Play audio on Chromecast-enabled speakers and TVs with your Google speaker or display

Initiate and control audio to any speaker or TV with Chromecast or Chromecast Audio plugged in or Chromecast built in – using only your voice.

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by Downtime, Filters or Do Not Disturb. Learn about Digital Wellbeing.

Fix problems

Need help? Try these troubleshooting steps
  1. Make sure that you've correctly linked your devices, including:
    1. Make sure that the Cast device is voice-supported and running Cast version 1.32+.
    2. Make sure that you linked the devices via the Google Home app:
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. At the top right, tap your account.
      3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.

      4. Tap Assistant settings and then Assistant and then Home control. It should show a list of all your linked devices. 
       
    3. Make sure that you named the devices something that is 1) clear and easy to pronounce and 2) not similar to the name you gave your Google Home device.
  2. Name your Google Nest or Home device and Chromecast/Chromecast Audio/Chromecast Built-In devices

    To ensure proper playback on your TV, follow these tips when naming your devices:

    1. Give your speaker or display and Chromecast/Chromecast Built-In devices different names and avoid using the same words in the names. This helps your speaker or display correctly understand your command and play content on the right device.
      1. ​Good:
        • Naming your speaker or display "Living Room" 
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Family TV"
      2. OK:
        • Naming your speaker or display "Living Room Home"
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Living Room TV"
    2. Make sure that the name is easily pronounceable.
    3. Avoid using emoji or special characters.
    4. To change the name of your devices:
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. Tap your device and then Settings .
      3. Scroll down to "General settings", then tap Name. 
      4. Delete the current name and type in a new name. Tap Save.
  3. If the voice commands seem to stop controlling your remote devices, or you get a response saying 'nothing is playing', be more specific with your request by adding '….  on <device name>' to your request. This will re-initiate media focus and allow you to better control the device.
  4. If you're not hearing the music that you expect, be more specific with your request. 
  5. If you hear an error message like "I can only play audio on devices using Chromecast, or on cast-enabled TVs", try renaming your devices.

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