Listen to music on Google Nest and Google Home speakers and displays

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 Nest or Google Home speaker or display, each person can link only a single account per streaming service. Learn how to link your music services and set your default service.

You'll get 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, or explore all the music partners available on the Google Assistant.

  • Spotify Free, YouTube Music, Pandora - You'll get a station of songs inspired by the song, album or artist you requested (free radio service).
  • Spotify Premium, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Pandora Premium, Deezer Premium - You'll get 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 Downtime, Filters, or Do not disturb. Learn more about 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>,” or "Play songs like <song-name>"
Request an artist "Play <artist name>," "Play music by <artist name>," "Play <artist name> on <music service>,” or "Play songs like <artist-name>"
Request an album "Play <album name>," "Play <album name> by <artist name>," or "Play <album name> by <artist name> on <music service>”
Play music based on genre, mood, or activity "Play classical music," "Play happy music," "Play music for cooking," or “Play <genre> on <music service>”
Play personalized suggested content from chosen service

"Play some music," or “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,” or "Next song"
What’s playing  “What’s playing?,” “What song is playing?,” or “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 Nest or Home speaker or display. "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, or explore all the music partners available on the Google Assistant.

Spotify (Free and Premium)

To listen to Spotify on your speaker or display, 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 get 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 get a station of songs inspired by the song, album, artist or personal playlists you asked for. You can't get 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. Learn more about playing music on TVs, speakers, and groups.

What you'll get

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

  Spotify Free on your speaker or display or audio group will play: Spotify Free on remote Chromecast-built in audio device (Example: Chromecast Audio) will play: Spotify Free on remote Chromecast-built in video device (Example: Chromecast) 
will play:

Spotify Premium on
all devices (Google
Nest or Home speakers or displays, 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 "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" or "Repeat off" 

It may take your speaker or display several hours to recognize a newly-created, private playlist.

YouTube Music (Free and Premium)

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

Personal results allow you to play your personal playlists, view your liked songs, and access your music library content on your devices. Learn more about personal results and how to turn them on.

YouTube Music Premium

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

YouTube Music

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

What you'll get

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

 

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

YouTube Music Premium on Google Nest or Home speakers or displays, 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

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 "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 get specific songs and albums. This subscription is required for most functionality. The Google Account you used to link to your speaker or display is the default YouTube Music account associated with your speaker or display. To change the YouTube Music account associated with your speaker or display, you must unlink the Google Account that was used to set up your speaker or display. Learn how to unlink a Google Account from your speaker or display and link a new Google Account.

Pandora (Free and Premium) (U.S. only)

Pandora is only available in the U.S.

Pandora

You'll get 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 your speaker or display. Your listening experience won’t be interrupted by ads. Music will play at higher quality.

To listen to Pandora on your Google Nest or Home speaker or display, 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 or dislike a song from Pandora. Like or dislike a song from Pandora.

Deezer (Premium and Family)

Note: A Deezer Premium or Deezer Family subscription is required to play music using Google Nest and Home devices. Deezer Free is not supported.

To do this: Say "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.

Learn more about media and multiple users.

Other ways to control music

Troubleshooting

  1. Make sure your music provider accounts are linked to your speaker or display.
  2. If you're not getting the music you expect, be more specific with your request. 
    1. Add “...by <Artist>” to your request. (Example: "Hey Google, play a song by Sia.")
    2. Add "... album, playlists, song" to your request. (Example: “Hey 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.
     

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