Listen to news

With Google Nest and Google Home speakers and displays, 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 your speaker or display when choosing and listening to news reports and headlines:

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google", then...
Listen to the latest news “Play me the news"
“Listen to the news" "Tell me the news"
Listen to news from specific provider  “Listen to (the news from) [provider name]” 
“Play (the news from) [provider name]"
Listen to news about a topic  "Listen to news about Brexit"
"Play the latest on Premiership football" "Hear headlines about Google"
Listen to the latest news about a specific news category “What’s the latest in sport?” 
“Play business news”
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 speakers and displays 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 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
  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. Tap Media .
  4. On your media controller, you will see the newscast and title that is currently playing. You can stop, pause, resume and adjust the volume of the newscast – the same way that you control your music.

Customise your news preferences on your speaker or display

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Nest or Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap Settings   More settings  News.
  4. Add or remove news sources.

Change your news playlist format

Important: This feature is only available in the US.

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Nest or Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap Settings   More settings  News.
  4. To decide which news format you prefer, tap Change news playlist format.

Supported news categories 

You can ask for news in these categories by asking Google to 'Play [category] news' or 'Play news about [category]'.

  • Art
  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Lifestyle
  • National
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Technology
  • World

Troubleshooting

If you're not hearing the news you expect,

  1. Review your news preferences customisation. 
  2. Be more specific with your request.
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