Play music on Bluetooth speakers or headphones

Stream music playing on Google Home to your favorite Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

Note: All media playback will play on the external speaker that’s paired with the Google Home. Alarms, timers, and Google Assistant responses will play on Google Home.  

Step 1. Pair and connect a Bluetooth speaker & Google Home

Complete these steps if it’s the first time you’re connecting your speaker to Google Home. 

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth speaker and make sure it’s in pairing mode. This is typically done by pressing the pairing button on your speaker, if possible. 
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. In the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices Devices.
  4. Find the device card for the Google Home you want to pair with a Bluetooth speaker.
  5. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu More menuand thenSettings and then Default music speaker and thenPair Bluetooth speaker.
  6. Tap the speaker you want to pair.
  7. Tap Done. 

Tips for pairing and connecting devices

  • You can only have one connected speaker or headphone to play music through at a time.
  • Once you pair and connect your speaker to a Google Home, it will auto-connect unless the speaker gets disconnected or turned off.
  • You can pair a Google Home to multiple Bluetooth enabled speakers or headphones, but it will only connect to the most recently connected device.
  • Here's how to check which mobile devices are connected to Google Home.  

Step 2. Play music

Once your Bluetooth speaker is paired and connected to Google Home, use basic and advanced music commands to listen to music and playlists.

Using audio groups

If you're using speaker groups to listen to media like music, podcasts, and audiobooks from multiple speakers at once, you can continue to do that with your Bluetooth speaker. Just add the Google Home speaker that's connected to the Bluetooth speaker to any speaker group. Here's how to create or add your speaker to an audio group.

Note: You may need to adjust for the playback delay that can happen when using a Bluetooth  device. Here’s how to correct group playback delay.

Manage paired and connected Bluetooth speakers

Check which speaker is paired with Google Home

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2.  In the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices Devices.
  3. Find the device card for the Google Home device you're checking the pairing status for.
  4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu More menuand thenSettingsand thenPaired Bluetooth devices. 
  5. You'll see paired speakers and they date they were paired. 

Disconnect a speaker & Google Home 

You can disconnect a speaker from Google Home but leave it paired. 

Using the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2.  In the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices Devices.
  3. Find the device card for the Google Home you want to pair with Bluetooth.
  4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu More menuand thenSettingsand thenDefault music speakerand then Reset at the bottom bar.

Using your voice 

Say "Hey Google, disconnect Bluetooth."  

Note: Your speaker will stay connected to Google Home until you disconnect.

Re-connect a pre-paired speaker & Google Home

Once you pair and connect your speaker to Google Home using the steps above,  Google Home will automatically reconnect unless the speaker gets disconnected or turned off. 

If your speaker doesn't auto-connect, complete these steps. 

Using the Google Home app

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth speaker (or make sure it's in a state to accept connections) .
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. In the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices Devices.
  4. Find the device card for the Google Home you want to pair with a Bluetooth speaker.
  5. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu More menuand thenSettings and then Default music speaker.
  6. Tap the speaker you want to connect to.
  7. Tap Done. 

Using your voice 

  1. Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is on (or in a state to accept connections).
  2. Say “Hey Google, connect Bluetooth.” 

Unpair a speaker & Google Home

This will remove your speaker from the paired device list. You'll need to pair and connect this speaker to use it again.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2.  In the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices Devices.
  3. Find the device card for the Google Home you want to pair with Bluetooth.
  4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu More menuand thenSettingsand thenPaired Bluetooth devices. 
  5. Tap the X next to the device you want to unpair and then UNPAIR.

Fix a problem 

My  Bluetooth speaker is connected but audio isn't playing

If your speaker is fully paired and connected but you can't hear audio, try these steps: 

Step 1. Check the volume of your devices

  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Google Home device
    • By touch:
      • Swipe clockwise on the top of Google Home
      • Tap the right side of Google Home Mini
      • Swipe from left to right or up along the line on the top of Google Home Max 
    • By voice: Say "Hey Google, turn it up" to adjust the volume. 

Step 2. Reconnect your devices

  1. Unpair devices
  2. Pair and connect

 

 

 

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