Listen to music on Google Home

Enjoy music from popular music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood, or activity.

Whether a single person or multiple people are using a Google Home, each person can link only single account per streaming service.

You'll hear different music based on the partner and your subscription. 

Note: Some of these partners may be unavailable in your region. Contact the partner to check their availability where you live.

  • Spotify Free, YouTube Music, Google Play Music Free (available in the US, Canada and India only), Pandora - You'll hear a station of songs inspired by the song, album or artist you requested (free radio service).
  • Spotify Premium, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Google Play Music Premium, Pandora Premium, Deezer Premium - You'll hear specific songs, albums or artists along with music based on genre, mood or activity or your personal playlists.

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by either Downtime or Filters. Please go here for more information on Digital Wellbeing.

Basic voice commands for all content providers

To do this... Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google,” then...
Request a song "Play <song name>," "Play <song name> by <artist name>," "Play <song name> from <album name>," “Play <song name> on <music service>” "Play songs like <song-name>"
Request an artist "Play <artist name>," "Play music by <artist name>," "Play <artist name>" on <music service>,” "Play songs like <artist-name>"
Request an album "Play <album name>", "Play <album name> by <artist name>",  "Play <album name> by <artist name> on <music service>”
Play music based on genre/mood/activity "Play classical music", "Play happy music", "Play music for cooking", “Play <genre> on <music service>”
Play personalized suggested content from chosen service "Play some music", “Play <genre> music on <music service>”

Shuffle

 

"Shuffle"
"Shuffle <album>" 
"Shuffle some music" 
"Play <album> and shuffle"
"Play <album> shuffled"
"Play <album> on shuffle"

You can also use an artist or playlist name instead of an album name.

Pause  "Pause", "Pause the music"
Resume "Resume", "Continue playing"
Stop  "Stop ", "Stop the music"
Play next song   “Next”, “Skip”, "Next song"
What’s playing  “What’s playing?”, “What song is playing?”, “What artist is playing?”
Control volume  "Set volume to 5", "Set volume to 40%"
Play music on your speakers, TV, or video device. Note: You must use a Chromecast, Chromecast built-in TV or Assistant built-in TV that is linked to Google Home. "Play music on my living room TV", "Play <genre> on my bedroom speakers"
Play music on a speaker group

“Play music on all speakers”

Note: Set up a speaker group in the Google Home app to enable this feature.

Advanced voice commands for free and subscription services

Note: Some of these partners may be unavailable in your region. Contact the partner to check their availability where you live.

Spotify (Free and Premium)

To listen to Spotify on your Google Home, you must link your Spotify account. There are a couple of ways to listen to music using Spotify.

Spotify Premium

If you have a Spotify Premium account you can play content on demand. You can hear specific songs, albums, or artists along with music based on genre, mood or activity, Spotify’s curated playlists, and your personal playlists. 

Spotify Free

If you don't have a Spotify Premium account,  you'll hear a station of songs inspired by the song, album, artist or personal playlists you asked for.  You can't hear specific songs, albums, artists or personal playlists on demand, but you can ask for music based on genre, mood or activity, or for Spotify-curated playlists.

Spotify Free also offers different listening experiences if you're casting to TVs or speakers, giving you more ways to enjoy your music. Here's more about playing music on TVs, speakers, and groups.

What you'll hear

Here's what to expect if you're using Spotify Free vs Spotify Premium on a specific device:

  Spotify Free on Google Home or audio group will play: Spotify Free on remote Chromecast-built in audio device (i.e. Chromecast Audio) will play: Spotify Free on remote Chromecast-built in video device (i.e. Chromecast) will play: Spotify Premium on all devices (Google Home, audio groups, audio devices and video devices)
Request a song  Station of songs inspired by the requested song  Station of songs inspired by the requested song Requested song  Requested song 
Request an album Station of songs inspired by the requested album Station of songs inspired by the requested album Requested song  Requested song 
Request an artist Station of songs inspired by the requested artist A shuffle of the artist songs Tops songs from the artist  Tops songs from the artist 

Request a Spotify curated playlist, like Discover Weekly

The requested playlist  on shuffle Requested playlist on shuffle Requested playlist Requested playlist

Request a personal playlist on Spotify

Station of songs inspired by the playlist Playlist on shuffle Requested playlist Requested playlist
Playing a previous song Not supported Not supported Supported Supported
Repeat a song or skip within a song Not supported Not supported Supported Supported

Advanced voice commands

In addition to basic voice commands, you can use these advanced commands when listening to Spotify Free or Premium.

To do this... Say this: "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...
Play your liked songs from your Spotify library "Play my songs", “Play my library” 

Play playlist 

   Play playlist pre-shuffled

"Play Discover Weekly", "Play <playlist name>"

    "Shuffle Discover Weekly", “Play <playlist name> on shuffle”

Play personal playlist 

Shuffle personal playlist

"Play <named playlist>" 

"Shuffle <named playlist>" 

Like or dislike a song

"I like this song" or “I dislike this song”

"Thumbs up” or “Thumbs down"

Like or dislike the current playlist, album, or artist​​

"Save this playlist” or “Unsave this playlist”

"Follow this playlist” or “Unfollow this playlist”

You can also say “this album” or “this artist” instead of “this playlist.”

Play previous song  “Back”, “Previous”
Skip forward "Skip forward <X> secs"
Shuffle “Shuffle”
Repeat song "Play it again", "Play this song again" 
Play playlist in a loop   "Repeat on/off" 

 

It may take Google Home several hours to recognize a newly-created, private playlist.

Note: Currently, you can't request podcasts from Spotify. (Ex. "Hey Google, play my Spotify podcast" isn't supported.) Instead you can say "Hey Google, play <podcast name> podcast." 

YouTube Music (Free and Premium)

To listen to YouTube Music on your Google Home, you must link your YouTube Music account. There are a couple ways to listen to music using YouTube Music.

YouTube Music Premium

If you have a YouTube Music Premium account you can play content on demand. You can hear specific songs and albums along with music based on genre, mood or activity, YouTube Music’s curated playlists, and your personal playlists.

YouTube Music

If you don't have a YouTube Music Premium account,  you'll hear a station of songs inspired by the song, album, artist or personal playlists you asked for.  You can't hear specific songs, albums, or personal playlists on demand, but you can ask for music based on genre, mood or activity, or for YouTube Music-curated playlists.

What you'll hear

Here's what to expect if you're using YouTube Music vs YouTube Music Premium:

 

YouTube Music on Google Home, smart speakers or audio groups will play:

YouTube Music Premium on Google Home, smart speakers or audio groups will play:

Request a song

Station of songs inspired by the requested song

Requested song

Request an album

Station of songs inspired by the requested album

Requested album

Request a YouTube Music-generated playlist

The requested and closely related playlists on shuffle

Requested playlist

Request a personal playlist on YouTube Music

Station of songs inspired by the playlist

Requested playlist

Playing a previous song

Not supported

Supported

Repeat a song or skip within a song

Not supported

Supported

Advanced voice commands

In addition to basic voice commands, you can use these advanced commands when listening to YouTube Music Premium.

To do this...

Say this: "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...

Like or dislike a song

"I like this song," “Thumbs up,” or “I dislike this song," “Thumbs down"

Like or dislike the current station

"Save this station,” "Follow this station” or “Unsave this station," “Unfollow this station"

Play previous song

“Back”, “Previous”,

Skip forward

"Skip forward <X> seconds"

Shuffle

“Shuffle”

Repeat song

"Play it again", "Play this song again"

Note: You must purchase a YouTube Premium subscription to hear specific songs and albums. This subscription is required for most functionality. The Google Account you used to link to Google Home is the default YouTube Music account associated with Google Home. To change the YouTube Music account associated with Google Home, you must unlink the Google Account that is used to set up Google Home. Here’s how to unlink a Google Account from Google Home and link a new Google Account.

Google Play Music (free radio service (US, Canada and India only) & subscription service)

There are several ways to listen to music using Google Play Music.

Google Play Music subscription

Get all content on demand. Hear specific songs/albums/artists along with music based on genre, mood or activity or your personal playlists.

Free radio service

In the U.S. or Canada only, if you don't have a subscription, you'll hear a station of songs inspired by the song, album, or artist you asked for. You can't play specific songs, albums or artists' music on demand, but you can still ask for music based on genre, mood or activity. The free radio service is only available in the US, Canada, and India.

Uploaded/purchased music from your library

You can listen to on demand songs, albums or artists you’ve purchased on Google Play Music and uploaded to your library. You can also listen to your playlists based on the songs in your library.

  • If you also have a subscription, you need to explicitly ask to play songs, albums, and artists from your library using “Play <song, album, artist or playlist> from my library” or “Play my <song, album, artist or playlist>." Otherwise you’ll hear subscription on demand content. 
  • If you don't have a subscription and are located in the U.S. or Canada, your library content will be prioritized over a station inspired by the song, album or artist you asked for.
  • Note: The "Play <genre, mood or activity>" basic voice command isn't supported for uploaded or purchased music. 
To do this... Say this: "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then...
Play purchased or uploaded music

"Play <song> from my library"

You can also use the name of an album, artist, or playlist instead of a song name.

Note: You don't need to say “from my library” unless you have a subscription and want to hear purchased or uploaded music instead of subscription content.

Play curated playlist from your library "Play <named playlist>"
Play previous song  “Back”, “Previous”, 
Skip forward "Skip forward <X> secs"
Shuffle “Shuffle”
Repeat song "Play it again", "Play this song again", "Repeat the song" 
Play playlist in a loop   "Repeat on/off" 

Like or dislike a song 

Note:
  • It may take about 20 minutes for the liked or disliked song to appear in the Google Play Music app or Google Play Music website.
  • If you dislike a song, the song will be skipped.
"I like this song," "Thumbs up"

"I dislike this song," "Thumbs down"
Add song or album to library
Note:
  • Subscription only
  • The song or album will added to your Google Play Music library

"Add this song to my library"
"Add this album to my library"

 
Important:  
  • If Google Play Music isn't your default music service you need to say “Ok Google, play <X> on Google Play Music" to hear subscription, free radio, uploaded, or purchased music. Only personal playlists will be prioritized above your default music player.
  • Currently, you can't request podcasts from Google Play Music. (Ex. "Ok Google, play my Google Play Music podcast" isn't supported). Instead you can say "Ok Google, play <podcast name> podcast".
  • The Google Account you used to set up Google Home is the default Google Play Music account associated with Google Home. This can't be changed.
Pandora (Free and Premium) (U.S. only)

Pandora is only available in the U.S. 

Pandora

You'll hear a station of songs inspired by or similar to the song, album, artist, or genre you selected. You can't request specific songs, artists or albums. Ads will play occasionally between songs.

Pandora Premium

You can request specific songs. From a mobile device or computer, you can also create fully customizable playlists that can be played on Google Home. Your listening experience won’t be interrupted by ads. Music will play at higher quality.  

To listen to Pandora on Google Home, you must link your Pandora account.

When you say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” then...

Pandora

Pandora Premium

"Play my shuffle," "Play my shuffle radio" Play personalized radio from Pandora Play personalized radio from Pandora

“Play my Thumbprint radio”

Note: To play your thumbprint radio, you must have saved several stations and thumbed up several songs in order for Pandora to understand what you like.
Play personalized radio based on songs you've thumbed on Pandora Play personalized radio based on songs you've thumbed on Pandora

“Play Radioactive by Imagine Dragons”

A station that plays similar songs by related artists will be created. Pandora will play your song, followed by playlist of similar songs
“Play Hardwired by Metallica” A station will be created that plays songs similar to songs found on the album. Pandora will play the album you requested.
“Play Beyoncé” A station that plays the artist and related artists will be created. Pandora will shuffle songs by the artist.
"Play classic country", "Play <Pandora station name>" The station will be played. The station or playlist will be played.
"Thumbs up", "Thumbs down", "I like this song" Like/Dislike a song from Pandora Like/Dislike a song from Pandora

Deezer (A Deezer Premium or Deezer Family subscription is required to play music using Google Home. Deezer Free is not supported. )

To do this... Say this: 'Ok Google' or 'Hey Google,' then...
Play your Flow "Play my Flow"'
Play curated playlist from your library "Play <named playlist>"
Play album "Play <named album>'
Play previous song  "Back,"'Previous,"
Skip forward "Skip forward <X> secs"
Shuffle "Shuffle"
Repeat song "Play it again," "'Play this song again," "Repeat the song"

Listen to music with Voice Match

If you've set up Voice Match, guests and housemates can't currently access your library content. However, you can give them access by uploading your music to their account.

If you haven't set up Voice Match, guests and housemates can access music from your library.

Here's more information on media and multiple users.

Set your default music service on Google Home

Here’s how to connect your music and pick a favorite music service as your default. This default service will be used first when possible.

Select your default music service on Google Home

 

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner, tap Account .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Tap Settings or More settings and then Services and then Music  and then your preferred default service. 
  5. Linking functionality:
    1. For Google Play Music and YouTube Premium, your accounts are automatically linked when you link your Google Account to Google Home. 
    2. For Spotify and Pandora, you will need to link your accounts.
      • To connect your account, tap the service name and then LINK ACCOUNT.
      • Sign in or sign up for the service and complete the sign-in flow.
      • To unlink an account, tap the service name and then UNLINK

Available music services:

  1. Google Play Music 
  2. YouTube Music YouTube music app icon 
  3. Spotify Free and Premium 
  4. Pandora  (U.S. only)
  5. Deezer Deezer icon

Note: For all services,  Google Home currently supports a single account per streaming service.

Other ways to control music

From the Google Home device
Google Home Google Home
To do this: Touch the device like this: Image
Play, pause, or 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 reset the device Press and hold the factory reset 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, or 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 reset the device

Press and hold the factory reset 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, or 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 reset the device

Press and hold the factory reset 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 Nest Hub

Adjust the volume of all speakers in a group

  1. On your Nest Hub's Home screen, tap the active media card, then tap the screen once more to bring up media controls.
  2. In the bottom left corner of the screen, tap the name of your speaker group to open volume controls.
  3. Swipe the group slider left or right to adjust the speaker group's volume.

Adjust the volume of a single speaker in a group

  1. On your Nest Hub's Home screen, tap the active media card, then tap the screen once more to bring up media controls.
  2. In the bottom left corner of the screen, tap the name of your speaker group to open volume controls.
  3. Swipe an individual speaker's slider left or right to adjust the volume.
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. Tap Play music under the name of the device you want to use.

Your device will play music from your default music provider. You can pause, resume, change volume and skip forward or backward in the song.

Troubleshooting

  1. Make sure your music provider accounts are linked to Google Home. 
  2. If you're not hearing the music you expect, be more specific with your request. 
    1. Add “...by <Artist>” to your request . (Example: "Ok, Google. Play a song by Sia.")
    2. Add  "... album, playlists, song" to your request. (Example: “Ok, Google. Play my morning rock playlist.”
  3. If you want to listen to music that's not from your default service, add “...on <music service>” to your request.
     

Related Links

Play audio on speakers and TVs from Google Home
Play video on TVs from Google Home
Play Android Audio on Google Home
Play media from Chromecast-enabled apps to Google Home
Listen to radio
Listen to podcasts
Control restricted content on Google Home

 

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