Play Android Audio on Google Home

Play your favorite music, playlists, podcasts, and more from your Android device to Google Home. This is also known as mirroring.
  • Casting your Android audio is only available on devices running Android 4.4 or higher.
  • Be sure to not be running "Power Saving Mode" on your Android device. This can limit the processing power of your device which could affect the performance of the Cast Audio feature.
  • Important: The "Microphone" permission in the Google Play Services app needs to be turned on to successfully use the 'Cast Screen/Audio' feature with Chromecast Audio. If you don't have this permission turned on, the Cast Audio session will immediately disconnect after trying to connect. 
    • To turn on microphone permissions:
      1. On your Android device, tap Settings  .
      2. Scroll down and tap Apps > Google Play Services > Permissions.
      3. Look for "Microphone" and slide the slider On  .

Step 1. Cast Android Audio from your Android device

  1. Connect your Android device to the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Google Home appGoogle Home app 
  3. In the bottom right corner, tap Account .
  4. Tap Mirror device  Cast Screen / audio.
  5. Select your Google Home. 
  6. Start playing audio content. 

Step 2. Play Android Audio on Google Home using voice commands

Here's how to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home to play your Android Audio on Google Home. Note: Most control commands that can be used to play media are not supported when playing Android Audio on Google Home. 

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Stop playing Android Audio on Google Home "Stop"
Control volume "Turn it up/down," "Max volume"

Step 3. Control volume by voice 

Control the volume using these voice commands.
To do this: Say “Hey Google”, then: What Google Home says or does:
Increase volume "Turn it up" Increases volume by a 10% increment
Decrease volume "Turn it down" Decreases volume by a 10% decrement
Set specific volume level "Volume level five," "Volume to 65%" Sets volume at a specific level. Scale is 1-10 or 1-100%.
Maximize volume "Max volume" Sets volume at level 10
Minimum volume "Minimum volume" Sets volume at level 1
Change volume by X amount "Increase volume by 10%," "Decrease volume by 10%" Changes volume by amount specified
Hear current volume level "What’s the volume?" Says the current volume level

You can change the volume of Google Home when media is playing, when media isn’t playing, or when media is paused. If you change the volume when media isn’t playing or when media is paused, you will hear an audible confirmation from Google Home.

Other ways to control volume when casting your Android Audio

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 or end a current phone call 

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 cord. 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 cord 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 of Room EQ.
Factory Data Reset (FDR) the device

Press and hold the FDR button located above the power cord 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 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 , tap the device that’s playing media.
  4. Move the slider clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the volume. Sliding clockwise (to the right) increases the volume. Sliding counterclockwise (to the left) decreases the volume.

Step 4. Stop casting Android Audio from your Android device

From the notification drawer:

  1. Pull down the notification drop-down drawer on your Android device.
  2. Tap Disconnect on the notification bar.

From the Google Home app:

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner, tap Account .
  3. Tap  Mirror device Disconnect.

 

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