current podcast session.
  6. You can stop, pause, resume, and adjust the volume of the podcast from the device card—the same way you control your music.

Troubleshooting

If Google Home doesn't play the podcast you requested, be more specific with your request by adding the title name. 

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