Multi-room group playback with Google Home

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. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Make sure:
    1. All audio devices are set up on the same Wi-Fi network.
    2. Your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your audio devices.
  3. Tap Add  and then Create speaker group.
  4. Tap each device you want to add to the group. A check Check will appear next to each device you select.
  5. Enter a name for your group and then Save.
Edit an existing group
  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Make sure:
    1. All audio devices are set up on the same Wi-Fi network.
    2. Your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your audio devices.
  3. Tap the speaker group you want to edit and then Settings and then Choose devices.
  4. Tap each device you want to add to the group. A check Check will appear next to each device you select.
  5. Tap each device you want to remove from the group. The check Check will disappear.
  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. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Make sure:
    1. All audio devices are set up on the same Wi-Fi network.
    2. Your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your audio devices.
  3. Tap the speaker group you want to edit and then Settings 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.  

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” 

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 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 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 speaker group you want to control. 

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. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app .
  2. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your audio devices. 
  3. Tap your audio group.
  4. Move the volume clockwise to increase volume, or counterclockwise to decrease volume. 

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

Adjust a single audio device’s volume

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app .
  2. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your audio devices. 
  3. Tap your audio group.
  4. Above the volume wheel, tap speakers
  5. Move each device’s volume slider to the right to increase the volume, or to the left to decrease the volume. 

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: Speaker group creation 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.

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