Play media from Chromecast-enabled apps to Google Home

Playing music on Google Home is simple way to enjoy your favorite audio apps optimized for your speaker. You can even use your mobile device or tablet as a remote and control everything from playback to volume.

Step 1. Cast from Chromecast-enabled apps to Google Home

  1. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  2. Open a Chromecast-enabled app.
  3. Tap the Cast button .
  4. Tap the Google Home you'd like to cast to.
  5. When you're connected, the Cast button will turn from light to dark gray, letting you know you're connected.
  6. You can now cast audio and video to Google Home.
  7. To stop casting, tap the Cast button  at the top of your device. Tap Stop Casting in the box that appears.

Note: Some music providers, like Spotify, require a subscription to play music from its Chromecast-enabled app. Also, YouTube content is only supported from the YouTube Music app (not the YouTube app) and you must have a YouTube Premium account. YouTube Music is only available in the U.S. and Australia.

Step 2. Control Chromecast-enabled apps using voice commands

The following commands should work with almost all Chromecast-enabled apps.

To do this...

Say "OK Google" or “Hey Google," then...

Pause Pause

"Pause," "Pause the music," “Pause music”

Resume

"Resume," "Continue playing"

Stop Stop

"Stop," "Stop the music," “Stop music”

What’s playing

“What’s playing?”, “What song is playing?”, “What artist is playing?”

Control volume

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

Don't forget! Check out the advanced voice commands for Chromecast-enabled apps like Spotify, Google Play Music, and more.

Other ways to control your music

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

From the Google Home device

Google Home Google Home

To do this:

Touch the device like this:

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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 Google Home Mini

To do this:

Touch Google Home Mini like this:

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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 Google Home.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap the device that’s playing media. On the top of the screen, you will see the following information for the current music session:
  • Equalizer settings
  • Device settings
  • Help & feedback

Turn up the volume

Swipe clockwise on the volume slider. You can swipe all the way to 100%.

Turn down the volume

Swipe counterclockwise on the volume slider. You can swipe all the way to 0%. This will mute all music but will not turn off the mic.

Related Links

Play audio on speakers and TVs from Google Homes

Play video on TVs using Google Home

Listen to radio

Listen to podcasts

Control restricted content on Google Home

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