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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 4.4.2 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. Open the Google Home app .
  3. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu    and then Cast Screen / audio and then Cast Screen / audio.
  4. Select your Google Home. 
  5. 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
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.
  5. On the device card, you'll see the media that's currently playing.
  6. Tap the volume button on the device card .
  7. Move the slider to the left or right to adjust the volume. Sliding to the right increases the volume, sliding 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 .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu   and then Cast Screen / audio and then Disconnect.

 

Elise is a Google Home expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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