Listen to news

With Google Home, you can listen to top headlines, get the latest on a certain category of news (like sports, weather, business, tech, etc.) or ask about a specific news topic.

Ask for the news

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home when choosing and listening to news reports and headlines:

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google", then...
Listen to the latest news “Catch me up",  “Listen to the news", "Tell me the news"
Listen to news from specific provider  “Listen to [news or podcast]" "Play [news or podcast]"
Listen to news about a topic  "Listen to news about NASA", "Play the latest on college football", "Hear headlines about Google."
Listen to the latest news about a specific news category “What’s the latest in sports/business/technology?”
Pause  "Pause" or "pause the news"
Resume "Resume" or "Continue playing"
Stop "Stop" or "Stop the news"
Change the playback speed  “Play at 2x speed”, “Play slower/faster", “Play twice as fast", “Play at half the speed”
Play next news story   “Next”, “Skip”  
rewind,  "Rewind", "Rewind x seconds/minutes"
What’s playing (news) “What’s playing?”
“What news is playing?”

Other ways to control news 

You can also control news by using the touch features on Google Home devices or by using the Google Home app.

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
  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. From Home , the Google Home device.
  4. On the device card, you will see the newscast and title that is currently playing.
  5. You can stop, pause, resume and adjust the volume of the newscast from the device card — the same way you control your music.

Set your default news services on Google Home 

Set your default news services on Google Home
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner of the Home screen, tap Account .

  3. Tap Settings and then  Services tab and then News.

To change the order of the list,

  1. Tap Change order and then hold the hashmark next to the news source. Drag the news source up or down.

To customise this list,

  1. To add a news source, tap Add news sources and then tap the check mark next to the sources you want to add.
  2. To remove a news source, tap the X next to the source you want to remove.
  1. Tap the down arrow next to the name of the current Google account which is logged in.
    1. If the account you want to link is listed in the drop-down menu, select it.
    2. If you need to link a brand new Google Account, then proceed to next step.  
  2. Tap Manage accounts and then Add account. 
Add news sources
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.

  2. In the bottom right corner of the home screen, tap Account

  3. Verify that the Google account listed is the one that you used to set up Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.

  4. Tap Settings  and then Scroll down to find Add news sources.

  5. Choose your preferred news sources

Note: To see news sources in other languages, change the language at the top of the screen.

Supported news categories 

General

Business

Technology Science
Sports Health
World Art + Lifestyle
Politics Entertainment
Local  

Troubleshooting

If you're not hearing the news you expect,

  1. Make sure you've chosen your default news services.
  2. Be more specific with your request.
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