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Create groups for Google Home devices and speakers

Group any combination of Google Home devices, Chromecast Audio devices, and 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.

"Audio devices" includes Google Home devices (Google Home and Google Home Mini), Chromecast Audio devices, and speakers with Chromecast built-in.

Note: Creating groups for 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:
    1. All audio devices are set up on the same Wi-Fi network.
    2. Phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your audio devices.
  3. In the upper right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices  to see your available audio devices.
  4. In the top right corner of the audio device you'd like to set up in a group, tap the device card menu  and then 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'll 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  appears next to a device that's been associated with the group.  Note: At least two audio devices must be selected to create a group. 
  8. To link the audio devices in the group and turn on voice control for the group, scroll to the bottom of the app screen and move the slider to the right and then Save. 

After the audio devices have been successfully added to the group, you'll 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 
  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  and then Edit Group.
  5. To add or remove a speaker from the group, tap the box next to its name. Note: At least two speakers must be selected to maintain a group. 
  6. Tap Save.

Important: If you're making edits to a group that is currently casting music, group playback will stop and you'll no longer hear media on any audio device within the group. You'll need to return to the Cast-enabled app or say a voice command to start casting media 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 .
  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  and then Delete Group and then Delete. 

Important: If you're deleting a group that is currently casting music, group playback will stop and you'll no longer hear media on any audio device in the group.  

Once the group is deleted, 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 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 available Google Home devices. 
  4. Scroll to find the device card for the group.

On the group device card, you'll 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 an audio 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 audio devices within the group. 
  2. Changing a single audio device’s volume when it’s part of a group. This action will only change that individual audio device. 
Adjust the volume of all audio devices 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 audio devices within the group.

Adjust a single audio device’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'll see a list of all audio devices within the group and their volume levels.
  6. Move the slider to the left or right to adjust the volume for each audio device you’d like to adjust. 

Note: You can also adjust an audio device's volume from its individual device card. Simply tap 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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