Listen to news

With Google Home, you can listen to top headlines, get the latest on a certain category of news (like sports, weather, business, tech, etc.), or ask about a specific news item.

Ask for the news

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home when choosing and listening to news reports and headlines:

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Listen to the latest news “Catch me up,"  “Listen to the news," "Tell me the news"
Listen to news from specific provider  “Listen to NPR News," "Play BBC Minute"
Listen to news about a topic  "Listen to news about North Korea," "Play the latest on Donald Trump," "Hear headlines about the Super Bowl"
Listen to the latest news about a specific news category “What’s the latest in sports/business/technology?”
Pause  "Pause" or "pause the news"
Resume "Resume" or "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop " or "Stop the news"
Change the playback speed  “Play at 2x speed,” “Play slower/faster, “Play twice as fast, “Play at half the speed”
Play next news story   “Next”, “Skip”  
Rewind  "Rewind," "Rewind x seconds/minutes"
What’s playing (news) “What’s playing?”
“What news is playing?”

Other ways to control news 

You can also control music by touching the top surface of Google Home or by using the Google Home app. 

From the Google Home device
Google Home 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
Mic on/off

Press the microphone mute button on the back of the device

Note: Muting the microphone prevents Google Home from listening or responding. To interact with Google Home, the microphone must be on. 

Factory Data Reset (FDR) the device Press and hold the FDR button located on the back of Google Home. 
Turn off power Unplug power cable from Google Home.
Google Home Mini Google Home Mini
To do this: Touch Google Home Mini like this: Image

Play / Pause / Stop media

Press and hold (long press) either side of Mini. 

 

Stop a ringing alarm or timer  

Tap either side of Mini. 

 

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.

Turn mic on/off

Toggle the mic on/off switch found next to the power cable. The switch will display orange when the microphone is turned off. 

Note: Turning off the microphone prevents Google Home from listening or responding. To interact with Google Home, the microphone must be on. 

Factory Data Reset (FDR) the device

Press and hold the FDR button located below the power cable on the bottom of Mini. Look for a circle etched into the base.

Hold for about 12 seconds. 

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Mini.
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.

 
Google Home Max Google Home Max
To do this: Touch Google Home Max like this: Image

Play/Pause/Stop media.

Stop a ringing alarm or timer

End a call

Horizontal placement: Tap the line located on the top of Max.

Vertical placement: Tap the line located on the right side of Max.

 


Turn up the volume 

Horizontal placement: Swipe from left to right along the line located on the top of Max.

Vertical placement: Swipe up along the line located on the right side of Max.

 


Turn down the volume 

Horizontal placement: Swipe from right to left along the line located on the top of Max.

Vertical placement: Swipe down along the line located on the right side of Max.

 


Turn mic on/off

Toggle the mic on/off switch located on the back of Max. The switch will display orange when the microphone is turned off. You can’t use your voice or the Google Home app to turn on/off the mic. 

Note: Turning off the microphone:

  • prevents Google Home from listening or responding. To interact with Google Home, the microphone must be on. 
  • turns off Room EQ.
Factory Data Reset (FDR) the device

Press and hold the FDR button located above the power cable on the back of Max. Look for a small grey button. 

Hold for about 12 seconds. 

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Max.  
Google Home Hub
To do this: Touch Google Home Hub like this: Image
Turn up the volume Press the upper volume button on the back of Google Home Hub.
Turn down the volume Press the lower volume button on the back of Google Home Hub.
 
From the Google Home app
  1. Make sure that 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 Home , the Google Home device.
  4. On the device card, you will see the newscast and title that is currently playing.
  5. You can stop, pause, resume and adjust the volume of the newscast from the device card – the same way that you control your music.

Set your default news services on Google Home 

Set your default news services on Google Home
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the bottom-right corner of the Home screen, tap Account .

  3. Tap Settings and then  Services tab and then News.

To change the order of the list:

  1. Tap Change order and then hold the hashmark next to the news source. Drag the news source up or down.

To customise this list:

  1. To add a news source, tap Add news sources and then tap the tick mark next to the sources that you want to add.
  2. To remove a news source, tap the X next to the source that you want to remove.
  1. Tap the down arrow next to the name of the current Google Account that is logged in.
    1. If the account that you want to link is listed in the drop-down menu, select it.
    2. If you need to link a brand new Google Account, then proceed to next step.  
  2. Tap Manage accounts and then Add account. 

Supported news categories 

General News

Business

Technology Science
Sport Health
World Art + Lifestyle
Politics Entertainment
Local  

Troubleshooting

If you're not hearing the news you expect,

  1. Make sure that you've chosen your default news services.
  2. Be more specific with your request.
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