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Multi-room group playback with Google Home

Group any combination of Google Home, Chromecast Audio devices, or speakers with Chromecast built-in together for synchronous music throughout the home. Your favorite music and audio from Chromecast-enabled apps are instantly available to stream.

Note: Multi-room sync with video devices like Chromecast isn't currently supported. 

Step 1. Create and manage audio groups

Create an audio group
  1. Open the Google Home app Chromecast cast icon.
  2. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home. 
  3. In the upper right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices  to see your available audio devices (Google Home, audio devices, or speakers with Chromecast built-in).
    Note: All audio devices must be set up on the same Wi-Fi network, and on the same Wi-Fi network as your mobile phone or tablet. 

  4. In the top right corner of the audio device you'd like to set up in a group, tap the device card menu Create Group. 

  5. The default name of the group is Home group. To rename the group, erase the name and type in something new.

  6. You will now see a list of all available audio devices that are on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home and your mobile phone or tablet.

  7. To add or remove an audio device from the group, tap the box next to its name. A check will appear in the box next to its name to indicate whether it will be associated with the group.  Note: At least two audio devices must be selected to create a group. 

  8. To link the speakers in the group and enable voice control for the group, scroll to the bottom of the app screen and move the slider to the right .

  9. After the audio devices have been successfully added to the group, you will see the group device card within Devices . Note: It may take up to 5-10 seconds for the group device card to appear in the Google Home app. Tap Speakers in Group to see which speakers are associated with the group.
Edit an existing group
  1. Open the Google Home app Chromecast cast icon.
  2. In the upper right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices  to see your available audio devices. 
  3. Scroll to find the group card for the group you'd like to edit.
  4. In the top right corner of the group card, tap the group device menu  > Edit Group. You will see the name of the group and all the speakers in the group.  
  5. To add or remove a speaker from the group, tap the box next to its name. The speakers that are currently associated with the group will have a blue check mark next to their names. Note: At least two speakers must be selected to maintain a group. 
  6. Tap Save.
  7. After the group changes have been successfully saved, you will see a message at the bottom of your device confirming the group changes were saved.
  8. Important: If you are making edits to a group that is currently casting music, group playback will stop and you will no longer hear music on any speaker within the group. You will need to return to the Cast-enabled app to start casting again. 
Delete an existing group
  1. Open the Google Home app Chromecast cast icon.
  2. In the upper right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices  to see your available audio devices. 
  3. Scroll to find the group card for the group you'd like to delete.
  4. In the top right corner of the group card, tap the group device menu  > Delete Group > Delete. 
  5. Important: If you are deleting a group that is currently casting music, group playback will stop and you will no longer hear music on any speaker in the group.  
  6. Once the group is deleted, 
    1. You will see a message at the bottom of your device confirming the group was deleted. 
    2. The group card for the deleted group will disappear within Devices .

Step 2. Control audio group using your voice

Playing audio groups is like playing audio on individual remote devices except you’ll say “Ok Google, … on <group name>" instead of “Ok Google,…  on <device name>".

Note: Make sure to voice-enable the group to control it with your voice. 

To do this... Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Play music using group name “Play rock on <group name>”
Control music using basic commands “Pause, resume, stop, play next song on <group name>” 

Control volume

Note: During group playback, volume commands only change the local Google Home device unless you say "Ok Google, ... on <Group name>."

"Set volume to 5," "Set volume to 40%"

Other ways to control audio groups

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

From Google Home
To do this: Touch the device like this: Image

Play / Pause / Stop   

Note: This pauses the entire group.

Tap once on the top of the device

Turn up the volume 

Note: This only controls the Google Home you've manually adjusted, not the other devices in the group. 

Swipe clockwise on the top of the device. 

Turn down the volume 

Note: This only controls the Google Home you've manually adjusted, not the other devices in the group. 

Swipe counterclockwise on the top of the device. 
Start your request  Press and hold down on the top of the device
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 available Google Home devices. 
  4. Scroll to find the device card for the group.

On the group 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 group members volume from the group device card. 
 

Change the volume of a group

When casting to a group, there are two ways to change the volume:

  1. Changing the group volume. This action will change the volume of all speakers within the group. 
  2. Changing a single speaker’s volume when it’s part of a group. This action will only change that individual speaker. 
Adjust the volume of all speakers in a group
From your mobile device, go to a content app (Google Play Music, Spotify, etc.)
  1. Find the volume functionality within the app and move the slider to the left or right to adjust the volume or
  2. Press your phone or tablet’s volume buttons to increase or decrease the volume. 

Note: These actions will change the volume of all speakers within the group.

Adjust a single speaker’s volume
  1. Open the Google Home app Chromecast cast icon.
  2. In the upper right corner of the home screen, tap Devices  to see your available Google Home, Chromecast Audio devices or Chromecast built-in speakers. 
  3. Scroll to find the group card for the group you'd like to adjust the volume.
  4. Tap the volume button on the group card .
  5. You will see a list of all of the speakers within the group and their volume levels.
  6. Move the slider to the left or right to adjust the volume for each speaker you’d like to adjust. Sliding to the right increases the volume, sliding to the left decreases the volume.

Note: You can also adjust a speaker's volume from its individual device card. Simply press the volume button to change the volume.

Important: Pressing your phone or tablet’s volume buttons (on the side of your phone or tablet) while in the Google Home app will not adjust the volume. Please use the volume button on the device card to adjust the volume, as described above.

Note: Multi-room group creation functionality is only available on a phone or tablet. This feature is not supported from the Chrome browser. However, you can still cast to a group from Chrome.

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

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