Listen to podcasts

With Google speakers and Google Nest displays, you can listen to your favourite podcasts and shows from anywhere in your home – using only your voice.

Note: Currently, you can't request podcasts from partner podcast players, like Spotify, Google Play Music and TuneIn. For example, "Hey Google, play my Spotify podcast" isn't supported. Instead, you can say "Hey Google, play <podcast name> podcast."

Use your voice to control podcasts & shows

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home when choosing and listening to podcasts and shows.

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google," then....
Listen to a podcast “Listen to This American Life,” "Play Serial podcast"
Continue listening to a podcast “Continue listening to This American Life”
Listen to podcast by latest episode “Listen to the latest episode of This American Life”
Listen to the next/previous episode "Next episode," “Previous”
Pause  "Pause," "Pause the podcast"
Resume "Resume," "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop," "Stop the podcast"
Change the playback speed “Play at 2x speed,” “Play slower/faster, “Play twice as fast, “Play at half the speed”
Play previous/next podcast “Next," “Skip,"  "Next podcast," "Previous," "Previous episode"
What’s playing (podcast) “What’s playing?”, “What podcast is playing?”
Discover new podcasts "Recommend a podcast"

 

Note: Currently, available podcasts aren't listed within the Google Home app. Simply ask for the podcast that you'd like to hear. 

You can talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home while you’re listening to a podcast. When you ask a question or make a statement, the podcast will pause and then resume when you’ve finished talking with your Google Assistant. 

Other ways to control podcasts

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 anytime in 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.

Googel Nest Mini Google Nest Mini (2nd gen)

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

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

Tap the center of the Nest Mini.

Google Nest Mini center tap
Stop a ringing alarm or timer  

Tap the center of the Nest Mini.

Google Nest Mini center tap
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.​

Google Nest Mini volume up
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.​

Google Nest Mini volume down
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 Nest Mini from listening or responding. To interact by voice with Nest Mini, the microphone must be on. 

Google Nest Mini mic on-off
Factory reset the device

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

Hold for about 15 seconds. 

Google Nest Mini reset
Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Nest Mini. Google Nest Mini unplug
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. 

Stop a ringing alarm or timer  

Press and hold either side of Home Mini. 

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.

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.

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 Home Mini from listening or responding. To interact with Home Mini, 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 Home Mini. Look for a circle etched into the base.

Hold for about 12 seconds. 

Turn off power Unplug the power cable from Home Mini.
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 that 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. At the bottom-right corner of the Home screen, tap Account  and then Local Devices Devices to view and select your available Google Home or Chromecast devices.
  4. On your media controller, you will see the podcast that is currently playing.
  5. You can stop, pause, resume and adjust the volume of Google Home from the device card – the same way that you control your music.​

Option 2: 

  1. Make sure that 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. At the bottom left of the Home Screen, tap Discover .
  4. Scroll to find the device card for the Google Home that is playing the podcast.
  5. You can stop, pause, resume and adjust the volume of Google Home from the device card – the same way that you control your music.

Troubleshooting

If Google Home doesn't play the podcast you requested, be more specific with your request by adding the title name.

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