Listen to radio

With Google Home, you can use your voice to listen to terrestrial or internet/satellite radio stations through Google Home or a TV or speaker with Chromecast built-in. 

Use your voice to listen to radio

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home when choosing and listening to terrestrial and internet/satellite radio.

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google,” then...
Listen to closest radio station by name “Play  2SM radio”
Listen to radio station by call-sign  "Play KIIS"
Listen to radio station by frequency “Play KIIS 106.5" 
Listen to radio station by frequency in another location "Play ABC Radio Sydney"
Play radio on TV or speaker with Chromecast built in “Play CNN RADIO on my <device name>”
Play a nearby BBC Radio 1/2/3/4/5/6 station
Play a nearby Heart Radio station
Play a nearby Capital Radio station
 
"Play BBC Radio 1/2/3/4/5/6"
"Play Heart Radio"
"Play Capital FM"
Pause  "Pause" or "Pause the radio"
Resume "Resume" or "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop" or "Stop the news"
What radio station is playing “What's playing?”
Control volume  "Set volume to 5," "Set volume to 40%" 

Other ways to control radio

From the Google Nest or Google Home device
Google Home Google Home
To do this: Touch Google Home 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 at any time in the Google Home app.

Turn down the volume

Swipe anticlockwise 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.

Googel Nest Mini Google Nest Mini (2nd gen)

Note: The Google Nest Mini (2nd gen) has a wall mount screw slot on the back. If your device doesn’t have a wall mount screw slot, it is a Google Home Mini (1st gen).

To do this: Touch Google Nest Mini like this: Image

Play, pause or stop media or end a current phone call 

Tap the centre of the Nest Mini.

Stop a ringing alarm or timer  

Tap the centre of the Nest Mini.

Turn up the volume 

Tap the right side of the Nest Mini.

10 total taps will be maximum volume.

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.

To reverse controls, open the Home app Google Home app  tap your device  Settings   Reverse device controls.​

Turn down the volume 

Tap on the left side of the Nest 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.

To reverse controls, open the Home app Google Home app  tap your device  Settings   Reverse device controls.​

Turn mic on/off

Toggle the mic on/off switch found next to the power cable. The switch will display orange when the microphone is turned off. 

Note:  Turning off the microphone prevents Nest Mini from listening or responding. To interact by voice with Nest Mini, the microphone must be on. 

Factory reset the device

Turn the mic off, then press and hold the lights in the centre of the Nest Mini.

Hold for about 15 seconds. 

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Nest Mini.
Start your request 

Note: You can't press and hold the top of the Nest Mini to start a request with your Assistant.

Instead, say "Ok Google" to start your request.

 
Google Home Mini Google Home Mini (1st gen)
To do this: Touch Google Home Mini like this: Image

Play, pause or stop media or end a current phone call 

Press and hold either side of Home Mini. 

Google Nest Mini center tap
Stop a ringing alarm or timer  

Press and hold either side of Home Mini. 

Google Nest Mini center tap
Turn up the volume 

Tap on right side of Home 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.

Google Nest Mini volume up
Turn down the volume 

Press and hold left side of Home 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.

Google Nest Mini volume down
Turn mic on/off

Toggle the mic on/off switch found next to the power cable. The switch will display orange when the microphone is turned off. 

Note: Turning off the microphone prevents Home Mini from listening or responding. To interact with Home Mini, the microphone must be on. 

Google Nest Mini mic on-off
Factory reset the device

Press and hold the factory reset button located below the power cable on the bottom of Home Mini. Look for a circle etched into the base.

Hold for about 12 seconds. 

Google Nest Mini reset
Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Home Mini. Google Nest Mini unplug
Start your request 

Note: You can't press and hold the top of Home 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 / 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 off 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
To do this: Touch Google Home Hub like this: Image
Turn up the volume Press the upper volume button on the back of Google Nest Hub.
Turn down the volume Press the lower volume button on the back of Google Nest Hub.
From the Google Home app

Option 1: 

  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 your Google Home or Chromecast device.
  4. On your media controller, you will see the radio station or show that is currently playing.
  5. You can stop, pause, resume, and adjust the volume of Google Home.

Option 2: 

  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. In the bottom left of the Home Screen, tap Discover .
  4. Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home.
  5. On the device card, you will see the radio stations or show that is currently playing.
  6. You can stop, pause, resume, and adjust the volume of Google Home.

Troubleshooting

  1. If Google Home doesn't play the radio station you requested, be more specific with your query, or ask for the station in different way, using name, frequency, or call sign.
  2. If the request is not properly answered, try adding "on TuneIn" or “on iHeartRadio” to the query. Example: "Play ESPN Radio on TuneIn” or  "Play ESPN Radio on iHeartRadio."
  3. If the provided station is inaccurate when asking for frequency, try adding the name of a nearby city. Example: "Play 101.9 FM LA."

Related links

Control the volume of Google Home
Listen to music 
Play audio on speakers and TVs from Google Home

See a list of supported apps and partners

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